Easy Edible Cookie Dough Bites (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

I’ll be honest, I don’t make cookies often. But I do have a husband who loves eating raw cookie dough, throwing all risk to the wind when doing so (FYI, read up on the risks of eating raw cookie dough below). Hence, he was the inspiration for these edible cookie dough bites.

And BONUS…this easy edible cookie dough recipe is also gluten-free, grain-free, egg-free, dairy-free, and vegan.

With only seven ingredients and about ten minutes of prep (not including chilling time), you can make this safe alternative to raw cookie dough literally any time.

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edible cookie dough bites on a baking sheet

Why Can’t You Eat Regular Cookie Dough?

Since traditionally-made cookie dough is made using flour and eggs, eating it raw can lead to some serious symptoms.

For one, eating raw or undercooked eggs is linked to salmonella poisoning. Most times when people get ill from eating raw cookie dough, the eggs are the culprit.

If infected with salmonella bacteria, you may experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. According to the CDC, symptoms of salmonella poisoning can start within 6 hours to 6 days after swallowing the affected food and can last up to 7 days.

Secondly, the raw flour present in cookie dough is untreated and may contain the bacteria E. coli. This bacteria can make you sick within 3 to 4 days and last up to one week. Symptoms include bloody diarrhea and vomiting.

With both of these foodborne illnesses, people ages 65 years and over or under 5 years old are more likely to have a serious illness when infected.

What Makes This Edible Cookie Dough Different?

There are a few things that set this edible cookie dough recipe apart from other edible cookie dough recipes. Some key differences are that this recipe is:

  • Flourless
  • Dairy-free
  • No butter needed
  • No refined sugars

And as mentioned, this recipe is also vegan, with the help of a few special ingredients.

I do use chocolate chips however, they are from a company called “Enjoy Life” which proudly makes the most delicious mini semi-sweet chocolate chips* (affiliate link) that are free from 14 different allergens and are suitable for vegans.

edible cookie dough ingredients
Use a few special ingredients to keep this recipe vegan and gluten-free

Flourless Edible Cookie Dough

If you Google how to make edible cookie dough on the internet, you’ll find that most recipes use flour that needs to be heat-treated. This recipe does not use any grain flours. Because of this, there is no need to heat-treat the flour in the microwave or oven prior to mixing the ingredients.

I use almond flour as a higher-protein alternative. This also adds potassium and heart-healthy unsaturated fat.

Dairy Free Edible Cookie Dough

I also use unsweetened almond milk in place of cow’s milk in this easy edible cookie dough recipe. This allows the recipe to remain vegan and is also safe for those with lactose intolerance or a milk allergy.

By using unsweetened almond milk you can also cut back on added sugars. Sweetened or flavored versions will have some sugar added- just check out the nutrition facts label and look for “added sugars”.

No Butter Edible Cookie Dough

Most edible cookie dough recipes use some type of butter as the fat source. Here, I use a product called Cocavo. This is a blend of coconut oil and extra virgin avocado oil.

Let’s compare butter with Cocavo. In one tablespoon of butter, there is 11.5 gm of saturated fat. One tablespoon on Cocavo has 11 gm of saturated fat per tablespoon (0.5 gm less saturated fat). Another small difference is that Cocavo has a small amount of heart healthy fats (mono- and polyunsaturated fats) and 0 gm cholesterol compared to butter’s 30 mg cholesterol per tablespoon.

No Refined Sugar Edible Cookie Dough

Don’t be fooled here. This recipe does have sugar in the form of maple syrup. But what it does NOT have is granulated sugar or brown sugar which you’ll see in other edible cookie dough recipes.

This is not a sugar-free recipe by any means. In fact, maple syrup is very similar to refined sugar in terms of the amount of calories and carbohydrates (sugar) they provide per serving.

There are a few differences to using maple syrup over regular sugar. Notice I don’t feel confident enough to use the word “advantage” here.

