These irresistible healthy cookie dough bites are a delicious bite sized treat made with simple wholesome ingredients. Satisfy your cookie dough cravings with this edible cookie dough recipe.
Why I love these bites
- No-bake - this no-bake recipe is easy to make and great for healthy snacking. Wellness is all about balance. When you feel an urge to fill up on junk food it’s nice to have an easy to make-ahead healthy snack on hand.
- Healthy - these eggless cookie dough energy balls are made with pantry staples and simple ingredients. They have a good balance of protein, dietary fibre and carbs to keep you going. There is no refined sugar like brown sugar, no raw flour or heat-treated flour, no raw eggs, and made without cream cheese.
- Diet friendly - This easy dessert is gluten free, dairy free, and vegan friendly. The best part, you'll get a nice boost of antioxidants from the dark chocolate with this edible chocolate chip cookie dough.
- Satisfying - I used to love eating cookie dough right out of the bowl when I was little. These energy balls are perfect for satisfying my raw cookie dough craving with just a handful of ingredients.
If you'd rather just make cookies or other dessert recipes and sweet treats, try some easy recipes like my gluten-free chocolate chip cookies recipe, flourless almond butter cookies, and Chocolate Fudge Tahini Cookies. Or make another no bake dessert like my Matcha Green Tea Energy Bites, No Bake Black Bean Chocolate Fudge Brownies or Dark Chocolate Roasted Chickpeas (3-Ingredient)
Key ingredients and substitutions
- Gluten-free oat flour: oats are loaded with soluble fibre shown to reduce LDL cholesterol, support a healthy gut and help balance blood sugar. They also contain good quality protein and helps to boost your energy.
- Nut butter: adds protein and should satisfy your hunger throughout the day. Try using almond butter, cashew butter, peanut butter or seed butter.
- Honey: adds a touch of sweetness. For vegan edible cookie dough bites, substitute with pure maple syrup as your liquid sweetener.
- Coconut oil: helps bind and provides some good quality fats. Substitute with vegan butter for a different flavor profile.
- Vanilla extract: pumps up the flavor. Swap with peppermint extract for some mint chocolate chip cookie dough bites.
- Sea salt: deepens the flavor of the chocolate.
- Dark chocolate: adds yumminess and are loaded with antioxidants. Try regular chocolate chips, mini chocolate chips or white chocolate chips. I prefer dark chocolate but milk chocolate chips with no refined sugar will still taste great. Melted chocolate would add too much moisture to these healthy cookie dough balls. You can also try adding some chopped nuts.
See recipe card for all ingredients and quantities.
Step-by-step how to make no bake cookie dough bites
- I find the best way is to use a food processor (stand mixer) to bring my dry ingredients together for the best results. You can also use a hand mixer or high powered blender with the tamper tool. A bowl, wooden spoon and some elbow grease could also get the job done.
- Large bowl and spoon.
- Small cookie scoop, medium cookie spoon, mini ice cream scoop, or spoon.
- Add the oat flour, nut butter, honey, coconut oil, vanilla and fine sea salt to the bowl of a food processor.
- Blend or mix in 30-second intervals until completely combined. The dough will be similar to regular cookie dough.
- Transfer to a large bowl and add the chocolate chunks or dark chocolate chips. Mix until combined.
- Using a small cookie scoop, medium cookie scoop or spoon, scoop out bite-sized dollops of dough. Form and roll dough into balls.
- You should have about 12-18 balls from the batch depending on the size you scoop. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Expert tips and variations
Use room temperature ingredients - if your basic ingredients are too cold, they will be more difficult to mix, especially if you're mixing by hand.
Make homemade oat flour - if you picked up old fashioned gluten free oats at the grocery store, use the same amount by weight and run oats in a blender or food processor until it grinds to a flour. You can also use almond flour but it will taste less like a traditional cookie dough.
Make truffles - for delicius chocolate chip cookie dough truffles, just dip your chilled edible cookie dough balls into melted dark chocolate, place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper or wax paper, sprinkle with flaky sea salt, and chill until chocolate coating is firm.
Storage tips - store the cookie dough bites in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a week, they will soften at room temperature. You can also freeze the healthy energy balls. Place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and freeze for 1 hour. Transfer the balls to an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months.
Rolling the perfect cookie dough balls is pretty simple. The best way is to use a small or medium cookie scoop or ice cream scoop to scoop up the dough. This will ensure all the balls are the same size. Pop the scooped dough into your hand and roll in your palms with both hands to form the perfect cookie dough ball.
If you don't want to make cookie dough balls, make raw cookie dough squares! Prepare an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper. Place the cookie dough into the dish and press down with clean hands until flat and firm. Place in the fridge to chill for about 20 minutes to 1 hour. Remove from dish and slice into squares.
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Healthy Cookie Dough Bites
- 1 food processor
- 1 large bowl
- 1 cookie scoop or ice cream scoop
- 1 cup (120 g) oat flour
- ⅓ cup (83 ⅓ g) nut butter
- 2 tablespoons raw honey, or pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil , or ghee
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅛ teaspoon fine sea salt
- ½ cup (87 ½ g) dark chocolate, chopped pea-sized or dark chocolate chips
- Add the oat flour, nut butter, honey, coconut oil, vanilla and fine sea salt to the bowl of a food processor. You can also use a high speed blender or a large bowl and spoon.
- Blend or mix until completely combined.
- Transfer to a large bowl (if you're not already using one) and add the chocolate chunks or chips. Mix until combined.
- Scoop out bite-sized dollops of dough. Form and roll into balls. You should get about 12 balls from the batch depending on the size you scoop.
- Store the cookie dough bites in the fridge in an airtight container for 1 week.
- You can also freeze the healthy energy balls. Place them on a parchment lined baking sheet and freeze for 1 hour. Transfer the balls to an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months.
Hands down my new favourite sweet treat. If you are a sucker for cookie dough like me, this is definitely the recipe for you. I have a major sweet tooth and could finally indulge without feeling too guilty. I have 2 young kids and they loved them as well (keep asking for more!) It's an excellent dessert or snack for the kids (and me) and they loved rolling their own cookie dough balls in their hands. Yum!
I'm glad you enjoyed the cookie dough balls and I love that the kids had fun getting involved.