These Healthy Cookie Dough Balls are a healthy snack and take minutes to make. They are filled with nut butter, sweetened with honey, and only five ingredients total.
If there’s one thing I know about myself, it’s that I need a snack in between lunch and dinner or else I will become hangry, and no one likes hangry Erin.
That’s where these healthy cookie dough balls step in and not only satisfy my mid afternoon hunger craving, but also my hankering for something sweet and when I want something not chocolate, I make my Healthy Cake Batter Balls instead!
How to make healthy cookie dough balls video
I always wonder how people can make it from when they eat lunch at around noon until when they eat dinner at around six without any snacks in between, and I mean I typically am eating a filling lunch with carbs, protein, and fat, and while that keeps me full till about 3 or 3:30, I always start to hear my stomach rumble in the afternoon.
When I worked in corporate America (I say that as if it was years ago..) I was the queen of afternoon snacking. I remember my colleagues always making fun of me because I would always have some form or homemade protein ball or granola bar in the afternoon, and then would pair it with an orange or a peach.
Snacks are life. And so are these balls.
They are filling. They fuel me through the remainder of the day. They taste good alone or paired with something else.
So many pre-packaged grab and go options are filled with gross ingredients and packed with sugar, so that’s why I always prefer homemade.
I want to be able to control what goes in them and while that isn’t always the case and there are tons of brands of snack bars and bites that I absolutely love (RxBars, Emmys Cookies, Larabar), I really prefer to make everything homemade.
Plus they are super simple to make and you can make them ahead of time to have for the entire week. It’s a win-win.
This recipe for healthy cookie dough balls only calls for five basic ingredients.
If you don’t have oat flour (which you can buy at any grocery store and it is wicked cheap), you can make your own by pulsing rolled oats in a food processor or Vitamix until completely fine and flour-like consistency.
For the nut butter, I prefer using peanut butter because I am obsessed with all things peanut butter flavored, but you can easily use any other type of nut butter. Cashew butter works great, almond butter will work great, even sunflower butter will work too!
All you need is one bowl, about five minutes, and some refrigeration time and you’ve got yourself the best little healthy cookie dough balls ever.
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- 1 cup + 2 tbsp oat flour
- 1/2 cup nut butter, I prefer salted peanut butter or cashew butter.
- 3 Tbsp honey
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil melted (add more if needed)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Pinch of salt if none in nut butter
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used mini)
- Mix together all ingredients in a bowl until well combined.
- If too wet to roll into balls, chill in fridge for 30 minutes.
- Roll into balls and store in fridge or freezer. If freezer, defrost for a few minutes before eating.
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