My friend and nutrition expert Jessica Ess sent me this recipe for a healthy way to make chocolate chip cookie dough. Wait, healthy chocolate chip cookie dough you say? What’s the catch?
There’s no catch. If you want a sweet treat that isn’t full of processed crap and overloaded with sugar, this is a great way to go. However, there are two important things you need to know about it before you begin:
1) This recipe is meant to be eaten raw, so don’t cook it!
2) The entire recipe below is for 10-12 servings of about 100 calories each, so don’t go (ahem) nuts when you eat it. Just because this dough is healthy doesn’t meant you can eat a lot of it in one sitting.
Okay, now that those things are out of the way, here’s how to make the dough:
- 2/3 cup raw cashews
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- 1 Tbsp agave nectar
- 1-2 Tbsp maple syrup (or honey)
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- A dash of sea salt
- 1 Tbsp flax seeds (preferraly ground)
- 1 Tsp chia seeds
- 1 Tsp coconut oil
- 1/3 cup mini dark chocolate morsels
In a Vitamix or food processor, blend the cashews and oats to a fine meal. Add the remaining ingredients except the chocolate. Blend until you have a dough-like consistency. Now mix in the chocolate chips. Form into little balls and either refrigerate, freeze or enjoy! Makes about 10-12 servings depending on size.
Jessica adds: “Note the flax, chia and coconut oil are optional but add tons of omega 3s and healthy saturated fats for brain, skin and heart health and overall reduced inflammation.”
I also found a similar recipe with more pictures over on Rawified.