Chocolate Chip Macadamia Cookie Dough Bites

These Chocolate Chip Macadamia Cookie Dough Bites are without a doubt my new favorite sweet treat. They're gooey and indulgent just like cookie dough, but packed with protein and healthy fats. The best part? You can make them in ten minutes!


Seriously! Ten minutes to cookie dough bliss! Most protein bites (a.k.a. "protein balls") are made from dates and nuts and require a food processor. Those are wonderful (see my Homemade Lara Bars), but sometimes you need a snack ASAP... or don't feel like washing the food processor!

These cookie dough bites are based in almond butter, so there's no special equipment needed. Just a bowl, a spoon, and a few pantry staples.


Nutritionally speaking, these cookie dough bites are better for you than most protein bars you'll find at the store. They're basically just nuts! They're minimally sweetened with maple syrup, and have dark chocolate for added antioxidants. Because of their ingredients, they make for a great protein-rich snack.

And gosh, do they ever taste like raw cookie dough! The almond butter yields the most wonderful gooey texture, and a dash of vanilla extract reinforces the cookie dough vibe. In that way, they're just as wonderful for dessert as they are for a snack.


These aren't just plain old chocolate chip cookie dough though. They're chocolate chip cookie dough on a tropical vacation, thanks to both macadamia nuts and coconut. This post is one of many that I've done in partnership with my friends at Mauna Loa, who grow the most incredible macadamias on the Big Island of Hawai'i. If you love MacNuts in desserts (I certainly do!!), you'll also want to check out these Flourless Coffee Macadamia Blondies and this Vegan Chocolate Coconut MacNut Cream Pie.

These cookie dough bites are astonishingly simple to make. Just mix up the ingredients, roll the dough into little balls, roll the balls in coconut, and chill. They keep best in the fridge or freezer, so make sure to store them there so that they keep their shape.


You have a lot of options here, so feel free to tweak as you see fit. Want to spice them up a bit? Add cinnamon or even a bit of ginger. Want to avoid sweeteners? Omit the chocolate. You could swap honey for the maple syrup, or even omit the sweetener altogether (in which case, decrease the almond flour a little bit since you'll have less liquid). You can even go crazy and add some espresso powder or instant coffee to the dough!

You also have some options with shape. I like these rolled into balls the size of golf balls, but you could make them bigger or smaller to fit your needs (just keep in mind they're pretty rich). You could also line a bread pan with wax paper, press the dough into the pan, chill, and then cut them into bars or little squares.

Very importantly, I want to thank Caitlin of the Kalefornia Cravings blog for inspiration behind these cookie dough bites. She makes a cookie dough bar that uses almond butter, and making her recipe was my first experience with that concept. I immediately fell in love! I also want to thank Stella of The Whole Scoop Blog, who makes amazing Almond Joy bites rolled in coconut, which is where I got the idea for the shape and coconut coating of these bites. Check out both of their blogs and Instagram feeds for all sorts of gorgeous, fresh, and nourishing recipes!


I'm a very firm believer in dessert. I need dessert!! But because of that, I'm always on the hunt for desserts that are nourishing for the body. Usually, that means I gravitate toward "desserts" that can double as snacks. These are exactly that!

Aren't these just the cutest? Regardless of whether you choose to enjoy them for a healthy dessert or an on-the-go nourishing snack, these tropical treats are sure to bring you cookie dough bliss.


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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Mauna Loa. However, all opinions and thoughts are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep The Rogue Brussel Sprout running.

Do you love a sweet treat that's secretly good for you? I certainly do! Check out these Funfetti Tahini Chick Pea Blondies which are equally as fun and delicious.

Thoughts About Ingredients
(These are all just suggestions, since rogue is more fun than recipe)
  • 1 c drippy, natural almond butter
  • 0.25 c almond flour. I suggest using blanched, super-fine. I like Bob's Red Mill.
  • 0.25 c maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 0.25 tsp salt
  • 0.25 c mini dark chocolate chips. It's important to have really small bits of chocolate so that they don't overwhelm the small cookie dough balls. You can use your favorite dark chocolate bar if you'd rather, but be sure to cut it very finely.
  • 0.25 c macadamia nuts. I like to use Mauna Loa's chopped MacNuts for ease, but either chopped or whole is fine.
  • Few handfuls of unsweetened shredded coconut for rolling

Thoughts About Method
(These are all just suggestions, be creative and make it yours)
  1. Measure the almond butter, almond flour, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt into a mixing bowl and mix well. You should end up with a thick, cookie-dough like texture.
  2. Add in the chocolate chips and MacNuts and mix until combined.
  3. Roll the mixture into balls that each have about 2 tbsp of dough; they'll end up about the size of golf balls.
  4. Roll each ball in shredded coconut to coat the outside.
  5. Place the finished cookie dough bites on a piece of wax paper in a container, and put them in the fridge overnight; they'll be much easier to eat (and tastier too!) if they're chilled. That said, you can eat them before they're chilled too...
  6. Store the cookie dough bites either in the fridge or in the freezer; they'll soften too much and become messy at room temperature.

Comments

  1. As a recipient of these delights, I can honestly say they are fabulous treat!

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    1. The Rogue Brussel SproutJuly 13, 2020 at 7:00 AM

      Haha, thank you, I'm so happy to hear! I made so many batches of these while I was trying to get the ratios right. Maybe five or six different tweaks? Thank you for helping me test them!

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