I have tried many times to make healthy chocolate chip cookies.  I was obsessed for a while with the idea that I could substitute dates in for brown sugar.  So far, I haven’t been able to perfect it, but what I came to realize was that it made for cookie dough that was totally ok to eat as is, and totally delicious!!

I thought about how many people (myself included) love to eat cookie dough, and knew I had arrived at an amazing recipe that I needed to share.

So here it is!  A healthy cookie dough recipe that is also totally vegan!!  If you make the cookie dough balls and store them in the freezer, they will stay good for about 6 months (as if they would ever last that long in my house).

I made them 2 ways, once with no chocolate on the inside, just dipped in melted chocolate, then with mini chocolate chips in the dough.  Both ways were amazing, Hubby preferred the dipped variety, but I think I liked the mini chips ones.

Since I made them a few times to test out (pretending like I needed to, but really just looking for an excuse to eat more cookie dough “in the line of research”) I can tell you a few varieties if you want to make substitutions.  I call for this to be made in the food processor, but if you don’t have one you can use oat flour and a break up the dates with a fork.  I also have tried butter, margarine, and coconut oil in here and all 3 work.

Health highlight of oats:  Oats are packed with fiber and antioxidants, and can help reduce your cholesterol (from all that soluble fiber).  Oats have also been shown to help reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, and help stabilize blood sugar.  They have been shown to protect your heart, and contain a lot of great vitamins and minerals.  Oats are a great source of manganese, which serves several important functions in your body including protection from free radical damage.

Ingredients:

½ cup Quick Oats
6 Mejool Dates (remove pit)
3 tablespoons Margarine (see note above)
½ teaspoon Vanilla
¼ cup mini Chocolate Chips (or chocolate to dip)

Instructions:

  • Add the oats to the food processor
  • Pulse until fine
  • Add the dates, margarines, and vanilla and run until smooth and forms a ball
  • Stir in the mini chips
  • Scoop into small balls and store in the fridge or freezer

Are you a fellow cookie dough lover?

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