This healthy cookie dough is an edible paleo cookie dough recipe that you’ll want to make multiple times a week! Rich, sweet, and just like mom’s chocolate chip cookie dough, this vegan cookie dough is totally safe to eat and guilt-free, too.
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Healthy Cookie Dough (Edible, Vegan, Paleo, Gluten Free)
If there’s one universally accepted truth in this world, I’m pretty sure it’s everybody loves cookie dough. Honestly, I’m not even a major chocolate chip cookie person myself! They’re alright, and I’ll definitely eat them if they’re around. I crave them, sure! But you know what I’d rather have?
The chocolate chip cookie dough. Oh, mama.
And if there’s one universally accepted truth in my household, it’s that my husband will request my paleo healthy cookie dough recipe at least twice a week. I don’t blame him: it’s rich and sweet and the texture is perfect and the vanilla is heady and there are plenty of chocolate chips and you (Read: I) can make it in just a couple minutes.
No, I don’t blame him at all.
This healthy cookie dough recipe is paleo and vegan, as well as, of course, edible and totally safe to eat raw! There are no eggs, so no worries about salmonella. Even if that worry is a bit outdated, you can gorge your prego self (I’m looking at you… wait, I’m talking about myself) on a bowl without feeling one bit guilty.
To make this healthy cookie dough recipe, you just stir a few ingredients together and voilà – dessert is served, my friends! My kid loves it, my husband loves it, I love it… you just cannot make someone mad with this paleo cookie dough recipe. Impossible. In fact, it might make your family love you even more. Slash build you up some brownie points because your friends made reservations for another brunch this weekend and you bought a new outfit and you really, really needed it and it was on sale so basically you were making money by buying it and…
Not a true story or anything.
Let’s talk about this healthy cookie dough!
Can I substitute the almond flour?
You can, but you’ll have to play around with the flours you use as a substitute. If you’re not paleo, oat flour could work well in place of the almond flour. If you are paleo, you’ll have to work a little harder. Try some cassava flour, perhaps, and a bit more coconut flour! Perhaps 1/2 cup cassava flour, 1/4 cup arrowroot, and 1/2 cup coconut flour would work well!
Eh, I mean, you can, but it’s not going to probably work very well for you. Stick to spoonfuls, my friend!
It will last for a few days, but I’m not sure how you’re going to keep from eating it that long…
- Mix in a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter. Trust me.
- Stir in some chopped walnuts for a nice extra crunch.
- Replace the chocolate chips with white chocolate chips and add in some macadamia nuts for a vegan cookie dough version of my favorite cookie!
- Stir in 1-2 tablespoons cocoa powder to make a double chocolate chip cookie dough.
- Add in a couple of tablespoons of unsweetened shredded coconut for some nice extra flair.
If you have a nut allergy:
Try replacing the almond flour with this list of flours:
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1 cup tapioca starch
You might need to add a little more liquid to offset the absorbency of the coconut flour: try your favorite alt milk or a bit more coconut oil. And make sure you let this vegan cookie dough rest for about 5 minutes if you try this version; it will help the tapioca starch really smooth out!
See the notes for ingredients to use to make this sweet treat keto-friendly! It’s not super duper low in net carbs, so you might want to save it for a night when your macros can afford it! There are 5g net carbs per serving (1/4 of the recipe).
It couldn’t be simpler: mix all the ingredients together!
Seriously: just mix all the ingredients together except for the chocolate chips.
Once the vegan cookie dough base is nice and smooth, stir in your chocolate chips.
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Healthy Cookie Dough (Paleo, Vegan, Edible, Gluten Free)
- Stir together all ingredients, except chocolate chips, until very well combined.
- Stir in chocolate chips. Serve or chill.
- Storage: Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.
- Vanilla extract: The 1 tablespoon vanilla makes this dough taste rich and vanilla-y, but you can use less if you prefer.
- To make this healthy cookie dough keto friendly or low carb, use the following ingredients:
- 1 1/2 cup almond flour
- 4 tablespoons Lakanto Maple Flavored Syrup
- 1/4 cup Lily’s Stevia Sweetened Baking Chips
- 3 tbsp, refined coconut oil
- 1/2 tablespoon sugar-free vanilla extract
- Follow the directions as written. Nutrition is as follows for this modification:
- Calories 101. Total fat 8g. Saturated fat 3g. Total carbohydrate 9g. Dietary fiber 4g. Protein 2g.
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Cheryl Malik is the recipe developer, writer, and photographer behind the healthy, flavorful, family friendly recipes at 40 Aprons. She’s been a blogger for 10+ years and is known for her delicious recipes and detailed recipe instructions. Cheryl is a mom of three who lives in Memphis, TN.