Chocolate Chip Macadamia Cookie Dough Bites

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(Note: this post was originally published on July 12, 2020. The date above reflects migration to the new platform.)

Cookie Dough Dreams

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 less than 15 minutes!

Seriously! Fifteen 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.

Protein Power

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.

Variations

You have a lot of options with these cookie dough bites, 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 refined sugar? Use cacao nibs instead of chocolate chips. 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 for easy snacking, 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. The latter might make them feel more dessert-like!

Let's Talk Ingredients

Here's what you'll need for this recipe, as well as some thoughts, tips, and possible substitutions. If you make any substitutions, I'd love to hear about it in the comments section below.

  • Almond butter. Look for one that's natural, drippy, and just two ingredients: almonds and salt. Conversely, I think this recipe would work fine with whatever nut/seed butter you love, although I haven't tried it myself. Please leave a comment below if you do!
  • Almond flour. There are a few types of almond flour. You definitely want blanched, super-fine for these, since the other varieties may cause these bites to have a gritty texture.
  • Maple syrup. Honey would be fine too, although it has a more assertive flavor.
  • Vanilla
  • Salt
  • 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. Or feel free to use raw cacao nibs instead if you're trying to avoid refined sugar. Choose a dairy-free chocolate if you want to keep these bites vegan.
  • Macadamia nuts. I like to use Mauna Loa's chopped MacNuts for ease, and so that the pieces aren't too big. If you use whole nuts, give them a coarse chop to make the size more manageable.
  • Unsweetened shredded coconut. For rolling!

Closing Thoughts

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. They'll work great as an on-the-go snack, post-workout treat, or dessert.

I'm a very firm believer in dessert. I need dessert!! But because of that, I'm always on the hunt for treats 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.


Share It!

It makes me so happy to hear from you and see your creations! Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think about this recipe. If you post a photo on Instagram, hashtag #TheRogueBrusselSprout and tag me (@TheRogueBrusselSprout) in the post text so that I'm sure to see it.

Disclosure: Mauna Loa is a long-term partner and I receive free product. However, all opinions and thoughts are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep The Rogue Brussel Sprout running.

Chocolate Chip Macadamia Cookie Dough Bites

These "cookie dough" bites are secretly made with good-for-the-body ingredients and are loaded with protein and healthy fats. They make for the best post-workout snack or light dessert.

Author:
Lee

Ingredients

  • 1 c drippy, natural almond butter
  • 0.25 c blanched, super-fine almond flour
  • 0.25 c maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 0.25 tsp salt
  • 0.25 c mini dark chocolate chips
  • 0.25 c chopped macadamia nuts
  • Few handfuls of unsweetened shredded coconut for rolling

Instructions

  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 chopped 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.
  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..

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Anonymous
August 1, 2020
I made these with natural, drippy peanut butter and they worked fine! The PB might have hidden the flavor of the macadamias tho.
Pamela
July 13, 2020
As a recipient of these delights, I can honestly say they are fabulous treat!