Raw Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites

Life without dessert is blasphemy. However, in an effort to get ready for all these weddings in which I am a bridesmaid I have recently been making slightly healthier options for dessert and then distributing the not-so-healthy treats you see on this blog to labmates and friends. Today I am sharing a healthier dessert option! It is actually one of the ways I suppress cookie cravings. Not that I don’t still eat cookies on a regular basis, but this is one way I resist having multiple cookies (or other baked buttery goodness) every single day – raw cookie dough balls made from ground nuts.

I have shared a couple other versions of these before such as chocolate chip cookie dough and s’mores cookie dough, and now I present peanut butter complete with traditional fork hash marks! The first time I made these bites they were a bit greasy so the second batch I reduced the raisins by 1 tablespoon and then added 2 tablepoons oats to absorb the oil from the ground up raisins and peanuts. If you are gluten-intolerant you can easily make these using gluten-free oats which can be found in the health food section of most groceries. I think dates would work in place of the raisins as well if you prefer. Allergic to peanuts? Try almonds and almond butter.

Raw Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites

One year ago: Red Velvet Cake Batter Dip

Two years ago: Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seed Cookies

RAW PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE DOUGH BITES

Makes about 8 bites

Ingredients:

1/4 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp raisins

2 Tbsp quick oats

1/8 tsp salt

2 Tbsp roasted, unsalted peanuts

1/8 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor and combine until very smooth. Roll into balls and then press with a fork to create the traditional peanut butter cookie markings, if desired.
  2. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge.

Source: Adapted slightly from Chocolate Covered Katie.

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