Mmmmmm… cookie dough. Despite my mom’s warning that eating this stuff would give me worms, I’ve ingested my share of it. Alas, I’d given it up a long time ago when I changed my eating habits. Little did I know an amazing healthier version was out there waiting to be discovered!
THE SECRET INGREDIENT
Always on the lookout for nutritious ways to satiate my rabid sweet tooth, I came across some recipes for a healthy cookie dough snack. I was shocked when I read the main ingredient: Garbanzo beans. I kid you not. People were saying it actually tasted pretty good. Yeah right… I’ll be the judge of that. It took 10 minutes to whip up after which I took a very tentative taste. Holy crap… this stuff tastes like cookie dough.
I’ve since learned just how versatile this magic bean is and I can guarantee if I were to serve this stuff to anyone and not tell them what was in it they would never guess. (I plan on doing this frequently, by the way, just to see the look on their face when I give full disclosure.)
A HEALING DESSERT
This stuff is delicious and healing to the body. You heard me…. healing. Especially with the Xylitol added, which tastes and looks just like sugar. But whereas sugar is like poison in the body… Xylitol is pure health. (See articles below.) I used flax meal only because I happened to have some. I’m sure the oats would work just as well, though I probably would have ground them up a little finer first using a small coffee grinder. Make sure you use a high quality dark chocolate chip as those are actually beneficial to your health in small amounts. Ghirardelli is an excellent brand that I use.
- 1½ cups chickpeas (1 can, drained)
- ¼ tsp salt (very scant)
- ⅛ tsp baking soda- heap just a tiny
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup nut butter. Almond is my preference.
- Soy, Rice or Almond milk. Up to ¼ cup (Start with 1 T, and add more as needed)
- ¼ cup Xylitol *(see notes)
- ⅓ cup dark chocolate chips. (Use high quality for health benefits.
- 2 to 3 T quick oats or flax meal (ground flax seed.) Can omit if you want the dip thinner.
- Add all ingredients (except for chocolate chips) to a blender.
- Remove from blender and fold in chocolate chips. Place in fridge.
Xylitol and Almond Butter can be purchased at most health food stores.
Flax seed is also INCREDIBLY nutritional. I make sure to grind some daily into my smoothies. It needs to be "ground as you go" rather than grinding ahead of time as it looses nutrients as soon as you grind it. A small inexpensive coffee grinder is perfect. See Info below.
Xylitol and Diabetes By Dr. Phillips
Benefits of Flax Seed (Medical News Today)