I love cookies and I love chocolate. I also love eating raw cookie dough no matter how many times my mom told me I’d get salmonella. Got to live a little, right? The experts say that eating food raw is healthier so this recipe makes me happy all around. I found two recipes for raw cookie bites but decided I’d like them more if I combined the two and also added a little something. What I ended up with is pure deliciousness.
The bites are raw and have no added sugar not even something natural like honey so I don’t feel guilty having a couple at a time. But the taste is amazing. Yes, they have dates but please be brave and try them anyway even if you think you don’t like dates. I don’t love Larabars because they taste date-y to me but I cannot taste the dates in these so long as I eat them straight out of the fridge.
Raw Choc-Oat PB Cookie Balls
1 cup rolled oats
Dash of sea salt
1/2 cup medjool dates, pitted
1/4-1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
2 T peanut butter
1 T unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla
Water, if needed
Unsweetened, flaked coconut – optional
1. Put oats and salt in food processor.
2. Process until finely ground.
3. Add remaining ingredients and process until fully combined.
4. Add a few drops of water if needed to form balls. (I always have to add 3-4 T of water.)
5. Form into balls.
6. Put coconut in small bowl and roll balls in coconut flakes to coat.
Yield: 14-18 balls (depending on size)
As a last step I like to roll them in coconut. I believe chocolate and coconut are a perfect match and like to add coconut flakes to many of my desserts. You can of course leave out this step if you are the type of person who is offended by coconut.
These will keep in the fridge for at least a couple of weeks. Mine usually only make it about a week.
A few additional notes:
I have only made them in my KitchenAid food processor. I suspect a VitaMix would work. I don’t think a regular blender would work that well.
Make sure you get a pit out of every date. They are hazardous on teeth if you miss one.
You could sub another nut butter for the peanut butter if you have allergies or are strict Paleo.
I use dark chocolate chips because of the health benefits plus the sugar content is lower.
The dates really will make these plenty sweet. If you are new to eliminating processed sugars or previously addicted to Splenda you can add a little agave nectar to them to add sweetness but I encourage you to try without and break the super sweet addiction!