Delicious Dessert happens to be healthy, vegan and glutenfree!
Are you all set with a healthy dessert option for the 4th of July? I think a chocolate chunk skillet cookie is the quintessential American dessert, right up there with apple pie! Although the ingredient list for this recipe is super clean, there is no compromise on taste or texture or looks…..it’s the real deal, just an improved version.
Fast forward to my years in the kitchen with my own kids. We made sugar cookies more often than chocolate chip because my daughter really liked to decorate them—more sugar anyone? When the kids were young, baking and decorating cookies was a favorite family activity. I didn’t encourage dough eating because I knew that raw eggs posed a risk, but at the time I didn’t realize that consuming so much sugar was even riskier.
Healthy Dessert that is tasty too!
I’m not such a party pooper that I don’t make and serve dessert, but I have stopped using refined white sugar and have experimented with other substitutes so that when I do make treats, there is something nutritious about them. Let’s be clear though—-I’m not serving yucky tasting healthy food and trying to pass it off as dessert. Quite the contrary, I am serving up yummy dessert—-that happens to be good for you. See the difference there? I don’t sacrifice taste, yet I don’t give in to ingredients that I don’t want to ingest. Not only that, but I like to add in ingredients that will give my desserts some nutritional value.
Last year, skillet cookies were all the rage and I wanted to master a skillet cookie that was healthy. OK, I know you’ll think this is odd….but stay with me here…..the combination of chickpeas, peanut butter and maple syrup is super tasty. Seriously yummy—-and that’s without even thinking about the added benefit of protein, fiber, or healthy fats taken into consideration.
I also wanted the batter to be safe to sample raw, because that is still the best part…it’s possible that once (or twice) I ate so much of this batter that I had to get a smaller pan out to bake what was left…..and I’m all about creating opportunities to say YES!!
This healthy dessert recipe was such a hit in my cooking workshops that I wanted to get it to you before the holiday weekend so you could share it with your family and friends. Glutenfree and vegan cookie dough that is as nutritious as it is delicious—-is there anything more American than that?