Chocolate Cookie Dough Bites (from PlantPlate)
If you are tempted by all the unhealthy holiday cookies during this time of year, try making these healthier cookies to satisfy your sweet tooth. Plus, they are super easy to make!
- 8 oz fresh medjool dates (about 10), pitted (soak these in a bowl of hot water for 1 hour)
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder (or carob powder)
- 1 tsp. alcohol free vanilla extract (or 1/2 tsp vanilla powder)
- 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder, extra (for coating)
- In a food processor, process the oats for about 15 seconds to break them down into smaller pieces, but not quite turn them into flour. Put in a bowl and set aside.
- Drain the dates and place them in the bowl of a food processor. Process at a high speed until they form a paste. To ensure that everything is well incorporated, you will need to remove the lid periodically and scrape down the sides of the food processor with a spatula. You can also use a high speed blender.
- Add the oats, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract and process until everything is well combined. Again, remove the lid a couple of times during this process and scrape down the mixture from the sides of the food processor.
- To shape the bites, take small tablespoon-sized measures of mixture in your hands and roll until a ball shape is formed, then place on a plate or platter. Repeat this process until no mixture remains (you may need to rinse your hands a couple of times.)
- Using a sieve, dust the outside of the cookie dough bites with the additional 2 tbsp. of cocoa powder. Place the bites in the freezer for 2-3 hours, until firm. Keep the cookie dough bites in the freezer for a firm bite, or move them to the fridge for a slightly softer consistency.