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HEALTHY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH BITES

I love eating these healthy cookie dough bites for a snack or dessert. These Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites are perfect on-the-go or after a workout. They are loaded with wholesome oats, protein and the best part is they taste like actual cookie dough. What’s not to love about edible cookie dough?

WHY THESE BITES ARE AMAZING

  • Not only are these healthy cookie dough bites easy to make, they are full of protein so they will keep you fueled and satisfied.
  • You don’t have to bake these bites and take less than 5 minutes to make.
  • There are only 6 ingredients- most ingredients are in your pantry!
  • They are healthy and nutritious.
  • These can be customized to your preference. They can also be vegan and gluten-free. Simply use gluten-free oats, vegan chocolate and vegan protein powder.

HOW TO MAKE OAT FLOUR

I often times make my oat flour at home if I can’t find it at the store. Oat flour is extremely easy and takes seconds to make! All you need to make oat flour is a food processor.

Place the rolled-oats in a food processor and pulse until the oats are ground into a powder-like consistency. Ensure the oats have been finely ground by using a spoon to mix the oats in the food processor and then pulse once more.

STORAGE

The good news is this cookie dough lasts a lot longer than regular cookie dough! To store leftover cookie dough bites, place the bites in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. These are convenient to grab in the fridge when you are craving something sweet and or need an energy boost.

 

SUBSTITUTIONS

Chocolate chips: you can add any chocolate chip flavor you prefer. Some other ideas are white chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, peanut butter chips or you can leave the chocolate out for plain cookie dough bites!

Milk: you can use almond milk instead of regular milk. I recommend using vanilla flavored almond milk for more flavor.

Oats: you can use gluten-free oats to make this a gluten-free snack!

Nuts: if you want to add more protein, add 1/4- 1/3 cup of your favorite chopped nuts to this. Some of my favorites are almonds or walnuts.

Protein powder: I like to use vanilla protein powder to compliment the cookie dough flavor but you could also use chocolate protein powder to make a chocolate base cookie dough. You could also use unflavored protein powder.

INGREDIENTS TO MAKE THESE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH BITES

  • Oat flour
  • Protein powder
  • Peanut Butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Milk
  • Mini chocolate chips

This heart-healthy version of everyone’s favorite cookie is low in cholesterol and high in omega-3 fatty acids. Walnuts and avocado oil replace the usual eggs and butter, and oats and whole-wheat flour provide the whole grain. It’s a recipe you can indulge in occasionally without guilt (and a little dark chocolate never hurts)!

Ingredients

3 tablespoons avocado oil
2 cups walnuts
1 cup (not packed) light brown sugar
½ cup water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1½ cups flour (may use whole-wheat pastry flour)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
¼ tsp cinnamon
2 cups old-fashioned oats
8 ounces of dark chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Blend walnuts in food processor until ground into a fine meal. Add avocado oil, and blend until dough is the consistency of natural peanut butter. Transfer to a bowl.
  3. Whisk together brown sugar and ½ cup water in small saucepan and boil. Pour sugar-water mixture over walnut butter, add vanilla, and stir until smooth.
  4. Whisk flour, soda, salt and cinnamon in separate bowl. Stir flour mixture into walnut mixture and allow to cool.
  5. Once cooled, mix in oats and chocolate chips.
  6. Roll into 2-inch balls and flatten slightly on baking sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes, and enjoy.

Nutritional information (per serving)

Makes 30 cookies
Serving Size: 1 cookie

160 calories, 9 g fat (1.5 g saturated), 0 mg cholesterol, 150 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 8 g sugar, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein

Recipe from Cleveland Clinic Children’s dietitians

 

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