These cookie dough energy bites are the perfect snack when you’re craving something sweet, but want to keep it light. Somehow the combination really gives off that cookie dough flavor and they are fabulous! They’re even a great snack for picky kids, because they taste that good. Especially since neither of my kids will eat oatmeal anymore considering I likely overdosed them when they were little. Hope you enjoy!
What you need to make cookie dough energy bites + substitutions:
- Quick oats– I used quick oats because it’s what I had on hand, but it really doesn’t matter. Rolled oats work just fine too since you’re going to be blending the oats down into a flour-like consistency. Steel cut oats won’t work here.
- Cashew butter- Cashew butter is definitely ideal here. There’s something about cashew butter that really lends to the cookie dough flavor. You can of course substitute with peanut, almond, or sunflower butter! The cashew butter will just taste the most like cookie dough. Cashew butter can definitely be expensive, I got this one from Trader Joe’s for a good price.
- Maple syrup– Maple syrup is my preferred sweetener but you can also use honey. The maple syrup just adds a nice rich flavor that gives these energy balls a real cookie dough taste.
- Vanilla extract- A key to any sweet thing in my opinion. Really makes it feel like a dessert!
- Sea salt- I don’t make anything without salt. It’s what helps bring the flavor out in a recipe.
- Mini chocolate chips- I used semi-sweet here, but feel free to use whatever you prefer. The mini work much better for distribution and also making sure the balls stick together!
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Alright, let’s get to making the recipe! Enjoy!
Cookie Dough Energy Bites
- 1½ cups quick oats or rolled oats
- 1 cup cashew butter
- ½ cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips I used semi-sweet
- First things first, if you don't want to use a food processor or blender, you can skip that step. Just pour everything into a bowl, mix, roll into balls, and enjoy!
- However, if you want to give the bites that really doughy consistency, I highly suggest either blending everything in the food processor. OR blending your oats into a flour in the blender and then just pour those into the bowl with everything else.
- To start, pour your oats into a food processor and blend until a flour-like consistency.
- Add in the cashew butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and sea salt. Blend until incorporated.
- Pour the dough into a bowl and mix in the chocolate chips. Roll into balls. Mine made about 20-22 balls. Enjoy!