I should preface this by saying that there is actually no real cookie dough in this recipe. Its just that somehow when you mix all of these healthy ingredients together – almonds, oats, peanut butter, coconut oil – and then add chocolate chips, something magical happens and it tastes like chocolate chip cookie dough. And I love it.
This is a recipe that we make often, usually after dinner when we are all craving something sweet but don’t want a real dessert (read: we are still recovering from the weekend). The kids will get out the measuring cups and ingredients from the pantry, we will throw it all in the food processor and watch it all come together eagerly with our spatulas in hand, ready to scrape it up and eat it raw as soon as its ready.
Then we all calm down and take the time to roll them into balls like civilized human beings.
These cookie dough balls keep well in the fridge for a while, although they don’t usually last that long. They are such a good snack to just always have on hand; easy to just grab whenever anyone is hungry. Like when school is over but dinner isn’t ready and kids are “starving”. Or you are heading to work and didn’t have time to eat breakfast. Or when its 3:30 any afternoon of any day because why am I always hungry at 3:30 in the afternoon every single day??!
What I’m trying to say is … chocolate chip cookie dough balls are a good thing to just always have on hand in your fridge. I hope you’ll try them and let me know if you agree!
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup almonds
- ½ cup natural peanut butter
- 3 tbs coconut oil, melted
- 3 tbs maple syrup
- ¼ tsp salt
- ⅓ cup chocolate chips
- Pulse the oats in a food processor until they are finely ground. Add the almonds and pulse until chopped (the almonds can be as coarse or finely chopped as you like).
- Add all of the remaining ingredients and pulse until the mixture comes together. If the mixture looks too dry, add more coconut oil until it is slightly sticky. This depends on the consistency of your peanut butter so don't be alarmed if you have to adapt.
- Roll the mixture into 12 balls. I use a medium sized cookie scoop that makes this easier so I don't have to actually roll them.
- You can eat right away or refrigerate until ready.