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Healthy Cookie Dough Dip - I tried this and was shocked... it really does taste exactly like real cookie dough! (Repinned over 350k times) @choccoveredkt

Healthy Cookie Dough Dip… it’s like an unbaked form of those popular White Bean Chickpea Blondies.

I don’t know about you, but when I make the blondies, quite a bit of the raw dough gets consumed in the process! So I figured, why bother baking them at all? Especially with the summer weather approaching, this cookie dough dip is a great way to get your blondie fix without turning on the oven.

But will “normal” people like it?

Often, I’m unsure if a recipe with which I am in love will be a hit with the general population of people who aren’t used to healthy food. Yes, I have my wonderful taste-testing friends, but by now, they pretty much know that anything I’m asking them to taste will be healthy. Therefore, I worry their judgment might be biased (i.e. they might think, “Well, this is good… for a healthy dessert.) I don’t want my desserts to be good for a healthy dessert. I want them to be good, period.

The following is directly from my About Chocolate Covered Katie page.

I refuse to believe one must give up delicious food in order to be healthy… Healthy food can taste incredible when it’s prepared the right way.

Chickpea Cookie Dough Dip

I brought this healthy cookie dough dip to a party. But I didn’t tell anyone it was healthy, and I didn’t tell anyone it was mine. I simply set the dip down on the table amidst the other snacks.

Something amazing happened…

People tried the dip. They went back for seconds. Then thirds. Everyone kept asking, “Who brought the cookie dough dip? I need this recipe!” And I can’t tell you how many girls said, “Ugh I gotta stop eating this stuff” or “Where are my fat pants?”

Healthy Cookie Dough Dip

When I finally admitted the dip was healthy (and that it contained chickpeas!), no one would believe me. Therefore, this chickpea cookie dough dip recipe is a winner.
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2015 edit: When I asked readers to vote for their top 5 favorite recipes from the blog to include in the new Chocolate Covered Katie Cookbook, this cookie dough dip won by a landslide!

The recipe has been featured by Cooking Light, Bon Appetit, CNN, Shape, Glamour, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Huffington Post; and it has inspired bloggers everywhere to post their own versions of the now-famous dip on their blogs.

Cookie Dough Dip with Beans


Healthy Cookie Dough Dip

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  • 1 1/2 cups chickpeas or white beans (1 can, drained and rinsed very well) (250g after draining)
  • 1/8 tsp plus 1/16 tsp salt
  • just over 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup nut butter of choice (If you use peanut butter, it will have a slight pb cookie dough taste, so if you don't want this, try the Deep Dish Cookie Pie, unbaked. instead)
  • up to 1/4 cup milk of choice, only if needed
  • Sweetener of choice (see note below, for amount)
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 to 3 tbsp oats (Ground flax will also work)
Total Time: 10m


Add all ingredients (except for chocolate chips) to a good food processor, and process until very smooth. Then mix in the chocolate chips. (Some commenters have had success with a blender, but I did not. Try that at your own risk, and know the results will be better in a high-quality food processor such as a Cuisinart.) If made correctly and blended long enough, this should have the exact texture of real cookie dough!

See the following link for: Sugar-Free Cookie Dough Dip

Sweetener Notes: I used 2/3 cup brown sugar when I first made this for the party. Liquid sweeteners (agave, maple, etc.) are fine as well, as is evaporated cane juice. You can get away with less sugar– some people will be perfectly fine with just 3 tbsp for the whole recipe! And if you don’t want any sugar, be sure to check out the “no-sugar” version linked above.

white bean cookie dough dip

You can, of course, just eat this healthy cookie dough dip by the spoonful. For the party, I served it with graham crackers, but fresh fruit would also be nice.

Or, you could get crazy and dip in some of these Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Megan says:

    I’m a total chatterbox! I could have a have a 20 minute conversation with a brick wall!
    And that dip sounds SO good! I know what I’ll be snackin on today. 🙂

    1. Laura says:

      This looks delicious,but will you taste the chickpeas when it’s blended with everything else?

      1. Julia says:

        Nope! I taste SO yummy! Even my kids love it 😉 It really taste SO good. I use mini chocolate chips so you get more chocolate it every bite 😀

      2. jen says:

        I used half the chickpeas bc they had a strong taste, and used more oats, PB and a little coconut butter with agave. My partner was wowed

        1. Elyse says:

          It is important to wash the chickpeas REALLY well, otherwise they do become a bit of a dominant flavor. It’s worth it, though, this batter is really good! 🙂

        2. Holly says:

          I only use chickpeas that I cooked for this recipe. Canned chickpeas have a strong funk to them imo. I cook big batches of chickpeas and freeze what I can’t use that day. They have a much cleaner taste this way.

