This is the best healthy cookie dough you'll ever eat and it takes minutes to make. It can be made into cookie dough bites or balls, eaten with a spoon or used as a dip. It's naturally paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan!
When my traditional edible cookie dough recipe went bananas on the internet, I figured it was about time I share a healthy version with ya'll! One that fits into a healthy lifestyle and you can eat without thinking twice about what you're putting in your body.
This recipe tastes just like chocolate chip cookie dough and it hits the spot when your sweet tooth is calling your name.
Why You'll Love this Healthy Cookie Dough
- You can easily make it for one
- It fits into every diet or lifestyle (paleo, gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free)
- It's made with minimal ingredients
- Takes less than 10 minutes
- Only requires one bowl (no food processor needed!)
- It's a crowd favorite when you make it as a dip
- Roll them into healthy cookie dough bites and freeze them for a sweet treat
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
Here are the few ingredients you need to make this recipe at home! If you bake healthy recipes often, you likely have all of these ingredients in your pantry right now!
- Almond flour: grab a blanched almond flour, which means the almonds are peeled prior to grinding. I don't recommend swapping this out for another grain free flour. The structure and amount of liquid they absorb varies. I haven't tested it, but oat flour will probably be the closest swap.
- Arrowroot flour: you could also use tapioca flour. This helps the texture and can easily be found in the baking aisle.
- Nut butter: my favorite is cashew butter because of its mild flavor, but almond butter or peanut butter works too.
- Coconut oil: grab a refined coconut oil to minimize the coconut flavor.
- Maple syrup: this is the sweetener I chose, but you could also use agave, raw honey or coconut sugar if you have those on hand.
- Vanilla extract and salt
- Mini chocolate chips: these are a better fit for healthy edible cookie dough because they aren't being baked. We like to use dark chocolate chips because they're dairy free. Grab Enjoy Life, Hu Kitchen or another brand that's clean.
- Optional protein: you can add a couple of scoops of your favorite vanilla protein powder if you want to balance the macros. You may need to add a few tablespoons of almond milk if the dough looks a little dry.
How to Make Healthy Cookie Dough
- Mix the melted nut butter, melted coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla in a medium bowl until completely incorporated.
- Add the almond flour, tapioca flour and salt and stir well until the liquid ingredients are absorbed and it's starts form a dough. It may look slightly lumpy because of the almond flour. This goes away after a while and it's refrigerated.
- Add the mini chocolate chips or chocolate chunks. Feel free to add anything else like, walnuts, pecans or shredded coconut.
- Stir to combine then place it the refrigerator 10-15minutes to cool and set. Top with additional sea salt if desired.
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Healthy Cookie Dough Bites
Our absolute favorite way to eat this vegan cookie dough is by rolling them into bite-sized balls and keeping them in the fridge or freezer. Place each bite onto a baking sheet and flash freezer for 10-15 minutes then transfer them to a ziplock back or airtight container and store in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Want another way to serve healthy cookie dough? Add it to chocolate banana ice cream, a healthy paleo chocolate cake or sandwich it in between gluten free pretzels and then dip them into chocolate.
Is it healthy to eat cookie dough?
As long as your recipe doesn't include raw eggs and flour it's totally safe to eat! Luckily, this recipe is made with almond flour, arrowroot flour and no eggs. In fact, it's vegan! So it's 100% safe to eat this healthy cookie dough recipe.
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Healthy Cookie Dough
- 1 1/4 cups almond flour
- 2 tablespoons arrowroot flour or tapioca flour
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 cup cashew butter or almond butter melted
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil melted
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips optional I used enjoy life mini chocolate chips
- Mix the melted nut butter, melted coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla with a rubber spatula until completely incorporated.
- Add the almond flour, arrowroot or tapioca flour and salt and stir until it's completely incorporated and the mixture starts to form a ball. The dough may look lumpy at first, but it will smooth out as it sets.
- Add the mini chocolate chips or chocolate chunks and stir to combine. Place it in the refrigerator 10-15 minutes to cool and set.
- Leave as is and serve it as a dip with pretzels or apples, or roll them into 1-2 inch balls and store in the fridge or freezer for up to 3 months.