I just got back from participating in a national conference recognizing under-represented and minority undergraduate students (kids from lower socio-economic backgrounds and people of color) as a mentor and moderator. BB loves reading, writing, and teaching!
I led discussion for a 100 student breakfast (with a microphone and everything!), moderated a 5 person panel of undergraduate humanities research, and wrote up feedback for all the students I reviewed. Overall? The event was fun, but also admittedly exhausting. Don’t get me wrong: I like going out, meeting new people, and dressing up. But, honestly, I like doing that sort of thing once a week, maybe even once every few weeks. Not an entire weekend. Hell no. From Friday through Sunday, I had to wear fancy clothes (dress, heels, and black tights), meet tons of new people, and present and speak in front of crowds. When Sunday rolled around, I was exhausted and had a stomach ache, y’all! I’m thinking it was either from the rich conference food we were served (steak, smothered chicken, mousses, alcohol, ice cream…the list goes on) or from my anxiety about public speaking. It was alot!
Now I’m home and ready to detox and get back to eating better. To jump start my healthy eating, I perused Pinterest…. and then I proceeded to join the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip craze! (I suspect you think I’m crazy for equating healthy eats with cookie dough dip.) I’ve seen this recipe idea for awhile on Pinterest, but I never had an interest in trying it. Now that I’ve been eating healthy (and I had a somewhat terrible weekend for eats at the conference), I wanted a yummy sweet treat for myself this week that was guilt-free and fun. How about THIS delicious dip on an apple slice or a honey graham cookie?!
This dip is a combination of multiple recipes with some new additions. I spotted Oh She Glows’ recipe that uses white potatoes and Chocolate-Covered Katie’s recipe that uses Chickpeas. How about combining those two ingredients? I wanted something thinner than chickpeas, but not quite as thin as mashed potatoes. (Why not use an old potato and chickpeas for a delicious dip for fruit?) Voila! A sweet dip made from chickpeas and a small potato! No one will know!
I added extra ingredients that I knew would appeal to my sweet tooth and boost the flavor: cinnamon and molasses for a little more rich, spicy sweetness, a tad bit of vanilla protein powder to boost the protein, and stevia and a date to cut down on (some) of the added sugar. This dip tastes alot like my Chocolate Chip Chick Pea cookies. Of course, this dip isn’t exactly the real thing, but for a low cal treat (around 50 calories a tbsp or less), this is fabulous! (And ridiculously filling.) I’d recommend making yourself a double batch of this for the week. I really liked the dip scooped with apple slices. Fun snack or dessert!
(Healthy) Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip
1/2 cup chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
1 small white or yellow potato (chopped and boiled til tender)
3 tbsp unsalted nut butter (cashew, almond, or peanut, depending on taste)
2 tbsp stevia (or brown sugar)
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp milk (cow’s milk, almond milk)
1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp molasses
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup chocolate chips
optional: 1 tbsp protein powder (vanilla or chocolate), 1-2 dates
Apple slices, dates, graham crackers, etc. for dipping!
Boil one small sliced potato until tender for 10-15 minutes.
When your potato is done, transfer your tender, hot potato to your bowl and use your immersion blender to blend all ingredients until smooth. Scrape sides repeatedly to make sure the mixture blends smoothly. When done, add your chocolate chips, and give a quick stir. The mixture should be cool enough for the chocolate chips to not to completely melt (although, some melting chocolate is yummy!). Put in a pretty bowl and serve!