If you know me, then you’re aware that I am obsessed with cookies – chocolate chip, to be exact. I love making my mom’s triple chocolate oatmeal cookies, especially because I love to eat the dough (yes, I risk getting salmonella from raw eggs, but how could you not because cookie dough is almost as good as the baked cookie). I was looking at recipes on the Internet and stumbled upon a recipe for healthy cookie dough dip by Chocolate Covered Katie. Healthy cookie dough? Someone found a way to help me indulge in my cookie dough obsession, in a healthier way? I looked at the ingredient list to see what made it healthier, and I was shocked to see the main ingredient was chickpeas:
- 1 1/2 cups chickpeas or white beans (1 can, drained and rinsed very well) (250g after draining)
- 1/8 tsp plus 1/16 tsp salt
- Just over 1/8 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup nut butter of choice (I used almond butter)
- Up to 1/4 cup milk of choice, only if needed
- Sweetener of choice
- You can use 2/3 cup brown sugar, which I used. Chocolate Covered Katie also recommended liquid sweeteners (such as agave, maple, etc.), along with evaporated cane juice.
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
- 2 to 3 tbsp oats (ground flax will also work, according to Chocolate Covered Katie)
I was intrigued that chickpeas were the main ingredient. I had all of the ingredients, so I figured I would give it a shot. All you have to do is use a food processor to mix all of the ingredients together well (I used a Cuisinart), and then mix in the chocolate chips after with a spatula. As noted above, I used almond butter as my nut butter, and I used brown sugar as my sweetener. I added in some extra chocolate chips though, because why not? However, I didn’t listen to the recipe and added milk while making it instead of waiting until the end to see if it was needed. It made the cookie dough a little wet, although it was still good. I made this recipe a second time without milk, and it had a better consistency.
When I made it, I couldn’t get over how much it tasted like cookie dough! Coming from someone who love cookie dough, that is saying something. Try it out for yourself if you don’t believe me, and you’ll be blown away! I ate it straight with a spoon, but Chocolate Covered Katie recommended graham crackers. If I had graham crackers, I would have tried it that way, but it also tasted yummy when you dipped a strawberry in it. I also tried freezing it, but it got too hard for my liking/patience to wait for it to unthaw (the photo at the top of this post was it after being frozen). However, you could freeze them into little balls. There are so many possibilities! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.