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Finally, here’s a chocolate chip cookie dough you don’t have to resist. Lindsey Smith, author of Eat Your Feelings ($25), developed this clean recipe that relies on almond butter and meal to form a dough that looks and tastes just like cookie dough — minus the flour, refined sugar, and eggs normally found in the batter. According to Smith, when you’re craving something sweet, you should be turning to foods like dark leafy greens, berries, sweet veggies or sweet potatoes, and natural sweeteners like maple syrup. In her cookbook, she shares antidotes for sweet cravings, including her simple and satisfying vegan peanut butter cookies, as well as this “Cookie Dough Contraband.” Though not in the printed recipe, we recommend adding vanilla powder (found at health food stores) and finishing the cookie dough with a generous sprinkle of flaky sea salt to really make the traditional flavors of the cookie dough come forth.

Cookie Dough Contraband RECIPE

Adapted slightly from Eat Your Feelings by Lindsey Smith

(Makes 12)


  • ½ cup almond butter
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1 cup almond or cashew flour
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla powder (optional)
  • flaky sea salt, for garnish (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, combine the almond butter and honey or maple syrup. Add the nut flour and mix until a ball of dough forms. Mix in vanilla powder (optional). Add the chocolate chips.
  2. Roll into bite-size balls, sprinkle with salt (optional), and freeze for 30 minutes.

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