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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Healthy Cookie Dough

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Today I found out that Johnnie from AT&T is my iPhone guardian angel.

The discovery all started with my annual swimsuit purchase from Marshall's. I don't know what that says about me, because:

  1. Marshall's swimsuits have the potential to fit awkwardly,
  2. I certainly don't need a swimsuit every year,
  3. I certainly don't need a swimsuit this year because we're not going on vacation.

Yet every year I seem to be able to find one suit I like, that fits, that I can afford, and today was no different.

But somewhere between my parking spot and the highway, I realized that I didn't have my wallet. Like, my brand-new-iPhone-credit-card-driver's-license wallet. After inspecting under every car in the parking lot, harassing the Marshall's cashier, and being removed from behind the cashier counter for attempting to use the cashier-only phone, they finally came to their senses and let me use the cashier-only phone on the customer side of the counter.

Chocolate chip peanut butter healthy cookie dough on a spoon in front of a green bowl.

With customers checking out on either side of me, a Marshall's cashier rolling her eyes at me, and a chocolate bunny display inches from my face, I called Bjork. He used his fancy computer thingamajig to locate my phone, and it was bad news. My iPhone was showing up on the map, but almost a mile away.

I'm not sure if you've ever lost an iPhone, but I imagine it feels something like losing a wedding ring, which miraculously I have not done yet. Emotions run even higher when the iPhone is not just lost, but stolen, and driving further away from you every second that you spend on the phone at Marshall's.

Get in my car and chase the person down?

Call the police?

Curl up in a hole and die?

Enter Johnnie from AT&T. Johnnie, in his supercool iPhone guardian angel sort of way, called Bjork and said, “Hey, I found this phone in the parking lot at Marshall's. I have it at the AT&T store. Come get it whenever.”

There were a few tears of joy shed in front of the chocolate bunny display at Marshall's. Which is a small price to pay for such a happy ending.

Chocolate chip peanut butter healthy cookie dough in balls on a plate.

Oh, right. Healthy cookie dough. Let's talk.

Sometimes you just need to eat cookie dough straight up. Washed down with more cookie dough, and then just one more bite of cookie dough. This is for those times.

This cookie dough is soft, peanutbuttery, brownsugary, vanillaey, and delicious in the most wonderful cookie doughy way, but {gasp} it's healthy! Healthy cookie dough? Yeah. Chickpeas are blended into the dough for the same texture without all the butter.

Please oh please. Don't get me wrong. I love butter. But sometimes you need to eat a whole bowl of cookie dough in one sitting. And for that reason, I give you this recipe.

Now go.

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Healthy Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie Dough


This chocolate chip peanut butter healthy cookie dough is just that - healthier! And so good. Made with chickpeas in place of all the butter.


  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup soft tub light margarine or butter (I used Brummel and Brown yogurt spread)
  • 1 tablespoon egg whites (can omit if not baking)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2/3 cup flour (whole wheat or regular)
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup dark, milk, or semisweet chocolate chips


  1. In a large bowl, beat the brown sugar and margarine together. Add the chickpeas, egg whites and vanilla. Beat until smooth (see notes). Stir in peanut butter.
  2. Add flour, oats, baking soda, and salt to the bowl and mix again until a soft dough forms.
  3. Eat, refrigerate, or freeze the dough. If you want cookies, bake at 350 for 7-10 minutes, until just slightly set. Do not overbake. Makes 12-15 cookies/cookie dough balls.


My mixer wasn't quite strong enough to do the trick (plus there were chickpeas flying everywhere) so I switched over to the food processor to get the chickpeas blended. Then I transferred the mixture back to the mixing bowl.

The cookies won't flatten out much during baking, so if you want a flatter cookie, you should press the tops down before baking.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: healthy cookie dough, chocolate chip peanut butter cookie dough, peanut butter cookie dough

Bottom line: Johnnie from AT&T, you rock.

I think I'll celebrate with 27 cookies.

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    Isn’t it great when you still find people out there who do the right thing?? I panic when I can’t find my iPhone in my own house – I can’t imagine how you must have felt. But, heck, eat the cookies and celebrate. And about those cookies, they’ll be showing up in my kitchen really soon, in the dough form and then in my belly.

