Almond-Oat Cookie Bites

Leslie Patton, owner #2871

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This has got to be one of my favorite snacks. My daughter loves them, too, and requests one nearly every day. It's super easy to eat on the go, and involves only a few ingredients that you likely have hidden in the pantry. The addition of the chocolate chips takes these right into dessert territory.

Keep these vegan by using dairy-free chocolate chips. I like the Enjoy Life brand that's sold at Dill Pickle. The bulk bins have many of the other ingredients.

These freeze well so consider doubling the recipe. Trust me, they won't go to waste!
 

The Recipe

makes about 12 bites

1 cup old-fashioned oats
6 Medjool dates (pitted)
1/4 cup almond meal
4 tablespoons natural almond butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons almond milk (or water)
pinch salt (optional)
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

  1. Pulse oats in food processor or blender until a flour-like consistency is achieved. Add in dates and almond meal, and then pulse again until well combined.
  2. Add in the rest of the ingredients except for the chocolate chips. Add those in last and pulse just once or twice to mix.
  3. Roll into 12 balls. Store in refrigerator or freezer to keep fresh.