Vanilla Coconut Cookie Dough Bites
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Vanilla Coconut Cookie Dough Bites

If you haven’t made energy bites yet then you’re missing out on one of the quickest, easiest and healthiest snacks. With a few ingredients of your choice (just 6 for this recipe) this snack can be thrown together in less than ten minutes. Any closet cookie dough fans out there? Well, I think these will be right up your alley (without the scare of salmonella!).

Adding plant-based protein powder to energy bites can help manage blood glucose levels. Not only does this maintain energy throughout the day, but also helps prevent insulin resistance in the long-term. Protein is also necessary for muscle recovery, especially if we are physically active.

I often throw in a fat source like coconut oil which contains medium-chain fatty acids (MCTs). While some studies have found that coconut oil may increase LDL cholesterol, evidence also shows that it can increase HDL cholesterol and decrease inflammation due to its high antioxidant content. MCTs are unique as they are quickly metabolized and used for energy (as opposed to long-chain fatty acids found in olive oil, nuts, avocado, fish and animal meat).

Lastly, coconut flour is a gluten-free flour alternative that conveniently lowers the overall glycemic load of baked goods (while also adding extra coconut flavor). This recipe is already relatively low in glycemic load but the coconut flour can help counteract the sugar in the dates.

Vanilla Coconut Cookie Dough Bites

Ingredients (for 16 bites):

  • 1 cup dates, pre-soaked for 15 min in water
  • 2 scoops vanilla plant-based protein powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup water (or as much as needed to blend)

Instructions:

  1. Blend all ingredients together using a food processor or high speed blender.
  2. Form dough into bite-sized balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Eat immediately or store in the refrigerator.

Vanilla Coconut Cookie Dough Bites

PCOS Powers:

  • plant-based protein = helps decrease high cholesterol, manage blood sugar levels, helps build lean muscle mass
  • coconut oil = while research is mixed, coconut oil has been shown to be anti-inflammatory, and may improve cholesterol profiles by increasing HDL cholesterol levels (the ‘good’ kind), may support weight management, may positively impact thyroid function
  • coconut flour = high fiber, gluten-free alternative, decreases glycemic effect when added to baked goods

Special thanks to The Holistic Gangster for collaborating with me on this recipe. Check out his one-on-one nutritional services and health podcast here.

vanilla coconut cookie dough bites

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Hi health-seekers and welcome! A bit about me: I'm a plant-based blogger, fitness lover, feminist, and full-time doctoral student living in Vancouver, Canada on unceded Coast Salish territory. As a research scientist, I study the effects of lifestyle (nutrition, exercise and mental health) on PCOS and women's reproductive health.

24 Comments

  1. I will def have to try these! I was unaware of all of the wonderful benefits and the ease in making them. Anything ‘cookie dough’ and with coconut oil is right up my alley!

  2. Look yummy!

  3. I simply had no idea that they were that easy. Will have to make some of these with the boys.

  4. I love eating cookie dough so a healthier version as a snack is right up my alley! I love that they include vegan protein powder . . . I’m lactose sensitive so that’s my only option!

  5. OK now these sound like they would taste absolutely amazing! What a mix of flavours with the vanilla and coconut.

  6. These look delicious, and even better, simple to make! I can’t wait to try them out.

  7. I have made similar things before, but never thought to add the protein power. That’s a good idea!

  8. This looks delicious! I always look for new recipes for snack and this is a great pop it and grab it snack! Oh can’t wait to try thanks for sharing!

  9. Wow! Usually have nuts as as energy snack during the day. But these are much less fatty and more tasty!

  10. This looks yummy! I love the taste of both vanila and coconut. I will definitely going to try it on this weekend.

  11. I bet the grand kids would really enjoy helping me make these. And then we’d all have fun eating them. They look and sound delicious.

  12. This looks great, i love coconut. Will try this!

  13. What a good idea! I love it when I can find snacks that actually good for me!

  14. Yummy they look and all simple ingredients. Will give it a shot.

  15. I love me some coconut and vanill.a These bites look and sound amazing.

  16. Yum! I love all the scientific evidence for health benefits you throw in as you describe the ingredients.

  17. Oo these sound so good and easy to make! I love bite-sized treats like these. 🙂

  18. Vanilla coconut cookie dough balls sound delicious! You are such pro at making these recipes.

  19. Oooh! I actually have some dates leftover from Christmas baking – perfect!

  20. Mmm, these look delicious. The only reason I ever bake is so I can eat the cookie dough. This recipe would allow me to do just that!

  21. I like this kind of easy, and healthy bites. Perfect for evening or mid day snack!

  22. Raw energy bites are the best. We love the vanilla coconut combination. Sounds delicious!

  23. Love this healthy version of cookie dough bites. I’m with you on limiting coconut oil, but it does seem like the jury is still out on it and it is a nice alternative to some fats. Thanks for this great recipe!

  24. I love cookie dough. Even better that these are vegan and gluten free.

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