This delicious 5-minute vegan cookie dough recipe is edible raw (no baking necessary!), gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, and definitely a way to enjoy a healthy snack that’s packed with protein…and have your cookies too!
Edible Vegan Cookie Dough…in Minutes!
It seems that in both of my pregnancies there’s one craving that is strong...for everything sweet!! I remember when I was pregnant with Hemsley I craved candy a lot which was out of the norm for me as I usually have more of a salty tooth than sweet, and this time around it’s no different.
I often want sweet treats of all kinds so I’ve been having to find creative ways to enjoy sweet tasting foods that won’t spike up my blood sugar levels (while I have a low risk level for gestational diabetes it’s something I always consider!).
This edible vegan cookie dough is the perfect fix as it’s naturally sweet, packed with protein and healthy fats to help stabilize and slow the sugar absorption, and it’s filling and satisfying. A spoonful here and there is a great way for me to satisfy those sweet cravings without grabbing something less healthy instead (…hello donuts, I’m looking at you!).
Ingredients in Vegan Cookie Dough
For this super easy vegan cookie dough recipe you’ll only need a handful of ingredients!
Everything except for the dark chocolate chips is pretty much a whole food, and when it comes to the dark chocolate chips I go for a naturally sweetened, vegan (non-dairy) 70% cocoa version. Here’s what you’ll need for this vegan cookie dough:
- Raw cashews
- Gluten free rolled oats (or regular rolled oats if you don’t need GF)
- Natural vegan vanilla protein powder of your choice (with no refined or artificial sweeteners, I used the Orgain brand for this recipe)
- Unsweetened almond milk (or other non-dairy milk of choice)
- Pure maple syrup
- Cashew butter (or peanut butter for a more affordable alternative)
- Pitted dates
- Dark chocolate chips or chunks (non-dairy)
Is Vegan Cookie Dough Edible?
A common question when it comes to cookie dough, vegan or not is…is it edible? I think we all have memories as kids licking the cookie dough from the spoon when we got to make cookies with our moms or dads but there was often a warning around that because cookie dough typically contains raw eggs, and eating raw eggs is a no-no as there is a risk of getting salmonella poising when consuming raw eggs.
I have to admit I consumed a fair amount of cookie dough with raw eggs as a kid and survived to tell the tale but it’s still a grey area. The good news is that this vegan cookie dough is egg free and all the ingredients are completely safe to be consumed raw making it completely safe and edible!
How To Make Vegan Cookie Dough
To make this super simple 5-minute vegan cookie dough you only need one kitchen tool, a food processor! The processor works to make the dough very easily and quickly using the following steps. It’s so much better than waiting the whole time for cookies to bake so really, it’s a win-win!
- Add the oats, protein powder, and cashews to the food processor and process for 30 seconds.
- Add in the dates, cashew butter, and maple syrup and process again for 1 minute.
- While processing, pour the almond milk into the top of the food processor slowly.
- You can use a spatula and intermittently stop the processor to scrape the sides.
- Once a dough is formed transfer to a bowl and fold in the chocolate chips.
How To Store Vegan Cookie Dough
Once you’ve made a batch of this delicious vegan cookie dough you’ll have quite a bit so you have a few options for storage. I put half of my batch into a small glass jar and popped it in the fridge so I could enjoy a spoon here and there when I wanted. The other half of the batch I scooped into balls and popped in a ziplock bag and put in the freezer.
You can roll the dough into balls and keep it in the fridge for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 2 months. If you choose to freeze the dough just give it about 5 minutes to thaw on the counter before eating.
I hope you have enjoyed this tasty and simple snack or dessert! Be sure to pin the photo below the recipe to save it for later and of course, share the love! So…did you lick the spoon as a kid too?? Tell me about it in the comments!