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These Vegan Cookie Dough Bites are ready in just 5 minutes and safe to eat raw! No raw flour, raw eggs, or white sugar is required. They’re also gluten-free, can be made nut-free, and are the perfect sweet treat for snacking, dessert, or school lunch boxes!
If you’re someone that loves raw cookie dough more than the final baked cookies, you’re in for a treat today! This vegan cookie dough recipe is just as delicious as regular cookie dough from childhood, yet made from simple ingredients you can find in your pantry.
And the best part? We’re skipping the heat-treat flour step and using one of our favorite gluten-free flours instead.
Ingredients You’ll Need + Substitutions
- Maple syrup: We prefer the bold, caramel-like flavor of maple syrup, but any liquid sweetener of choice will do. Opt for agave nectar, brown rice syrup, even simple syrup.
- Nut or seed butter: Any nut butter or seed butter will work here. Use peanut butter for peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough bites, or cashew butter for a more neutral cookie dough. You can also use almond butter, macadamia nut butter, or sunflower seed butter for a nut-free version. The key is to use a creamy, runny, natural nut butter or seed butter. It will add the necessary moisture and creaminess to make your cookie dough bites soft and delicious.
- Vanilla extract: A splash of vanilla enhances all of the sweet flavors in these cookie dough bites. When possible, opt for the real deal, pure vanilla extract. It makes a difference!
- Water: Used to get the vegan cookie dough to the proper consistency. You may need to add more or less depending on how runny your nut butter is. If you’d like even creamier cookie dough bites, replace the water with your favorite plant-based milk.
- Oat flour: Many edible cookie dough recipes are made using heat-treated flour to kill any potential bacteria. In order to avoid this and make these vegan cookie dough bites gluten-free, we opted for oat flour. If you’re out of oat flour, you can replace it with 1 1/2 cups almond flour. We have not tested this recipe with all-purpose flour, wheat flour, or an alternative gluten-free flour.
- Chocolate: We used semi-sweet vegan chocolate chips, but vegan milk chocolate or dark chocolate chips will also work. You can also substitute your favorite chocolate chunks or a chopped vegan chocolate bar.
Add-ins and variations
This vegan cookie dough is delicious as is, but if desired, here are a few of our favorite ways to spice it up!
- Add nuts – Finely chop your favorite nuts, such as raw almonds, peanuts, or pecans and fold them in to the cookie dough.
- Add spices – If you’re looking for a warmer spiced cookie dough, add 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, or your favorite cookie spices.
- Coat in chocolate – Takes these cookie dough bites to the next level and dip them in melted chocolate and finish with a sprinkle of flaky sea salt or your favorite sprinkles, nuts, or favorite toppings.
- Drizzle with caramel – If you’re serving these cookie dough bites with a scoop of ice cream, drizzle it with our homemade vegan caramel, peanut butter caramel, or date caramel!
How to Make Vegan Cookie Dough Bites
- Mix the wet ingredients. In a large bowl, stir together the maple syrup, nut butter, vanilla extract, water, and optional salt.
- Add the oat flour. In the same bowl, add the oat flour and mix until well combined. Then using clean hands, “knead” the dough together until well incorporated. If the dough seems too wet, add additional oat flour 1/2 teaspoon at a time.
- Sprinkle in the vegan chocolate chips. Mix them into the vegan cookie dough with your hands.
- Scoop into vegan cookie dough bites. Using a small 1-tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the vegan cookie dough into bite-sized balls. Continue until you have used up all of the dough – we were able to make about 8 balls.
- Enjoy! Serve immediately or chilled.
You can’t go wrong snacking on these cookie dough balls straight from the fridge for a quick afternoon pick-me-up or easy vegan dessert.
We love them with a glass of non-dairy milk like our Homemade Almond Milk or with a scoop of vegan ice cream like this Raw Chocolate & Coconut Vanilla Ice Cream. You can even serve them as a homemade topping for Vegan Frozen Yogurt.
These cookie dough bites will keep best in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
If desired, these cookie dough balls can also be frozen. To freeze, spread the cookie dough bites on a small parchment lined baking tray, then place the cookie sheet in the freezer for 1 hour, or until the vegan cookie dough bites are frozen solid. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe container or freezer bag and freeze for up to 1 month.
Defrost frozen cookie dough in the refrigerator until soft again, then enjoy!
Yes – oat flour is made by blending oats into a fine flour-like consistency. You can purchase pre-made oat flour at most grocery stores, but it’s really easy to make at home in a high-speed blender or food processor. Simply place the rolled oats in and blender for 30-60 seconds or until a fine, uniform flour forms. If you need a step-by-step guide, check out this helpful post: How to Make Oat Flour.
The short answer is, it depends! Every brand of chocolate chips is typically made with slightly different ingredients. This means some may be vegan-friendly, and some won’t. If you’re looking for a vegan chocolate chip brand, we personally love Enjoy Life. Otherwise, read the ingredients label before purchasing and watch out for animal products such as whey, milk fat, milk, butter, etc. Cocoa butter, however, is naturally vegan.
We have tested a baked version of this edible cookie dough, but they were very thick and a bit dry. Instead, we’d recommend making one of our popular baked cookie recipes such as these Classic Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies, Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies, Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, and these Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Cookies.
You can also check out all of our Vegan Dessert recipes and find a new favorite!
More Vegan No-Bake Desserts You May Enjoy:
- Chocolate Protein Bliss Balls
- Edible Date-Sweetened Brown Rice Cookie Dough
- Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Balls
- Caramel Apple Oatmeal Power Balls
- Memory Boosting Bliss Balls
Nutrition facts label provided by Nutri Fox.
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