Vegan cookie dough bites baked with hidden veggies, then covered in chocolate! These gluten-free snacks are coated in a vegan dark chocolate magic shell, and no one will ever know they are good for you! They’re amazingly delicious, packed full of fiber, healthy nutrients, and natural sugars! Easy to make, ready in under 45 minutes, and loved by everyone!
If you want to make your Monday better, just read this next sentence.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites can actually be a complete meal and you can eat them for breakfast!
Perk up yet?
But in all seriousness, something happened to me a few weeks ago that kinda put a damper in my breakfast and all things baking mood. And I needed something to fix that. So what happened? Well, um, I was told to avoid eggs for a few weeks until we figure out if I really have serious allergy versus a sensitivity. Tears… real tears here.
I was told this after we (my holistic nutritionist and I) did some blood work and other food allergy testing. Yes, I am a nutritionist with a nutritionist (everyone needs one). And yes, this egg loving girl was sad!
But also, it made me realize how much we rely on eggs to bake and how much we really do eat eggs! I think they are wonderful and healthy but I also know that many others have a hard time digesting them and/or are vegan. It can be common to develop a food sensitivity when your immunity or gut health is poorly functioning. The body kinda backfires. When that happens, even something healthy can make you feel crappy, you know? So it’s better to get back off sensitive foods until you’re all healthy!
That being said, I’ve been on a quest to make more gluten free and vegan friendly recipes. Hence these vegan chocolate peanut butter dough balls. You cool with that?
Secret ingredient in vegan cookie dough bites
One other thing you might need to know.
I hid some veggies in the vegan cookie dough bites, because vegetables are magical and we always need to sneak in more!
Oh, and guess what? I shared these chocolate peanut butter dough balls with all my non gluten free and non vegan friends, family, and co-workers! NO ONE knew they were … SUPER DUPER HEALTHY and vegan!
That, my friends, made up for my eggless baking sorrows.
So today I’m going to walk you through the steps on how to make Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Dough Balls (with hidden veggies). These are so easy. And total lifesavers when it comes to vegan/gluten free/dairy free and kid friendly desserts. I mean breakfast. I mean BOTH! You just can’t go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter together and in snack form. These Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats by Beaming Baker are next up on my list.
Okay okay, I could go on about this combo, but let’s dive deep into the secret to this chocolate peanut butter cookie dough bites recipe…
All you need is some dark chocolate or vegan chocolate chips, coconut oil, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, non dairy milk, chia seed, peanut flour, gluten free oatmeal, coconut sugar or agave nectar, and a sweet potato. Got that?
If you’re looking for an awesome peanut butter flour, then check out Better Body Foods PB Fit Peanut Flour. It’s what I use and it’s available online and at Walmarts nationwide! As is their organic chia, coconut oil, and agave nectar!
Okay, first peel your sweet potato and then bake it in oven or in microwave. Then make sure you have your oats all ground up. Just grind them in a blender real quick so you make oat flour or meal like batter.
Then you make your chia egg (1 tablespoon chia soaked in 3 tbsp water). Then you mix it all together, roll into balls, and bake. Once that’s done. This is what they look like before the coating.
You also have the option of making a dark chocolate magic shell coating to cover your peanut butter dough balls! Which literally takes 3 steps and 10 minutes.
Here. let me explain more. And trust me when I say it’s way EASIER than it looks.
How to make chocolate peanut butter vegan cookie dough bitesPrint
Chocolate Peanut Butter Vegan Cookie Dough Bites
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 19–22 1x
These vegan cookie dough bites make a delicious, healthy snack. They’re gluten free, easy to make, and packed with healthy nutrients from sweet potatoes and peanut flour.
