I’m serious, this is actually pretty healthy.
One of my favorite sweet treats to make are my oatmeal chocolate chip cookies or my pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, but I try to limit them to special occasions since they have whole wheat flour, brown sugar, white sugar and some Earth Balance butter in them. Since those are all fairly refined ingredients I don’t consume them regularly even though by cookie standards they aren’t all that unhealthy due to the inclusion of pumpkin/apple sauce, oats, and nuts. But when I came across this recipe for Chocolate chip cookie dough dip from Chocolate Covered Katie that was featured on Greatist as a Guilt Free SuperBowl snack, I knew I had to make it! (She also made a pumpkin version… I’ll try that one next!)
The secret ingredient that makes this healthy are beans, specifically chickpeas! Think of it as a kind of sweetened hummus recipe. I didn’t make too many changes to the original recipe other than adding more oats, spice in the form of cinnamon, and I added some protein powder to give it some extra protein oomph. The extra vegan protein powder, plus the protein already in the chickpeas, almond butter and oats means there are over 50 grams of protein in this recipe! Bring this to your next potluck as a “dip” or keep it in the fridge as a healthy alternative to Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter or Nutella…
Protein-packed Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
(vegan, dessert, snack, dairy-free, gluten free)
- 1 cup cooked, drained, and rinsed chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
- less than a 1/4 c. sucanat (or dates, brown sugar, liquid sweetener of choice)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup gluten-free oats (separated into 1/4 cups)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup or more non-dairy milk of choice (I used almond milk)
- 1 scoop natural or vanilla SunWarrior Warrior Blend vegan protein powder
- 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips (I actually had a really nice bag of Scharffen Berger chocolate baking chunks so I used those!)
Add all ingredients except for 1/4 cup of oats and the chocolate into a blender or food processor. Blend/mix and add more non-dairy milk if necessary until you reach a dough-like consistency. Fold in the rest of the oats and the chocolate chips and enjoy with a spoon or on graham crackers, apple slices, pancakes, whatever you fancy!
Feel free to fold in more add-ins like walnuts, pecans, cranberries, orange zest, etc. to make it your own!