With food, there’s nothing like the “real thing.” No shade to healthy ice creams and pasta alternatives, but it’s only natural to compare them to rich, full-fat ice cream and traditional noodles, and, more often than not, the imposters just don’t measure up.

Cookie dough, though, is an exception to the rule. But, alas, the potential ramifications of noshing on raw cookie dough outweigh the fact that it tastes amazing. You’ve probably heard that cookie dough with raw, unpasteurised eggs might be contaminated with Salmonella, and E. Coli can be present in dough with untreated flour. These harmful bacteria are killed off during the baking process, but they might give you food poisoning if you grab a spoon of the raw mixture. Assuming you don’t want to risk making yourself ill, you’re better off with an alternative to traditional cookie dough.

With that in mind, it’s no wonder that edible cookie dough shops have been popping up across the country in recent years, and popular brands (e.g. Ben & Jerry’s and Nestle) have started offering edible cookie dough at grocery stores. Both are viable options when cookie dough cravings strike, but you can also easily DIY edible cookie dough for one.

Look no further than this easy edible cookie dough recipe, which requires seven basic ingredients that you probably already have on hand. The recipe swaps in oat flour for regular flour and nixes eggs. It’s a classic chocolate chip option that can easily be tweaked — feel free to swap the chocolate for sprinkles, M&Ms, nuts, or whatever else you love. This raw cookie dough for one has the sweetness and consistency of straight-from-the-mixing bowl dough but is safe to devour by the bowl. In sum, you won’t be sorry you made the swap.

Edible Cookie Dough for One
CREDIT: MEGAN SHELEY

Edible Cookie Dough for One

Makes: 1 serving edible cookie dough

Ingredients:

  • 1/8 cup tahini (can substitute cashew butter)*
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tablespoon melted and cooled coconut oil**
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/8 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine tahini, vanilla, maple syrup, and coconut oil, and whisk together until combined. Add oat flour, and salt. Using a spoon, mix wet and dry ingredients until fully incorporated. Dough should look soft and glossy.
  2. Refrigerate for 1 hour to allow the dough to thicken. After chilling, add chocolate chips to dough and stir well to incorporate.
  3. Scoop dough into a small bowl or ramekin and enjoy immediately or store in the fridge until ready to eat.

*The tahini or cashew butter should be on the drippy side. Make sure to give it a good stir and avoid using product that has thickened up at the bottom of an old tub.

**Melt the coconut oil on low heat on a stove, turn off the heat, and let cool for 10-15 minutes. This will allow the oil to cool off a bit without re-solidifying.

Nutrition facts per serving: 464 calories, 31.5g fat, 3g saturated fat, 30.3g carbs, 4.4g fibre, 13g sugar, 7.4g protein

Recipe by Megan Sheley.

This story first appeared on www.shape.com

(Main and featured image: Megan Sheley)

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