These healthy chocolate covered cookie dough bites are a delicious vegan and gluten free snack that tastes just like cookie dough! They also make for the perfect kid friendly treat.
Does anyone else low key still try to resist eating raw cookie dough when baking cookies? I would totally cave if it wasn’t for the safety concerns (and my moms voice in my head from childhood).
As a mama myself, I can totally relate to the concerns around eating raw cookie dough for my little ones. But what if you could have a snack that tastes just like the real deal and is 100% safe AND healthy? Introducing these chocolate cookie dough bites!
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Why This Recipe Works
If you are an avid cookie dough lover, I promise you that these cookie dough bites are about to be on heavy rotation. Here are a few reasons why:
- Only require 8 ingredients to prepare
- Vegan & gluten free
- High protein (4 grams per bite)
- High Fibre (4 grams per bite)
- Kid friendly
- Perfect for snacking!
Chickpeas – Chickpeas are the key to making these cookie dough bites as they not only pack tons of fibre and protein, but they also mimic the perfect “doughy” texture. I also use no salt added canned chickpeas so as to not interfere with any of the sweetness that we’re going for.
Peanut Butter – I am a peanut butter lover through and through, but you can use any nut butter of your choice for these cookie dough bites. No matter what nut butter you use, I also recommend stirring well so that you end up with a smooth cookie dough that is not too oily.
Chocolate Chips – the chocolate chips in this recipe serve two purposes as they get added to the cookie dough mixture, and they also serve as a chocolate coating.
Gluten Free Flour – You can use oat or almond flour as they are both naturally gluten free.
Toppings – We love to top these bites with sea talk, pistachios, sprinkles, and coconut flakes.
How to Make This Recipe
Step 1: In a food processor, combine the chickpeas, peanut butter, vanilla, almond flour, maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt until smooth.
Step 2: Transfer cookie dough batter to a mixing bowl and folding in chocolate chips until combined.
Step 3: Using a 1 tbsp cookie scoop, shape into balls.
Step 4: Melt chocolate & coconut oil using a double boiler or heating in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl for 30 second increments until fully melted. Using two forks, carefully coat cookie dough balls in melted chocolate until fully coated.
Step 5: Place cookie dough balls on a parchment linked baking sheet and sprinkle selected toppings on top. Allow cookie dough balls to set in the fridge for 30 minutes. Cover and refrigerate the cookie doughs until ready to serve.
Be sure to rinse and dry the chickpeas well and remove the skins. You can do this by rubbing them through your hands or between two clean cloths. This will ensure the cookie dough is super smooth.
I’d also recommend taste testing the cookie dough bites after combining everything in the food processor and then sweetening to your liking. We use 3 tablespoons of maple syrup, but you can use more or less to taste.
Absolutely! To make these bites allergy friendly you can use a nut-free soy butter or sunflower seed butter.
These are best stored in the fridge in an air-tight container for up to 5 days. You can also store it in the freezer in a sealed freezer bag for up to 3 months.
These cookie dough bites are lower in sugar and also have added fibre, protein, and healthy fats! This makes them the perfect snack because it will help to keep you fuller for longer.
This is a pretty thick consistency, so I don’t recommend it as cookie dough for babies under 1 or new eaters since it could ball up and get sticky in their mouth. But you could thin it out with almond milk to be more of a dip and serve it with fruit.
The sky is the limit! It really depends on what you like and what you have on hand. You can top them with crushed nuts, seeds, dried fruit, freeze-fried fruit or crushed cookies.
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So tell me – did you try these cookie dough bites? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below!
Cookie Dough Bites (Vegan & Gluten Free)
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips vegan -1 cup was appropriate/
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- Sea salt
- Toasted Coconut
- In a food processor, combine the chickpeas, peanut butter, vanilla, almond flour, maple syrup, and salt until smooth.
- Transfer cookie dough batter to a mixing bowl and folding in chocolate chips until combined.
- Using a 1 tbsp cookie scoop, shape into balls.
- Melt chocolate & coconut oil using a double boiler or heating in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl for 30 second increments until fully melted.
- Using two forks, carefully coat cookie dough balls in melted chocolate until fully coated.
- Place cookie dough balls on a parchment linked baking sheet and sprinkle selected toppings on top
- Allow cookie dough balls to set in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Cover and refrigerate the cookie doughs until ready to serve.
Updated on March 29th, 2021
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian (RD), regulated by the Ontario College of Dietitians. She is a mom, YouTuber, Blogger, award winning cookbook author, media coach specializing in food and nutrition influencers, and a frequent contributor to national publications like Healthline and on national broadcast TV shows.