Satisfy your cookie dough cravings with these healthy chocolate chip cookie date bites! They’ll quickly become one of your go-to snacks.
These healthy chocolate chip cookie date bites are a staple in our household
Date bites are the perfect snack, dessert, or pre-workout fuel:
- Easy to make.
- Rich in healthy fats and quick energy.
- Wonderfully satisfying with just the right amount of sweetness.
Trust me, whether you’re looking for more healthy snacks to make at home or a more nutritious way to satisfy your sweet tooth, you’re going to want to make these chocolate chip cookie date bites!
Why you’ll love this recipe
- Made with a handful of whole ingredients.
- No baking required.
- Naturally sweetened with dates.
- Speckled with dark chocolate chips.
- Lets you enjoy the flavors of cookie dough in a healthier package!
- Kid-friendly, gluten-free, and can be made vegan.
Ingredients used to make healthy chocolate chip cookie date bites
- Medjool dates: To save money, I buy my dates in bulk online. I haven’t tried these with other types of dates.
- Raw cashews: If you can find them, cashew pieces are generally less expensive than whole cashews. While roasted cashews will also work, I’d avoid salted ones. I haven’t tried this recipe with other types of nuts.
- Almond extract: I find almond extract gives these more of a doughy flavor, but vanilla extract also works.
- Mini chocolate chips: To make these vegan, makes sure to use vegan chocolate chips. My go-to brand is Enjoy Life.
How to make homemade chocolate chip cookie date bites
- Soak your pitted dates in hot water for 10 minutes to help them blend more easily.
- While dates are soaking, pulse cashews and salt until they form a coarse, sand-like texture.
- Next, add in dates and almond extract. Pulse until the dates are fully broken down and the mixture sticks together well. If needed, add a few teaspoons of water until the mixture reaches the right consistency.
- Finally, add in chocolate chips, pulse once or twice to combine.
- Roll bites into bite-sized balls and place on a baking sheet or large container. Freeze for 15 minutes, then transfer bites to an air-tight container.
How long do homemade date bites last?
These healthy chocolate chip cookie date bites keep for about 2 weeks in the fridge and for up to 4 months in the freezer.
Just make sure they’re in an air-tight container to avoid freezer burn.
A good food processor is key for making homemade date and energy bites
As I mentioned before, these guys are super simple! The key is having a good-quality food processor.
I use mine almost every day, from making these bites to pulsing oats into flour to making dips and soups, it comes in handy.
Oh, and food processors are awesome for shredding vegetables! If you like my beet burgers, you’ll love them even more when you can let the food processor do all the shredding.
Tips for making this recipe
- Soaking your dates before blending results in a softer, more cookie dough-like consistency.
- You’ll know the mixture is ready when you can easily roll it into a ball with your hands.
- Save money by purchasing cashew pieces rather than whole cashews.
More healthy homemade date bite recipes
Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites
Satisfy your cookie dough cravings with these healthy chocolate chip cookie dough bites! Made from a base of dates and cashews, these bites are a wholesome snack, perfect for that 3pm slump or a pre-workout energy boost!
- 12 large medjool dates pitted (81 grams) soaked in a bowl of hot water
- 1 cup cashew pieces
- Pinch salt
- ½ – 1 tsp almond extract taste and adjust per preference
- 1 heaping tablespoon mini chocolate chips (vegan, if needed)
Place dates in a bowl of hot water and allow to soak for 5-10 minutes, depending on how fresh and soft they are (softer ones will need less soaking time).
Meanwhile, place cashews and pinch of salt in food processor. Pulse until sand-like texture.
Add dates and ½ tsp almond extract. Pulse until dates are completely broken down and mixture is sticking together. Taste and add more almond extract if needed.
Add tablespoon of mini chocolate chips and pulse 2-3 more times, just until chips are evenly distributed in mixture.
Roll date mixture into balls (I usually get about 16) and place in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet. Place baking sheet in freezer for 15 minutes then transfer bites to a freezer bag or Tupperware container.
Bites can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Nutrition for 1/16th recipe: 94 calories, 1 gram saturated fat, 16 grams carbohydrate, 1 gram fiber, 13 grams sugar, 2 grams protein
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