Recipe Box: Healthy No-Bake Cookie Dough Bites

Recipe Box: Healthy No-Bake Cookie Dough Bites

Hello, everyone! It’s Ilana from Team LC. There’s a lot of talk of love during the first half of February, but that doesn’t mean the focus on the heart should fade away post-Valentine’s Day. Instead of talking dating or romance today though, I wanted to share one of my favorite heart-healthy recipes. I made a resolution to kick my processed sugar habit this year, so I’ve been on the constant hunt for alternative ways to satisfy my sweet tooth. From my delectable Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding to plain Greek yogurt drizzled with agave and cinnamon, I now have quite a few guilt-free treats in my repertoire. These Healthy No-Bake Cookie Dough Bites (adapted from a recipe by Averie Cooks) are one of my very favorites. Not only are these tasty little morsels free from dairy and processed sugar, but they’re also full of healthy whole grain oats to keep your ticker in tip-top shape. Here’s the recipe if you want to give it a try…

Healthy No-Bake Cookie Dough Bites

Recipe Box: Healthy No-Bake Cookie Dough Bites

Makes 12


  • 2/3 cup raw cashews
  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 2 Tbsp agave syrup
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup sweet cacoa nibs (you can sub dark chocolate chips if you’re not staying away from sugar like I am)


  1. Combine oats and cashews in a food processor and grind into a flour-like consistency.
  2. Add agave, maple syrup, and vanilla, and blend again until smooth.
  3. Transfer your dough into a mixing bowl and stir in cacao nibs by hand.
  4. Roll the dough into approximately 12 chocolate truffle-sized balls. Enjoy immediately or store in the fridge for later.
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It was pretty hard to resist popping these into my mouth before I photographed them. Luckily, the process for making them only takes about 20 minutes from start to finish.

Are you going to give this healthy recipe a try?

xo Ilana
Team LC

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Categories: Ilana Saul, Recipe Box
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  • Bella

    Nice! I’ll give them a try. Could you give us the “”nutrition facts””? Any idea on the calories, etc.? Thanks and kisses from sunny, beautiful Spain!

    • Caleb

      I posted the nutrition facts above :)

  • Pretty Pear Bride

    This looks so good! Definitely share worthy!

  • Lizzy

    These look super yummy! I’ll def have to try them out! I too have been trying to limit my processed sugar intake, but it’s so hard because I literally have the BIGGEST sweet tooth!


    • Geo

      i thought agave wasnt supposed to be good to eat anymore?

  • Jill Scalzo

    Yum! I have to try these! They remind me of a recipe I tried a few weeks ago with chickpeas, natural PB, vegan cocoa nibs, and agave – hummus consistency – and I dipped multigrain stacys pita chips in! Delish.

  • lalaliza

    These look amazing! I’m allergic to cashews, do you think it would be okay to sub some other nuts in this recipe?

  • a_rohr

    I was going to say the same thing! I feel like hazelnuts or peanuts would probably work.

  • Amber

    I wish I had a food processor so I could make these. They look so yummy!


  • Ilana Saul

    i think you totally could! peanuts might even taste like a peanut butter cookie!

  • i_adore_shoes

    although free from processed sugar, agave syrup is just concentrated fructose which isn’t good for you – just like high fructose corn syrup!

  • Lena Ameri

    Yummy! Thank you for this recipe! I love cookie dough and it’s time to get into bikini shape!! Please keep the healthy recipes coming!

    You might like this one: chocolate mousse made out of avocados and no sugar!

  • jonnah

    oh i sooo love it!this one looks really good and easy to do. Maybe i could also try adding other kinds of crispies<3

  • lalaliza

    Thank you! I need to make this :)

  • lalaliza

    mmm hazelnuts, good idea! thank you

  • Maria Ion

    they look delicious!

  • Taylar Hanciaux

    deffinately going to try these!

  • Ashley

    Oh my! These sound divine! :)

  • caramelcutiepie

    My husband is allergic to all nuts except almonds. Do you think this will come out pretty close if I sub almonds for the cashews?

    • MNPaleoGirl

      I think they would work almonds, might want to soak them for awhile in water or almond milk before so you get a creamier consistency as you would with cashews.

  • liz

    i am unfortunately allergic to all nuts..anything i could possibly substitute the cashews for?

  • Hannah banana

    Just made these and they are totally delicious! Everyone take the 10-20 minutes to make these!!! :)

  • Jessie

    Can you sub the cashews because these look delish but I am allergic to nuts

  • Julie6989

    I saw a comment to try subbing flax seed for the cashews. I’m going to try this tmrw.

  • Jessie

    Thank you

  • Samantha Brown

    This looks so good! Wish I had some cashews in the pantry so I could make this straight away but I’ll buy some next time I go shopping and make it – can’t wait!

    Sam xx – how to make the most of your twenties

  • Stevie rae

    This could also be made with chick peas!

  • alex

    i hav this bad habit of eating chocolate chip cookie dough raw so…im def gonna give this a try!

  • Ashley

    This recipe sounds fantastic; Pinterest is loaded with others if you’re looking for something a bit different! Please keep these types of posts coming- they are one of my favorites! :)

  • Lucy O

    They look yummy! Definitely going to try these! :)

  • Ghazaleh Kermaani

    these look really good! more healthy (vegan) dessert recipes to try out:

  • Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.

    These are the best! And I use that exact same processor to make them! My favorite thing is to crumble them into one of my “Reeses Smoothies.” The

    xo – Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A.

  • Mindy DaPrato

    What food processor do you use. I have a hard time getting mine to chop things up very good. It seems to get clumped and take a bit more time than I think it should. I have a Cuisinart (small size).

  • Stacy Barnes

    These look amazing. Must try!

  • Veggirl

    It’s vegan! Yay.

  • Bob

    Agave & maple syrup are equivalent to sugar. Careful with throwing the word healthy around.

    • Gary

      Yes but 3 tbs is far less than 1 cup sugar

  • jen

    is there an alternative to the cashews?

  • Caleb

    Nutrition Facts:
    (Using sweet nibs)
    (Serving size 1 of 12 balls)

    Cal: 84
    Fat: 4.5 grams
    Carb: 9.5 grams
    Protein: 1.9 grams
    Sugar: 5.5 grams
    Fiber: 1.25 grams

  • Roxy

    Don’t be stupid like I was and put all of the ingredients in together at once!! Especially if your using a magic bullet or something like that!!

  • shmuel1 taurog

    I will try the recipe subbing raisin for the Cashews



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