I’m about to tell you something that’s gonna make you wanna stab me.
I was born……..without a sweet tooth.
Yeah, I just don’t have one. I don’t crave cookies. Brownies. Cake. I don’t even like smoothies – I can’t remember the last time I made one and finished it except for my Coffee Bean Smoothie and that’s only because I love coffee so much (and it is NOT to go to waste).
So I rarely post desserts on NA. Because…I don’t care about them? It doesn’t cross my mind. I post and share what I like.
But it’s not about me, now is it? And dammit you guys love desserts.
The other day I reposted a friend’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites on Instagram and it got more likes than ANY picture I’ve ever posted. WTF. OK. I HEAR YOU.
So I’m challenging myself to post some sort of sweets situation once a month for the rest of the year and I’m sure I’ll regret it but here we are. Now I get to call me out if I don’t.
So, I totally copied my friend, Rachel at Rachel Good Nutrition, and made cookie dough bites but I did oatmeal raisin cookie dough bites instead, because oatmeal raisin is my all time favorite cookie dough, and if you think that’s weird, you don’t know ANYTHING.
I’m not saying oatmeal raisin cookies are the best cookies, but I am saying they make the best dough.
And you saw on my IG yesterday that I’m fully crushing on cashew butter right now, so I had to use it in this recipe. It’s a super mild nut butter so it doesn’t make anything “peanutty” or “almondy” or whatever. You really can’t taste it, but it’s a good binder that adds healthy fats instead of tons of sugar like in a normal cookie recipe.
Andy can’t stop eating these, so I think I did well. (I mean, I know I did or I wouldn’t be posting them.)
And Dad, if you’re reading this, know that if Lena (my little sister) surprises you with a healthy, gluten-free version of your favorite cookie for Father’s Day, she gets NONE of the credit.
What desserts do YOU wanna see on NA?
Challenge me! Just kidding, please keep it simple. Please.
Oh also, these are basically just carbs and fat. Let’s not kid ourselves and say these are a meal, but they are FOR SURE healthier than a regular oatmeal raisin cookie.
A regular oatmeal cookie that has about the same weight/is the same size has 4 g fat, 10 g carbs, 8 g sugar, and 1 g protein.
These Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Bites have 3 g fat, 10 g carbs, 3 g sugar, 2 g protein.
The biggest difference, of course, is these are WAY lower in sugar. It’s crazy to me though, because they still taste super sweet. Enjoy!
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Bites
Author: Megan Kober, RDN, LD | Prep time: 15 mins | Total time: 15 mins | Serves: 9 balls
These sweet little balls of goodness have 3 g of sugar vs a typical small oatmeal raisin cookie which can have up to 8 g!
3/4 c rolled oats, divided (I like to use the quick oats)
3 Tbsp cashew butter
2/5 Tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp raisins
Process 1/4 c oats in a food processor until a flour consistency.
Mix ground oats, whole oats, cashew butter, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt together and fold in raisins.
Form into 9 balls, place in glass containers and let chill in the fridge for as little as 30 minutes, but preferably 2 hours. You can also choose to put them in the freezer to speed up the chilling process.
Serving size: 1/9 recipe | Fat: 3 | Carbohydrates: 10 | Sugar: 3 | Fiber: 1 | Protein: 2
These are delicious frozen as well, and they last in the fridge or freezer up to a week.