I’m starting a new blog series called Recipe Face-Off! The idea for this series came from the fact that I always shy away from “health-ified” recipes, especially when it comes to desserts. I don’t mind replacing dairy milk with almond milk once in a while if that’s all I have on hand, but almond flour? Vegan versions of comfort food? I’ve always thought that if you’re going to do it at all, just do the real thing.
But I realized I also believe in experimentation and the whole “don’t knock it till you try it” attitude. I’ve had my fair share of strange looks when I say I like certain unpopular foods (chicken feet for dim sum, anyone)? So it’s only fair to give these modified “healthy” recipes a try instead of immediately assuming the original is better.
Two very popular recipes on food blogs were How Sweet It Is’ Cookie Dough Dip and Chocolate-Covered Katie’s healthy version of Cookie Dough Dip. I was intrigued by both but scared to make them for a long time. For someone who is a self-proclaimed cookie addict, having a big bowl of cookie dough dip in the house is BAD NEWS. But I did it for you, Eating Clean readers. I did it for you.
How Sweet It Is’ Cookie Dough Dip
The main ingredient in this is cream cheese. So if you like cream cheese, you’ll like this. I loved the texture of this, but all-in-all it wasn’t as orgasmic as I thought it would be. And it is intensely heavy. If you weren’t paying attention and ate half the bowl, that’s almost 900 calories right there. Not even including what you’re dipping. Yikes!
Chocolate-Covered Katie’s Healthy Cookie Dough Dip
If you’re a super-healthy person who never eats real dessert, you’ll like this. Maybe. But for someone who is used to conventional desserts, I didn’t love it. It was edible, for sure, but not satisfying. The main ingredient here is chickpeas. I LOVE chickpeas. I love them pan-fried, oven-roasted, or whipped up into hummus. But I think their flavor is too strong to be passed off as cookie dough dip. It just kind of felt like, why are there chocolate chips in my hummus? But crazy respect to Katie for finding this a satisfying dessert. This is why she has perfect skin and a super svelte figure, while the rest of us don’t. Hah!
I liked How Sweet It Is’ cream cheese version better because it tastes more like a dessert. But if you’re into “healthy” desserts, do give Katie’s a try. It is a good recipe, just not for me. But in all honesty, I thought neither tasted like cookie dough. This cookie addict is just going to have to wait for the next time she bakes a batch and licks the bowl!