Enjoy your sweets while still loading up on nutrition with these gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Bites. This healthy “cookie dough” recipe only requires a few simple ingredients and no baking!
Cohl and I are known to spontaneously throw casual get-togethers.
And when I say get-togethers, I mean 15-20 of our awesome friends coming over to enjoy food on a weeknight.
We definitely have the motto, “The more the merrier!” when it comes to bringing people together.
Most recently we hosted a dinner on the first Sunday night after the time change. (Does anyone else get CRAZY tired when it gets dark at 5:30?!)
In the past, we have served up everything from chicken and steak fajitas to this Slow Cooker Chicken Curry. But this time… I was feeling L.A.Z.Y. I wanted something with minimal prep and pretty much no work involved.
So what did we do?… We made ourselves a baked potato bar for dinner and served up these already prepared (but still SUPER easy to make) snickerdoodle cookie dough bites for dessert.
It was a HUGE success. Little did I know how psyched our friends would be to eat a baked potato. (Just goes to show you how grateful, gracious, and just plain out awesome our friends are!)
In the future, I might go through a few ways to host a dinner party with minimal fuss, but for today I’ll skip straight to the dessert… these snickerdoodle cookie dough bites.
These healthy, no-bake cookie bites are super simple to make and are made with good-for-you ingredients.
What’s so healthy about these Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Bites?
Not only are these Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Bites gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, and can easily be made refined sugar-free, but they are also made from:
- Cashews – these nuts are loaded with protein as well as minerals such as magnesium and potassium.
- Honey – can help counter environmental allergens and is a great source of antioxidants.
- Oats – a wonderful source of magnesium and dietary fiber.
- Cinnamon – a potential anti-inflammatory ingredient and is loaded with antioxidants.
How Can You Evolve these Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Bites?
There are a couple of ways you can adapt these Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Bites to better fit your dietary preferences:
- Feel free to use maple syrup or agave nectar if you are vegan.
- To make this recipe completely refined sugar-free, use coconut sugar instead of pure cane sugar.
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- 2 Tbsp. cane sugar or coconut sugar
- ¾ tsp. cinnamon
- 1 cup raw cashews soaked in water for 30 minutes
- 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp. coconut oil melted
- 2 ¼ c. quick cooking oats gluten-free
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- In a shallow bowl combine cane or coconut sugar and ¾ teaspoon cinnamon and toss until evenly mixed. Set aside until ready to use.
- In the bowl of a food processor combine soaked cashews, honey, and coconut oil. Process for 2-3 minutes or until cashews become smooth.
- Add oats, vanilla, salt, and ½ teaspoon cinnamon. Continue processing for another 1-2 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl every 20-30 seconds to ensure even mixing.
- Once “cookie dough” is an even consistency and begins to stick together in the bowl, roll 1 ½ - 2-tablespoons of dough into a ball. Roll ball in cinnamon sugar mixture. Repeat with remaining “cookie dough.”
- Serve snickerdoodle bites immediately or keep in an airtight container for up to 5-7 days.
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Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.