Thinking About Indulging On Vegan Cookie Dough? The Best Brands!

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Okay, I’ve you haven’t caught up to the scare yet, get this: both the FDA and CDC warn against the consumption of raw dough. And it’s not just salmonella! Aside from raw eggs potentially containing salmonella, raw flour may also have E. coli!

The good news is, there are ways for you to still enjoy cookie dough without the scare. How? Well one is to go for vegan cookie dough instead!

It’s not just for vegans! If you want to find out which store-bought vegan cookie doughs are the best and yummiest, just keep reading!

Cookie Dough And The Food Poisoning Scare

Sometimes, it’s just really hard to resist sweet treats. And if you’re a cookie dough fan, you’ll know that temptation! However, with the cases of foodborne illnesses surrounding the consumption of raw cookie dough, you’ll have to be very careful.

Every year, there are numerous reports of people getting sick from eating raw cookie dough. E. coli is known to possibly contaminate flour that has not undergone any treatment. The good thing is, you can easily destroy this harmful bacteria by using high heat or a thorough cooking process.

Salmonella, on the other hand, is often present in poultry meat products that are either raw or not cooked properly. This includes raw eggs, since Salmonella lives in the intestines of animals, especially birds.

The symptoms of food poisoning from both pathogens are very similar, but here’s a comparison table:

E. coli:

Symptoms:

  • Diarrhea or bloody diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever 
  • Vomiting
  • Gas 

Complications:

  • Bloody urine 
  • Dehydration 
  • Kidney failure
  • Death 

Salmonella:

Symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Diarrhea (may be bloody)
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Headache 
  • Chills
  • Muscle pains
  • Nausea 
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting 

Complications:

  • Dehydration
  • Blood infection (sepsis)

Although these bacteria are known to be harmful, it’s easy to make sure your food is safe through proper cooking. The thing is, most cookie dough is RAW, unless it is made edible for raw consumption. So how can we enjoy it safely? 

Every year, there are numerous reports of people getting sick from eating raw cookie dough. E. coli is known to possibly contaminate flour that has not undergone any treatment.

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How To Choose Safe Cookie Doughs

Sweet treats are better when you don’t have to regret it in the end! Well, aside from the calories and sugar, you know what I mean, nasty diarrhea and all. But how can you make sure you really get a sweet ending? Here are two tips:

  1. Choose edible cookie dough. Usually, this has no raw ingredients. Flours in edible cookie doughs undergo cooking or treatment first to kill bacteria. 
  2. If you still want raw cookie dough, there should be no eggs and your flour must have undergone treatment. Vegan cookie doughs can be a great choice!

Yes I know they sound the same, but you get the picture, no raw ingredients! 

Flour is never meant to be eaten raw. The good news is edible flours are now easily available (the same one you’ll find in ice cream ingredients!). This is the type of flour that is ideal for a safe and edible cookie dough.

Flour is never meant to be eaten raw. The good news is edible flours are now easily available (the same one you’ll find in ice cream ingredients!). This is the type of flour that is ideal for a safe and edible cookie dough.

Vegan Cookie Dough Brands

Are you looking for vegan edible cookie dough? Or maybe raw vegan cookie dough for easy baking? Well the good news is, there are a lot of brands that make both! And I mean edible cookie dough that you can also pop in the oven and bake!

If you have certain food intolerance, sensitivities, or allergies, you don’t have to worry either. Aside from vegan gluten-free cookie dough, there are also allergen-free varieties that you can enjoy.

But wait! Is there a healthy vegan cookie dough?

Don’t get your hopes up, because there’s really no such thing as healthy when it comes to sugary food. However, there are less sugary ones that can be guilt-free enough. Also, cookie doughs that are specifically made for vegans usually have ingredients that are carefully chosen. That means with health and safety in mind.

So now I will give you some of the best brands of vegan cookie dough! These are all edible that you can eat as it is. Or bake. But before that, a bit of caveat first: I DID NOT include brands or products that says vegan but are made in facilities that also process non-vegan products

Now let’s begin!

EatPastry 

This vegan cookie dough from Whole Foods is also gluten-free and soy-free! The brand’s products are also non-GMO and have a Kosher Parve stamp. They also only use organic coconuts as sweetener. NO refined sugar, NO hydrogenated oils, and NO artificial ingredients!

Per serving, EatPastry’s cookie doughs contain as much as 5g of protein and 4g of fiber!

Bakeable? Yes, bakes in 10 minutes.

Flavors:

  • Chocolate chip
  • Chocoholic chip
  • Peanut butter chocolate chip

Gluten-free: 

  • Chocolate chip 
  • Snickerdoodle (cinnamon)

Bites: 

  • Chocolate chip 
  • Fudge brownie
  • Peanut butter choco chip

Sweet Megan 

To make their edible cookie dough safe, Sweet Megan uses heat-treated flour for their all-gluten-free products. There are NO artificial ingredients and all products are non-GMO, Kosher Parve, and allergen-free, making them school-safe as well.

What’s more, all their cookie dough flavors are soy-free, NO dyes and gums, NO preservatives, and NO hydrogenated oils! 

Bakeable? Yes, bakes in 9-12 minutes.

Flavors:

  • Sugar cookie
  • Chocolate chip
  • Chocolate chip brownie
  • Chocolate chip bake and break dough 

Alpendough 

Sold by tubs, this pre-made cookie dough is allergen-free and gluten-free. They use organic coconut oil and organic sugar. However, their products also contain soy, which some consumers avoid.

Bakeable? Yes, bakes in 10-14 minutes.

