Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dip

Made with chickpeas and lightly sweetened with dates, this dip is the perfect snack when served with a side of apples!

Hi Friends!

I have a special treat for you today. Well, two treats actually. First, my good friend Meme from Living Well Kitchen is here to take over the blog! Second, the recipe she’s sharing is a treat for sure! Meme is a fellow RD who shares delicious recipes on her blog so if you haven’t check it out yet, be sure to head over now and add her to your reader!


peanut butter cookie dough dip

Hi there, Lean Green Bean readers!

Despite the fact that we’ve never actually met, I feel like Lindsay is an old friend because I’ve been a long-term reader and love all her tips, recipes, Bean Bytes, etc.

My self-imposed life goal as a registered dietitian/food blogger/human being with taste buds is to help people realize that healthy food can be really tasty and it doesn’t have to be difficult to live a healthy lifestyle. I feel like Lindsay does a really good job promoting that on the Lean Green Bean. Needless to say, I was super excited when she asked me to do a guest post on her blog!

Guest posting can be one of those daunting tasks because you feel like you really need to bring your A-game. And in my opinion, desserts are always A-game.

So I set out to create a few recipes based on what I had in my kitchen. Considering the amount that it rains in New Orleans and that I like to “walk” my errands, I needed to use what I had at home because you never know when you’re going to leave your house with the sun out and 5 minutes later the heavens open and you’re drenched head to toe. Not to mention that the city is below sea level so it floods in a hot minute. I’ve come home from many a grocery trips looking like a wet dog…

Luckily, I’m well prepared and always have peanut butter, chickpeas, oats, and dates in my kitchen.

Since I’m currently on a cookie dough dip making rampage {Sugar Cookie and Coconut Almond Cookie}, I decided I needed to make a peanut butter version. I mean, peanut butter is one of my all-time favorite foods.

This Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dip has a secret ingredient that makes it a very nutritious snack. It's vegan, gluten free and kid friendly.

Y’all… not to toot my own horn, but I’ve hit a home run with this peanut butter cookie dough dip! The peanut-butter-loving, cookie-dough-dip-making freak in me is doing cartwheels as we speak. This stuff is sweet {thanks to the dates and almond & vanilla extracts} and salty {I sprinkle mine with a touch of sea or kosher salt}.

Basically, it’s salty-sweet goodness in a bowl that you can feel good about serving to friends and family.

Chickpeas make the base of the dip so there is no need for butter, sugar, or flour like most cookie dough dips require, and it boosts the fiber & protein content. It’s also entirely sweetened with dates, which do contain sugar but they are full of fiber and vitamins & minerals.
I prefer to enjoy this right from the food processor served in a bowl with some sliced apples.

Serves 2

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dip

Lightly sweetened with dates and full of fiber from the chickpeas, this dip is sure to be a hit with the whole family!

Rating: 5.0 from 1 reviews1

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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dip


1 cup pitted dates {about 10 whole dates}
1 cup very hot water
1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, washed & drained {about 11/2 cups}
3 TBSP peanut butter
1 TBSP vanilla extract
1/8 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup oats {regular or quick}
1 TBSP chopped peanuts, optional


  1. Add the dates to a bowl and cover with very hot water. Let sit for 15 minutes.
  2. Remove dates from the water, reserving the date-soaking water. Add the dates and two tablespoons of water to the bowl of a food processor. Blend until very smooth {once you add the other ingredients, it will not get any smoother}.
  3. Add the chickpeas, peanut butter, vanilla extract, almond extract, salt, and baking powder. Blend until completely smooth.
  4. Add in oats. Blend until smooth {adding an additional teaspoon or two of water if needed to help blend}.
  5. Transfer to a bowl and serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 5 days. Sprinkle with a little extra salt and/or chopped peanuts before serving, if desired.
  6. Serve with fruit slices {or just eat with a spoon}

This Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dip has a secret ingredient that makes it a very nutritious snack. It's vegan, gluten free and kid friendly.

Nutrition Facts per 1/4 cup serving:
142 calories, 4.6g fat (0.6 saturated), 20.7g carbohydrates, 4.1g fiber, 4.7g protein


Meme is a Registered Dietitian living in New Orleans, LA – notably referred as the Big Easy. She is the founder of Living Well Kitchen, a blog busting with recipes, practical nutrition advice, local restaurant reviews, fitness fun, and other ramblings she may have. Join her as she waxes poetic about fruits & veggies and tries to make southern staples just a little bit healthier.


Huge thanks to Meme for stopping by today!

Let’s chat:

What’s your all-time favorite dip…healthy or not?


