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These chocolate peanut butter cookie dough balls are vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and oil-free! They are a delicious, healthy treat that is super quick and easy to make!
I think peanut butter might be my favourite food ever! If you are also a peanut butter lover, you will be obsessed with these vegan cookie dough balls!
Even better than just peanut butter though? Peanut butter and chocolate together! I use this combination often, such as in my chocolate peanut butter freezer fudge and my avocado peanut butter chocolate smoothie.
These chocolate peanut butter cookie dough balls may just be my favourite though!
- Whole-Foods Plant-Based
- Quick and easy to make
- Reminiscent of peanut butter cups
- Perfect for a snack or dessert
(Keep scrolling for full recipe with quantities)
- Make sure you use smooth, all-natural peanut butter. That means the ingredients should only be peanuts, and maybe a bit of salt. No added oil or sugar! Using a peanut butter that is not all-natural will not yield the correct texture for these cookie dough balls.
- 100% pure maple syrup for a healthier sweetener than refined sugar.
- Or cacao powder. Why no chocolate chips? This recipe is whole-foods plant based, which means no oil. Even vegan chocolate chips contain oil, so I usually go with cocoa powder for a chocolatey flavour!
- You can easily make this on your own. Just put some rolled oats into a blender and blend until a flour forms. Ensure gluten-free if that is your preference or necessity.
How to make these cookie dough balls
These cookie dough bites are incredibly easy to make!
Step 1: First, mix the peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
Step 2: Then, mix in the cocoa powder until it is fully combined and not powdery at all. This will take quite a bit of stirring, but it will fully incorporate!
Step 3: Finally, add the oat flour and combine evenly. I recommend stirring it in at first, then using your hands to make sure it is completely mixed in. Then you have your cookie dough!
Step 4: Now you just need to roll it into balls. I use about 1.5 tablespoons of dough per cookie dough bite. I feel like this is the perfect size because I find one tablespoon isn't enough, but any more than 1.5 would be too much. But of course you can make them any size you want!
Is peanut butter healthy?
So many people worry about eating peanut butter because it is high in fat and calories. However, as long as you aren't eating it in large quantities on a regular basis, it's actually good for you!
Of course you should be ensuring it's all-natural peanut butter though. Peanut butter that is made with added oils, sugar, etc. is not the best choice.
I recommend you choose peanut butter that only has peanuts listed under the ingredients, and maybe salt (but make sure there isn't too much). People who aren't used to eating natural peanut butter often think it tastes weird and miss their sugary peanut butter. But I really think that anyone who continues to eat all-natural peanut butter will grow to love it! I used to prefer the unhealthy stuff, but now I truly prefer the natural kind because it actually tastes like real, delicious peanuts!
Store these cookie dough bites in an airtight container for up to a week.
They can be stored at room temperature, but if you live in a humid climate, they may hold up better in the fridge.
After a few hours, these cookie dough balls will firm up some more, so keep this in mind when you are making them. If they seem quite soft, they will firm up!
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix together the peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
- Mix in the cocoa powder until is is fully and evenly incorporated.
- Add the oat flour and mix. You can use a spoon to start, but it will be easier to use your hands to get the dough fully mixed.
- Scoop out about 1 ½ tablespoons of dough and roll it into a ball between your palms. Continue until you have used all the dough.
- Store in an airtight container for up to a week.