Taking a bite of cookie dough before my mom’s chocolate chip cookies made it into the oven is one of my favorite childhood memories. Nothing compares to that sweet buttery gooeyness. These cookie dough bites are far more nutrient dense, the risk of salmonella from raw eggs is of no concern, and they don’t leave you with quite the same feeling of guilt.
I find these bites to be a great addition to my weekly food prep routine and I double the batch to put half in the freezer.
Okay – I confess, these bites of goodness do contain oats (gasp!), although gluten-free oats for sure. I know, this is not a true paleo/primal recipe, however, my kids love these “cookie dough” balls and I’d rather they obsess over these real food morsels than Oreos.
These no-bake treats are easy to make and are great for an after school surprise, a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, or a cookie following dinner. They also fit perfectly into a healthy lunch for school.
For an alternative recipe, check out our Healthy Edible Cookie Dough recipe. Or, see our Protein Balls for Kids recipe roundup for more protein ball recipes. Plus, check out our Healthy Cookies for Kids roundup for more kid-friendly sweets with real nutritional value.Print
- 1 cup gluten free rolled oats
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 cup dates, pitted and chopped
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 tbsp. raw honey
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
- 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips
- Add all ingredients, EXCEPT for chocolate chips, to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until chopped and then process until finely ground.
- Transfer mixture to medium sized mixing bowl and fold in the chocolate chips.
- Using a 1″ cookie scoop, scoop mixture into your hands and tightly roll into 1″ spheres. Note: the dough will seem crumbly, but there is enough moisture to hold them together when worked with your hands. Makes about 20 dough bites.
- Store in an air tight container in the fridge.