Let’s be straight with each other, I’m not one to eat cookie dough before it’s cooked. I’m just not.
I just like the freshly baked, warm and gooey cookie, post dough. But, if you give me dough that’s bursting with flavor and pretty healthy, well, then I guess I’ll give into temptation.
If I’m going to eat healthy, which I do about 90% of the time, then I want my food to taste good and taste decadent. I do my best with spices, seasonings, and flavors to create outstanding recipes and meals- and I’ve perfected this art, if I do say so myself. *pats self on back*
Granted, I’ve been filling my body with veggies (AND my beloved green smoothies and green juices) for a while now, which actually changes your palate. It really does! The more basic, or back-to-nature you eat, the more sensitive you are to how real food tastes. For example, when I eat something with butter and sugar (like a “real” cookie), the sweetness is WAY overpowering for me. But, when I make raw bites with dates and nuts and a pinch of sea salt- it’s perfect.
True story: I made some of my raw bites for my coworkers. I brought in some energizing, healthy bites and gave each person one to try. Two of the guys said they loved them, and SIX of the women told me they weren’t sweet enough and they would be good rolled in powdered sugar.
Ok, I’m sure they would be good rolled in mounds of super-fine sugary crack, but the point of them is HEALTH. No hard feelings at all though, they just have a different palate than I do. They eat coffee cake and scones almost daily, so I know why the bites weren’t sweet enough… But I guarantee, if they ate unprocessed for just one week, their taste buds would adjust to real food.
Here’s a recipe that super easy, super vegan (no raw eggs for this one!), definitely Paleo, and you can feel great before and after indulging- spoonful by spoonful.
Paleo Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookie Dough
Makes about 10 cookie dough cookies.
- 1/4 cup coconut flour (or almond flour)
- 2 heaping tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, or raw cacao powder
- 1 heaping tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
- 1/2 tbsp miso paste (optional, but secret ingredient!)
- 1 tsp melted coconut oil
- 3 soft dates (soak in warm water for 5 minutes, if needed to soften)
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 tbsp honey (optional, or few drops liquid stevia)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1/4 cup good beer (or almond milk) + more if needed for moistening
- handful of chocolate chips
Mix all ingredients together. Taste and adjust any ingredient to meet your liking.
Eat with a spoon. Or form into little cookies. Store in refrigerator or freezer if you don’t eat all of them in one sitting.
Note: you may sub anything your little heart desires in replace of pretty much any ingredient you wish to omit. The beer is optional, but gives the dough a slightly lighter texture.
Have fun and create away!
Baked cookies or cookie dough?
Crispy cookies or soft and fluffy?
Weird and risky ingredients or standard and safe?