March 9, 2015

Recipe & Review: Raw Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

I have an unhealthy relationship with food. Some people eat to live. Some people live to eat. I am of the latter group of individuals. I love chocolate, sugar, pasta, all things dairy, bread, bread and bread. While in moderation, all of these things are okay, I have very little sense of what moderation actually is. So in preparation for my Biggest Loser Challenge that starts on the 16th of this month, I have been trying to get my head straight about how to control my food intake without feeling like I'm depriving myself of something totally delicious.

Of course all these means is that I'm craving cake, Starbucks, milkshakes and cookie dough.

On Friday, I decided to just go ahead and fulfill one of these desires but in a sort-of-healthy-ish way. I jumped on Pinterest to have a look at imitation cookie dough recipes and stumbled on one by Erin (this link takes your right to her step-by-step) at Texanerin Baking (go check out all her amazing recipes). And wow, are these good. 

[She also has a whole-grain inspired cookbook coming out very soon and you can pre-order it on Amazon here.]

Anyway, on to the cookie dough balls. 

What You Need

You only need five ingredients:

Natural peanut butter (I got Smucker's Natural Creamy). 
Almond meal/flour
Chocolate chips
Salt (just a little bit)

Erin suggests that to make this a vegan recipe, swap the honey for agave. And to make dairy free, swap regular semi-sweet chocolate chips for Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips. I just used regular toll house, and I swapped the semi-sweet for milk chocolate because: yum. 

Also, she recommends that you store them at room temperature, but we actually appreciated them a little more after they had sat in the fridge overnight. They were a little "greasier" but the the cookie-dough consistency was on point. 

What You Do

I won't give you the step by step because Erin's directions are so perfect, but I'll show you the pictures:

Measuring the peanut butter
Add the almond flour
Lots of chocolate chips!
Bit of honey
A major thanks and huge thumbs up to Erin for sharing this awesome recipe with the world. Matt's a very picky eater and we killed a whole pan of these in two days (would not have lasted that long but we were away for a wedding on Saturday). I guess they're not technically healthy - but healthier than regular cookie dough, right? Hello? Anyone out there?

Whatever the case, you're going to want to try these!


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