The Don’t-Try-This-At-Home Cookie Dough


Thank you so much to everyone with the truly wonderful comments from yesterday! All of them were so nice. Just so you know, I love reading your thoughts so much. So, thank you. You all made my day. :)

Anyway, moving on to more tasty things…

A few nights ago, I was under my calories for the day (i.e. I just wanted some dessert), so I scoured the pantry and fridge looking for something sweet (with low sugar to no) but still high in protein.

Literally not having anything in the house remotely appetizing as a dessert, I saw a can of black beans buried among rice and quinoa bags. Black beans don’t normally sounds like dessert but I remembered a recipe I saw that I had on my list-to-someday-make-if-I-ever-get-to-it.

Gathering the goods, filling the food processor and whipping them away turned a can of a usual dinner side into a sweet, lightly salted, mouth-watering cookie dough.

I can’t take all the credit for this seducing dessert, though. I can’t really take any of the credit except for, of course, I modified the ingredients, just a bit. The real genius (or person to blame) for beans turned sweet, comes from The Wannabe Chef. His Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Dessert Hummus was screaming, “Make me!” So make I did.

As the title and saying goes, the Don’t-Try-This-At-Home Cookie Dough turned out incredible. “Incredible? So why the negative connotation of a title“, you may ask… Because you just might end up eating the entire thing. In one sitting. Like me. Confession, I didn’t eat the entire thing, but I definitely ate half of it. And that my friend, is a lot of fiber. Simply put, this black bean cookie dough is addicting.

The “Don’t-Try-This-At-Home” Black Bean Cookie Dough

adapted from The Wannabe Chef‘s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Dessert Hummus

  • 15 oz black beans (or about 2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt (or 1/4 tsp salt if using unsalted beans)
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 25 (or so) drops Vanilla Creme liquid Stevia (or 1/4 cup liquid sweetener, maple syrup, more honey, agave, etc.)


Blend all together in a food processor, except for the chocolate chips. Make sure to blend all until very smooth and then scoop into a medium bowl. Add in chocolate chips, stir, and eat!

Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut, I couldn’t stop there.

So I added 1 tsp almond extract, 1/4 cup rolled oats, and 1/4 cup packed raisins. Mixed all that into another batch of the Black Bean Cookie Dough. And that is how the Black Bean Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough was born.

I promise you, this puke-tastic looking mixture really is good. I might even venture to say it’s fantastic. Make it. Now. And eat freely. It’s loaded with nutrients, high in fiber and protein, low in sugar, and energy-giving to fuel your workouts.

Either version is gluten free, dairy free, vegan, raw egg free, and delicious!

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Do you like cookie dough or baked cookies better?

What is your favorite type of cookie dough or cookie?

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nelly February 10, 2011 at 6:03 AM

ok that looks AMAZING!!! but i can’t wrap my mind around beans in a desserty way, ever!!! maybe one day my mind will evolve…


Katie February 10, 2011 at 6:33 AM

DOUGH!!! Oh my god, you have been bookmarked!
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christina February 10, 2011 at 6:44 AM

YUM! im totally going to try this at home…haha
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april February 10, 2011 at 6:45 AM

Okay, I saw that the other day and thought about making it..now I HAVE TO!!!


Ashlei February 10, 2011 at 7:09 AM

Wow that looks awesome!
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Kat February 10, 2011 at 7:16 AM

you and your crazy black bean concoctions girl! I love it. Good thing I just bought 2 more cans :) However, I dont have tahini. Dang it!
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Lydia November 2, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Maybe you could try peanut butter instead? (:


Christine (The Raw Project) February 10, 2011 at 7:28 AM

This looks awesome, you’re so creative! Funny that I was thinking of using black beans last night but didn’t have any soaked. :-P But I love the idea of using them in desserts.


dd (the lady lifts) February 10, 2011 at 7:38 AM

Whoa. whoa. whoa. Who’da thunk? i wonder if i could pulverize those beans in my blender (no food processor)…
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steph February 10, 2011 at 7:47 AM

Haha – second day in a row I’ve starred your post in my reader. FYI BF and I agree – I am making those chimi-cupcakes for v-day on Monday.
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Lauren @ WWoB February 10, 2011 at 7:54 AM

yes yes yes! on another blog a couple days ago I saw black bean brownies (or was it cake?) and it looked amazing. Now, I have this which looks even more up my alley! I bought a can yesterday….. perf.
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Katie February 10, 2011 at 8:05 AM

I AM MAKING THIS!!!!! GAHHHH! You are my hero. :) Could I use pb instead of tahini? Or maybe sunbutter?
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Amber Shea @Almost Vegan February 10, 2011 at 8:23 AM

Oh. My. Goodness.

