Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

When someone asks you that age-old question, “If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?” do you have an answer ready, or do you have to think about it?  I can answer before they’re finished asking:  chocolate chip cookie dough.  I’m even flexible about the chips.  They could be nuts or chips of almost any flavor.  It’s the dough I’m after.  That’s why any time I see a recipe that’s titled “blah, blah, whatever Cookie Dough” it gets my attention.

That happened to me recently on a blog called Chocolate-Covered Katie.  She is vegan herself and shares many sugar-free and gluten-free recipes.  I’m not vegan and don’t follow an anything-free diet, but she has tons of recipes that I’d love to try.  I started with Healthy Cookie Dough.

Let me just say, I was EXTREMELY skeptical of this recipe.  But, I happened to have all the necessary ingredients and I was intrigued.  The secret is chickpeas, or garbanzo beans as they’re known in my pantry.  They’re the same beans used to make hummus, which I love, but the smell of those beans when I opened the can told me this was going to be a giant fail. 

healthy cookie dough

I was floored.  The end product didn’t taste like beans or hummus or anything it shouldn’t.  It tasted like cookie dough and was delicious.  I attacked each of my family members with a spoonful and made them tell me how tasty it was before I told them what was in it.

I ate this first with graham crackers, but found that to be a little too sweet.  After much, um, experimenting, I found pretzels to be the perfect dipper.  This recipe is definitely a keeper.

The one I’d like to try next…Chocolate Frosting Shots!