Sometimes, a girl (me) just needs a bowl of cookie dough….
….not a cookie, not a ‘ball’, but a big, fat bowl of dough….
It washes away sorrows, heals the sick, pays the bills…not really, but it does supply instant sweet tooth gratification!
What is with our obsession with cake batter and cookie dough? I have a cousin who used to mix up a box of cake batter and literally take it up to her room and eat it like soup! Even at 11, I knew this was not the best idea. Obviously, with all of the ‘cake batter’ shake recipes floating around out there, she was not alone in her desire.
Though I was inspired by the many dessert hummus recipes out there, this recipe employs the food nearest and dearest to my heart in an attempt to create a sugar-free, bean-free cookie dough that can be eaten from a bowl…guilt-free!
- ½ c. rolled oats, measured first, then ground into flour
- 5 dates, soaked in 2 T. warmed almond milk for 30 minutes
- ½ t. cinnamon
- ½ t. nutritional yeast, optional
- ¼ t. sea salt
- ⅛ t. molasses
- ¾ t. vanilla
- 2 T. coconut oil, melted
- 1-2 T. cacao nibs or chopped dark chocolate
- Stevia, if needed, to taste (I added a dash of powdered)
- Almond milk, if needed, to moisten a bit more (depending on how ‘wet’ you want it)
- Warm 2 tablespoons of almond milk in a saucepan.
- Add the dates.
- Remove from heat, and let sit for 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, mix the dry ingredients in a small bowl (oats, cinnamon, nutritional yeast (if using), and salt).
- Add vanilla and coconut oil to the date mix.
- Warm the mix over low heat until the oil melts.
- Process the date mix until combined.
- Add the dry ingredients and process until all is well mixed.
- Add in stevia and extra milk, if needed.
- Chill the dough, if desired.
- Divide between two bowls, top with cacao nibs, and dig in!
You could also sub the chocolate for raisins or add walnuts or another nut or seed if you like…
…even if you just make the base dough, you will be licking your lips happily!
What was your most unhealthy indulgence as a kid?
My friends and I used to ride our bike to the nearest convenience store and load up on Slim Jims, Icees, and Grandma’s Double Chocolate Cookies! It’s fun being a kid, no?