For many of us, 2017 was a doozy, but we here at Brit + Co are ready to hit refresh in 2018! Follow our Hit Refresh series through January for new ideas, hacks, and skills that will help you achieve (and maintain!) those New Year鈥檚 resolutions.

Finally, here鈥檚 a chocolate chip cookie dough you don鈥檛 have to resist. Lindsey Smith, author of Eat Your Feelings聽($25), developed this clean recipe that relies on almond butter and meal to form a dough that looks and tastes just like cookie dough 鈥 minus the flour, refined sugar, and eggs normally found in the batter. According to Smith, when you鈥檙e 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 鈥淐ookie Dough Contraband.鈥 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

Adapted slightly from聽Eat Your Feelings by Lindsey Smith

(Makes 12)

Ingredients:

Instructions:

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

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