Without a doubt, eating the raw dough before making soft-baked homemade cookies is everyone’s guilty pleasure! Even with the well-known risk of salmonella poisoning, people still indulge in the melt-in-your-mouth, gooey, sugary mix because it simply is just that tasty. However, last week the FDA issued a warning that raw eggs AND raw flour are a topic of concern due to a bacteria found in flour when it does not bake in high intensity heat. The FDA is warning individuals to stay away from raw cookie dough because even if you don’t end up in the hospital, there is a strong likelihood that you will suffer from mild sickness. Lucky for you, our bean-based cookie dough is eggless and flourless—allowing you to STILL indulge guilt-free in raw cookie dough and satisfy your sweet tooth.
So go ahead… grab a spoon, some of our raw dough, and read below about how the ingredients we use in our dough provide numerous health benefits, and will not leave you sick or in a sugar coma!
2016 is the year of the “pulses,” a category of legumes that includes beans, lentils, and peas. Nutrition and health-driven consumer behavior play key roles in this top food trend, as pulses work well with high-protein, high-fiber, and gluten-free diets. We use organic garbanzo and black beans as the base of our healthy, eggless cookie dough.
Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are a heart-healthy legume that provide (vegetarian) protein, antioxidants and iron to boost energy. Chickpeas are composed of both soluble and insoluble fibers, which help control appetite and regulate digestion, promoting weight loss. Packed with vitamins and minerals (potassium, iron, phosphate, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, vitamin K), chickpeas maintain lower blood pressure and cholesterol and build strong bones.
Black beans are beneficial to the human body and the digestive system. The body requires both protein and fiber in order to have a steady, regular digestive process. Black beans are high in both protein and fiber, aiding in people’s digestion – particularly in the colon. With the help of black beans, one’s body will be able to steadily break down food into its component parts. Therefore, in preventing too much or too little simple sugar uptake, black beans can actually help with regulating blood pressure. Black beans are also rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients.
As always with the latest and greatest trends, people look for healthier alternatives to life’s yummy staples. Peanut butter is one of those staples. However, 8% of the U.S. population is severely allergic to peanuts, drastically narrowing the food products they can enjoy. The almond butter in our cookie dough is a healthier, allergy friendly ingredient with high levels of healthy fats, fiber, Magnesium, Vitamin E and other essential vitamins and minerals.
The key to the creamy texture of our dough is almond butter. Just like peanut butter, almond butter has a rich consistency that can serve many different purposes, but has more health benefits than peanut butter and has lower risk of allergy. Almond butter offers cardiovascular benefits because of its fiber and fat content. Each serving of almond butter contains 18 grams of fat, made up primarily of unsaturated fatty acids. These fats improve your blood cholesterol levels to combat cardiovascular disease, and also provide energy. Products like almond butter remind us that it is important to look beyond the number of grams of fat in a product, but to look more closely at the ingredients. In our cookie dough, we pride ourselves on prioritizing ingredients that are healthy and identifiable. We optimize their nutritional value and combine them to create a product that is not only healthy, but delicious too.
ORGANIC CANE SUGAR
Sugar. It’s one of the first things people look at when reading a nutrition label on the back of a product. Whether the label says 10, 20, or even 50 grams of sugar, people cringe as they think what they are really putting into their bodies. However, much like fats, not all sugars are the same.
It’s all about added sugar! At Slender Seven, we pride ourselves on using the best, most simple ingredients, which is why our cookie dough is made with unrefined organic cane sugar. Surprising to many, this type of sugar contains nutrients such as amino acids, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. Plus, there are only 2 tablespoons of this sugar in one tub of cookie dough! Since we live in such a calorie driven society, artificial sweeteners are often used in products you see on the shelves to lower calories and sugar content. But, these sweeteners are made from chemicals and altered substances that are actually worse for our bodies and have been proven to slow metabolism and release cancer causing chemicals. Some of the most popular artificial sweeteners are sucralose, aspartame, and stevia.
Most people can’t decipher which ingredients from the long list on the back is sugar, since there are so many different ways to write sugar and too many artificial sweeteners to count - over 25! The controversy over these sweeteners is endless. In particular, stevia, which comes from a plant, is marketed as “natural” to its consumers. However, most stevia brands have added sugars to them or sometimes even chemicals to extract the intensity of the sweetness. (Tip for stevia lovers - if you are using actual stevia from the plant it should be green, not white). Bottom line, consumers don’t really know what they are putting into their bodies nor if it is actually healthy. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently put their foot down, and decided to implement a law to change nutrition labeling on the back of products so consumers really know what they are digesting (See Figure 1). This new labeling will allow YOU to see what is natural, and what is added.
Figure 1: Labeling Old vs New
Organic Coconut Oil
Our cookie dough is made with organic extra virgin coconut oil, as opposed to using vegetable, canola, or soybean oils. Coconut oil has many health benefits, sourced mainly from the fatty acids that strengthen heart functioning, immunity and digestion. The saturated fats in coconut oil have been shown to aid in weight loss by increasing the body’s metabolic rate and functioning ability.
Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
This ancient pink sea salt is the purest salt available, providing vitamins, minerals and electrolytes. These elements increase hydration, balance pH and aid in metabolism functioning. Pink himalayan sea salt flushes toxins from the body and facilitates nutrient absorption. Table salt, on the other hand, is processed and stripped of these nutrients.
So, the next time you are really craving something sweet, don’t binge on junk food or homemade cookie dough full of eggs and flour. Instead, pick up a tub of our healthy, eggless, and organic cookie dough! Because sometimes you really can have your raw cookie dough AND eat it too.