Rescuing Monday: Vegan Cookie Dough Ricotta

March 7, 2011

Happy Monday, Friends! I hope you had a restful weekend. I think I caught up on sleep with my wild and crazy Saturday night consisting of 2 glasses of wine with dinner and me passing out falling sleeping at 7:45 pm. I’m a rockstar, I tell ya. That’s what happens when you don’t drink often… sadly. I also slept until 7 the next day, so I suppose my body really did need the rest. Muscle growth and such, right?? 😉

Anyway, since it is Monday and my coffee is not yet ready, what better way to settle into the week than to start with dessert? Dessert to the rescue?!

I don’t think there is a better way to start the week. Especially since this dessert is packed with protein and loaded with NO sugar. Healthy desserts are my specialty. And most of the time they taste good. 😉

Vegan Cookie Dough Ricotta

[vegan, sugar free, gluten free, guilt free, and could not be easier]

“Don’t-Try-This-At-Home” Cookie Dough + Tofu

See, easy.

Ok, to be a little more specific, here is exactly what’s included:

  • 15 oz black beans chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup tofu
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • 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.)
  • Enjoy Life chocolate chips (gluten free, dairy free, vegan chips)

Blend everything together in a food processor or blender, until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips and serve.

This “cookie dough” really does have the texture, taste, and lightness of ricotta cheese but without the dairy- and of course, adding in chocolate chips and tahini just improves.

And why stop at cookie dough?

Of course, we need to have a balanced breakfast, so we add a mug of Superhero coffee (or tea, pictured) and vegan oatmeal-walnut chocolate chip cookies (recipe is being developed). It’s all about balance in life… and rescuing Monday! I love my new mug in every way possible. It makes me smile. 🙂

And of course, this isn’t really what I had for breakfast, but it’s fun to live vicariously through a pretend morning blog meal. If I write it, it’s kinda like a calorie free meal, right? Actually, since I really do eat everything I make, it’s more like a second helping…?

Speaking of balance and Vegan Cookie Dough Ricotta, you may want to save some of your new cookie dough…

Vegan Cookie Dough Ricotta balanced between Chocolate Zucchini Socca

I love being a tease. Or as some would say, the devil. I prefer Superwoman.

Again, happy Monday! Here’s to hoping you make it through the start of your week. 😉

How do you balance life? Work, exercise, social life, friends, relaxing, etc. How do you seek out balance?

Do you only date superheroes? And if so, which ones? Personally, I’ll take Superman. He’s got a cool cape.

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Nat July 27, 2011 at 3:20 AM

One problem with this recipe – honey isn’t vegan!

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nicole March 11, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Sorry this is off topic of today’s post, but do you have a recipe for those brussels sprouts that are pictured on your recipe page? They look soooo good.

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Katie March 11, 2011 at 4:51 AM

Yummmmmm. Is there something you could use instead of tofu? It causes me to have horrible gas. 🙁

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Amber Shea @Almost Vegan March 8, 2011 at 1:54 PM

NOMS! And omg, with the choco-socca? Delish!

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Alisa Fleming March 8, 2011 at 6:15 AM

Now this is a brilliant recipe! You are making me so hungry Lori!!

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Ernie March 8, 2011 at 5:44 AM

Cookie dough for BREAKFAST!!! I totally love your style!!!
Cookie dough for LUNCH!!!!!!! I totally love your style!!!
Cookie dough for DINNER!!!!!! I totally love your style!!!

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kate March 8, 2011 at 3:29 AM

how much yumminess can you pack into one post?!?!? chocolate zuc socca and cookie dough. yums!

i love that mug too. i enjoy batman. sexy suit 🙂

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katie March 7, 2011 at 7:41 PM

THIS IS INSANEEEEEE! please make this for me 🙂 yumm!

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Heather @ kissmybroccoli March 7, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Looks like a fantastic Monday to me! I’m totally drooling, especially over the cookie dough zucchini socca combo! Whoa!

Hopefully ONE day I’ll figure out the secret to balance! As of right now, I just react to whatever happens first! Ugh!

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salah@myhealthiestlifestyle March 7, 2011 at 10:06 AM

ps. got your last comment on my bloggie 🙂 I’d love to tell you more about my job and all that good stuff! Just email me at trust2345@aol.com or salah@activelifehq.org with the questions you have! 🙂

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salah@myhealthiestlifestyle March 7, 2011 at 10:06 AM

omg. I want all that so bad right now! Looks like great balance to me!!!

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Kristie March 7, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Yeeeah right! This dessert hummus thing is just flying. I LOVE it. This sounds so So good. Ricotta texture? Yes please!

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Michelle@ Housewife in the Raw March 7, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Happy Monday indeed! This looks fantastic! I love the mug. I married a saint, well a saint that doesn’t do mornings so well.

As for balance, it’s a daily work in progress!

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Melissa March 7, 2011 at 9:26 AM

Oh my …how awesome does that cookie dough ricotta look!! I’m trying to cut down the sugar these days and so this would be perfecto! Especially with that chocolate zucch socca tease you have going on there:)

Thank you for rescuing Monday..it was needed!!

I still don’t have the balance of life figured out! School and fitness are a top priority so I plan around that accordingly (if possible). I’m married to a superhero!! He even dreams about flying in his sleep:) LOL!!!

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zoe (and the beatles) March 7, 2011 at 8:34 AM

be still my beating heart! you’ve got to stop creating these things that make me want to lick my screen ;)! i will definitely be making this soon…veeeery soon!

and, to be honest, i have no idea how i balance everything! i work everything around work, basically. work is the little blip in life that everything else (exercise, social life, living in my kitchen) happens to revolve around but i don’t let work ever take over. the best place for me to find balance though is on my yoga mat. per usual 🙂

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Sable March 7, 2011 at 7:12 AM

You are a genius! That looks so good!

I schedule everything in. My workouts are scheduled, my ‘hang out’ time is scheduled, classes are of course scheduled…and I’m not working right now =( BUT I’m taking the times that I used to be scheduled to work to look for a new job. 🙂

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Christin@purplebirdblog March 7, 2011 at 6:42 AM

Shut UP with this!! 😉 Chocolate zucchini socca sounds ridiculous, as does your amazing cookie dough creation!

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alyssa - fashion fitness foodie March 7, 2011 at 6:22 AM

Yummmmm! Dessert to the rescue on a Monday is RIGHT!
I really have to try socca out. I keep saying that but I do!!

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Katie March 7, 2011 at 6:17 AM

Chocolate zucchini socca might be on my menu for tonight…..
LOVE the mug!!!

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nelly March 7, 2011 at 5:57 AM

oh. my. goodness.

i’m loving this recipe…can’t wait for the chocolate zucchini socca recipe…

=)

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Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) March 7, 2011 at 5:31 AM

AHHH this could not sound ANY BETTER!

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Danielle March 7, 2011 at 4:51 AM

hahah I really did think you were serious when you said you ate cookie dough for breakfast! I know from past experiences that when I start my day off with something like that I don’t eat the healthiest the rest of the day…
back in December I remember having a 2 huge slices of godiva chocolate cake for breakfast which led me to overeat and indulge the rest of the day b/c I wanted to! =/

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Kat March 7, 2011 at 4:50 AM

Omg that looks amazing. I love ricotta!! I think balance is very important in life, I feel that when my balance is off, that I am not as healthy as I would like to be!

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christina March 7, 2011 at 4:41 AM

mmm that recipe looks incredible and i don’t even like tofu!

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