Cookie Dough Energy Bites

These raw, plant-based bites are the perfect dessert for every kind of diet — raw, paleo, vegan, vegetarian, and...
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Cookie Dough

Yuri Elkaim

These raw, plant-based bites are the perfect dessert for every kind of diet — raw, paleo, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free. They’re also the perfect size for bringing to work, packing into kids’ lunches, or eating on the go.

Ingredients

  • 1/2  Cup  creamy raw almond butter
  • 1/2  Cup  hemp hearts
  • 1/2  Cup  unsweetened coconut flakes
  • dates, raw and pitted
  • 1  Teaspoon  vanilla
  • 1/4  Cup  cacao nibs or chopped dark chocolate
  • 1/4  Cup  raw cacao powder

Directions

In a food processor or high-speed blender, pulse together almond butter, hemp hearts, coconut flakes, dates, and vanilla until a thick dough forms.

Fold in chocolate or cacao nibs.

Using a teaspoon, scoop the dough and roll into 2 bite-sized balls.

Dust with cacao powder.

Store in fridge and enjoy for up to 3 weeks.

Cookie Shopping Tip

Be sure to purchase the correct flour a recipe calls for – flours differ in gluten or protein content, making each suited for specific tasks.

Cookie Cooking Tip

Insert a toothpick into the center of cakes, bar cookies, and quick breads to test for doneness – it should come out clean or only have a few crumbs clinging to it.

Cookie Wine Pairing

Milk is more traditional with cookies than wine in the U.S., but a few cookies and a glass of sweet wine make a simple, enjoyable dessert. Sweet chenin blanc, muscat, or amontillado sherry with nut-based cookies; sauternes or sweet German wines with sugar cookies; cabernet sauvignon or cabernet franc with chocolate desserts; Italian vin santo with biscotti.