      3. Deedeelee says:

        If you’re worried about tasting the chickpeas try white/northern beans instead. Milder flavor 🙂

      4. Kine says:

        Most people won’t. My younger son has a discerning pallet and can taste the chickpea in that it tastes more like a Peanut butter cookie – just something other than straight traditional cookie dough. But anyone else I’ve tested it on (kids serve this to their unknowning visiting friends a lot) and no one else has ever turned it down!

  2. lskdjflksjk KATIE UR RECIPES JUST KEEP GETTING BETTER AND BETTER!!!!!!!!!!! that is all I have to SAY!

  3. WOAH well I know what I’m making tomorrow…!! 😀 YOU ARE SUCH A CHOCOLATE COVERED GENIUS and you can have my legs or whatever any day if I can have that chocolate covered BRAIN of yours!! Totally making this ASAP! 🙂

  4. Emily says:

    I second Carrie’s comment!

    I was reading Food Network Magazine and it said some people have a certain gene that makes them love creamy foods. I think I have it! I like cookie dough more than cookies, frosting more than cake, and ice cream is definitely my favorite dessert.
    And I guess this answers the question of “Are you a chatterbox?”

  5. I tried something like this and it was SO so good!! 🙂 I also brought it to a party and it was the first thing to go!! 🙂 Awesome!

    Have a great day!

  6. Emily says:

    Oh and just out of curiosity, what does the baking soda do?

    1. I add it for flavor. Chocolate chip cookies have baking soda (the best ones do anyway!), and I really think it adds a little bite/tang to the flavor of the cookie. 🙂

      1. Carolyn says:

        I was curious about the baking soda, as well, and here is what I found:

      2. Jenn says:

        The flavor?! Blegh! I’m pretty sure baking soda is only to be used as a leavening agent in baked goods, not for flavor. It certainly doesn’t have what I would call a pleasant flavor to add to a dish!

        1. Kia says:

          But hey, it makes it taste more like authentic cookie dough 😀 At least that’s what I thought lol. 😀

        2. Laura H says:

          I actually made this recipe before criticizing it, and it was fantastic. The baking soda is imperceptible, but I know exactly what flavor Katie was hoping to impart. If you don’t like it, why don’t you skip it?

      3. Barb says:

        I tried this recipe today – yum!

        I found this bit on baking soda in hummus on Smitten Kitchen:

        Basically, baking soda can reduce the gassiness associated with fresh-cooked chickpeas.

        Thanks for sharing!

  7. Patty says:

    looks delicious! question: if you don’t have a sweet tooth, why do you only make desserts? I know you want to prove that “healthy can tast naughty” but if you don’t like the taste of “naughty” then what’s the point of replicating it to begin with?

    1. I guess it does sound funny that someone who writes a dessert blog doesn’t have a sweet tooth… but all I mean is that I don’t like my desserts sweet. I still like dessert!!! I just love rich desserts better than sweet ones, if that makes any sense. Like really dark chocolate desserts. Or creamy desserts.
      I’m not big on sweet things like candy or syrup-y dessert… or even things like sorbet. (Some of my recipes, like the cake batter doughnuts, were made more with my readers in mind than me.) But I love desserts like chocolate fudge cake or dark chocolate brownies or pudding.

      1. Heather says:

        You said this a while back, but I have to say that I am glad to find I’m not alone. I like a touch of sweetness but I dislike most regular strictly sweet things. I still crave them at times but I have such a fondness of “creamy”. One of my favorite ice creams is very creamy and milky tasting, but not so sweet. Though, I’m trying to omit non-fruit sugar and it is probably still astoundingly too sugary. Worried if I try this (or your dates version) – I might just get too addicted and literally eat the whole bowl. 🙂

        Thank you so much for healthy, rich recipes – that I feel like I could trust to actually taste good since you have a similar flavor preference.

  8. Sometimes, I am a chatter box.. and then sometimes I am in silent mode. It is funny – when I am at work, I kind of stay off in my own corner of the building.. because I have stuff to do. I went out with a bunch of teachers a while back.. and there were SHOCKED.. they were like.. WOW.. you talk.. and you talk a lot!

    It depends on the environemnt, I suppose!

