Healthy Cookie Dough

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
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
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.