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Cookie Dough Energy Bites

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Cookie dough energy bites are a healthy and safe way to enjoy the flavor of cookie dough. These bites are high in protein and healthy fats which will give our bodies more energy. These are great for kid’s snacks, or an afternoon pick me up when you’re feeling sluggish.

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Cookie Dough Energy Bites

There is an unusual secret ingredient in these cookie dough energy bites that you probably wouldn’t guess. It’s chickpeas! Yes, it might seem strange, but don’t knock it until you try it.

Normal cookie dough is not safe to eat for two main reasons. There’s raw egg and raw flour – both of which aren’t recommended to eat safely.

But these are different! There’s no egg or flour in this recipe. The chickpeas will provide a texture that’s similar to cookie dough. And the tahini, maple syrup and dark chocolate chips will mask the chickpea flavor and create a delightful snack that’s healthier! So fun.

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Serving Ideas

  • Add to kids lunches – These are a great treat idea to add to your kid’s lunchbox. There is no refined sugar, they are nut-free, and high in protein!
  • Afterschool snacks – Serve 1 or 2 of these with a pile of veggie sticks for an easy afterschool snack.
  • Carry two in your bag – These are a quick and easy energy boost.
  • After dinner treats – If you’re craving something sweet after dinner, these are a great option.

Do You Have To Keep These Chilled?

Extra cookie dough energy bites should be kept in the fridge or freezer. But you can add these to kid’s lunches or carry them in your purse for a few hours, they’ll be fine. I recommend using a hard container versus a plastic bag or you’ll end up squished treats.

Bowl of chickpeas, and cups of rolled oats, maple syrup, tahini and chocolate chips on a white table with black and white kitchen napkin.

Cookie Dough Energy Bites Ingredients

  • Chickpeas – You’ll need one can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed with cool water.
  • Tahini – Tahini is made using sesame seeds. You can also substitute with any nut or seed butter for this ingredient.
  • Oats – I recommend using gluten-free whole rolled oats for this recipe. These are the large flake oats.
  • Maple Syrup – To sweeten the energy bites I used maple syrup. Alternatively, you can also use honey or lakanto monkfruit sweetener.
  • Mini Chocolate Chips – Look for 70% dark chocolate chips which will have minimal refined sugar added to them and will be primarily made from cacao.
chickpeas, chocolate chips, tahini and other ingredients in a KitchenAid food processor with grey base and black handle.

Food Processor

A food processor makes this recipe so much easier. You can add all the ingredients straight to it and blend. Everything is prepped and ready in less than 10 minutes!

I have the KitchenAid 14-cup food processor that includes a slicing disk, shredding disk, multipurpose blades, dough blade, dicing kit and storage case.

Some other recipes I’ve used with my food processor are my banana nice cream with six flavors, homemade pumpkin seed butter, and raspberry coconut energy balls.

small white bowl of cookie dough mixture and spoon stuck in it. Black napkin behind.

How To Make No Bake Cookie Dough Energy Bites

These cookie dough energy bites are incredibly easy to make. All you need is a food processor and a few simple ingredients.

  1. Add the chickpeas, tahini, rolled oats, maple syrup, vanilla extract, salt and chocolate chips to the food processor. Blend until everything is smooth and turns into a dough-like consistency.
  2. Scoop out the cookie dough and roll it into balls. Place them on a plate or cookie sheet. Add them to the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes. Once chilled, they can be eaten right away, and the rest stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.
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More Healthy Treat Recipes

  • Strawberries and Cream Parfaits – made with rich, velvety coconut cream, sweetened with just a hint of maple syrup, and piled high with ripe fresh strawberries.
  • Healthy Banana Splits – high in antioxidants, protein, and healthy fats! I like to serve these as a fun breakfast or energizing afternoon snack.
  • Banana Nice Cream – this recipe includes seven incredible flavors: classic banana, chocolate, mango, raspberry, mint chocolate chip, peanut butter, and matcha.
  • Raspberry Coconut Energy Balls – made with fresh raspberries, shredded coconut, coconut flour, sunflower seeds, rolled oats, and protein powder.
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Cookie Dough Energy Bites

These bites are high in protein and healthy fats – great for kid's snacks, or an afternoon pick me up.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 14 energy bites



  • Add all ingredients to the food processor.
  • Blend for 2-4 minutes. Stop half way to scoop down the sides.
  • Roll into balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes. Once chilled, they're ready to eat. Grab 1-2 for a quick energy boosting snack.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week or the freezer for up to 1 month.


Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 95mg | Potassium: 115mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Calcium: 40mg

The nutritional information provided is an estimate and is per serving.

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