For one, maple syrup has a slightly lower glycemic index of 55 compared to table sugar which has a glycemic index of 65. Medically speaking, maple syrup may raise your blood sugar more slowly than refined table sugar. Secondly, maple syrup has minerals like manganese and zinc along with numerous antioxidants.

Despite these wonderful sounding qualities, this is NOT a good reason to consume more maple syrup. It is still considered an “added sugar”. For more info on added sugars, check this article out.

Equipment and Ingredients

This recipe requires three types of equipment:

  • A large bowl
  • A spoon to mix with
  • A baking sheet to chill your edible cookie bites on

Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

ingredients for how to make easy edible cookie dough bites

How To Make Edible Cookie Dough

These edible cookie dough bites require NO oven, NO stovetop, and NO cooking or baking of any kind. In as little as 10 minutes plus time to chill (if you can wait that long), you can indulge yourself in the most decadent edible chocolate chip cookie dough you’ve ever tasted.

Step 1: Combine Ingredients

These edible cookie dough bites are super easy to make! Start by combining all ingredients except the mini chocolate chips in a large bowl.

Mix these ingredients until combined. Then fold in the chocolate chips. This is just so the chocolate chips don’t break apart and leave little chocolate specks throughout the dough. The goal is to get little chips of chocolatey goodness, not non-existent, tiny, specks.

Step 2: Roll Your Cookie Dough Bites

Once you add the chocolate chips, it’s time to roll your edible cookie dough bites! Start scooping and rolling the dough into 1-inch size balls. Then place them on a lined baking sheet. You should end up with a total of 6 cookie dough balls.

Feel free to make your cookie dough bites larger or smaller. For reference, the nutritional information below is per each ~1 inch cookie dough bite when forming them into a total of 6 cookie dough bites.

Step 3: Time To Chill

After rolling your edible cookie dough bites and placing them onto the cookie sheet, it’s time to chill them in the refrigerator for about an hour or until firm. This part is not required and you can eat your cookie dough bites right away if you want.

Chilling simply firms them up and is a great way to store them.

Storing Edible Cookie Dough Bites

This edible chocolate chip cookie dough should be kept in the fridge or freezer to keep them firm and to prevent any bacteria growth while at room-temp.

They can be kept in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to 5 days.

To store them longer, you can keep them in the freezer for up to 3 months. After freezing them individually on a baking sheet, transfer them to an airtight container and place them back in your freezer.

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Easy Edible Cookie Dough Bites (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

The perfect edible cookie dough recipe for vegans (or anyone else) to satisfy a sweet tooth. These are also grain-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free and are a safe alternative to eating raw cookie dough!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cooling time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 251 kcal

Equipment

  • large mixing bowl and spoon
  • baking sheet

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ⅓ cups almond flour
  • 3 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 3 Tbsp. Coconut/avocado oil Cocavo brand
  • 1 Tbsp. almond butter
  • 3 Tbsp. unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp. vegan mini chocolate chips Enjoy Life brand

Instructions
 

  • Mix first 6 ingredients together in a large bowl to form the cookie dough mixture.
  • Add your mini chocolate chips to the cookie dough mixture by folding them in to combine.
  • Roll your prepared edible chocolate chip cookie dough into (6) 1-inch sized balls and place on a baking sheet.
  • Refrigerate them for about 1 hour or until firm. Enjoy or save for later!

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Notes

Suggestions:
  • If you prefer other forms of toppings, try those instead. Suggestions include:
    • chocolate chunks
    • pecans
    • walnuts
    • sprinkles! 
  • Keep in mind that some changes may add gluten or dairy, making this recipe no longer vegan and/or gluten-free.  
  • I realize that these have a large amount of total fat and saturated fat per ball. You can also roll these into 1/2-inch cookie dough bites for a total of 12 edible cookie dough bites.  
Nutrition Information Per 1 Cookie Dough Ball:
251 calories, 19m gm fat, 6.7 gm saturated fat, 14.5 gm carbohydrate, 21.5 gm protein, 3.6 gm fiber, 0 mg sodium, 0 mg cholesterol
Keyword cookie dough, dairy-free, easy, gluten-free, no bake, vegan

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