No Sugar, No Artificial Sugar, Gluten Free Cookie Dough

Can this be real? On December 23, 2011, I gave up sweets and desserts. Such desperate times lead to amazing recipes like this. I find no difference in taste. This changes everything.

No Sugar, No Artificial Sugar, Gluten Free Cookie Dough
Makes about 4 cups

1 and a 1/2 cups chickpeas, drained
A dash of salt
A dash of baking soda
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup any kind of nut butter
1 and a 1/4 cup pitted dates
1/2 cup chocolate chips (see below for a no sugar recipe)

Place dates in a small bowl and add 1/2 cup water. Let sit for 6-8 hours. I found these dates at a regular grocery store. They are Sunsweet brand.

Place the dates, date water, and all other ingredients except for the chocolate chips into a food processor and blend until very smooth. Using peanut butter will give your dough a peanut butter cookie dough taste, if you would prefer it. I recommend almond butter.

Fold in chocolate chips and serve. Consider refrigerating before eating to enhance the cookie dough effect. One important note is this recipe is designed to be like eating raw cookie dough, so they are not meant for baking. Although, if you do bake them, I would be curious to know how they turn out! And, as promised, here is the recipe for the no sugar chocolate chips.

No Sugar Chocolate Chips
Makes 1 bar of chips

1/2 cup cocoa powder
4 tablespoons unrefined coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup agave

Mix ingredients until thick. Pour into any plastic, flat container and refrigerate until solid. Break into chips.

Recipe modified from Chocolate Covered Katie.