The best part about fights is when you make up afterwards, right?
To be completely honest, I don't really have much experience with fighting/making up because Chris and I don't really ever fight. I"m serious. We're pretty good at talking rationally with each other and I don't think I could ever bring myself to say anything hurtful or disrespectful to him. That's why my blow up with The Chickpea last week seemed so foreign to me. It's been a very long time since I've been in that sort of situation.
Even though we quickly made up, Chickpea wanted to make it up to me since he did say some pretty nasty things. Because nothing says "I'm sorry that I called you rude and sloppy" like chocolate, he decided to make me some truffles.
When Chickpea presented me with my treats, I wasted no time biting into one of the gorgeous little truffles. Filled with a creamy nougat, composed of chickpeas, homemade cashew butter, rolled oats and maple syrup, then coated with a silky bittersweet chocolate and decorated with a sprinkling of cacao nibs, these truffles definitely made me forget his transgressions. In fact, after one heavenly bite, my eyes rolled back in my head and I think I blacked out for a minute, because when I came to, most of the truffles were gone and I had forgotten not only the fight, but all of last week.
Because I was so excited about the truffles, I forgot to take a picture of the truffle filling until I was down to the last few (in other words, excuse my terrible iphone picture on the right). The filling really was the best part- so creamy and nutty and just the perfect amount of sweetness! I would have been happy if Chickpea had just given me a bowl of that with a spoon, but the rich chocolate coating just put it over the top. The final product, with the cacao nibs on top, make these truffles almost too pretty to eat. Almost.
Don't wait until you have a fight with someone to make these chocolate chickpea truffles. Just make them now and make yourself (and everyone you share them with) deliriously happy. I'll see you once you regain consciousness.
- 1 cup rolled oats (certified gluten-free, if required)
- 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon cooked (or canned) chickpeas
- 1/2 cup cashew butter (I used this recipe, but used more cashews in place of the macadamia nuts, and left out the maca powder)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1-2 packets of stevia (optional- if you want the filling to be sweeter)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup bittersweet/dark chocolate chips
- cacao nibs for sprinkling
- Combine the oats and chickpeas in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until they are in small pieces. Add the cashew butter, maple syrup, and salt and process until it forms a smooth ball. You may need to scrape the sides a few times. Taste it to see if it’s sweet enough. If you want it sweeter, add the stevia and process until combined.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a tablespoon to scoop level spoonfuls and then use your hands to roll the filling into a ball. Repeat with the rest of the filling. Place the baking sheet in the freezer and freeze for 20-30 minutes.
- Melt the chocolate chips in a small pot on low heat. One by one, drop one of the balls into the chocolate and use a spoon to completely cover it with chocolate, scoop it out and place back on the baking sheet. While the chocolate is still wet, sprinkle a tiny bit of cacao nibs on top of each truffle. Once they are all done, allow them to sit at room temperature until the chocolate is set. Refrigerate until ready to eat (the chocolate begins to get a little melty after about 5-7 minutes, so it is best to keep them refrigerated until right before you eat them). Enjoy!
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Bex @ Vegan Sparkles
hehe, you're funny. 🙂 I'm very glad you regained consciousness in time to tell us about these goodies! Nougat from chickpeas??!! I am sooo impressed and inspired, Kristy! I love the short ingredients list as well. Definitely making these ASAP. 🙂
Thank you, Bex- from someone I find very humorous, creative, and inspiring, this is a huge compliment. I hope you enjoy them! 🙂
wow! these are amazing! chickpea nougat..that's just awesome. and they look freakin delicious and perfect.
i know what you mean about fighting. dayv and i don't fight, either. we either talk things out rationally about our feelings or i acknowledge i'm being overly emotional and crabby, and take a nap 😉
Thanks, Caitlin! I can't wait to make more.
I love that you and Dayv aren't fighters either. It is so rare to hear about a couple who doesn't fight- it seems to be an understanding that fighting is part of a relationship. I just can't imagine it, though. There's no reason. And trust me, I've said "I wouldn't give much merit to what I just said because I think I may be PMSing" many a time. 😉
You need to start a delivery service. I would totally order these 😉
A delivery service, eh? That might be worth looking into! I'm glad you like them, Abby! 🙂
Sarina @ Earthgiven Kitchen
I never would have thought of chickpea truffles, how clever! And more gorgeous photography.
