Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

In the two and a half years I’ve lived in St. Louis, there has only been one substantial snowstorm that I can remember. One snow that really warranted sending people into panic mode. But no matter what, anytime even a little snow is forecasted, people are out in droves stockpiling food, gas and anything else that they may need for the 5 seconds that they’re “stuck” inside. On Saturday before the snow we did end up getting, I was at Trader Joe’s buying a few ingredients to make my second batch of Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites. You would have thought the world was ending. There was not one available shopping cart or basket, the isles were gridlock, and the check-out lanes were 10 people deep with their overflowing carts of groceries. I want to know, is this common in most cities, or is this just a St. Louis thing?! I certainly don’t remember this type behavior when living in Chicago!

Back to those aforementioned Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites. For well over a year, I’ve looked at this recipe from time to time, and have wanted to make them. I thought with the ingredients consisting of raw cashews, oats, and unsweetened coconut flakes, that the cookie dough in the name was just to be clever; it didn’t occur to me that these would actually taste just like COOKIE DOUGH! As I was rolling out each ball, I noticed that they smelled a whole lot like chocolate chip cookie dough. Finally, when I sunk my teeth into one of these, I was overjoyed by how amazing they were and how I actually thought I was eating buttery delicious, raw-egg-and-all, chocolate chip cookie dough! So, I promptly made a big, second batch to stockpile, you know, for a snowstorm, or snack attack, whatever the emergency may be. I put them in my freezer to grab out whenever I need a quick Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bite. My only suggestion: don’t wait as long as I did to try this recipe!

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As a note: I’ve made a few different batches of these. The pictures above are of the bites with the chocolate chips mixed in; below is a picture of the chocolate chips blended in with the food processor. I liked the ease of blending them in, but the chocolate chips don’t necessarily stay whole, so the mixed in ones possibly look more appealing.IMG_9266

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

What You Need

  • 2/3 cup raw cashews
  • 1/3 cup gluten free oats
  • 1/3 cup shaved unsweetened coconut
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or agave)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup dairy free mini chocolate chips (or regular chocolate chips)

What To Do

  1. Blend the cashews, oats and shaved coconut in a food processor until they are a fine powder. If it has turned into a peanut butter consistency, it has been blended for too long!
  2. Add the syrup and vanilla extract and blend until incorporated.
  3. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand and roll into bite-sized balls. You can also blend the chocolate chips into the dough, but they will not remain in whole chips. (I have tried it both ways and prefer the blended way because they are easier to roll into balls)

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