Oatmeal Cookie Dough bites with pecans, raisins, and a hint of cinnamon are an easy, healthy, and delicious treat when the cookie dough craving hits!
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Craving classic oatmeal cookies but no time to bake? Enter these super healthy, SUPER delicious no-bake oatmeal raisin cookie dough bites with a healthier twist! If you’re a raw cookie dough lover like me (shhh…don’t tell!), this edible oatmeal cookie dough, sans raw eggs, is just what this dietitian ordered! Wink, wink.
Oatmeal Cookie Dough Bites Ingredients & Substitutions
- Pecans. Many cookie dough bite recipes call for peanut butter, cashew butter, almond butter, or your favorite nut butter. But I like these Oatmeal Cookie Dough Bites best with raw pecans.
- Oats. I use purity protocol oats to keep these oatmeal cookie dough bites gluten-free. Quick oats will work as a non-gluten-free option.
- Maple syrup. Many oatmeal cookie dough recipes call for brown sugar, but I prefer maple syrup. And while this recipe is low in added sugar, use a non-nutritive sweetener like Allulose or monk fruit to reduce it even more.
- Ground cinnamon. These cookie dough bites are delicious with cinnamon alone, but you might add other tasty spices: ginger, nutmeg, cloves, or cardamom.
- Ground flaxseed. Besides boosting nutrition, ground flaxseed helps keep the shape of these oatmeal cookie dough bites. If you don’t have ground flaxseed, you can add raw flour, like sorghum flour, brown rice flour, or almond flour.
- Salt. Just a pinch to bring out all the flavors.
- Raisins. If you’re following a low FODMAP diet, you’ll be happy to know that the amount of raisins in this recipe is low FODMAP.
- Optional: Vegan protein powder, vanilla extract, dark chocolate, or milk chocolate chips (in addition to or in place of the raisins).
How to Make Healthy Oatmeal Cookie Dough Bites
- Add dry ingredients (gluten-free oats, pecans, flaxseed, cinnamon, and salt) and maple syrup to a food processor bowl.
- Process the ingredients until well combined and the dough separates from the food processor bowl.
- Stir in raisins. Or chocolate chips if you prefer oatmeal chocolate chip cookie dough.
- Place parchment paper on an ungreased cookie sheet or large plate. Roll the oatmeal raisin edible cookie dough into ~ 10 !-inch balls. Or eat it straight off the spoon! You do you 🙂
- Enjoy at room temperature or store in the refrigerator or freezer. Perfect for any time your sweet, healthy treat craving hits!
What makes Oatmeal Cookie Dough Bites healthy?
- Pecans are rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. They’re rich in antioxidants and gut-healthy fiber. And they’re one of my favorite foods on a brain-healthy MIND diet.
(Read more in this post: Pecan Nutrition 101 + Easy Homemade Maple Pecan Butter)
- Oats are rich in soluble fiber (good for digestion and lowering cholesterol). They’re also a good source of resistant starch for gut health.
- Cinnamon may help with blood sugar control (1).
- Ground flaxseeds are rich in lignans, a type of phytoestrogen, which may help lower the risk of heart disease, reduce breast cancer risk, and ease menopausal symptoms. (2)
In terms of nutrition, one oatmeal cookie dough bite has:
- 120 calories
- 11 grams of carbohydrates (2 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar)
- 2 grams of plant-based protein
- 8 grams of fat (only 1 gram of saturated fat)
- 31 mg of sodium
Oatmeal Cookie Dough Bites. No Bake, Healthy, Delicious!
- 1 cup raw pecans
- 1/2 cup gluten free oats
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/3 cup raisins
- Combine all ingredients, except the raisins, in a food processor with blade attachment. Pulse ingredients together, scraping sides as needed, until well combined. The dough is ready when it pulls away from the side of the food processor bowl and is easy to shape into balls.
- Stir raisins into cookie dough until well combined. Lay parchment paper on a tray or plate.
- Shape dough in to ~ 10 1-inch balls and enjoy, and place on the parchment paper.Enjoy right away or cover and store in refrigerator for up to 4 days, or eat.
- You may also store them in the freezer, in an airtight container for up to 1 month.
- Any nut can be used in place of pecans. Walnuts would be tasty!
- Use purity protocol oats for a safe gluten-free option.
- Try allulose or monk fruit in place of maple syrup for a low-cal sweetener.
- Other spices to include are ginger, cardamom, cloves, or nutmeg.
- No ground flaxseeds? Add gluten-free flour like almond, brown-rice, or sorghum flour. Or, for a higher protein version, add protein powder in place of the flaxseeds.
- I love these Oatmeal Cookie Dough Bites with raisins, but chocolate chips would be delicious too.
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