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Healthy Cookie Dough Bites

Super nutritious, easy little treats for lunches, snacks, or dessert.
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American

Equipment

  • food processor

Ingredients
  

  • 12 to 14 Medjool dates, pitted 2 cups
  • 2 cups rolled oats gluten-free if desired
  • 2 Tbsp ground flax seed (flax meal) optional
  • 2 Tbsp hemp seeds or chia seeds optional
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp fine salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • If your dates are dried out (if they aren't super sticky when you press them between your fingers), place them in a bowl and cover them with very hot water. Allow to soak for 5 to 10 minutes then drain.
  • Add oats, flax, seeds, cinnamon, and salt to a bowl of a food processor filled with the metal blade. Grind into a fine powder.
  • Add dates and vanilla to the food processor. Process until a sticky dough forms. If the dough doesn't easily form a ball, drizzle 1 tablespoon of water over the dough and process again. If dough is still dry, repeat with an additional tablespoon of water. Once it's sticky enough, mix in the chocolate chips.
  • For balls, roll the dough into tablespoon-sized balls and place in an airtight container.
    For squares or bars, press dough into an 8-inch square baking dish. I like to line the pan with a sheet of parchment so it's easy to pull the whole thing out of the pan. Place the pan in the freezer for 20 minutes or in the refigerator for an hour. Once the dough is hard, cut into squares or whatever sized bars you'd like. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freeze for up to 3 months.
Keyword chocolate chip, energy balls, gluten free, lunch box, nut free, vegan