We wanted to share our healthy cookie dough dip recipe as a lower sugar and lower fat cookie dough alternative. Because let’s face it, cookie dough is a timeless treat that brings back so many memories. Dessert hummus became super popular in the past few years and we’ve had some pretty good ones. We equate this healthy cookie dough dip to a cookie dough hummus of sorts because of the main ingredient – chickpeas! If you were blindfolded and tasted this recipe, you wouldn’t know the star of this ingredient is chickpeas. Combined with the other ingredients and blended until smooth and creamy, the chickpeas are barely noticeable.
Using real ingredients improves nutrition quality
Any nut butter can be used in this recipe, depending on what flavor you want! Cashew and almond butters are more neutral, whereas peanut butter has a stronger flavor. We used peanut butter to make a “peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough dip” and it is so good. Natural nut butters are preferred because they don’t have any extra added ingredients like sugar or hydrogenated oils. The ingredients label should say whatever nut and maybe salt, depending on which type you like. You can also substitute a non-nut butter like soy, sunflower seed, or pumpkin seed butters!
Similar to the nut butter, we highly recommend using REAL maple syrup. This is one thing we’re a stickler on because the real stuff is SO much better than the fake stuff. The ingredients in real maple syrup are real maple syrup. The fake syrups can have other ingredients like corn syrup, maple flavoring, and food colorings. Another good way to tell if maple syrup is real is the consistency. Real maple syrup is very runny and thin, whereas fake maple syrup is thick.
Your favorite! Peanut butter will have a stronger flavor while almond or cashew will have a more subtle flavor. If you or someone has a nut allergy, sunflower or soy butter can be used!
Whatever you have on hand! We love using mini chocolate chips because they’re easy to dip. You can use milk, semi-sweet, dark, or white chocolate chips!
Finely chopped nuts (you want fairly small chunks so they’re easy to dip) or pieces of dried fruit. A white chocolate cranberry cookie dough dip with white chocolate chips and dried cranberries would be fantastic!
We loooove pretzels because #sweetansalty but animal crackers, vanilla wafers, sliced banana and apple, or graham crackers make great dippers!
You can but we recommend letting it sit in the fridge overnight or for least 1-2 hours. This will allow the flaxseed to absorb some of the liquid and the flavors to meld together.
This can happen because of the fiber content as well as volume of beans consumed in one sitting. If your body isn’t used to eat a good amount of fiber, you may be a little bloated after eating beans or large volumes of high-fiber foods! We suggest draining and rinsing the beans off before using them. You can add more milk if the mixture is too thick!
What else makes the cookie dough dip healthy?
Along with using real maple syrup and natural nut butter, the ground flaxseed provides some healthy fats. The flaxseed also acts as a binding agent so that’s why we recommend refrigerating the dip before eating. Ground flaxseed is different from whole flaxseed – make sure you buy ground! It will absorb the liquid better and help the dip set. The oats also have two benefits. First, they add some fiber and complex carbohydrates to the dip. Second, similar to the flaxseed, they will absorb some of the liquid and help the cookie dough dip stay firm.
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Healthy Cookie Dough Dip
Our healthy cookie dough dip is deceiving because it’s sweet and tasty, and no one would guess the main ingredient is chickpeas! This version is lower in sugar and fat, plus has some fiber compared to normal cookie dough dips!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 2.5 cups 1x
- Category: Desserts, Snacks
- Cuisine: American
- 1–15oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 1/4 cup natural nut butter
- 1/4 cup real maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp instant oats
- 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 splashes milk of choice
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- In a food processor or blender, mix all ingredients except chocolate chips.
- Blend on high until smooth.
- Stir in chocolate chips.
- Refrigerate for 1-2 hours and enjoy!
- You can eat the dip right away if you would like. Refrigerating it allows the ingredients to meld together and become a stiffer dip.
- We recommend serving with pretzels, animal crackers, graham crackers, vanilla wafers, sliced bananas, or apple slices!
- Serving Size: 2 Tbsp
- Calories: 72
- Sugar: 5
- Sodium: 87
- Fat: 3
- Saturated Fat: 1
- Unsaturated Fat: 0
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 9
- Fiber: 1
- Protein: 2
- Cholesterol: 1
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