Spiced Chili Chocolate Cookies with a secret ingredient (vegan and gluten free cookies recipe)

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Oh my gosh, I had no idea I could love “sneaky” cookies this much. Especially not cookies that are grain free! I am not gluten free nor vegan so I don’t really particularly try to make gluten free cookies. I do try making more vegan cookies though. But anyway, bloggers usually write that the gluten free baked goods come out great, and that there’s no way you can tell the secret ingredient in there, but.. I am still usually pretty skeptical…

Say hello to these amazing gluten free and vegan cookies! These Spiced Chili Chocolate Cookies will KNOCK your socks off guaranteed. Keep reading for the recipe!

I attended the Green & Black’s blogger event for the early launch of their spiced chili chocolate which I absolutely loved. The flavor is exquisite, it is very complex and lingering. I knew this chocolate would be perfect to use along with a black bean baked good recipe.

Just in case you could normally taste black beans, at least you really wouldn’t be able to here because of the flavor of the spiced chili chocolate. I don’t know if you could taste the beans if you used regular chocolate but I do know one thing for sure – these cookies ROCK and there no way you could tell there are black beans in there! The only thing that sucks is that you have to wait till May 2013 or so for Green & Black’s Spiced Chili chocolate to come out… but it’s well worth the wait 😉 Or you could try another chili chocolate, I guess.

Seriously, SO GOOD! They are a little fudgy and have a brownie-like texture but in a cookie form and the spiced chili and cayenne does its job so well. When you first bite into it, you don’t feel the spiciness – it’s just nice deep chocolate flavor.. but then it hits you. The delicate hotness. It’s deliciously complex and unexpectatant. It slightly lingers in your mouth making you really feel like you are a real foodie. That’s at least how I felt – it was awesome eating such a complex cookie. It looks so innocent but it is just a ball of fun! 😉

I can assure you, no one will know these are made with black beans!

Adapted from My New Roots.


Kammie wants to know:

  • Have you ever had a spicy chocolate before?

  • Have you ever used a secret ingredient in baking that no one could tell you used?

Let me know in the comments below!

Last Updated on March 27, 2019

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  1. I love how healthy these cookies are!! I love guilt-free! I’m going to try your recipe out!!

  2. These look amazing! I am a chocoholic and these look super chocolately! Perfect for me!

  3. Right up my flavor alley ;-)! I haven’t had much luck w/ gluten-free baking, but I think I can tackle these.

  4. Yum, these look really good – I I pinned to try later!

  5. These look downright delightful! I tried a spicy chocolate cupcake once and adored its unique flavor. I think desserts like this with a special touch lead people to savor and appreciate them more, which is a great thing to do with any dessert! It increases satisfaction! Such healthy ingredients – love the inclusion of black beans. These are gorgeous photos too.

    • Thanks love. Yeah I totally felt like a true foodie when I ate them. It’s great because you can’t just chow down on them one after the other like some more bland tasting baked goods. The flavor kind of forces you to stop and savor and notice it which is really awesome. It made my dad savor it and he usually just chows food down.. so that’s a good sign! haha Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  6. I’m definitely intrigued…I mean they look amazing, but the one time I had beans in a baked good, I just couldn’t get over it, and I usually love secret ingredients. However, these look like they could change my mind!

    • You need to try it! I didn’t think I could get past it either but then I bit into it and my worry disappeared. And literally not one person could tell these had any secret ingredient. Even when I told them they were still skeptical. No lies! 🙂

  7. Oh yum! They look great! Would love 4 u to share these on #Recipefriday! 🙂


  8. These look amazing!!! I bookmarked this and will *hopefully* be making it this weekend. Thanks for the great recipe 🙂

  9. The ingredient list says agave nectar but the recipe says maple syrup. If you use maple syrup, do you use the same quantity as the agave nectar listed? Looking forward to trying them!

  10. Kammie, these look really good! I’m going to have to add them to my must-make-list 🙂

  11. YUM, I can’t wait to try this! I haven’t baked with chia seeds yet but its on my list! Sorry this is coming late, I have been set back by illness and a painful tooth 🙁

    Each week I am amazed by the wonderful loyal bloggers that return each week to link up their yummy food and information! I am so happy that each week we have a few new bloggers that join our group!

    Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂
    I hope to see you again next week!

    This week’s link up is live, come on over and join the fun, if you haven’t already.

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

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  14. These cookies look and sound delicious. Thank you for sharing this with Foodie Friends Friday.

    Joanne/Winelady Cooks

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  17. Hi, I was looking on here the other day and bought all the ingredients to make these cookies and when I went back onto this page again today, the recipe had gone off the page.. I’m not sure if you have deleted it but I was really excited to make them and now I can’t find the recipe and am really upset!

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