Oatmeal Cookie Dough Date Bites

Oatmeal Cookie Dough Date Bites

What’s better than a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie? Chocolate chip oatmeal cookie dough. Unfortunately, cookie dough doesn’t cut it as a health snack (I’m sorry to break it to you) BUT that doesn’t mean you can’t still get those cookie dough flavor you love in a healthier snack. All you need are 5 ingredients, a food processor, and 15 minutes of freezer time.

Cookie dough date bites

 I’m going to be straight-forward with you. There aren’t actually any oats in this recipe. Or butter. Or added sugar. Instead, dates and cashews are pulsed into a sticky dough and then given a flavor boost from vanilla extract, cinnamon, and chocolate chips. While there aren’t any traditional cookie dough ingredients (save for the cinnamon and chocolate chips), these bites truly do taste like chocolate chip oatmeal cookie dough! To enhance the flavor of the chocolate chips, you can also add a pinch of salt (yes, I know that makes this a 6-ingrient not 5-ingredient recipe), but it’s completely up to personal preference! I recommend making the batter as is first, give it a taste, and then add in salt if you feel it isn’t cookie dough-worthy yet.

As I mentioned in my previous date bite post, I recommend storing these bites in the freezer especially if you plan on packing them for school or work so they don’t get too melty by the time lunch or snack-time rolls around.

So here’s a toast to eating cookie dough all day long!

Oatmeal Cookie Dough Date Bites

These oatmeal cookie dough date bites taste like dessert, but are healthy enough for a snack. All you need are 5 ingredients, a food processor, and 15 minutes of freezer time.
Prep Time20 mins
Chill time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate, Healthy, No-bake, Oatmeal, Vegetarian
Servings: 16
Author: The Healthy Toast

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 cup packed dates
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of chocolate chips I recommend using dark chocolate
  • Pinch of salt optional

Instructions

  • Soak dates in bowl of hot water for 10 minutes.
  • While dates are soaking, pulse cashews in food processor until it looks like small pebbles (you want it too look just a tad bigger than “dust”). Pulse in cinnamon and vanilla extract.
  • Once softened, add in dates and pulse together until a sticky dough forms. If your mixture isn’t sticking together, add in some water, about 1 tablespoon at a time. Once the mixture reaches desired consistency, taste and add salt if desired.
  • Finally pulse in chocolate chips until just combined (it’s okay to have a few whole chocolate chip pieces left).
  • Place foil or parchment paper over a small baking sheet. Roll mixture into 16 small balls and place on the foil or parchment paper. Place baking sheet in freezer and let sit for 15 minutes. Transfer bites to a closed container and store either in the fridge or freezer. Enjoy!

Notes

Nutrition for 1/16 of recipe: 90 calories, 4 g fat, 12 g carb, 2 g protein

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  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine AvatarRebecca @ Strength and Sunshine5 years ago

    Yummy and perfect!!! Yes to storing bites in the freezer! They are so good slightly hard too <3

    • The Healthy Toast AvatarThe Healthy Toast5 years ago

      Thank you 🙂 So glad you agree about storing them in the freezer – I like them slightly hard as well!

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