Caveman Cuisine: Paleo "Cookie Dough"

As kid, making home-made chocolate chip cookies with mom was always a treat.

During the process it was inevitable that flour would puff and billow out, scenting the air with the dry aroma of wheat. Eggs would be cracked and their gloppy contents, along with velvety softened butter, potent vanilla extract, and grainy sugar crystals, would go into the mix. Chocolate chips would be also be added, although a few always met a premature end, and the disparate substances, initially resistant to the idea of combining, would ultimately yield to "elbow grease", or the tines of an electric mixer.

From their union, cookie dough would be born, and while the alchemical magic of turning liquid dough into solid cookies was intriguing, the real excitement was always reserved for the "cleanup". I'd be handed the mixing bowl and spoon and would quickly go to work on the sweet, raw, gooey goodness. Since eschewing wheat, however, I've given up making cookies, which severely hinders the possibility of enjoying a spoonful of childhood memories now and again.

So I did something about it. It's not perfect, and it is definitely not cookie dough, but it is close, and it hits some of the same buttons without copious amounts of raw egg, sugar, and wheat flour.


1 tbsp cacao nibs (see "Cacao Cacao" for the backstory on these)
1 tbsp chopped walnuts
2 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp coconut oil
1-2 drops real vanilla
Pinch sea salt
Pinch cinnamon


In a small bowl, combine "wet" ingredients (coconut oil, almond butter, and vanilla).  Add "dry" ingredients next (nibs, walnuts, sea salt and cinnamon) and mix well.

Eat with a spoon (or off of a mixer attachment if feeling particularly nostalgic.)
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Tony is the host of the Paleo Magazine Radio podcast, author of "Paleo Grilling: A Modern Caveman's Guide to Cooking with Fire", and Cofounder of Powerful PT, an innovative information resource for Fitness Professionals. He has appeared on numerous local and national television and radio broadcasts and regularly hosts healthy cooking workshops and informational lectures. He is also a full-time Personal Trainer and Wellness Consultant who lives in Jacksonville Florida with his wife Jamie.
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  1. Ok, so I can't believe no one had commented on this yet. You have hit a home run with this one my friend! I was sitting at home last night really fighting the urge to have something sweet and I remembered this post and decided to give it a try. WOW! You say it isn't the perfect replacement, which is true, but it is damned close! A+ on this one Tony!!!

  2. That's awesome! Super glad you liked the recipe, especially the fact that it helped pull you back from the brink of a carb craving!

  3. This was awesome. It's even better refrigerated, because it makes the texture more cookie-dough-y

  4. Any nutritional facts on this one? Seems very delicious!

  5. Tony! My one SAD weakness is eating uncooked cookie dough. I was about to make this and realized I ran out of vanilla! I can not wait to try it on those random nights where the cravings hit hard.

  6. I want to try this soo much! Ben and jerries is my favorite icecream because of the cookie dough bits in it, I will try this in icecream if it is nice!

  7. Ok, so ... to address the elephant standing in the corner, umm...

    What would happen if you try to bake this? Has anyone tried, just to see what the result would be like? It might not be a "cookie", but it might be good, no?

    1. It probably wouldn't take form unless you added at least an egg to it and maybe some almond flour for binding. As is, it would probably just melt into puddles.

  8. @Liam, If you wanted to mix this into ice cream, I would recommend rolling it into marble sized bits, chilling them, and then folding them into your ice cream once it is already set (if you are making home-made). I'd imagine that it would be pretty good that way!

    @Unknown, I'll take on that elephant. The "dough" would start to flow, and would eventually form a little puddle full of cacao nibs :)

  9. For someone who has tried the recipe - how does it compare to the real thing? It looks fabulous! But I am very fussy...

  10. This is SOooooooooooo good. I'm not a fan of coco nibs so I used organic dark chocolate chips (cheating a little, i know) but this is really good and has a close resemblance to the real deal. I highly recommend using a little bit more walnuts just to give it a little more crunch. yum!

    1. I'm so happy that you liked my little creation! I definitely won't hold it against you that you added chocolate chips instead of nibs :)

  11. not sure what I did wrong but they weren't tasty; it tasted very nutty - not chocolatey & not sweet; I tried adding some honey & dark cocoa but it didn't help much; I must have done something wrong?