Oaty Dough – a quick & easy cookie alternative

Healthy (ish), filling and only four ingredients required!

If you’re like me you have something of a sweet tooth and every once in a while you need a fix of sugar to satisfy it. Of course it can be too easy to indulge in sugary snacks and one of my personal favourites, cookie dough, is also one of the worst for the waistline.

It’s never easy to get the balance between healthy and tasty but with this Oaty Dough recipe I’ve worked on you can enjoy a sweet and natural treat without worrying as much about the calorie intake!

The nutritious powerhouse behind this recipe is medjool dates. These are incredibly sweet and they are the perfect alternative to the copious amounts of sugar used in traditional cookie dough recipes.

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A 24g serving of medjool dates will provide 6% of an adults daily recommended dietary fibre which aids in the regulation of blood sugar and cholesterol levels. The high fibre content also helps curb sugar cravings and keeps you full for longer reducing the amount of oaty dough consumed – good for daily calorie goals. The dates also include high levels of magnesium and potassium , copper, B vitamins 5 and 6.

A 100g serving of medjool dates provides significant quantities of several vitamins and minerals (Source).

Ingredients

Oats (Half a cup)
Medjool dates 3 (roughly 50grams)
Chocolate chips
Honey (1 teaspoon) or cocoa powder (add to taste)

Put half a cup of oats into the food processor and blitz until broken into crumbs (nuts such as almonds can be added for extra nutrition if desired).

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Pit the dates and add to the food processor, add either a teaspoon of honey or maple syrup.    The honey can be substituted for cocoa if you want to make double chocolate cookie dough!

Add 50ml of water incrementally to the mixture while processing until it looks like cookie dough.  Then simply add as many chocolate chips as desired and serve.

Have you tried this recipe? Let me know what you think on Twitter @AntoniaJames93

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