Chewy, soft, sweet and delicious– cookie dough is where it’s at. Today we are going against what we were told as kids and we are, in fact, eating the cookie dough. However, this recipe does not contain raw eggs, making it safe to consume (yay)! Made with whole food ingredients like oats and almonds, this dough is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. AND it’s ready in under 5 minutes! You can thank me later.
- Dietary Features: gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and vegan/vegetarian friendly.
- The perfect dessert for any day of the week!
- Quick, easy, healthy, and delicious, need I say more.
- Chewy and soft texture with a sweet, buttery, flavor.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
I don’t know about you, but I was also labeled the “sweet tooth” growing up. Cookie dough happened to be one of my favorite sweet treats, in fact, I liked the cold sweet dough more than the warm cookies! And some things don’t change because I think I still do (lol).
My cookie-addicted inner child has been screaming for me to make a healthy-version of cookie dough. One that I can enjoy without thinking about the possibility of salmonella poisoning and a dough that’s made with whole food ingredients. I also wanted to create a recipe that was easy to make and easy to clean up, which is why this recipe includes minimal ingredients and they are all mixed in one bowl! I have to admit, I didn’t know if a whole-food, great tasting, cookie dough was possible. But, I’m here to report that it totally is and it’s super easy to make!
Members in my Elizabeth G The RD Community as well as followers on social media and many clients often ask me to share healthier sweet treat recipes that they can experiment with! Healthy eating doesn’t have to be difficult, our lives are difficult enough already. I’m here to make it easy!
One last thing, whether you choose to eat this type of cookie dough or a store-bought cookie dough, simply allow yourself to enjoy it. All foods can fit into a healthy lifestyle!
In this post you’ll find the edible healthy cookie dough recipe, nutrition education on each ingredient (get nerdy with me), and fully answered FAQ’s! Enjoy!
Almond flour: Almonds contain a ton of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. So, it only makes sense that almond flour is the same! Almonds are a rich source of Vitamin E, prebiotic fibers, and monounsaturated fat. Making this flour the perfect choice for a healthy and delicious treat.
Oat flour: Oats are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Namely, manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, and copper. Did you also know that oats contain protein? Yes, that is right a 1/2 cup of dry oats contains about 13 grams of protein. Insert your mind blown emoji here! Oats also contain an anti-inflammatory and anti-inch antioxidant called avenanthramides. That’s why you might see this ingredient in skin care products.
Maple syrup: When it comes to sweeteners, Canada got it right (in my opinion). Not only is this ingredient essential for pancakes and waffles, it also can be used as a replacement for sugar in sweet recipes! If you don’t have any maple syrup on hand, however, you can replace this ingredient with honey or agave nectar. Fun fact: Maple syrup contains a unique polyphenol called quebecol which was actually named after Quebec.
Almond butter: Similar to almond flour, almond butter is rich in many antioxidants and vitamins. This butter is a fantastic source of monounsaturated fat, which helps to lower LDL cholesterol as well as being a great source of protein!
Almond milk: Feel free to replace this was another plant-based milk alternative.
Vanilla extract and sea salt: These ingredients help to bring out the sweet flavor of the others.
Dark chocolate chips: rich in polyphenols, flavonoid, magnesium, and other powerful antioxidants and minerals. I like 85% dark chocolate myself! But, feel free to use whichever you enjoy the most.
The Step-by-Step Process
Step 1: Place all ingredient in a bowl.
Step 2: Stir ingredients and fold in chocolate chips.
Step 3: Enjoy!
Note: complete step-by-step printable instructions are located in the recipe card below.
Notes and Expert Tips
- When making this recipe, I suggest using a storable bowl as you might not consume the whole thing.
- My favorite chocolate chips are 85% or higher dark chocolate.
- Be sure to add in more flour and/or more liquid to create the proper cookie dough texture for you!
- You are aiming for a firm, sand-like texture that you could easily roll into a ball.
- If you happen to like cookies more than cookie dough, feel free to bake this recipe!
- If you don’t have oat flour, you can simply blend raw oats in a blender to create a powder or add an extra tablespoon of almond flour.
- The maple syrup can easily be replaced with honey or agave nectar.
Q: What if I don’t like maple syrup?
A: You can replace maple syrup with honey or agave nectar. 🙂
Q: I don’t have oat flour, what can I replace this with?
A: You can simply use another tablespoon of almond flour, or if you have whole oats on hand, you can place whole oats in the blender and blend until a powder forms.
Q: Can you bake this recipe?
A: Although these cookies are meant to be consumed raw, you can bake them if you’d like!
Q: What does theVitamin E in the almonds do for our bodies?
A: Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidants that helps to combat free radicals. Free radicals damage our cells and are often viewed as “cancer-causing.” The absorbable form of Vitamin E is called alpha-tocopherol. Alpha-tocopherol is found in many plant-based fat sources, since Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin. Olive oil, for example, is another source of alpha-tocopherol Vitamin E.
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