Flavors:

  • Chocolate chip
  • Snickerdoodle 
  • Double chocolate

HungryRoot 

Known for their healthy meal plans that make healthy eating more convenient, HungryRoot now offers cookie doughs too! They’re made from chickpeas, which will give you 3g of protein per serving, Plus, they’re all gluten-free! 

Bakeable? Yes, bakes in 15-20 minutes.

Flavors:

  • Almond chickpea
  • Oatmeal spice

Rawmio 

Organic and handcrafted. But that’s not the only thing that sets Rawmio apart from other cookie dough brands. Their very own recipe contains maca or Peruvian ginseng, which is a great energy booster! They also use coconut sugar as sweetener, with each serving delivering 5g of protein!

Bakeable? No. Their cookie dough is actually a nut butter spread that you can also enjoy as it is!

Flavors

  • Almond chocolate chip

Just Cookie Dough 

Formerly Hampton Creek, Just Cookie Dough is non-GMO. NO artificial flavors, artificial preservatives, and artificial colors, and even better, no HFCS!

Bakeable? Yes, bakes in 9-11 minutes.

Flavors

  • Chocolate chip 
  • Chocolate mint 
  • Birthday cake

Edoughable 

Made with premium ingredients, Edoughable cookie doughs are non-GMO, soy-free, and Kosher. The edible mix uses heat-treated flour, without any chemical leaveners.

Bakeable? No, it is made for consumption as a dough.

Flavors

  • Birthday bash (non-dairy) 
  • Chocolate chip off the ol’ block (gluten-free & vegan)

Sweet Loren’s 

Gluten-free, nut-free, and non-GMO, with a Kosher Parve certification, their cookie doughs are made from 100% whole grain. The brand chooses nutrient dense and simple ingredients, and avoids processed and refined ones.

Bakeable? Yes, bakes in 11-14 minutes.

Edible Flavors (bakeable): 

  • Chocolate chunk
  • Birthday cake

Place & Bake Flavors (NOT for raw consumption!): 

  • Chocolate chunk 
  • Fudgy brownie 
  • Sugar cookie 
  • Oatmeal cranberry
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DIY Vegan Cookie Dough Recipes

Do you know what else is great about having a handy recipe you can count on? You can always tweak it! Check out these recipes and just swap the sweetener with your favorite vegan sugar. You can have your way with the toppings and add-ons too!

Flour tip: To make sure your flour will be safe for raw consumption, heat it first using a pan or oven. Aim for 350⁰F and heat for at least 5 minutes.

Vegan Cookie Dough With Chickpeas 

From: From My Bowl

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups chickpeas (cooked) 
  • 3 tbsp oat flour OR  ¼ cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup nut or seed butter (any vegan butter)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup OR any vegan sweetener of your choice (adjust to taste)
  • ¼ cup vegan chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt

Instructions:

  1. Not including chocolate chips, combine all ingredients and process on a high-speed blender or food processor. Continue until you get a thick and even mixture. Scrape the sides to make sure it blends evenly. 

Remember that doughs get thicker during storage in the fridge. So make sure it’s a bit less thicker than what you really want.

  1. Test the taste and adjust as necessary (sweeten it more if you want). Transfer all the dough into a bowl, then add the chocolate chips and fold using a spatula (or pulse them together in the blender). Your edible cookie dough is ready! When kept in the fridge, the dough can last for up to one week.

Vegan Protein Cookie Dough 

From Eating Bird Food (tweaked to be vegan!)

Ingredients:

  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas, (rinse and drain first)
  • 2 tbsp almond butter or cashew butter
  • 1/4 cup vegan protein powder in vanilla
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp vegan chocolate chips
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Pour the chickpeas into a food processor and pulse until smooth. Use a spatula to scrape the sides down as necessary.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and continue pulsing until a dough ball starts to form.
  3. Loosen up the dough using a spatula, then sprinkle the chocolate chips. Continue pulsing until the mixture is even .
  4. Transfer into a bowl or container then you can start enjoying it! A ¼ cup serving of this treat contains as much as 10g of protein! Wow!
  5. You can refrigerate the dough to last for 3-4 days.

Other ways to enjoy it:

  • As a cookie dough sundae – put a scoopful of dough in a bowl and drizzle with chocolate syrup (or melt some choco chips in the microwave).
  • As cookie dough bites or balls – roll a spoonful of dough into a ball. Repeat until you use up all the dough. You can also roll the balls in sprinkles or chocolate scrapings.
  • As a cookie dough dip: thin down the dough using any vegan milk. Add gradually until you get the texture you want. You can also add fruit slices or sweet crackers.

Vegan Sugar Cookie Dough 

From Family Fresh Meals

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup flour (To eliminating any bacteria risks, by toasting your flour at 350 degrees F for just 5 minutes we kill off any harmful bacteria.)
  • ¼ cup salted butter
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • colorful sprinkles

Instructions: 

  1. Combine sugar, butter, and vanilla on a mixer and blend until smooth and even with a creamy texture. 

Gradually add flour and continue mixing until you get the consistency of a dough. Add sprinkles and enjoy!

Flour tip: To make sure your flour will be safe for raw consumption, heat it first using a pan or oven. Aim for 350⁰F and heat for at least 5 minutes.

BONUS: To learn more vegan cookie dough recipes, check out the video below!

Conclusion

There is no need to worry about foodborne illnesses when you choose high quality vegan cookie dough! You can also just make your own by tweaking recipes. It’s easy! Just remember to heat the flour properly (or use edible flour) and you’re good to go!

What’s your favorite vegan cookie dough? And which recipes, so far, have brought you to cookie dough heaven? Let me know on the comment section below. And don’t forget to share this article in your favorite social media platform.

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