Looking for a delicious, healthy, and easy-to-make snack that will satisfy your sweet tooth? These bite-sized No Bake Cookie Dough Bites are the perfect combination of sweet and indulgent, with that familiar edible cookie dough flavor that will have you craving one more. This healthy dessert snack is made with wholesome ingredients in 5 minutes. And the best part? You don't even need to turn the oven on!
Need edible gluten-free cookie dough in 5 minutes? Congrats! You've found the best recipe for vegan cookie dough balls. They're great for lunch boxes, an after-dinner dessert, or whenever you need a pick-me-up. Love lemon? Check out my no-bake Lemon Poppy Seed Bites.
Vegan, gluten-free, naturally sweetened, soft, and chewy - what more could you desire? These bites are made with just 8 ingredients, and they're ready to devour in minutes. Your go-to sweet when the craving hits, so let's get into it!
In this post, I share the following:
- What types of flour are safe to eat raw, and why is it necessary to bake certain types before consumption?
- What's the best way to store flours that don't require baking?
These edible cookie dough balls are no bake, but my quick and scrumptious Chocolate Chunk Cookies or Gluten-Free S'mores Cookies are perfect when you're craving some warm, gooey cookies. And if your exploring the no-bake side of baking, check out my fabulous No Bake Vegan Orange Cheesecake, which is, in my opinion, the perfect summer dessert.
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Just 8 ingredients stand between you enjoying edible chocolate chip cookie dough. These no bake bites are ready to eat in just a couple of simple steps.
- Almond flour + oat flour - both of these flours can be consumed raw, although if you have concerns, you can bake the flour (see FAQ below for instructions) or make your own by blending almonds into a fine powder.
- Peanut butter (smooth) - it's important that the butter you use is smooth and slightly runny. Either warming it up or adding 1 tablespoon of water to the peanut butter will help ensure these bites are chewy and not dry.
- Maple syrup - delivers the sweetness
- Salt - finely ground salt is best for this recipe
- Mini chocolate chips - we prefer the Enjoy Life. Any vegan chocolate chip will do. If you're not using the mini, you should chop the chips into smaller pieces.
- Hemp seeds - additional protein but optional
See the recipe card for full quantities and instructions.
These edible raw cookie dough balls are vegan, gluten-free, naturally sweetened, and egg-free. Here are a few optional substitutions depending on your needs:
🍪Swap peanut butter for almond or cashew butter if there's a peanut allergy. With any option, make sure the butter is smooth and a little runny.
🍪Swap maple syrup for agave syrup.
🍪Both the almond + oat flour can be made in-house by separately blending each (whole, unroasted almonds and gluten-free rolled oats) in a high-speed blender or food processor until a fine powder is reached.
Start by warming the maple syrup and coconut oil. Mix them with the peanut butter until smooth. Note: It's critical that the peanut butter you use is smooth and slightly runny.
Add in the other ingredients and mix until combined. Lastly, add in the chocolate chips! Start making the dough into balls using a tablespoon, a cookie dough scooper, or an ice cream scooper!
Take a half-teaspoon-sized amount of coconut oil and rub it between your hands. Then gently roll the dough into 12 smooth balls.
Place the cookie dough bites into an airtight container and store them in the fridge for up to 1 week!
Hint: There are a couple of reasons why the dough might turn out dry. If your peanut butter is not smooth, the almond or oat flour is not ground fine enough, the maple syrup is too chilled, etc. But it's an easy fix! After everything is combined (before adding the chocolate chips), assess the dough.
If it crumbles, flakes, or falls apart when handling, add 1 additional tablespoon of maple syrup. The dough should be smooth and easily molded into a ball without crumbling.
Note that once chilled in the fridge, they will get firmer.
Leave the oven off for this no-bake recipe, you'll only need a mixing bowl and a scooper.
Store these chocolate chip cookie dough bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week, or make a mega batch and freeze for up to 1 month.
Lightly oil your clean hands with coconut oil before rolling them into balls for a smooth-formed ball. This also prevents them from sticking together in the storage container.
Are cookie dough bites safe to eat?
100%! These raw, no-bake bites are healthy and completely edible.
Baking flour should be kept clean using individual utensils and properly sealing/storing the flour. Almond and oat flour are safe to consume raw (whole oat and almonds ground into powder), but for those apprehensive or unsure if you've stored yours correctly, you can bake the flour first or make your own by finely blending raw almonds.
To bake flour, spread it evenly on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for 5-10 minutes. Note that this will strengthen the almond flavor changing the final taste.
Can I make oat flour from whole rolled oats?
Yes! This is cheaper than buying oat flour and takes 2 minutes. Place the gluten-free organic rolled oats in a blender or food processor and blend until a fine powder is reached. Store in an airtight container that prevents moisture for up to 1 year in the refrigerator.
What's the best way to store flours that don't require baking?
Ground flour has a shorter shelf life than its whole counterparts and an easier chance to go rancid. The best way to store these flours is in an airtight container that prevents moisture in the fridge for up to 1 year. Not enough room in the fridge? You can also store these flours in the freezer.
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No Bake Cookie Dough Bites
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter (must be smooth)
- ¾ cup almond flour
- ½ cup oat flour
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons hemp seeds (optional)
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips (dairy-free) I prefer 'Enjoy Life' brand
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- Warm the maple syrup in a saucepan or microwave. This is especially important if it's been chilled in the fridge.
- Add the warm maple syrup with smooth, runny peanut butter and whisk until combined. Add in the melted coconut oil and mix.
- Add the remaining ingredients (except the chocolate chips) using a spatula or clean hands and combine until you reach a formed dough. It will take a minute to come together. Add an extra tablespoon of maple syrup if the dough looks dry (crumbles, or you cannot roll it into a ball).
- Lastly, add in the mini chocolate chips. Wash hands. Using a tablespoon, cookie dough, or ice cream scooper, grab the dough and roll gently between your palms until a smooth ball is formed.
- Repeat for all the remaining dough (should yield 12 bite-sized balls) and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week or one month in the freezer.