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      It was really good cookie dough considering there are BEANS in it. Even Bjork came around to loving it, which is kind of a big deal! Beans are no butter, that’s for sure, but if I had to make a healthier version this is how I’d do it!!

  2. Skillful Cook Logo

    This looks soooo yummy! There’s no better combination than chocolate and peanut butter 🙂

  3. Skillful Cook Logo

    Yikes, I’m so glad you found your phone! I can imagine the heart-stoppingness of that experience…yay Johnnie!

    And yes…sometimes, you really just do need to eat an entire bowl of cookie dough. Chickpeas or no.

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      I agree! The cookies were super good and of course, I loved the dough! 🙂 I’ll have to give it a try with muffins now.

  4. Skillful Cook Logo

    I can’t even imagine. I freak when I put my hand in my bag blindly and can’t find my iphone within 5 seconds (it’s always hiding in the corner somehow). My wallet has been stolen before straight out of my bag and the anxiety I felt when that happened was no where near the level of anxiety I feel when I *think* I’ve lost my phone. Credit cards can be cancelled, bank accounts frozen, new licenses ordered, but iphones…that’s a $700 set back!
    I would’ve needed some cookie dough too! I’ve made the healthy cookie dough dip before too using chickpeas, it’s pretty much straight up brilliance for whoever figured that substitution out!

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Oh my gosh, I had no idea about the $700 (just asked Bjork about it). I am SO glad I didn’t know that at the time!

  5. Skillful Cook Logo

    I lost my brand new iPhone 4S A WEEK before Christmas, in a parking lot while shopping. Luckily the person who picked it up (and turned it off, debating keep it for himself), finally got in touch and gave it back to me. It’s definitely not an understatement to say it feels like losing a child, that’s exactly how i described it.

    Also, can’t wait to try these cookies, they look amazing!

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Oh my gosh! Scary!!! That makes me feel better that you also equated this to losing a child. 🙂

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      I totally know what you mean. I can do it, but Bjork was a little weirded out at first. He seemed to get over it quickly, though…. 🙂

  6. Skillful Cook Logo

    So glad you found your phone! I’d celebrate with a full batch of this cookie dough:-)

  7. Skillful Cook Logo

    You’re so lucky that you got your phone back!

    I have to make this. I’m so excited. It’s looks amazing in dough and cookie form! Ugh. I wish it weren’t so late and that I didn’t have to soak chickpeas before cooking them. I need this in my life.

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Do you ever use canned chickpeas? They’d be a faster alternative! And if not, it wouldn’t be all bad to just make regular cookie dough instead. 🙂

      1. Skillful Cook Logo

        Thanks a bunch for the suggestion! Chickpeas are new to me and I didn’t even know you can buy them canned. I’m going to pick some up on my way home and make this for my husband’s 30th birthday tomorrow. Only I’m not going to tell him it’s healthy. 🙂

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      Oh my gosh. I cried. I mean, really. I cried right in the middle of Marshalls. Tears of joy, thankfully!!

  8. Skillful Cook Logo

    I made it, yay! Do we really need the baking soda if not baking? Because I left it out and it turned out perfectly fine. I’m going to make these as little nests for Easter time. Thanks a bunch for the recipe. It’s delicious! 🙂

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      No, i think you can omit if you’re not baking. I don’t think baking soda adds a whole lot of flavor 🙂

  9. Skillful Cook Logo

    Woohoo, a healthy chocolate chip cookie dough recipe! I too love the idea of being able to sit and eat a whole batch of dough without worrying about my butt instantly growing twelve sizes. I love the idea of adding a can of chickpeas to the mix too, in order to up the protein. Can you detect a bean taste at all? Not that it would bug me since I really like chickpeas. Just not sure it would go over well with the Hubs.

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      My husband was slightly weirded out at first but after it sat in the fridge for a few hours he was snacking on it like crazy. I actually liked it better right away (not chilled) and we both also liked it baked! So many options! 🙂

  10. Skillful Cook Logo

    This would be great stirred into a bowl of vanilla ice cream while watching a chick flick. (Hello, spring break!)