Monday, June 25, 2012

Paleo Cookie Dough

My kids were at their dad's this weekend, so I didn't have my little monkey around to devour his favorite fruit. In other words, I wound up with three overripe bananas needing a purpose. I wasn't in the mood for banana bread, and have way too many frozen banana chunks on hand to need to add to my store.

Thanks to Heather at Multiply Delicious, I was inspired to turn those spotty nanas into an unexpected sweet treat: cookies. I even had my oven preheated, but then I had a stroke of genius. As Heather's recipe doesn't call for any eggs, I thought I'd skip the baking and put the cookie dough to another use.

Since I wasn't going to bake my dough, I omitted the baking soda and used organic sunflower seed butter instead of almond butter. I also upped the almond flour a little bit in order to make a thicker dough that would hold its own... in some yummy ice cream.

First, the dough:

Paleo Cookie Dough
adapted from Multiply Delicious

1 ripe banana, mashed
2 tbs. unsweetened, organic sunflower seed butter
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
1/4 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips

Combine all ingredients through almond flour using a stand or hand mixer until smooth.

Once I made the dough, I rolled it into little tiny balls and placed it in the freezer to get firm. Then I whipped up a very basic paleo-friendly vanilla ice cream. I combined the following using my Kitchen-aid stand mixer ice cream maker:

2 cans coconut milk
2 tbs. vanilla extract
1/2 cup raw honey
pinch of salt
pinch of arrowroot powder

When the ice cream was nearly done, I stirred in the cookie dough chunks, and then let it firm up a bit more in the freezer before serving.

My daughter isn't a big banana fan, but when the dough was combined with the flavor of the chocolate chips and vanilla ice cream, she was won over. Her brother ADORED the dough, and was very eager to nip some samples from the bowl (added bonus that as it's egg-free he could have at it).

One of these days I will have to actually bake up the Banana Chocolate Chip Cakies, but for today this little indulgence was more than satisfying. The basic dough itself is very versatile, as the only sugar it contains is in the chocolate chips. It could be stirred into paleo hot cereal, or even stirred into a smoothie.


  1. Me oh my, this would definitely do the trick on a hot summer day!

  2. it was rainy here today, so now I just have an excuse to make it again on a hot one! the kids loved it...