Desserts

July 1, 2021

Cookie Monster Chickpea Cookie Dough

Cookie Monster Chickpea Cookie Dough is a delicious and fun dessert. This plant-based cookie dough is completely edible as-is, and sugar-free!

Cookie Monster Chickpea Cookie Dough

Let me get the obvious questions out of the way first...

...yes, this cookie dough is blue.
...it's made from whole food, plant-based ingredients.
...it's completely vegan, refined sugar-free, and gluten-free.

So, in short, this Cookie Monster Chickpea Cookie Dough the most fun and healthy dessert you could ever imagine.

What makes this cookie dough amazing is that you can just take a spoon to the entire batch and not feel at all bad about eating the dough before you baked the cookies. Because you were supposed to eat the dough!

Also, you still get to eat baked cookies. Because, in true Cookie Monster style, you need actual cookies. What a win - cookie dough and cookies.

Recipe Features

I pretty much listed it all above, but here are the highlights again:

  • Dietary needs — this recipe is plant-based, oil-free, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free
  • Perfect anytime dessert — this cookie dough is super easy to whip up, it only takes 10 minutes!
  • Cookie Monster goodness — this dessert is blue! Enough said.

Cookie Monster Chickpea Cookie Dough

What makes the cookie monster cookie dough blue?

This is the best not-so-secret secret about this recipe! There's NO food dye involved. No chemicals. Nothing.

The 'secret' is blue spirulina. It's naturally a deep, bright blue and it's perfect for creating a beautiful Cookie Monster blue.

What is blue spirulina?

Spirulina is a blue-green algae. It is a bacteria that is high in protein, filled with B vitamins, and high in other nutrients like copper and iron. It’s considered a health food because of its high nutrient content.

You can get spirulina in pills or tablets, but for this recipe we’ll use spirulina powder. Spirulina comes in two different colors – for this blue recipe we’ll use blue spirulina.

If you’re a little concerned about putting algae in your cookie dough, don’t worry. You can’t taste it at all! It just turns the dough a beautiful Cookie Monster blue!

Alternatively, if you don’t want to use spirulina at all, you can still make this recipe. You won't get the blue color, but all the flavors of this cookie dough will still be there!

Cookie Monster Chickpea Cookie Dough

Ingredients

So besides blue spirulina, what's in this cookie dough? And how is it so healthy?

  • Chickpeas: Ever heard of dessert hummus? This is the same concept. Blend chickpeas into a paste for a perfect cookie dough texture. I recommend using dry chickpeas that you've soaked and boiled. That way you don't add any salt, resulting in the sweetest tasting chickpeas you can get. If you want to use canned chickpeas, be sure to drain and rinse them very well.
  • Quick Oats: To help thicken the chickpeas to cookie dough consistency, we'll blend some oats into oat flour and then add them to the chickpeas. Alternatively you could use oat flour, but a super fine flour might turn the dough gummy.
  • Cashew Butter: Cashew butter is the secret to the amazing texture of this cookie dough. It makes it super thick and creamy. And cashew butter is naturally sweet.
  • Maple Syrup: Of course, cookie dough needs sweetness. Maple syrup is a great neutral-tasting sweetener that won't affect the color. You could use date syrup if you want, but the color of the dough will be browner.
  • Vanilla Extract: A touch of vanilla adds great flavor to this dough.
  • Blue Spirulina: For beautiful blue color. I was gifted some blue spirulina from this brand, and I've been loving it.
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies: It wouldn't be true Cookie Monster cookie dough without actual chocolate chip cookies involved. Head over to my recipe for the softest vegan chocolate chip cookies to make yourself a few delicious cookies for this cookie dough.

Cookie Monster Chickpea Cookie Dough

How to make Cookie Monster Chickpea Cookie Dough

Step 1. In a food processor, blend the oats into a flour.

Step 2. Add the chickpeas, cashew butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and spirulina. Blend until smooth.

Step 3. Crumble the chocolate chip cookies into small chunks.

Step 4. Transfer the cookie dough into a bowl and sprinkle with cookie chunks. Enjoy!

Recipe Prayer

Praise God for this cookie dough. We are grateful for healthy treats that we can have fun eating. Help us to enjoy our food.

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Cookie Monster Chickpea Cookie Dough

Cookie Monster Chickpea Cookie Dough is a delicious and fun dessert. This plant-based cookie dough is completely edible as-is, and sugar-free!

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

6

Prep:

10

min

cook:

0

min

total:

10

min

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Quick Oats
  • 1 1/2 Cup Chickpeas
  • 1/4 Cup Cashew Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Teaspoons Blue Spirulina
  • 2-3 Chocolate Chip Cookies

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, blend the oats into a flour.
  2. Add the chickpeas, cashew butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and spirulina. Blend until smooth.
  3. Crumble the chocolate chip cookies into small chunks.
  4. Transfer the cookie dough into a bowl and sprinkle with cookie chunks. Enjoy!

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January 16, 2022
Tracy Henry
Made this tonight. Absolutely delicious Elizabeth. You got this one just right!
Oh yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)
January 16, 2022
L Collins
Hi Could you please confirm two things:1. The amount of salt. Seems like too much. 2. The directions say there is lemon juice in the dressing but it’s not listed under ingredients. ThanksL.
Hi there! Confirming that the two teaspoons of salt in the dressing is correct. I didn't salt the cauliflower when roasting it or the salad after it was done, so this amount of salt was perfect. If you're concerned about it you can decrease the amount of salt in the dressing and then add more at the end if you need it. As for the lemon juice, SO sorry about that! It was a typo in my directions and I've removed it now. Hope this helps :)
December 20, 2021
Martha
This looks lovely! Do you have a recipe for the red pepper hummus also? Thank you!
Hi Martha! I don't have a recipe for red pepper hummus on my site. I suggest taking a traditional hummus recipe and blending in roasted red pepper.
November 22, 2021
Amanda J Lehmann
I tried these and they were delicious! A bit dense but flavorful and the "buckeye" blend of peanut and chocolate was on point! Recommend!
Yay! I'm so glad you liked them! -- Elizabeth
December 6, 2021
Grace
Hi, these look amazing. I was wondering, could I used powdered peanut butter in place of creamy for the recipe? thanks
Hi Grace! There is already some powdered peanut butter in this recipe, so adding more might make the texture more gluey. Also, the real peanut butter adds some fat, which helps create flavor. That said, if you want to use powdered peanut butter, I would suggest mixing it with a high-fat liquid like coconut cream and then measuring out 2/3 cup. Hope this helps! Let me know how it goes :) -- Elizabeth
November 15, 2021
Becky
You mention using vegetable broth in your introduction but it isn’t included in the recipe
Hi Becky - thanks for pointing this out. I have removed mention of vegetable broth from this post. You do not need any vegetable broth. The mushrooms will release natural liquid which will prevent any sticking. -- Elizabeth
September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography