A Healthy Cookie Dough to Quell Sugar Cravings
As the new year peaks over the horizon and 2016 descends back into the darkness from whence it came, it’s time to reset, rebalance and take some time for introspection.
But, perhaps most pressing, it’s time to rid yourself of those nagging sugar cravings you’ve cultured after weeks of snacking on cookies, cakes, alcohol and sweets. It can be a difficult cycle to escape. Sugar is so tasty, just a little bit more won’t hurt, right? Sugar cravings can quickly spiral out of control, which is why I developed my own recipe to quell sugar cravings, but still satiate that need for a subtly sweet comfort food.
For me, there is nothing better than a sweet, doughy spoonful of chocolate chip cookie dough. But, cookie dough is full of refined sugar and flour. It’s a great treat, but it will set you right back on the wonky sugar train. This healthier alternative I have developed—grain-free, nut-free, vegan and with no added sweetener—is pretty darn close to the real thing, but way better for your body, especially your blood sugar.
This recipe relies on the magic of tigernuts, a small tuber with a natural sweetness, a little like sweet potatoes or parsnips. (Organic Gemini is a reliable producer that can be easily found in some health food stores, Whole Foods, or online.) One thing that sets tigernuts apart from other root foods is how incredibly rich in resistant starch they are. Resistant starch functions as a prebiotic in the digestive system, resisting digestion and acting as fertile breeding ground for good gut-dwelling critters. It can also be found in green bananas and cooked-then-cooled white rice.
As we know, the microbiome exerts huge control over blood sugar, cravings and metabolism, so the prebiotic action of tigernuts can actually help you replenish good bacteria in your gut after a holiday season of feeding all the less-desirable, sugar-seeking critters.
Tigernuts, when paired with the subtle sweetness of coconut oil, make a just-sweet-enough dough to make you feel great while satiating that incessant call for sugar. What’s better is that it is absolutely loaded with beneficial fiber, allowing it to act as a chimney sweep in your digestive system.
Can tigernuts quell your incessant holiday sugar cravings? Try it for yourself. Here is my recipe:
Tigernut Cookie Dough
- 1 cup tigernut flour
- 3-4 Tablespoons virgin coconut oil
- pinch of salt
- unsweetened chocolate chunks or cacao nibs (as much as desired)
- Combine the flour, oil and salt in a bowl with a fork. (Alternately, you could briefly pulse them in a food processor until a loose ball forms.)
- Stir in the chocolate chunks.
- Grab a spoon and dig in!
*I have never attempted to bake these, as they are designed purely for spoon licking. I imagine they would require some sort of binding agent, like eggs or flax “eggs.” Feel free to experiment on your own!