I Can't Stop Eating This Healthy Chickpea Cookie Dough
Good news for my fellow cookie lovers: You don't have to ditch your favorite dessert in the new year.
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It's a new year (and decade!), which means a lot of us are trying to eat healthier. Unfortunately for people with a mega sweet tooth (like me), that often means cutting out things like added sugar and processed foods.
While it can certainly be beneficial to ditch packaged sugary sweets, depriving myself of dessert makes me hangry. And hangry Jaime is not a fun person to be around, which is why I was really excited to find this chickpea cookie dough from HungryRoot.
Let me get this out of the way: I'm a cookie purist. I like rich, doughy and slightly undercooked cookies (come @ me) with *just* the right amount of chocolate. So I was very skeptical when an edible vegan cookie dough—made from beans, almond butter, coconut sugar, tahini, chocolate chips, maple syrup and a handful of other whole ingredients—came across my desk.
I'm not vegan, and vegan desserts aren't usually my thing. But, y'all, I was pleasantly surprised. The dough itself isn't grainy or "bean-y," and it tastes strikingly close to the real deal. What's even more impressive, though, is that you can eat it raw straight from the container or bake the chickpea dough into cookies.
So I liked the raw dough, but I wondered how it would bake: Would the cookies hold their shape? Would they have a grainy texture? And how would they taste? Turns out, they're absolutely delicious. While the chickpea cookie dough needed to bake a little longer than the traditional cut-and-bake kind (about 15 minutes), the cookies tasted very soft, rich and buttery (despite having no butter).
But best of all is the nutrition: In each container of cookie dough, there are nine 2-tablespoon servings. Each serving has 100 calories, 6g of fat, 1.5g of saturated fat, 130mg of sodium, 11g of carbs, 1g of fiber, 7g of sugar (6g are added), 3g of protein, plus a little iron and potassium.
EatingWell's Assistant Nutrition Editor Jessica Ball, MS, RD says, "Part of a healthy eating pattern is treating yourself, and cookies (chickpea or otherwise) can definitely be a part of that. However, compared to a traditional chocolate chip cookie, these are higher in protein, lower in added sugar and lower in calories. If you like them just as much, it can be a good, healthier treat option."
All in all, it's a pretty healthy dessert option to have on hand. I love that I can spoon it out of the container for a quick and easy treat or bake it off when I'm craving a more comforting dessert. Want to try it out yourself? Buy it here.
Jaime Milan is EatingWell's digital editor for all things newsy and trending. She's always on the hunt for the latest and greatest things to share with EatingWell's readers. In her spare time, you can find her experimenting in the kitchen, tackling home projects with her husband or taking pics of her very photogenic American Eskimo Dog, Grits. Follow her on Instagram at @jaimemmilan.