When I made these chocolate chip cookie dough energy bites, it brought back memories to when I was little and baked the cookies for my family. I was always tempted to eat the cookie dough raw. My mom occasionally allowed me to lick the spoon and the bowl clean. That did not happen often, because of the risk of food poisoning from the raw egg or flour.
The good news is that I now found a way to eat unbaked chocolate chip cookie dough without that risk! And this version offers additional benefits beyond taste, including nutrient packed oats, dates, nut or seed butter, chocolate and garbanzo beans. They are great for snacking on before or after runs or workouts, during class or study sessions, at work or anywhere anytime else.
The dough itself is also fruit-sweetened with medjool dates, which are also packed with nutrients. The choice of chocolate chips is yours. Cacao nibs are pure unsweetened dark chocolate pieces, or “nature’s dark chocolate chips”, high in antioxidants and minerals, including magnesium. They are bitter on their own, but the bitterness can be masked by the sweetness in the dough.
Wait a sec…are there beans in my energy bites? Yes! Garbanzo beans are actually more neutral in flavor compared to other types of beans, so they can easily be masked by other ingredients. Their main use in this recipe is to create a soft textured dough in combination with the nut or seed butter. They also provide a natural protein and nutritional boost that you would not get from other chocolate chip cookie dough energy bites made without them.
Whole Food Feature: Garbanzo Beans (aka Chickpeas)
- Originate from the Middle East and Mediterranean area, grown in the summer within the pods of a plant in soil, similar to peas (hence the name “Chickpeas“). Sold either fresh at farmer’s markets, dried (most common) or cooked and canned in stores with a wide variety of uses historically both in sweet and in savory dishes.
- 1 serving (1/2 cup cooked) of Chickpeas provides 117 calories, 2g fat, 20g carbs (4g sugars, 6g fiber) and 7g protein. They are an excellent source of Manganese (42% DV), Folate (35%), a good source of Copper (15%), Phosphorus (14%), Iron (13%), Magnesium (10%) and contain smaller amounts of many other nutrients.
- Manganese is a mineral found in very small amounts in our bodies, mostly in the liver, bones, kidneys and pancreas. It is a part of the enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD) that acts as an antioxidant to fight cell and DNA-damaging free radicals. Manganese is involved in connective tissue and bone formation, fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption and much more.
These Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Energy Bites are
- Vegan (Dairy & Egg free)
- Gluten free
- Naturally Fruit Sweetened and Oil free (if use cacao nibs)
- Nut free (if use seed butter)
- 5 Ingredients
Get the full recipe at:
Lean Green DAD: No-Bake, Vegan, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites by Cedric Torres
Not sponsored. Recipe was originally made by me for submission to Lean Green DAD, but due to popular demand and convenience, I have attached the recipe link here on my blog.