This Healthy Salted Caramel Cookie dough is the perfect indulgent treat that also happens to be healthy. If you love eating cookie dough, but don’t love all of the added sugars and processed ingredients, then you are going to love this recipe. Plus, it’s packed with protein thanks to the addition of a special ingredient, so you won’t feel sluggish afterwards. It’s a win-win!
If you have been following me for a while, you know that I am always looking for treats that satisfy my sweet tooth without guilt. I am, without a doubt, a dessert person, so anytime that I can make a dessert that’s gentler on my tummy, healthier for my body, and supports me in my fitness and nutrition goals? I’d call that a major win.
You are probably wondering, “Nicole, how can this cookie dough support ALL of that?” and the answer to that question lies in one simple ingredient: chickpeas! Chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, are a staple of mediterranean cooking, and are one of my favorite ingredients to use, because they’re cheap, easy to find, packed with protein, and relatively neutral in flavor.
And if you’re worried about this cookie dough tasting like chickpeas, fear not. While it does taste like a sweet variation of hummus, the chickpea taste is masked by the sweetness of the dates, the vanilla, and of course, the chocolate! And, if you like your cookie dough even sweeter, add an extra date or a tablespoon maple syrup. I promise, you won’t taste the chickpeas at all.
Plus, this recipe makes about 2-3 cups of cookie dough, so there is plenty for you to share… or not. I wouldn’t blame you one bit if you want to keep the entire bowl of cookie dough to yourself. Life is way too short to be worried about how much we’re eating. And you deserve to eat the whole damn bowl of cookie dough, if you want.
By calling this recipe “cookie dough,” you probably think that this can only be eaten for dessert. But NOPE! You can eat this recipe for any meal, anytime of day, and that includes breakfast. The ingredients are so good, and so nutritious, it’s the perfect way to start your day!
This recipe is so simple, you’ll want to keep a batch of this cookie dough in your fridge, at all times! It’s so easy to batch prepare a head of time, so don’t say that I didn’t warn you!
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