promised me a “Healthy
Cookie Dough Dip recipe - made with chickpeas.” And I suppose it delivered on
that. Clicking on the pin, the blog
written by a woman named Marianna, says “It tastes exactly like cookie dough.”
As a former kitchen
helper who grew up with the privilege of licking the spoon and beater, I cannot
get enough cookie dough. Sometimes I make cookie dough with the intent of just
eating cookie dough. Though the sugary goodness is delicious, it’s also a tad fattening
(I don’t know if you heard but eating a vat of dough is probably bad for you),
so I naturally was stoked at the idea of something healthy that tastes “exactly
like cookie dough.”
So one night when I got
home from work and my sweet tooth hit, I thought I’d give it a shot.
The ingredients are
pretty simple and so are the instructions, so I stuck to them as best I could.
2 cups of chick peas (You can buy a can in the store. Just be sure to drain
1/2 tsp. of salt
1/2 cup of chocolate chips
2 tsp. of vanilla
3 TBSP of sugar
2 TBSP of coconut oil (or any oil)
2 TBSP of milk
Mix everything together in a food processor. Or pulse in a blender. Everything,
BUT the chocolate chips. You want to pulse it until everything is really
smooth. When you finish just add chocolate chips and serve!
How it went
I don’t have coconut oil,
nor have I been able to locate it anywhere in a grocery store, so I used the
canola oil I had lying around, it fits the “or any oil” part, right?
I piled everything into
my Magic Bullet and attempted to get everything “really smooth.” As you can see
this didn’t work too well. The dough was still pretty chunky after I blended it
for an extended period of time (3+ minutes), so I added a touch more milk and a
touch more oil, maybe a teaspoon of both. This seemed to help but again the texture
was still pretty rough.
When I’ve made hummus in
the past I’ve been able to get everything pretty smooth, but this wasn’t
supposed to be nearly as creamy as hummus is.
I tried taking it off and
stirring it to get it to get the dough to mix better. Nothing seemed to work.
After about five minutes of struggling with it, I figured this was as good as
it was going to get texture-wise. So I spooned the most well-mixed parts of the
dough into a bowl.
I added the chocolate
chips and thought, “This really looks like cookie dough!”
This poor blogger must
have had an awful childhood filled with terrible cookies if she thinks this is
what cookie dough tastes like.
It was awful. I had two
bites and had to put it down. It wasn’t sweet enough. It wasn’t creamy enough.
It tasted nothing like cookie dough to me. When I got a bite of the chocolate
chips it made it bearable, but overall it was too chickpea-y. I like chickpeas,
but if I’m expecting something “exactly like cookie dough” they are not high on
my list of things I want to taste.
I tried to rescue it by
adding more sugar. Nope, nothing could be done. It was awful. I ended up
throwing it down the garbage disposal.
If this is what all healthy
cookie dough alternatives are like then I will happily take the calories, fat
and sugar of real cookie dough. I guess I’ll just work on moderation with the
real thing, and cherish those full-fat memories of licking cookie dough off the
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