These raw vegan cookie dough bites taste just like balls of chocolate chip oatmeal cookie dough and aside from a small sprinkle of mini chocolate chips (3 tablespoons for an entire batch), they contain no refined sugar!
Have you ever seen a picture of food that looks delicious, become skeptical when you looked at the ingredient list and then decided to make it, anyway? That’s exactly what happened when I saw this recipe on the Kitchn, but I decided to make it anyway with a couple of small adaptations and I’m so glad I did. They’re delicious and a really convenient snack to keep around, although I enjoyed them for dessert, too. I kid you not, a single-batch of a dozen of these raw vegan cookie dough bites vanished from my kitchen at home in less than 48 hours.
They have just 6 ingredients, not including salt, and I’m willing to bet you have almost all of the ingredients in your pantry right now. The base of the cookie dough bites is raw cashews and oats, and then they’re sweetened with a little splash of maple syrup for an unrefined sweetener. Unlike my favorite coconut brownie energy bites, this recipe doesn’t call for dates, so it’s a little more convenient since I don’t always have those on hand.Making these cookie raw vegan cookie dough bites takes just about 5 minutes. First, add the raw cashews, oats, cinnamon, and salt to the bowl of a food processor. My food processor came with a mini bowl attachment, which is what I used since a single batch is pretty small.
Pulse the ingredients until they resemble coarse crumbs and then drizzle in the maple syrup and vanilla extract. Continue pulsing until the mixture comes together, and then form the dough into about one dozen balls.
I don’t happen to eat a vegan or gluten-free diet, but as an added bonus for some of you who do, these cookie dough bites happen to be both vegan friendly and gluten-free if you use certified gluten-free oats.
When I made these, my meat-loving brother informed me that adding the word “vegan” to any food automatically makes it sound gross. I wholeheartedly disagree since some of my favorite meals are vegan, like my favorite sweet potato & chickpea stew or this lovely black bean, lentil, & sweet potato chili, but now I know how to keep him away from any food in the fridge that I want to keep all for myself (muahaha).If you try out the recipe, I’d love for you to leave a comment or take a picture and tag me@livbane on Instagram. Hope you enjoy it!
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
Pulse cashews, oats, salt, and cinnamon in a food processor until mixture resembles coarse crumsb.
Add maple syrup and vanilla extract and process until the mixture completely comes together in one large ball. Add mini chocolate chips and pulse several times to combine.
Roll cookie dough into about 12 tablespoon-sized balls.
Store in fridge or freezer for up to 2 months or pantry for up to 2 weeks.
Use gluten-free oats to make this recipe gluten-free.
Use vegan chocolate chips to make the bites vegan.
I was concerned the cinnamon would contribute a cinnamon taste to the bites, but with my slightly reduced amount, it wasn't even discernible.
Adapted from the Kitchn