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Cookie Dough Bites_ A trick for how to make a great treat

Do you remember how excited you got as a kid to eat raw cookie dough? And have you ever seen a 3 1/2 year old running around and screaming for more after getting her first taste of it?

Ironically, it initially required some major persuading on my part to get my kids to try these Raw Cookie Dough Bites (mentioning that they contained chocolate ultimately closed the deal). Yet after her first bite, Chloe was darting around the kitchen begging me for more. And more. Until I had to cut her off.

Even though his sister was the wild one, Kenya was no less taken with his first cookie dough encounter. While I was distracted by Chloe's animated pleading, he just stood quietly next to the baking sheet chomping down one raw bite after the other, endlessly content.

It all makes sense to me. I was the kid who would have rather eaten an entire log of slice-and-bakes raw than bothered with baking them, so cookie dough is in my blood -- and apparently now my kids' as well. These raw cookie dough bites are as close to the real thing as you can imagine, and the best part about them is that they contain no raw eggs or refined sugar, are made with protein packed nuts, and filled with fiber from old fashioned oats. I'm happy to say that they're actually good for you.

If you're looking for just a bite (or two) of a classic treat this Halloween -- or any time of year for that matter -- take a few minutes to whip up these heavenly morsels.

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Cookie Dough Bites_ A trick for how to make a great treat (makes 78 bites - 6 1/2 dozen)

Prep Time: 15 mins Cook Time: 0 mins

egg free

gluten free

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (semi sweet or vegan)

Preparation

1. Grind the oats and nuts in a food processor for 1 minute until finely ground. Then add the honey, vanilla, coconut oil, and chocolate chips. Pulse to combine.
2. Using a 1 teaspoon measure, roll into balls.

To Freeze: Place balls in a single layer on a cookie sheet and freeze for 20-30 minutes. Transfer balls to a zip top freezer bag or glass container, label, and freeze for up to 3 months.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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36 comments

  • Maryea

    These are my daughters favorite kind of treats, too. :-)

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  • Karen

    My daughter is allergic to walnuts - can we use almonds instead? Do they need to be kept in the fridge?

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    • Catherine

      Almonds will work! They might take a little longer to grind. I kept some in the fridge, some in the freezer, and some on the counter (all in an airtight container) and they kept great!

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  • Maggie

    Yum. Do you process mixture after adding the chocolate chips? Is that how the whole ball looks chocolatey?

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    • Kristi

      That's a good question. It does like like the chocolate is ground up too. Hmm... I wonder.

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    • Catherine

      Yes! I've updated the recipe. Pulse to combine after adding the chocolate chips!

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  • Lindsey L.

    I'm excited to try this. Thanks for sharing ! My kids will love this.

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  • Caitlin

    Hi, what can you do as a gluten free replacement of oats? My daughter is on a CF/GF diet. Also, can/will sweetened carob chips work as well?
    thanks.

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    • Catherine

      Sweetened carob chips should work just fine! You can find gluten-free oats from companies like Bob's Red Mill! If you can't find those, I think ground flax or rice bran would work!

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  • Julie S

    Hi! These look fabulous! My kiddo is allergic to coconut. What would you recommend in place of the coconut oil? Thank you!

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    • Catherine

      You can use any oil! I used coconut for the flavor!

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  • Rimazat

    oh my GOD!! These are divine! You are so creative to come up with this recipe,. I tried eye-balling it and making half. Half an hour later we almost finished it, I had to hide a few bites for daddy! We rolled them in some coconut, that was also delicious. YUM YUM, THANK YOU Catherine :)

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  • Makai

    This is genius! Cannot wait to try this! Anything to make snacks as healthy as possible. I'm interested in dipping this in chocolate for an even more decadent treat. Thank u for the recipe!

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  • Cynthia

    These are wonderful. I used cocoa powder instead of chocolate chips because my son has a milk allergy and TJ did not have vegan chips. I left the cocoa out of some and he ate them plain too!

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  • Amy

    My son is allergic to all nuts so I won't use the walnuts, cashews (so yummy!), or the coconut oil. Anything else I can substitute for the nuts so they are still packed with yumminess?

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    • Catherine

      You can sub any type of oil for the coconut oil. The nuts produce oil when they're ground which helps these stick together and provides tons of protein and flavor! I'll have to think about what else can be used.

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  • Sandy

    My uber picky 3 yr old adored these!!! Thank you!

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  • ojacobs08

    Omg!!!! Sooooo delicious and easy!! I didn't have cashews so I substituted hazelnuts and my 2 yr old (& I) are chowing down!!! Thank you!

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  • Aida Mollenkamp

    What a great twist on the classic!

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  • Michelle

    Soooooo good! I could eat the whole tray!

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  • Nicole

    These are great! My boys (and I) love them! I didn't have any cashews, so I tried them with raw sunflower seeds and they were still very yummy.

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  • Jessica

    I'm SO excited to make these. Do you think I could chop some up and and put them into vanilla ice cream to make a homemade version of cookie dough ice cream?

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  • Ruth Pinnell

    Finally got around to making these! Used peanuts instead of cashews (for no other reason than I had them on hand). The first five that I rolled, my son snagged, and was mighty disappointed when I told him \"no more\" - then I tried one. Wow - these are really yummy, and came together so quickly and easily in the food processor.

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  • Marília

    I made these for my daughter's birthday and it was a hit. I made them one month after the party and only left them out of the fridge for a couple of hours and it was just great. Thank you!

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  • Nicole Hourican

    These are delicious!!

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  • Carol

    How many are in a serving? These sound delicious!

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    • McCord

      1 cookie dough bite is 1 serving!

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    Big Hit! And great way to get nutritious nuts in without depending on nut butter!

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