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Oatmeal cookie dough balls with chocolate chips in a white bowl.

Oatmeal Cookie Dough Balls

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  • Author: Allie
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 24-26 bites 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


These no-bake oatmeal cookie dough balls are made with five simple ingredients.  This is a healthier version of cookie dough and contains no flour, no butter, and no oil. 




  1. If your dates are not soft, soak for 15 minutes, then drain.  The date water can be used in the recipe when it calls for water.
  2. Using a food processor, pulse the oats into a powder.
  3. Then add the dates, peanut butter, and vanilla extract and pulse until it becomes crumbly and the dates and peanut butter are blended in.
  4. Then add the water and blend until the dough comes together.  If the dough doesn’t come together then your dates or peanut butter might be too dry; add another tablespoon of water, and blend again.  
  5. Once the dough has come together, pulse in the chocolate chips.  Alternatively, once the dough has formed it can be transferred to a bowl and fold in the chocolate chips with a spatula.
  6. Take a spoonful, squish the dough to compact it, then roll it into balls using your hands.
  7. Then refrigerate until they have firmed up and are no longer sticky, which takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour.  Or freeze for 20-30 minutes.


  • I use natural peanut butter that is just peanuts and salt or sometimes just peanuts.  Nut butter with added oils and sweeteners may alter the taste and texture.
  • When testing with store-bought oat flour, the dough was drier and I needed 6 tablespoons of water.
  • If your dates are not soft, soak them for 15 minutes, then drain and pat dry.
  • I use Deglet Noor dates
  • Prep Time: 15 mins (+20 mins chill time)
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: snacks
  • Method: food processor
  • Cuisine: american