As a kid, do you know what I loved the most when my mom made cookies? Do you know what my kids love most when I make cookies? Do you know what most people love most about making cookies?
It’s the dough!!!
Sure, baked cookies are tasty and fun, but there’s something about the ooey-gooey goodness of cookie dough that wins the vote.
However, eating raw cookie dough comes with some risk and is not advised by health organizations. So, I’m here to bring you a healthy edible cookie dough, without the risk, and WITH all the satisfaction — and of course, real food ingredients to fit your primal lifestyle.
It’s one of my favorite recipes for healthy cookies for kids.
Dangers of traditional raw cookie dough
While we all LOVE a good scoop of chocolate chip cookie dough, eating a traditional recipe raw certainly comes with risk!
What’s the immediate concern? Eating raw egg. Raw eggs have a small chance of containing salmonella, which is a bacteria that can cause food poisoning, with symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, and stomach ache. It’s usually not life-threatening, but definitely miserable.
The other danger comes with eating raw traditional flour, such as all-purpose, or wheat. Germs, such as E.coli, can contaminate grains while they are growing in the fields, and the only way to be sure that the bacteria has been killed is through cooking.
Luckily, this edible cookie dough recipe is egg-free, and grain-free to help keep you and your family safe! It’s also gluten-free, and dairy-free for those of you with allergies.
If your kids are anything like mine, they’ll think it’s so cool that they actually get to eat it raw!
Real food cookie dough
Not only does eating raw traditional cookie dough put us at risk of food poisoning (although a low risk), but most cookie dough recipes contain processed ingredients.
All-purpose wheat flours can be irritating to the gut. Processed sugars can spike blood glucose and insulin.
When you aim to emphasize real food ingredients, you feel better and support your own peak performance — putting your best foot forward at any stage of life.
I love that this edible cookie dough recipe is full of healthier foods:
- Almond flour — made from ground blanched almonds
- Coconut oil — pressed from fresh coconut milk and coconut meat
- Pure maple syrup — high in antioxidants
- Real sea salt — containing important minerals
- Cinnamon — with anti-inflammatory properties
- Organic and pure vanilla and almond extract
- And allergen-free dark chocolate
The subtle hint of cinnamon and almond extract are my favorite additions to this recipe and really boost its stand-out qualities.
For a lower-carb version of this edible cookie dough, you can substitute the maple syrup for a monk fruit sweetened product, such as Lakanto Maple Flavored Syrup (you can get it on Amazon).
Monk fruit sweetener has zero calories and is extracted from the monk fruit, or Buddha fruit, which is grown in Southeast Asia. It gets its sweet flavor from antioxidants called mogrosides, and is found in many low-carb products and recipes.
You may also substitute the chocolate chips with Lily’s dark chocolate stevia sweetened chips (also available on Amazon) for a low-carb swap. Stevia is another non-nutritive sweetener that is plant-derived.
Edible cookie dough variations
It’s hard to beat basic chocolate chip cookie dough, but here are five our favorite variations:
- Add 2 scoops of peanut, or sunflower seed butter
- Add 1 Tbsp cacao powder
- Add 1 – 2 Tbsp cacao nibs and 1 Tbsp shelled hemp hearts
- Add 2 Tbsp shredded coconut (unsweetened) and 2 Tbsp raisins
- Add 2 Tbsp chopped walnuts
Do you have a favorite? We’d love to hear!
How to enjoy edible cookie dough
Well, we think the best way to enjoy edible cookie dough is by one small spoonful at a time. However, it’s also delicious when topped with a dollop of fresh whipped coconut cream, or rolled into tiny balls and stirred into your favorite vanilla ice cream (or dairy-free version).
This edible cookie dough recipe is, of course, enjoyable to eat, but it’s also enjoyable to make because it is so dang easy! It’s simple for your littlest kitchen apprentices to help with, and it’s a fun family activity to bring everyone into the kitchen.Print
- 1 ½ cups almond flour
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp almond extract
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup dark chocolate dairy-free chips
- Mix all ingredients, except chocolate chips, in a medium bowl until well combined.
- Fold in chocolate chips.
- Divide into 4 servings.
- Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.