PS. If you like Love Grown Foods, head over to my Instagram to enter a fun little giveaway today!

About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. This sounds so good! Must try!
    Laura @FitMamaLove recently posted..This Week in Workouts: Getting Rewarded for Exercise with the EveryMove App

  2. Ummm this sounds amazing!! I loooove cookie dough!! And this healthier version makes it all the better! Must make!
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  3. This. is. amazing.
    Arman @ thebigmansworld recently posted..Cinnamon Bun Oatmeal Pudding

  4. cant wait to try this!! YUMMMMMM, i love peanut butter!

    Hmmm as far as my favorite dip, thats tough!! I am still searching! Maybe this one? :)
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  5. This sounds like heaven!
    Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes recently posted..Blogiversary Month: sponsored posts and blogging

  6. What a great idea for a dip! My favorite dip (I have many) is guac.
    jill conyers recently posted..Post-Run Recovery Routine

  7. mmmm… I need me some of this!!!
    Brittany @ Delights and Delectables recently posted..Stock Your Kitchen: Pantry Staples

  8. I love anything peanut butter! :) This looks amazing!
    Becky@TheSavedRunner recently posted..Week of Fitness 2/24-3/2/2014

  9. This is amazing! I think I might actually have all the ingredients for it too! :D!!! Pinning for future attempts! <3
    Farrah recently posted..Almond Pancake

  10. Um… this sounds fabulous. Must make!!
    Alysia @ Slim Sanity recently posted..Taco Pasta

  11. I will forever love chickpeas in dip form. :)
    Maryea {happy healthy mama} recently posted..Natural Products I’m Loving Now: Summer Edition

  12. Wow, this looks amazing! I love making a dip like this seeing everyone loving it and then telling them it actually has chickpeas in it!
    Jen @ Pretty Little Grub recently posted..Healthy Maple Pecan Granola

  13. Now this is my kind of dip! It sounds absolutely amazing! My all time favorite dip is hummus! I either buy it or make a homemade batch every week and I love dipping fresh veggies in it!
    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat recently posted..Weeks 21 to 25 – Going Perfectly

  14. Delish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Jody – Fit at 56 recently posted..Gratitude Monday, Tolerance and Sharing Instagram Love

  15. Love, love, love that this is vegan- you nailed it!:)
    Heather Williams recently posted..How to Go Meatless on Monday- Edition #1

  16. Robin @Robinsbite says:

    Love, love, love the apple display that you so carefully arranged on the platter!!! YUM!!

  17. This sounds awesome, Lindsay! I LOVE when I see people using beans in creative/sweet ways :)
    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl recently posted..Treat Yourself Tuesday: July 29, 2014 + Giveaway Winner

  18. This looks so good! My all-time favorite dip is the yogurt fruit dipping sauce. It’s so good, I could eat it with a spoon haha!
    Emily @ Zen & Spice recently posted..Frozen Blueberry Yogurt Bites

  19. Meme this looks DELICIOUS! I love making cookie dough dip this way but I’ve never tried soaking the dates. I bet it really smooths things out and makes it even more delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

  20. Umm, this sounds FAB! How could you go wrong?! 😉
    Joanna @Makingmine recently posted..{build your own} ball pit

  21. I am super excited to try this!
    misszippy recently posted..Strides: your secret weapon

  22. Oh man. I am salivating over here!
    I didn’t get my cookie dough oats in for breakfast and my withdrawal symptoms just got way worse after reading this :(
    Thanks for sharing though…I cannot WAIT to make it 😀
    GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth recently posted..5 Things on my Fitness Bucket List

  23. I have all the ingredients to make this except for the dates! I need to give it a try! It looks so yummy!
    Polly @ Tasty Food Project recently posted..Raspberry Chickpea Muffins with Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer

  24. Pinned!! Want! I have tried similar recipes w chickpeas before and it’s amazing how NOT chickpea-like it tastes! so yum. can’t wait to try :)
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  25. Wow this is too good to be true! I happen to have dates, now I gotta get chick peas.
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie recently posted..Blueberry White Chocolate Brown Butter Cookies

  26. Yum!
    Matt @ Runner Savvy recently posted..Back At It

  27. Pardon the language but … HOLY CRAP! That looks like it won’t last a minute on my plate.
    Dan C. @ The Streamlined Ska Librarian recently posted..Hitching a ride on names

  28. A great dip. It certainly would be a hit at any gathering. Blessings, Catherine

  29. LOVE THIS IDEA! I’ve made sweet “hummus” but never added oats… so smart.

    My favorite all-time dip is guac, hands down!
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