This weekend is my little one’s birthday and today he asked for me to bring in a treat to his classroom. I’m always trying to come up with alternative sweets that are both tasty and healthy. Since I don’t cook with refined sugar but am obsessed with cookies, these Cookie Dough bites were the perfect fix. The best part of this recipe is that you can mess with it – if you don’t want to use banana, use applesauce (about 1 tbs), if you want to use a nut butter, replace some of the coconut oil with it. These took 4 minutes to make, and 10 minutes to chill so you can’t argue with how simple this is!
Because the base for this recipe is primarily, rolled oats, these bites are rich in soluble fiber and high in antioxidants. Dates provide a natural sweet effect while at the same time offering valuable minerals and nutrients such as iron, calcium, zinc and folate!
- 2 cups of oat flour *
- 2 dates, pitted and soaked to soften
- 1 banana
- 2 tbs coconut oil
- 1 1/2 tbs maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
- pinch of sea salt
- 1/4 cup mini stevia sweetened vegan dark chocolate chips **
- (Optional - sanding sugar, sprinkles or other ingredient for toppings)
- * To make oat flour, take the indicated amount of oats, (I use organic gluten free rolled oats) and blitz until fine in a food processor. I reserve about a tablespoon to mix in the final batch.
- Take oat flour, dates, banana, oil, maple syrup, vanilla, sea salt and blitz until a dough forms.
- Place into a bowl and add the chocolate chips (I source Lilly's brand but if Vegan and refined sugar free is not a priority, you can source any mini chips or even carob).
- Roll into teaspoon size balls and chill in freezer until set.
- (Optional - before freezing you can roll the balls in sprinkles, sanding sugar, cocoa powder, dried fruit powder.. anything).