Vegan? Yep. Gluten free? Check. Processed sugar free? Oh yes. Amazingly yummy? You betchya!
So a little back story with these vegan cookie dough energy bites. A few weeks ago my sister decided to go vegan! California is changing her. But I totally respect her for going vegan! I mean, I do not eat red meat and my mom is a vegetarian, but vegan?! Kudos to her! I of course, had to do some research on this whole vegan thing. Sure I had some basic knowledge, but I also had the common stereotype in mind that vegans have to eat tasteless food. But guess what?! I was totally wrong! It can actually be super tasty! Take these cookie dough bites for example… Amazing! Lets just say I might have some more vegan recipes coming up here soon… 😉
Not much for notes on these cookie dough bites. Make sure that you are using dairy free chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate). Also, I found that the best way to make these energy bites was to pound the cookie dough into a square, refrigerate for a couple of hours, then make into 1/2 tablespoon balls. Other than that be ready to be knocked away by these good-for-you, vegan, cookie dough bites!
Vegan Cookie Dough Energy Bites
1 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats (make sure to use gluten-free certified oats)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped (make sure chocolate has no dairy in it if vegan)
1) Line 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper, set aside.
2) Using a blender or a food processor, pulse cashews, oats, salt, and cinnamon until fine meal forms. Add maple syrup and vanilla and pulse until mixture forms together. Fold in 3) chocolate until combined.
4) Press dough into prepared pan. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
5) Remove dough from fridge. Roll dough into 1/2 tablespoon balls. The cookie dough bites will stay good in an airtight container in the fridge for 5-7 days.
Recipe adapted slightly from The Kitchenn