These easy to make raw cookie dough bites are a perfect on-the-go healthy snack. They are made with simple wholesome ingredients that will give you a boost of energy when feeling low in the middle of the day. They are vegan, gluten free, raw and no oil added.
Our 2 young children are pretty much all the time around me, so let me tell you that I have to be ready to provide them with healthy and delicious snacks at any moment. These energy balls are going to be perfect to feed these little ones with wholesome ingredients. All they see in these balls is probably the few chocolate chips, while I know I’m nourishing them with healthy fat and tons of fiber to give them the energy they need.
What you will need to make these raw cookie dough bites:
– Old fashioned oats + Raw almond: This is the dry base. They bring a delicious texture to the balls and will absorb the fats from the peanut butter to help have everything hold together.
– Medjool dates: These sticky and naturally sweet fruits are amazing at making energy balls. They really bring all the ingredients together and add most of the sweetness needed to make these bites so delicious (well, there is a little hint of maple syrup). No need for refined granulated sugar!
– Peanut butter: Also important as a sticky factor, the peanut butter has a good amount of natural fat for flavor enhancement. Choose unsweetened if possible!
– Chocolate chips: Extra dark is extra better! Less added sugar and higher antioxidants, oh and by the way, dark chocolate tastes better anyway! Also, choose smaller chocolate chips if you can. It’s easier to distribute them evenly into the dough when they are tiny. If you only have larger ones, just roughly chop them first.
How to make these raw cookie dough bites:
Most of the ingredients go in the food processor! Just add the chocolate chips after everything else has been processed to keep them intact.
Then you have to roll the dough into ball shapes, which is very easy:
– Start by putting 2 full and packed tablespoon in your hand, then press on the crumbly mixture by closing your fist. It will get compact when pressing. Then just finish up by rolling the dough in between your hands. By pressing the mixture before rolling, you will make sure the balls will hold well together. Et voilà!
How to store these balls:
They will stay good in the fridge for up to 4 days, but you can also store them in the freezer up to 3 months. If you want, just make double batch of these, put them in the freezer and you will have a delicious healthy snack ready to go at any time. They only need a few minutes to thaw on the counter before enjoying.
If you are looking for more easy to make sweet bites, you might also like these Cherry Vanilla energy balls.
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Peanut butter and chocolate raw cookie dough bites
- Food processor
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 1 1/2 cup old fashioned oats gluten-free if you need
- 15-17 large medjool dates
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract optional
- 3/4 cup chocolate chips
- Add the almonds to the food processor and process for 20-30 seconds until broken in small pieces.
- Then, add all the other ingredients except for the chocolate chips and process until a uniform crumbly mixture forms (for about 1 minute).
- Transfer to a medium bowl and incorporate evenly the chocolate chips into the dough mixing with a spoon.
- Make the balls: Start by transferring 2 tbsp of the mixture in one of your hand and press on it. This will change the crumbly nature to a more dense and sticky texture. When the mixture is well pressed, then roll it with your hands to form a ball. Set aside and keep going with all the dough.
- The balls can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days or up to 3 months in the freezer.
- Use small chocolate chips or chop larger ones to help having them distribute evenly in the bites.
- If your dates are on the small size, then choose 17 or 18 instead of 15.