Healthy Cookie Dough Bites
Cookie dough is one of those amazing things that take me back to my teenage years when scarfing down an entire log of delicious prepackaged highly processed cookie dough was a thing. Back then I had no clue what a gluten allergy was, and the thought of giving up dairy never crossed my mind, and food processing...whats that? Those were the days we didn't have to concern ourselves with chemical ingredients, ate everything under the sun and didn't gain an ounce, feel excessively bloated or gross.
Now, I've taken the joy I felt as a cookie dough crazed teenager and created my own grown up version. These cookie dough bites are gluten free, dairy free and vegan. More of a delicious, guilt free simple little pick me up with ingredients you can trust.
Recently, I discovered quinoa flakes as an alternative to oats. I love oats don't get me wrong, I think they're delicious. Oats are not a problem for me and the kiddo, we can gobble them up like anything, but my husband is part of the small percentage diagnosed with celiacs who cannot digest gluten free oats.
Oats are naturally gluten free, but most are processed and stored in facilities with wheat and other gluten containing grains. Oats also contain an amino acid called avenin which is similar to the amino acids in wheat gluten.(1) If your gluten free and haven't tried oats, one - make sure its cool with your doctor, two - buy certified gluten free oats, and three - make sure you're close to the facilities if it doesn't work out...
In our house, quinoa tends to be our go-to grain. I put it in a a variety of things, hot or cold, breakfast, lunch and dinner. I didn't hear of quinoa until adulthood and in the midst of figuring out celiacs disease with my husband. The earthier flavor, texture and look of quinoa were an adjustment from other grains we use, but the love for quinoa slowly captured me, and embracing it's versatility has only helped my creativity with old recipes and creating new ones.
This recipe was inspired by a suggestion through my local bloggers club. Bonelli Fine Food company was hosting the Simply Sesame Bloggers Recipe Challenge for home cooks. I have never entered a recipe contest like this before and thought it would be great experience as a new blogger. When I entered the contest, the company sent me a few different jars of their product to use. I used the Simple Sesame Spread with vanilla and almond bits for the cookie dough bites, a peanut free, gluten free, GMO free and dairy free alternative spread.
This easy recipe was a hit in my house and even my gluten eating brother-in-law loved them. I like to eat them 30 minutes before a run, or have a couple with my coffee in the morning. Give them a try and tell me what you think!
Healthy Cookie Dough Bites
30 minutes, total time
- 1 cup quinoa flakes
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, toasted
- 3/4 cup Simply Sesame Seed Butter with vanilla and almond bits
- 1/2 Enjoy Life chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 3 T hemp seeds
- 1 tsp vanilla
1. Toast your coconut flakes in a non-stick skillet on medium low heat for 2-3 minutes, Constantly stir so you don't accidentally burn your coconut.
2. Combine all ingredients, including your coconut, in a bowl until it forms a mixture that will hold together.
3. Refrigerating the dough for 10-20 minutes before you attempt to roll into balls. Refrigerating the dough will make it easier to ball up because it's a little firmer.
4. Once refrigerated, ball into tablespoon size truffles and enjoy!
If you find your mixture to be too sticky add a tad bit more of the quinoa flakes, if you find it to be too dry add a little more sesame butter.
Really tasty with dried cherries or cranberries too.
Yield 47 cookie dough truffles, 60 calories and 1 gram of protein each.