Secret-Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (or cookies)

No eggs, sugar, butter, or flour.


Cookie dough.


Need I say more? When your sweet tooth strikes, this is quick to whip up for a nutritious snack or treat. If you’re feeling tired right now as you read this, just jump up and make it right now! I promise you will feel more energized after a spoonful or two. And feel free to throw in all the yummy things you have in your pantry–chopped nuts, dried cranberries, flaked coconut, seeds of all sorts.

This cookie dough is high in plant protein and the nutrients folate and magnesium, both of which may reduce chances of depression. As if cookie dough doesn’t reduce depression as it is!

Although 90% of the time I just eat this as cookie dough, I’ve updated the recipe to also be baked into cookies if preferred! Can you even believe the cookies in this picture are basically beans? (I would have a hard time believing if I hadn’t just made them and eaten half that batch all by myself!).


5 from 5 votes
Healthy Cookie Dough
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, naturally-sweetened.

No-bake cookie dough to eat right out of the bowl (but can also be baked if you prefer!). High in protein, fiber, and folate and very popular among kids and adults. You won't taste the secret ingredient--promise!

Course: Dessert, Snack
Servings: 8 servings
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed or 1 1/4 cups, cooked
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder (you can omit if not planning to bake dough)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup (or sub 2/3 cup coconut sugar)
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 c dried cranberries, walnuts, coconut flakes optional
  • 1/4 c ground flaxseed, chia seed, or hemp seeds optional
  1. Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips in a food processor.  (If you don't have a food processor, you can use a blender but you may need to add some almond milk to make it thinner, and your cookie dough will be a bit runnier but still taste great as cookie dough). Blend until very smooth. 

  2. Stir in chocolate chips. Chopped nuts and shredded coconut are also delicious stir-ins. Added flax, chia or hemp seeds sneak in even more protein and omega-3's.

  3. Eat as is! 

To bake into cookies:
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Place heaping tablespoon-fulls on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on the baking sheet completely before removing with a spatula. Makes 12 cookies. 



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  1. I make the secret ingredient chocolate chip cookies and found that they baked up really well. They were also delicious! I found that i was able to eat more at one time because they are not as filling as cookies made with flour. That’s a good thing! Thanks Faith

  2. Uh-oh, I’m in serious trouble. I found a replacement for regular chocolate chip cookies that doesn’t contain white, brown sugar or eggs and it is addicting! With the added peanut butter it elevates it to divine for sure. I didn’t even get a chance to bake them up because we all just sat around and ate the dough, so yummy. My kids loved it, and didn’t even know it was a healthy option. I’m going to double it next time so hopefully we’ll have enough to bake and try them as cookies.

  3. Such a creative way to use chickpeas! My kids gobbled the dough up before I had the chance to bake them, so I’m going to have to make them again and try to bake them this time! I think if you gave them to somebody who didn’t have the ingredient list, they would have no idea that there is a can of protein packed beans in it.

  4. I made this as a double batch in a blender and it worked fabulously. We used m&ms instead of chocolate chips. It was DELICIOUS as both the cookie dough and baked cookies!!

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