Umm, so you know how I like to engage in a bit of tomfoolery, or trickery, if you will with Ben in regards to food? Like the “meat” balls incident? Well, I’ve done it again. This time with cookie dough dip. Whaaaaat?
About a year ago when I first spotted this recipe for healthy cookie dough dip, made with chickpeas in a pseudo-sweet-hummus fashion. I giggled to myself in the kitchen one Saturday afternoon while making it, triumphing in my kitchen successes. Ben was in the living room, playing video games and I asked him to take a snack break.
“What have you made, my dear?” he asked.
“Cookie dough dip.”
“Mmmm, I’ll take some!”
No one I know can resist cookie dough. Especially chocolate chip cookie dough. It’s like, a law of being American or something like that. Ben certainly can’t. And I knew that. And played it to my advantages. I mean, wouldn’t you?
Wouldn’t you like to see your loved ones chowing down on a [semi] healthy bowl of cookie dough without a care in the world? I mean, fielding complements of “this dip is just like a bowl of cookie dough… velvety, vanillay, caramely…” is no hardship, now is it? Especially not when those compliments are laced with praise like “you’re the best wife in the world” and “this is the most amazing dip I’ve ever had the pleasure to taste and enjoy and savor and delight in!” Okay, so maybe I exaggerated a wee little bit. But you get the essence of it.
Slowly, surely, steadily guilt [and a little curiosity] got the better of me. I couldn’t let him go on eating this delicious treat thinking it’s full of fatty ingredients while it’s really full of chickpeas and natural peanut butter. So I dropped the bomb. The chickpea bomb, if you will. And his experience went from this to this in two seconds flat:
I am happy to report that he fully recovered and was chowing down on this healthy cookie dough dip a few minutes later, without any ill effects. In fact, he loved the dip so much that he recently suggested I make it for our small group party, which I did. It was devoured, and no one seemed all that concerned about the weird ingredient. So maybe it sounds weirder than it is, or my husband is a drama king. [Just kidding! Love you, JT]. Or maybe a little of both. Whatever it is doesn’t really matter. What really matters is that you try this cookie dough dip because it’s pretty much the best stuff around!
What secret ingredients do you like to surprise people with in your favorite recipes?
- 1 15 ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- generous 1/8 teaspoon salt
- generous 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons oats
- 1/4 cup peanut butter [or other nut butter]
- 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
- 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
Add chickpeas, milk, and vanilla to a good food processor and blend until very smooth. Then add salt, baking soda, oats, and peanut butter and pulse until incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips. Serve with animal crackers, graham crackers, apple slices, etc.
Time: 10 minutes.
Yield: 2 1/2-3 cups.