Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Snack Bites

Healthy Cookie Dough?

~ Yep! Healthy Snack Bites that taste like cookie dough! Ridiculously good, and so quick and easy! Filled with nuts, flax and oats for sustained energy. Like all our Snack Bites, these freeze really well and are a great make-ahead to keep in the freezer for emergency snack attacks! ~

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You gotta be kidding me! Really? Cookie dough that’s healthy???

Oh, yeah!

When we chose the Quick and Healthy Snack Bites to be our first recipe, we didn’t realize what a major hit they would be – both in our own homes and with lots of our THK readers! They’re incredibly easy to make, freeze great, and are super portable for ultimate grab-and-go convenience. We especially love that these tasty little nuggets are loaded with whole grains, protein and other goodies that keep your energy levels sky high even when life gets really busy!

We’ve made so many Snack Bites for our families that our poor little fingers are tired and sore! We’re kinda wondering if we should focus our attention on patenting a machine to mass produce these babies. Nah … we’re having too much fun playing in the kitchen! 

Honestly, once we all got hooked on this awesome concept – a fantastic alternative to store-bought, pre-packaged snacks – we were just so excited to test more yummy flavor combinations.

These Cookie Dough Snack Bites are another of the top picks among THK taste-testers (who are … ummm … well … of course, our families!).

These remind us a little bit of Derby Pie (that classic Kentucky chocolate-chip dessert), or maybe oatmeal-chocolate chip cookie dough (hence the name!). Either way, they’re delicious enough to be called dessert, but healthy enough to be an energy-rich snack.

When it comes to our taste-testers, these rank right up there with our original Quick and Healthy Snack Bites and our Tropical Snack Bites with Almonds and Chia. Really – our families can’t pick a favorite!

We’d love to know which one you love best, so head for the kitchen to give this new version a try!

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To get started, whir a cup of pecans in a mini food processor for just a couple of minutes, scraping down the sides once or twice. You want to get your pecans to the consistency and texture of natural peanut butter. You’ll end up with about ½ cup of pecan butter from the 1 cup of pecans.

Transfer the pecan butter to a medium-sized bowl and add the oats, flax, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, and sea salt. Give it all a good mix and then add your chocolate chips and the coconut, if you’re using it. One more good mix, and then you just shape this delicious concoction into one-inch balls. (Or, just grab a spoon and enjoy! We’d be lying if we said we’d never done it!)

Like our other Snack Bites, these freeze beautifully, so it’s a great idea to make a double- or triple-batch all at once and stock up for those hectic moments. Don’t worry if you don’t have time to stand around forming a double- or triple-size batch of tiny balls … just shape as many Snack Bites as you need right at the moment, and then stash the bowl in the fridge until you have some extra time on your hands! (Hint: We usually find that time once the kids are in bed!)

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We’d Love to Hear From You!

We weren’t kidding when we said that our families can’t choose a favorite Snack Bite recipe. (We may have to look for better, more decisive taste-testers!) So, we’re throwing this one to you, friends … which of our Snack Bites reigns supreme at your house? And, while you’re at it – feel free to chime in with any ideas you have for new yummy flavors! We have a few more in the works already (hint, hint), but would love to hear about what you’d like to see us create! Just head down to our comments box and weigh in …

 

Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Snack Bites
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Yield: About 2 dozen
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • ¼ cup ground flaxseed meal
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • a pinch (about 1/16 teaspoon) sea salt
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup coconut, optional
Preparation
  1. Place 1 cup pecans in a mini food processor. Process, scraping sides occasionally, until the butter is the consistency of natural peanut butter. You should end up with approximately ½ cup of pecan butter.
  2. Place pecan butter in a medium bowl and add oats, flax, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, and sea salt. Stir to combine.
  3. Add chocolate chips and coconut (if using). Stir again, just until chips and coconut are evenly distributed.
  4. Using your hands, press firmly to form one-inch balls.
  5. Place in air-tight container and refrigerate until serving.
Notes
These freeze well, and will thaw in about 20 minutes.

 

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Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Snack Bites — 23 Comments

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  2. When I made these I used mammoth pecans. When I processed them they didn’t have the peanut butter texture. So I added peanut butter for a better consistency and for the protein. Great snack!!!!

    • Wow Malaika! That’s a great question, and got both of us thinking! And it sent me into the kitchen!! I happened to have some of these in my freezer, so I thawed a couple and baked them for 8-12 min at 350. We found that they tasted the same, but were slightly drier. (My husband didn’t seem to mind!) Texturally speaking, they weren’t too bad – just a tad crumbly.
      Truly, the thing we love most about these are the fact that they are a no-bake cookie! In 15 minutes you can have a whole batch made up from start to finish!
      So, the good news is that yes, you can bake them! But, to be perfectly honest, I didn’t really find any advantage to baking them. They won’t be more cookie like, since there is no gluten (from a wheat flour), binder (such as an egg), and aren’t leavened (baking soda or baking powder) … but they will still be totally delicious!
      If you’d like to try baking them, I suggest making a batch and baking just a few. See which you like best – and let us know what you prefer! ~Gretchen

  3. I have a tremendous amount of old fashioned oats on hand from a previous granola making frenzy. How do you think those would work in this recipe instead of the quick oats?

    • Hi Kathy! We can tell you that the snack bites will be just fine with the old-fashioned oats, but we’ve found that the quick oats work better. The main difference is how thick the oats are, so naturally, the old-fashioned will be a bit thicker (and they don’t cook as quickly as … quick oats, which are rolled slightly thinner to cook faster). The snack bites will be a bit more chewy, with the oats playing a larger part in texture. If it’s all you’ve got – go for it! They will still be delicious!
      Mmmmmmm ….. granola …… :)
      ~Gretchen

  4. Tomorrow I will make these for our trip this week. I will use Almond butter instead of Pecans due to allergies. My only problem is the kids eat the ingredients before I can make anything! We’ll let you know how they turn out after I go back to the store. Thanks girls!

    • Kelly, these are a perfect snack to bring along! We speak from experience that Snack Bites have saved the day more than once! Whether it’s a hectic day of dance/soccer/baseball or a long road trip, you’ll be full of good-for-you fuel to power through it with a smile on your face! Have a great time on your vacation – and yes, please let us know how you like the almond butter in this recipe! ~G&S

    • Sounds like you’re totally in luck! (I always have to share mine!) No worries, though – they keep great in the fridge and last really well in the freezer, if by chance you find you have extras. Even when my kids aren’t around, Snack Bites are my own personal go-to on busy days when I’m going a million directions with no time to eat! ~Shelley

  5. I love the idea of a fiber rich snack. :D I’m always trying to find new ways to incorporate more fiber into my families diet. I usually “hide” it in foods. Now, my husband loves oatmeal chocolate chip cookies so, I’m thinking he would like these. How is the texture…soft or firm?

    • Yeah – these Snack Bites are loaded with fiber and protein to keep you full and powered up! My husband grabs three or four snack bites as he rushes out the door to work and says they keep him feeling better and more energized throughout the day than any other breakfast! Plus, there’s no need to hide the fiber here – these taste awesome! Hmmmmm … regarding texture … I guess I would say they’re pretty firm. You can control the texture somewhat depending on if they’re at room temp, or if you’ve just pulled them out of the fridge (or the freezer – they’re yummy frozen, too!). Snack Bites are definitely more soft at room temperature and firm up if they’re fresh from the fridge. Hope that helps! ~Shelley

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