Thank you, Sarina!
If only my honey would whip up some of these lovelies for me! Fight or no :-). Guess I'll have to take matters into my own hands!
I think truffles are always perfect sans quarrel- Enjoy!
I would never thought of chickpeas and chocolate together, but this totally works and sounds delicious!
Thanks, Melissa. It's one of those crazy combinations that happen to be crazy good. 🙂
Gabby @ the veggie nook
These look amazing Kristy! So creative to use chickpeas in a chocolate truffle. What will you think of next to do with the beloved chickpea?
By the way, I think it's so lovely you and Chris don't fight. You guys have something special 🙂
Thank you, Gabby. If I wasn't already impressed enough by the chickpea's versatility, I'm certainly blown away now.
And I think it's great that we don't fight too. 😉 We really do have something very special and I do not take that for granted. 🙂
Im thinking these would be perfect for Thanksgiving! I love having something other than the usual suspects during this holiday. Fun! Thank you 🙂
What a great idea! I might just have to follow suit- truffles on Thanksgiving do sound pretty great! 🙂
I love these Kristy - wonderful idea!! Nice to hear about the lack of fighting between you and the 'real' love of your life...and I agree, no waiting for tension is at all necessary - these look amazing!
Thank you, Shira- I always love your little messages. You always brighten my day. 🙂
i think you need to have more fights Mr chickpea if not chris.. if this is what comes after the fight :))
i can imagine these truffles melting so beautifully in my mouth!
and the pictures are fantastic! i love the simple whites and browns and the tins. so pretty and elegant!
btw i am going to make those sloppy chicks instead of chana masala this weekend!
Let me know how it goes! 🙂
Thank you, Richa! I love these pics too- Chris did such a good job. 🙂
Kristy, I'm totally going to start picking fights with Mr. Chickpea if THIS is what comes out of it!! The truffles look INCREDIBLE!
Thank you! Fights or no fights, these are begging to be made.
I love this idea of including chickpeas, these sound delicious and they are so pretty!
Thank you, Amy, but they're not nearly as gorgeous as all of your desserts. Seriously, you amaze me every day. 🙂
Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies
Okay, I am now obsessed with making these. Chickpeas! And chocolate! I love it. Gorgeous photos too. 🙂
THank you so much, Kiersten! I am obsessed too- I can't wait to make more! 🙂
Trying to figure out how to start a fight with you so that you'll mail me some of these when we make up. SOOO incredible!
I would totally send you some, fight or no, if they didn't melt so dang quickly. I guess you'll just have to come over... 🙂
These look amazing. Another recipe to add to my list. And your pictures of them just make my mouth water.
Thank you so much! 🙂
Love these photos! 🙂 So so so pretty!
THank you- Chris did such a great job with these! 🙂
I absolutely love how you have shown how versatile the chickpea is, from sweet, savory, seductive and humble - amazing job Kristy, these look incredible!
LOVEING the 2nd picture in this series - beautiful 🙂
Thank you- that is a huge compliment! And I totally agree- Chris really did a fantastic job on these! 🙂
Just made them, they're fantastic! I used almond butter instead of cashew because that's what I had. Can't wait to try them with cashew butter too!
I love that! I'm so happy you like them, Julia! 🙂
My friend made these few weeks ago! It was the best, totally change my convention view of those "very sweet" dessert. Eating the truffles did not affect my sugar level. P.s: I have gestational diabetes. Love your blog!
The recipe calls for cashew butter - "1/2 cup cashew butter (I used this recipe, but used more cashews in place of the macadamia nuts, and left out the maca powder)" - but I don't see a link to the cashew butter recipe. Can you point me in the right direction. I have cashews and usually avoid buying pricy nut butters if I can make my own. Thanks!
Aha! I found your recipe! https://keepinitkind.com/cashew-maca-maca-butter/