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Recipe: Chocolate cookie dough balls

Recipes | January 21, 2020
chocolate chip cookie dough bite recipe
Chewy chocolate snack option

These bites of chocolatey goodness are a little unconventional. High in antioxidants like flavonoids, carotenoids and phenolic acid, dates are a chewy and unexpected addition in this recipe. Once combined with the other ingredients, the dates serve to add some sweetness with the chocolate chips.

Serves 20


  • 1 cup pitted dates (soak in water to soften for a few minutes and drain – this will be less stress on the food processor)
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons rolled oats
  • ¼ cup raisins (or dates)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup finely chopped unsalted nuts of choice (e.g. walnuts, pecans or almonds)
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup (or more as needed) unsweetened coconut flakes, optional
  • ¼ cup (or more as needed) finely chopped unsalted nuts of choice (e.g. walnuts, pecans or almonds), optional


In a food processor, process drained and pitted dates, almond flour, rolled oats, raisins (or dates), unsweetened cocoa powder and vanilla.

It will appear as if nothing is happening at first – the mixture is just whirring around as crumbs. It will soon be sticky – in about five minutes.

Continue to process until mixture forms a ball around the blade.

Stop the machine and remove the mixture.

Hand knead in mini chocolate chips and ¼ cup finely chopped nuts of choice.

Take small scoops of dough and roll into balls.

Roll the balls in unsweetened coconut flakes or finely chopped nuts of choice and refrigerate.

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

80 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 0mg sodium, 11g carbohydrates, 2g protein, 7g sugar (0g added sugar)

Recipe from Cecilia Jacobson, Registered Dietitian for the Oregon Heart and Vascular Institute at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend.

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