  9. Kerryne says:

    You are a genius… everyday I come to your blog ready to drool and then ready to bake, or blend 🙂 Can’t wait to try this!

  10. Iris says:

    This looks awesome, and I know exactly what you mean about wanting everyone to like your food, not just health nuts! I sometimes make something and think it tastes amazing and sweet, and then I give it to my boyfriend, and he goes, “Uh…could use some sugar.” So the fact that this was a hit with everyone is a sure sign it’s delicious!

  11. What a great idea!! I love dip batter 🙂 Next time I go to a party, I’ll keep this recipe in mind =.

  12. Emily says:

    Cookie dough dip sounds so much better than cookie dough hummus! Great photos girl!

    1. LOL I saw a TON of bloggers make cookie dough hummus a few months ago, but I never felt an interest in getting in on the trend… I think the name turned me off. But I guess my dip is pretty similar to that; I didn’t even mean to make a dip… the recipe came about by accident when I discovered I liked the blondie BATTER better than the actual blondies I was making! 🙂

  13. Hannah says:

    Everything you make looks insanely delicious- I hate my cooking being on hiatus due to exams! My friends and I are planning on having a CCK based celebration picnic after our exams; this dip is definitely added to the list of recipes 🙂

    1. Oh my gosh, wow, I am so honored!!! And if there will be chocolate, can I please come? 😉

      1. Hannah says:

        Of course there will be chocolate! And I’d love you to come but how’d you feel about a flight to England? 😉 x

        1. I hate flying… but for a chocolate party and to meet some sweet girls it might be worth it :).

  14. I’m making a gingerbread version this week…. 😉

    1. Oh that sounds incredible! I like the snickerdoodle version even better than the cookie dough one. So I can only imagine how good gingerbread will be!

      1. Kayla says:

        There is a snickerdoodle version of this? I must have missed that! where can I find it? 🙂 I wonder how the gingerbread version worked out?

  15. VEGirl says:

    Oooooh.. tasty! My personality depends on who I’m with– when with people I;m comfortable with, I can be sort of chattery, like low-key high energy (does that make sense?), and crack lots of jokes. Other times I can have a total diplomatic conversation with someone, like at an event I’m hosting.

    Frankly I don’t even know my personality that well! It feels like the person I’m naturally inclined to be goes in and out sometimes!

    1. VEGirl says:

      So I made this before I left the house, let it refrigerate for a couple hours, and when I got home I totally dug in.

      Oh. My. Cookies. This is so delicious! I stevia sweetened it, and put in half the falx (I think I’ll only put a tablespoon in next time), and used normal chocolate chips. They provided just the right amount of sweetness to the dip :). I just ate about a third of the batch, with some corn chips and a spoon ad Dippers. I guess I;m a piggy, too (although that is a compliment in my book :D). I love the lovely flavor the pb imparts, and how it thickens perfectly into cookie dough texture in the fridge. I think it would make a fabulous sandwich (peanut butter and cookie dough sandwich, anyone?).

      Thanks again!

      1. VEGirl says:

        Oh, and I forgot to mention that I actually used lima beans (home canned) since I didn’t have any chickpeas. It worked just the same!

      2. Haha I replied to this on your blog. Pb cookie dough sammie pretty much sounds like the best idea ever!

  16. katie says:

    this looks so darn good!!!!!! Love it!!!

    I am such a chatterbox! I love it ; ) ha!

    love you!

  17. Yum! I love fooling others when it comes to healthy food 🙂

  18. Marsha says:

    Hi, Katie.
    I really enjoy your recipes and will have to try the blondie batter dip at a social gathering some time soon. Often times I have trouble finding the particular recipe that I’m looking for on your site. I have several favorites and am always having to click through several pages before I can find any of them. Have you considered making one big recipe table of contents or list of links so it is easier? Either that, or I’ll have to just copy each favorite I find into my own CCK word doc.

    1. Hi Marsha!

      I do have a recipe page:
      And I just re-vamped it so that you can find ALL of the dessert recipes on one page. Here’s the link to all my dessert recipes:
      Hope that helps! 🙂

      1. Marsha says:

        Ah…that is just what I was looking for. Thanks a bunch!

  19. Too much delicious-ness in one post! Can’t wait to try these.

    BTW, tried your voluminous oats for the first time and you’re a genius!

    1. Aww I’m so excited you tried it!! 🙂

  20. Brittany says:

    I love that you just set it down to see what would happen! Too many people get the wrong idea if you mention the word “healthy” and it alters their opinions and taste! This dough looks divine!

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