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.
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