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Oatmeal cookie dough balls are no-bake, vegan, gluten-free, and made with 7 healthy ingredients! They are sweet, chewy, and taste exactly like peanut butter oatmeal cookie dough. This quick and easy recipe is made in just 10 minutes. Enjoy these oatmeal energy balls for a midday snack, post-workout fuel, or as a healthy dessert!
Edible oatmeal cookie dough
Have you ever created cookie dough and only half made it to the oven? Yeah, me too. I would much rather dig my spoon straight into a bowl of cookie dough rather than bake it into cookies. There are a couple problems with this action, though. Firstly, we all know we aren’t supposed to consume raw dough. Second, it’s not all that great for us (but this only matter sometimes!).
What’s my solution, you ask? Oatmeal cookie dough balls. These bite-sized balls are edible, chewy, perfectly sweet, and ridiculously tasty. You’d never guess the recipe is made with healthy, vegan and gluten-free ingredients. If you’re a cookie dough lover, you will adore them! With 10 short minutes of your time, you’ll have a new go-to snack/nutritious dessert.
What ingredients are in oatmeal cookie dough balls?
This recipe is wholesome and healthy, although you’d never guess it by the taste. See the ingredients list below:
- Rolled oats
- Medjool dates
- Peanut butter
- Maple syrup
- Vanilla extract
- Mini chocolate chips
How to make oatmeal cookie dough balls
For the full recipe, scroll down to view the recipe card below.
First, add the rolled oats, pitted medjool dates, creamy peanut butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and salt to a food processor. Process until a sticky, pinchable dough is formed.
Second, transfer the oatmeal cookie dough to a large bowl. Pour the mini chocolate chips over the dough. Use clean hands to fold the chocolate chips into the dough.
Then, use a cookie scoop (or tablespoon) to scoop the dough into 12 rounds. Roll the dough into evenly formed balls.
Last but not least, enjoy! You’ll definitely want more than just one; they are so addictive.
Tips for perfecting these oatmeal cookie dough bites
Check out my best tips for perfecting these oatmeal cookie dough balls!
- Use rolled oats instead of quick oats. In my opinion, they provide a nicer texture and flavor.
- Soft medjool dates are ideal for this recipe. If your dates are very dry and hard, soak them in warm water for 5-10 minutes. After, drain the water and pat the dates dry. Then, begin the recipe.
- Use any type of nut butter. I’m a major lover of all things peanut butter. Therefore, the choice was obvious for me. If you happen to love almond butter or cashew butter, go ahead and use those instead. Have a nut allergy? No worries; sunflower seed butter will work perfectly for you.
- Mini chocolate chips are preferable, but regular chocolate chips also work.
- To keep these oatmeal energy balls moist and chewy, store them in an airtight container at room temperature. I do not recommend refrigerating them; the balls will take on a drier texture once refrigerated.
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- Almond Butter Energy Balls
- Cinnamon Roll Energy Balls
- Peanut Butter Energy Balls
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- Peanut Butter Protein Balls
- Chocolate Coconut Energy Balls
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Oatmeal Cookie Dough Balls
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 12 balls 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: No Bake
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
Oatmeal cookie dough balls are one of the best healthy no bake snacks! These energy balls are vegan, gluten-free, and a delicious guilt-free dessert. Made with pantry staples like dates, oats, peanut butter, and chocolate chips. It’s an easy 10 minute recipe that is reminiscent of edible cookie dough!
- 1.5 cups rolled oats
- 11 large medjool dates, pitted
- ½ cup peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- ½ to 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp salt
- ⅓ cup mini chocolate chips
- Add rolled oats, pitted medjool dates, peanut butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and salt to a food processor. Process until a sticky, pinchable dough is formed.
- Transfer oatmeal cookie dough to a large bowl. Pour mini chocolate chips over the dough. Use clean hands to fold the chocolate chips into the dough.
- Use a cookie scoop or tablespoon to scoop the dough into 12 rounds. Roll the dough into evenly formed balls. Enjoy!
- Use soft dates, if possible. If your dates are super dry and hard, you can soak them in warm water for 5 minutes. After, drain the water and pat the dates completely dry with a paper towel. Proceed with the recipe.
- Use large medjool dates. If your medjool dates are on the smaller end, you may need to use 1-2 additional dates in order to create a sticky dough.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Do not refrigerate; the balls dry out if you refrigerate them (due to the oats).
- Serving Size: 1 ball
- Calories: 203 calories
- Sugar: 22.5g
- Fat: 8g
- Saturated Fat: 2.5g
- Carbohydrates: 33g
- Fiber: 3.5g
- Protein: 5g
Keywords: oatmeal cookie dough balls, oatmeal energy balls, edible oatmeal cookie dough
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These are SO dangerously delicious! Made these to use up some medjool dates that I didn’t enjoy (I prefer the deglet noir variety!) and I can’t stop munching on them! It tastes just like cookie dough!
So glad you are enjoying these oatmeal cookie dough balls! Thanks for sharing, Kayla! 🙂
Very Excited to try these. can i use my steel cut oats instead of rolled?
Hi, Nisha! You must use rolled oats or quick oats. Steel cut oats cannot be consumed raw, so do not use them. Enjoy! 🙂
I made them today and I made 20 small balls rather than 12. My partner and I love them, they are easy to make and abslutely healthy. One ball fulfills and if I creave something sweet, I don’t t feel guilty eating some of them. Thank you for another great recipe!
Omg I made these last night and they were a HUGE hit with our friends. My husband also said that they’re even better than the no bake brownie bites. The maple syrup really adds a great flavour profile. Love this recipe!
Definitely going to try but, is it okay if I were to substitute maple syrup for organic honey?
Hi, Wendy! Yes you can use honey instead of maple syrup. The flavor will be slightly different but it should work just fine 🙂 Enjoy!