When you were a kid did you like to eat the cookie dough raw — before your mom could get it into the oven? I sure did!
Of course, the raw eggs aren’t the only problem with standard cookie dough. Think about all the sugar and butter or margarine that forms the basis of the recipe, with white flour to make it thicker.
All in all, it’s just not a good idea to eat regular raw cookie dough anymore.
So I decided it was time to invent something similar to that old-time treat -- but without the eggs, fat, and sugar that can either kill you quickly, with food poisoning, or slowly, with heart disease, diabetes, or cancer.
This has almost become a hobby of mine. I love to experiment with healthy ingredients to come up with a result that delights my taste buds AND supports my health. I’ve discovered that when I start with the premise that it is possible, it stirs my creative juices and becomes great fun — especially when I come up with a result that can take the place of something I used to enjoy but gave up after I made the move toward only healthy food.
So my “raw cookie dough treats” are actually good for you, and I hope you like them as much as Charlie and I do!
Raw Cookie Dough Treats
1. Remove pits from dates and soak in hot water, just to cover, for about 15 minutes to soften.
2. Place the following ingredients in a food processor, fitted with the S blade: drained beans, drained dates, vanilla, and maple flavor. Process until smooth.
3. Add oat flour to food processor and process again.
4. Add walnuts, rolled oats, and coconut to food processor and process until you like the texture. I like to leave it a bit coarse, but you can make it as smooth as you want.
5. After mixing, it should be fairly stiff — like raw cookie dough! If it is too moist, add a bit more rolled oats. If too dry, add a bit of your date water.
6. Form the dough into balls and enjoy!
Notes: Even though all the ingredients in this recipe are healthy, I don’t want to eat them all in one sitting! So I place the formed balls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or waxed paper and put them in the freezer. When the balls are frozen, I put them in a zip lock bag and keep them in the freezer. Then I just take out a couple at a time to thaw for Charlie and me to eat for a sweet treat after dinner.
If your sweet tooth thinks these aren’t sweet enough, you can add another date to the recipe. But after you break your sugar addiction, your taste buds get more sensitive and you’ll find these quite sweet.
I didn’t try baking these because my intent was to make something that tasted like cookie dough! But I might try baking them sometime. If you decide to try it, come back and leave a comment to let us know how they turned out.
I hope you’ll be inspired to experiment and make healthy versions of the unhealthy foods you used to enjoy. It’s really fun!
Delisa is a plant-based nutrition and cooking instructor in Alaska. She believes that we are designed to be slim and healthy.