Raw Cookie Dough Bites

These raw oatmeal cookie dough balls are absolutely delicious and naturally sweetened using dates. They are a perfect bite sized treat for your sweet tooth! 

Unlike refined sugars (e.g. agave, brown sugar, cane sugar.. etc), dates contain  phytonutrients, vitamins (vitamin B6), minerals (potassium, copper, manganese), and fiber! One date provides nearly 2 grams of fiber; whereas, raw sugar and brown sugar contain none. These cookie dough balls are definitely a healthy (tasty) alternative to sugar-laden cookies! Who says healthy can’t also be sweet!?

Below are to variations of these cookie dough balls. One contains hemp seeds, while the other contains cashew. Both recipes are great, and both the cashews and the hemp seeds are chock-full of healthy fats, minerals (such as iron, zinc, phosphorus, and magnesium), and some vitamins. They are also both good sources of protein. The hemp seeds are a good source of omega 3 fatty acids; so if you need a boost in this department, try the hemp variation. The hemp seed recipe would also be great for people with nut tree allergies or kiddos that go to a school or daycare that is nut-free.

Good Sources of: 

Hemp: Omega 3, protein, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc.

Cashews: protein, monounsaturated fat, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, vitamin K, and Thiamin.

Oatmeal Cookie Bites

Oatmeal Cookie Dough Bites
These raw oatmeal cookie dough balls are absolutely delicious and naturally sweetened using dates. They are a perfect bite sized treat for your sweet tooth!
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Hemp Ingredients
  1. 1 cup oats
  2. ½ cup hemp seeds
  3. 1 tsp vanilla
  4. 1 tsp cinnamon
  5. ½ cup (packed full) pitted dates
  6. Optional: add in mini non-dairy chocolate chips or raisins
Cashew Ingredients
  1. 1 cup oats
  2. ½ cup cashews
  3. 1 tsp vanilla
  4. 1 tsp cinnamon
  5. ½ cup (packed full) pitted dates
  6. Optional: add in mini non-dairy chocolate chips or raisins
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, blend the oats and cashews or hemp seeds until they are fine like a coarse flour. Add in the vanilla and cinnamon and continue to blend.
  2. Remove the pits from the dates if you haven't already. Add to the food processor.
  3. Blend all ingredients until the dough starts to form one large ball. If adding raisins or mini-chocolate chips, fold into the dough using hands or a spoon and not the food processor.
  4. With clean hands, form the dough into 12-15 small balls. Place on parchment paper or a plate. You can eat them right away, but allow them to set in the fridge if they are a bit sticky still.
  5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. I suggest transferring them to the freezer after a few days--- they will keep much longer there and still make a great treat!
Notes
  1. Use the hemp seed variation if you have a nut allergy.
Kristina DeMuth http://stonebreakerswebgroup.com/