If I ask you what the best part about baking cookies is, what are you gonna tell me? I think most people are going to say that their favourite thing is to snack on the dough. Because, let’s be honest, isn’t the dough even better Tham the baked cookie? I, at least think so. But it also is even unhealthier. So, we are taking the classic and making it healthier.
Why is cookie dough unhealthy?
Let’s ask it the other way around? What is healthy about cookie dough. When answering this we are done pretty quickly. Pretty much nothing. Butter is loaded with fats, sugar is sugar and not good for our bodies, raw eggs are harmful and so is unbaked flour. Plus, white flour is not very healthy anyway.
How can I make it healthier?
It already starts with swapping out little ingredients if you want to keep it basic. Instead of white flour use wholegrain. And if you plan on eating the dough raw, toast the flour in the oven before adding it to the dough. Leave out the egg or replace it with apple sauce. Instead of butter you could use a nut butter or margarine. Both, have a lot of fat too, but it is unsaturated fat, which is far better for your body. And last, instead of white sugar use a more natural sweetener. This can be maple syrup, honey, coconut sugar. Yes, they all have a decent amount of sugar too but it comes along other nutrients.
What is in THIS dough?
Not many ingredients. As a base we are using a mix of almond butter, margarine and liquid sweetener. Something like maple syrup works really well here. But also a non-liquid sweetener works such as coconut sugar. When this is blended up it tastes a little bit like caramel to be honest. And it is so incredibly good. Then we are adding in flour. I like to use coconut flour, oat flour (which is finely processed oats) or almond flour. Coconut and almond flour are a little dry so if you do not like their taste at all, I would recommend using another one. You can also use wholegrain flour. But then again, make sure you toast it in the oven at 180°C for about 5 minutes. Then it is safe to eat.
This is such a fun part. It adds a personal twist to the cookie dough. I absolutely love to go for chocolate chips or chopped up chocolate but you can also try something different. You could long for dried fruits such as cranberries or if you are more of a funfetti person, you can add in some sugar sprinkles (but be aware that those are not healthy). You can also add in some chopped nuts or seeds. Or swap the almond butter for peanut butter to make it more peanuty. Whatever you want.
When and how to eat it
There are so many ways to have this. You could either spoon it right out of the food processor, which is legit amazing. You can also roll it into small balls as pictured. Those work as a great snack or dessert whenever you are craving something sweet. You can also add it to your yoghurt, ice cream, nice cream or smoothie bowls. As I said, the options are endless.
This really is ready in 10 minutes maximum. The dough is bests stored in the fridge and enjoyed whenever you want. I hope that you will love this recipe and enjoy it many many times!
Healthy cookie dough
Packed with healthy fats, chocolate and simple ingredients. Ready in less than 10 minutes and a perfect dessert and snack!
What you will need
- 30 g margarine can sub for coconut oil but won´t be as good
- 40 g almond butter
- 60 g maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 100 g coconut flour see notes for substitutions
- 60 g chocolate (chips)
In a food processor or a bowl combine the margarine, almond butter, vanilla extract and liquid sweetener of choice until smooth and creamy. Then add the coconut flour and mix or pulse until combined.
When using a whole chocolate chop it up into small pieces. About the size of chocolate chips. Add that to the remaining dough aswell and gently mix to combine everything well. This works best by hand.
Take about 2 heaped teaspoons or 1 tablespoon at a time and roll the dough into small balls between your hands. Place them on a plate and let chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Enjoy!
Instead of coconut flour you can use almond flour or oat flour (process to oats until they reach a flour-like consistency in a food processor). Or, you can also use wholewheat flour. This can not be consumed in its raw state, so you need to bake this at 180°C for 5 minutes in the oven.
Store the cookie dough in the fridge. It lasts about a week.
Katie // Une Petite Cuisinière