I’ve been making a dip (twice in the past week) with cooked navy beans, PB, and honey – “dessert hummus” it is, I suppose! I never thought to try something similar with black beans. I am absolutely a cookie DOUGH person. So I WANT some of this! :)
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Lindsay Cotter February 10, 2011 at 8:27 AM

I never cuss, but HOLY HELL that looks good. I love this recipe. And I will try it at home. Must starr it now!
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Christin@purplebirdblog February 10, 2011 at 9:22 AM

Great minds… I was totally spinning the wheels in my brain about a desserty black bean dip of sorts the other night too, but you beat me to the punch! I will totally be getting down with something like this very soon!
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Michelle@ Housewife in the Raw February 10, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Very intrigued by this. I’ll have to watch out for the fiber, especially if I eat it at the end of a already high fiber day. :)
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Mandi February 10, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Wow, that looks so delicious! I can’t believe it’s made of black beans. I am definitely a cookie dough person, and when it comes to the dough my favorite is usually just plain chocolate chip. Although if were talking about baked cookies I definitely prefer white chocolate macadamia nut or oatmeal raisin chocolate chip. :)
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zoe (and the beatles) February 10, 2011 at 10:33 AM

will you stop being so awesome, please :)

making this tonight. FOR SURE. !
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Kayla February 10, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Seriously this looks AMAZING. Okay I just printed this recipe and I will definitely be making it VERY very soon!!


Ela February 10, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Sounds so good–and I love the story of its genesis. I prefer black beans to chickpeas too, slightly (although chickpeas are my heritage). I’ve made black bean brownies before–loved them, but Phil, who’s spoilt with gluten etc, didn’t like the texture. More for me…

I honestly haven’t eaten many cookies, so I don’t know which I prefer, dough or cookie, but think I like both!


Naomi(onefitfoodie) February 10, 2011 at 3:01 PM

wow that is one of the most interesting recipes I have seen in a while!! I betI could sub the tahini for almond or peanut butter because Im not sure I have tahini…YUM!


Danielle February 10, 2011 at 3:47 PM

can I just say YUM?! I love cookie dough, freshly baked cookies that are gooey and have just been taken out of the oven, and cookies that have been cooled and sealed away in a container! I loveeee that you have invented a healthy way to indulge in something that tastes like it would be bad for you! =) I haven’t had cookie dough in forever, so when my next craving attacks I know how I’m going to get my cookie dough fix!=D
oh and btw I love your blog and pics!!!
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Heather (Perspective Is Everything) February 11, 2011 at 6:30 AM

i’ve got some leftover black beans sittin in the fridge. i now know exactly what to do with them :)
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katie February 11, 2011 at 6:33 AM

hey lori! i was looking at your cookie dough creation i was wondering what you think garbonzo beans would taste like as the bean? what flavors would be good with garbonzo beans that would make it sweet? i ask because garbonzo beans are extremly high in protein and i am all about that. If you have time can u tell me your thoughts? thank u!


Mimi February 11, 2011 at 7:09 AM

I love both cookies and cookie dough, so it’s hard to choose. I like to make things vegan though, so that I don’t feel so bad about eating the dough… I guess that says something! (:
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Heather February 11, 2011 at 11:19 AM

Mmm, I tried Evan’s snickerdoodle dessert hummus recently and polished it off in less than 24 hours! All I have to say is it’s a good thing I only made half the recipe!

I am all about cookie dough! I love to intentionally underbake my cookies so they are still nice and doughy! Favorite kind of dough: chocolate chip (so original), favorite baked cookie: a tie between almond shortbread and anything with oatmeal in it!
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Alisa Fleming February 11, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Oh goodness, how good does that look. Yes, problem, I seem to have trouble stopping on the dessert thing lately … whole bowl, gone.
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kate February 12, 2011 at 4:22 AM

you could chocolate chips, raisins, and oatmeal in the same dough mix and have monster cookie dough!!!!! yum!
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janet February 13, 2011 at 6:37 AM

Oh my! This looks like it would be right up my alley…. dessert hummus? wha??? :)


anna February 13, 2011 at 2:21 PM

this is seriously a-m-a-z-i-n-g!!! mmmmmmmmmmmmmm
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Kelly May 14, 2011 at 2:18 PM

I am craving something sweet and this is going to hit the spot in about 10 minutes! haha! I actually prefer raw cookie dough to the actual cookie. I remember when I was a kid my mom would buy raw cookie dough and parcel it out to us for dessert instead of baking them. Probably not the best choice with the raw eggs in there but we never got sick…haha!
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Z February 1, 2013 at 5:45 AM

Oh my, my mouth THANKS YOU for this recipe!! I also couldn’t stop putting add-ins, I added the oatmeal and raisins too and some Life’s Basics vanilla protein powder to make it super thick as it has chia seeds in it. SO GOOD!


Lori October 26, 2013 at 7:43 AM

Yay! Happy you liked this! I know it’s one of my favorites and honestly, once you start, you can’t stop eating it! :)


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