Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Bites

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Bites

The day we discovered these raw brownies from My New Roots changed the way we thought about desserts. It’s possible to make something sweet and tasty without sugar, flour, butter, or baking? It seemed like magic!

Well, it is kind of magic — magic by way of Medjool dates, that is. These dates are caramel-y sweet and the perfect base for a natural dessert.

These treats are nothing but dates + oats + raisins + spices. This makes them no bakevegangluten freenaturally sweet, with only 5 ingredients (minus salt), and they take about 5 minutes to make (not including clean-up…!). No bad!

There are many versions of raw cookies / brownies floating around the Internet; I based this recipe loosely on Heidi’s cookie dough bars. The main difference of our recipe below from other raw cookie / brownie recipes is that I chose to leave omit the nuts, which are generally a required ingredient. They turned out just as delicious, though you could add in a bit of walnuts for added richness if you’d like. (The only difference we noticed was that they became a bit harder in texture after a few days of keeping, but still tasted good!)

We loved them and will definitely be making them again and again. They’d be an especially great “treat” for kids, since they’re made fully of natural ingredients.

Other raw treats
Raw Brownies
Spiced Pumpkin Seed Truffles
Gingerbread Dough Truffles

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Bites
Makes: ~28 bites
What You Need
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup Medjool dates
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup raisins
What To Do
  1. Remove the pits from the dates. In the bowl of a food processor, add the first 5 ingredients. Turn on the processor and blend until a dough comes together and all of the oats are thoroughly combined. If the dough is too crumbly, add a few additional dates.
  2. Add the raisins and gently pulse a few times to combine (do not over-process at this point, or the raisins will become chopped into pieces.)
  3. Remove the dough from the bowl of the food processor and shape into balls.
Medjool dates are a type of date that is exceptionally large and sweet; it is important to find the real thing for this recipe (other types of dates don’t lend the right taste or texture). We were able to find them sold in bulk at our local grocery; they are also available for sale online.

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Comments 28

  1. Kasey

    This sounds fabulous! I’m love making little healthy truffles using dates and cocoa, and this type of ‘cookie’ is right up my alley. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Loretta E

    I adore simple recipes like this. Sometimes you just need a quick fix before you grab something else and this is perfect for that. It’s great that it requires no strange ingredients either.

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      Hi Mikki! Cooking these bites isn’t recommended – they are meant to be a simple combination of dates and oats. Baking them would probably dry them out. If you like baking, I’d try a traditional baked cookie recipe!

  3. Ashlae

    These sound so (sooooo) delicious. I make a lazy girl peanut butter cookie with ground oats, dates and peanut butter – which are great, but they’re also pretty bland. Can’t wait to stock up on dates and try this recipe!

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