This little Cookie Dough Bites recipe is easy to make when you want something sweet and a little indulgent made with healthy ingredients.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
If you’re like me and have cookie dough cravings almost every single day, then take a look at these no-bake wonders that are made with healthy-ish ingredients. This is one of those easy recipes made with dates and peanut butter, and here’s a few good reasons to try them:
- These are like edible cookie dough bites with simple ingredients and no flour, no raw eggs & no baking soda.
- This no-bake cookie keeps very well in the refrigerator for up to a week, so you can grab these sweet treats whenever you want.
- Switch up the ingredients! See my tips for some easy swaps to customize to your own tastes.
Love cookies? Bookmark these soft and incredible peanut butter cookies (with jam or jelly in the middle) and these thick, soft lemon shortbread slices. So good!
Ingredients You’ll Need
For a complete list of ingredients and instructions, please scroll down to the recipe card below.
- Dates: Soft, caramel-like dates, pits removed.
- Almond Flour: A good raw flour for no bake cookies with the added bonus of no gluten.
- Flaky sea salt: For balance of flavor.
- Pure Maple Syrup: A sweet flavor booster.
- Peanut Butter: Smooth and creamy.
- Mini Chocolate Chips: Semi-sweet minis for this recipe, or regular chocolate chips.
- Vanilla extract: For that little something extra.
Step-By Step Instructions
These healthy cookie dough bites are easy to make, here’s all you do:
- Add the dates, peanut butter, salt, vanilla, maple syrup, and almond flour to a food processor and pulse until combined.
- Add a little more almond flour if the mixture is too sticky.
3. Use a blender if you don’t have a food processor.
4. Taste the mixture! If you want it sweeter, add a bit more maple syrup.
5. Use a regular spoon, a small cookie scoop, or a mini ice cream scoop to roll the mixture into balls, then set them on a baking sheet with parchment paper and tap the tops of the balls into mini chocolate chips. Chill and serve!
Tips and Possible Variations
- Use chunky peanut butter if you’d like.
- If your dates are dry, soak them in a cup or two of hot water for 10 minutes, then drain for best results.
- If the bites are excessively sticky (which depends on how soft your dates are) then add a tablespoon at a time of the almond flour. Add just enough to hold it together when you gently squeeze it into a ball with your hands.
- Try room temperature almond butter instead of peanut butter for these tasty treats.
- Try white chocolate chips, milk mini chips, peanut butter chips or even rainbow sprinkles instead of semi-sweet chocolate if you’d like.
- Dip the cookie bites in chopped peanuts or melted chocolate instead of chocolate chips to switch it up.
- Store the balls in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a week for the perfect snack.
- These healthy-ish bites are great on their own when you need a little pick-me-up.
- These are very good on the brunch table, along with some incredible egg white bites or breakfast nachos and a big platter of fresh fruit and some homemade dark chocolate trail mix. Sounds so good!
- These bites are perfect for a grab and go snack or breakfast, like with a Pineapple Smoothie. Here’s a few more on-the-go breakfast ideas to try too.
Frequently Asked Questions
Sure! Use any kind of nut that you’d like.
Nope. Try chopped nuts, cocoa powder, sprinkles, or nothing at all.
In a airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
More Recipes to Try
- Melon Balls Recipes: Great ideas to make and use melon balls.
- Crispy Cauliflower Bites: A fantastic low-carb starter.
- Baked Chicken Marsala Recipe: A favorite, classic recipe
- White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups: A delicious twist on the original.
- Crispy Cauliflower Bites: A fantastic low carb appetizer
- Butterscotch Shortbread Cookies: A fantastic version of shortbread
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Cookie Dough Bites Recipe
- 1 cup Dates, pitted See note
- ⅓ cup Peanut Butter, creamy See note
- 1½ tablespoons Maple Syrup
- ¼ teaspoon Kosher Salt (Diamond Crystal)
- ⅔ cup Almond Flour See note
- ½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- ½ cup Mini Chocolate Chips, semi-sweet
- Pulse the pitted dates in a food processor until smooth.
- Add the peanut butter, maple syrup, salt, almond flour and vanilla. Pulse until just combined.
- Transfer to a medium-sized bowl and chill the mixture for 1-2 hours. Scoop rounded tablespoons of the bites into balls, then roll the tops in mini chocolate chips to serve. Store bites in the refrigerator for up to a week.
- Use chunky peanut butter if you’d like.
- If dates are dry, soak them in a cup or two of hot water for 10 minutes first, then drain.
- Start with the 2/3 cup of almond flour, but if you feel the bites are excessively sticky (which will depend on how fresh your dates are) then add a tablespoon or two more of the almond flour, just enough to hold it together when you gently squeeze the mixture into a ball with your hands.
- Store the balls in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a week.
- Super important to read the whole recipe before you begin
- Pay attention to the ingredient list and photos for the recipe
- If possible, prep your ingredients a little before you start
- Always use a sharp knife for safety
- Use the size of pan called for in the recipe
- For savory recipes, taste and season as you go
- Buy fresh, organic ingredients, locally sourced whenever possible
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