I never know whether to call snacks like this recipe "cookie dough balls" or "energy bites". But considering these Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookie Dough Balls reminded me so much of cookie dough, I had to go with the former. Thankfully they're full of whole food, natural ingredients to give you energy as well!
Balls like these are Brett and my go-to snack in China. They are so easy to make and can be made with all kinds of different ingredients. We almost always have a container full in the fridge. Our go-to flavor is oatmeal peanut butter made using this recipe, but these Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookie Dough Balls make a delicious runner up. Unlike our usual peanut butter energy bites, these cookie dough balls are sweetened with dates, which I love. Thankfully I'm able to find cheap, delicious, sticky dates in China, so these won't cost me an arm and a leg to make once we return...hopefully in just a couple weeks!
These Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookie Dough Balls make for the best travel snacks. I always bring a bunch with me whenever we are flying to a different city or country from China. These are also great for you breastfeeding mamas out there who, perhaps like me, are hungry 24/7. Oh, and they're also perfect for satisfying my all-day sweet tooth!
If you don't have cashew butter on hand you can always swap it out for any other kind of nut butter. Sunbutter would make these cookie dough balls nut free as well. Just keep in mind that switching up the nut butter will obviously switch up the flavor of these Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookie Dough Balls.
If you give this simple recipe a try, I'd love to know your thoughts in the comments below! Or even better take a photo and tag @theconscientiouseater on Instagram so I can see your creation!
- 1 cup oats
- 1 ½ cup packed, pitted dates*
- ½ cup cashew butter
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch salt
- optional: ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
- Place all of the ingredients, except for the chocolate chips, into a food processor and process until a uniform, sticky dough forms. You'll know it's done when you can pinch some dough together between your fingers and it sticks together. If the dough is a little dry add 1-2 tablespoons of water or more cashew butter.
- Mix the mini chocolate chips into the dough with a spoon.
- Using damp hands, roll the dough into balls and store in an airtight container in the fridge.
*If you're using a drier variety of dates, you can soak them in hot water for 10 minutes. Then drain the water and use the softened dates
Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 1 ball
Amount Per Serving Calories 189Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 0mgSodium 65mgCarbohydrates 22gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 3gSugar 10gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 4g
Nutrition information is a rough estimate provided by Nutrionix and should be used for informational purposes only.