Merry Christmas, everyone! As my gift to you, I’m sharing a simple holiday recipe that works well as a nutritious dessert or a fun snack — Gingerbread Cookie Dough Dip!
If you haven’t tried my Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip, you should definitely try that version as well. It’s so easy to make and fun to eat! And since it’s made with healthful ingredients such as chickpeas, oats, and almond butter, you don’t need to feel guilty for licking the bowl clean!
I was inspired to make this gingerbread cookie dough dip when I was invited to a low-key Christmas party for my church small group. I wanted to take something fun, but in this busy holiday season, I didn’t want to spend all day baking and decorating cookies. My husband recommended I take my chocolate chip cookie dough dip (because it’s his favorite), so I decided to make it plus a holiday version. Gingerbread was an easy choice, and the result was exactly what I wanted!
To give this dessert dip a gingerbread flavor, I added cinnamon, ground cloves, ground ginger, and molasses to the basic cookie dough recipe. It went over well at the party, and my picky husband gave it two thumbs up!
Not only is this gingerbread cookie dough dip delicious and festive, it’s super easy to make! You just put all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender, process for about 30 seconds, transfer it to your serving bowl, then eat it with apple slices, pretzels, or honey graham sticks.
This dip is vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and secretly nutritious!
- 1 can unsalted chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- ¼ cup + 1 T. pure maple syrup
- 2 T. almond butter
- 2 T. tahini (or 2 more T. almond butter)
- 2 t. vanilla extract
- ¼ t. sea salt
- 1 T. molasses
- ¾ t. ground ginger
- ¾ t. ground cinnamon
- ¼ t. ground cloves
- For serving: apple slices, pretzels, honey graham sticks, etc.
- Blend all ingredients in a food processor, stopping to scrape down the sides once or twice, until well combined and fairly smooth.
- Transfer to serving bowl and sprinkle with more cinnamon or add cinnamon sticks as a garnish.
- Serve immediately with apples, pretzels, and graham crackers, or cover and place in the fridge to chill before serving.
Cookie dough dip is a great treat to keep in the fridge, because it makes a special after-school snack! My 2-year-old is a huge fan, and would eat it all day if I let her!
Enjoy this recipe, and have a fun and safe Christmas!