Vegan Cookie Dough Truffles (with a secret ingredient!)

4 years ago
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It's time for another secret ingredient recipe! I don't know about you, but eating chocolate chip cookie dough without getting a stomach ache, sounds like good times. 

This no-cook/no-bake recipe came about through good old fashioned procrastination. There’s a snazzy new appliance in my kitchen, and I’m afraid to use it. So, instead of delivering you something cooked, I’m giving you healthy vegan cookie dough truffles. No heat, oven time or scary appliances are required. This recipe contains a tasty secret ingredient -and it’s not black beans or chickpeas (although, this vegan chickpea cookie dough from Popsugar Fitness looks pretty incredible). 

Before I get into the secret ingredient in this cookie dough recipe, I’ll introduce you to the appliance I’m currently fearing: It’s the Breville Fast Slow Cooker! It’s a pressure cooker, so naturally, I’m afraid of it exploding.

I wanted a pressure cooker to cook dry beans in 20 minutes, not 2 hours. That’s a whole lot of my time I can devote to not worrying about beans boiling over on the stove (which may have happened last week and started a wee fire on the glass cooktop. Oops.). Nevertheless, until I stop procrastinating and read through the tome it came with, it’s living in the sunroom. 

If any of you have ever used a newer-model pressure cooker, please let me know what your experience with it has been! The last thing I want is a steam burn. Onto the healthy cookie dough truffles!    

These portable-dessert-bites-of-goodness are gluten-free, oil-free and free of refined sugars -and the secret ingredient is... pear! Instead of coconut oil, nut butter or chickpeas, pear serves as the creamy base to these addictive treats. 
Health Benefits of Pears
  • High in fibre: Pears contain both soluble and insoluble fibre for a healthy digestive system. 
  • Heart-healthy: The high amounts of fibre (specifically pectin) in the pear work to flush out serum cholesterol. 
  • Diabetes aversion/support: The high fibre content of pears can help to avert or manage diabetes. This, along with its flavonols and anthocyanins, have been shown to improve insulin sensitivity. 
  • Gallbladder helper: Pear juice is supposedly a natural way to dissolve gallstones. This has yet to be scientifically proven, but I do enjoy a fun folk remedy!   
  • Easily digested: Pears are the perfect fruit for those with sensitive digestive systems, as they're unlikely to cause indigestion or other unpleasant digestive upsets. Just be sure to eat them when fully ripe.   
  • Vitamins & Minerals: 1 medium pear contains approximately 10% of your daily recommended vitamin C intake, for a healthy immune system; a good amount of potassium, for proper heart and muscle function; boron, for hormonal balance and strong bones; and small amounts of many other micronutrients. 
  • Detoxifying: The pectin in pears helps to sweep out environmental toxins from the body. 

While I wouldn't recommend that you eat pears strictly in cookie dough form, this is a sweet way to add the fibre-rich fruit to your life. 

Recipe Notes 

I’ve added a bit of ginger to the recipe, which is warming, anti-inflammatory and promotes a healthy digestive system. You can skip the ginger, if you don't like it, and keep these cookie dough truffles au naturel. If you're looking for for gluten-free, dairy-free/vegan chocolate chips, I like Enjoy Life and Camino. These brands are readily available in most grocery stores. 

For the oats used in this recipe, although they don't state it on the packaging, President's Choice Organics Quick Oats are wheat-free/gluten-free, as far as I've been able to tell. My celiac sister eats these on a regular basis and has never become sick from them. Still, proceed with caution if you have celiac disease, and choose Bob's Red Mill or Only Oats wheat-free/gluten-free (Canada/U.S. labelling, respectively) oats, when in doubt. 

If you're sensitive to chocolate or just want to mix it up, simply replace the mini chocolate chips with raisins for oatmeal raisin cookie dough truffles! In place of the tahini, feel free to use natural peanut butter (i.e. no salt or sugar or weird stuff added), almond butter or any other nut/seed butter you have hanging around. The cookie dough won't be as "blonde", but it will obviously still be delicious! 


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Do you have a pressure cooker? Let me know if you have any tips. Also, what's your favourite cookie dough flavour?