- 1 medium sweet potato (peeled and cooked)
- 1 cup gluten free oats (ground)
- ¼ cup refined coconut oil
- ⅓ cup peanut flour
- 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp chia plus 3 tablespoon water (soaked)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ⅓ cup coconut sugar or raw sugar
- ¼ cup non dairy milk of choice
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 3 tablespoons water
Dark Chocolate Magic Shell Coating:
- 4 oz dark chocolate or vegan chocolate chips
- 1 oz refined coconut oil (liquid)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Peel your sweet potato and bake it or microwave it until it’s thoroughly cooked. Mash it all up and Set aside.
- Next, use a food processor to grind the oats until they are more like a flour or meal texture. Pour into a large bowl.
- Then make a chia egg. Combine chia seeds with water. Let it sit for 20 minutes or until a gel is formed.
- Combine everything but the chia egg into a large bowl or blender. Mix it up really well until a thick cookie dough-like batter is formed. Add in your chia egg and mix again.
- Roll batter into balls and place on baking sheet with parchment paper. Balls should be about the size of golf balls. Press them down gently so they have a flat bottom.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
For the Dark Chocolate Magic Shell Coating
- Gently place a stainless steel or pyrex bowl on top of a pot of simmering (not boiling) water. Place chocolate in bowl and stirring occasionally, let the chocolate melt. (you can use a double boiler as well)
- Once it starts melting, add in the coconut oil and vanilla extract.
- Continue cooking on medium-low heat, stirring until everything is melted.
- Remove from heat and let it cool for 5 minutes.
- Dip your bites or balls into the melted chocolate, or drizzle chocolate on top.
- Place dough balls on a plate or cookie sheet in freezer for 30 minutes. Remove from freezer and sprinkle with extra peanut flour.
- You will have melted chocolate left over. (see notes on how to store it)
- Don’t have a stove? You can make the magic shell in the microwave. Just keep reheating it 1 minute at a time until melted.
- Want to make more magic shell and keep it for later? EASY –> You can store chocolate in glass jar in fridge until you want to use again. Just simply reheat.
Nutrition without dark chocolate coating
76 calories, 3 grams fat, 1.2 grams fiber, 3 grams sugar, 1.6 grams protein.
- Prep Time: 10 min
- Cook Time: 30 min
- Category: snacks
- Method: oven
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 piece
- Calories: 105
- Sugar: 5 g
- Fat: 5 g
- Carbohydrates: 12.9 mg
- Fiber: 1.4 g
- Protein: 1.8 g
Keywords: cookie dough bites, vegan cookie dough, vegan snacks
How to Make Vegan Magic Shell for Cookie Dough Bites
–> See video below!
You don’t have to use the chocolate magic shell coating for your peanut butter dough balls, but I think they are AMAZING with it.
Plus it’s fun to make and drizzle on top of oatmeal, bread, ice cream, or whatever!
So what do you think? Do these vegan cookie dough bites look like they are made with sweet potato, peanut flour, and oatmeal? Nope, they look like sinfully delicious candy to me. In my humble opinion.
Favorite thing to make with peanut flour? Or sweet potato? Do tell!
Hi, made these yesterday with substitutions based on what I had at home, tasty! Just wondered if the cookie part is meant to be cakey or crunchy? Thanks for the great recipes ?
so glad! what substitutions did you use? with the chia egg, the longer you cook the dough balls, the crispier they are. The less time, it’s more cakey. I kinda had a mixture of both. How did yours turn out?
My rating 5/5. . I done this yesterday. Thanks for an awesome recipe??
wonderful! did you use sweet potato?
Hi Lindsay ! Amazing delicious yummy and looks crunchy recipe. Thanks you for sharing with us. It will be a great experience for me if I made this recipe with same taste. Generally I like recipes with Coconut as an ingredient. So big thanks to you for sharing such beautiful recipes with us.
Holy moly, I can’t believe these have veggies! I am drooling. These look amazing.
Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood
These look amazing! You definitely had me at peanut butter dough! I think after this baby is born I’ll get allergy tested since I’ve always had horrendous allergies/eczema/asthma and I really wonder if my diet is a factor!
Oh it could totally be related to diet! have you cut out eggs or dairy?
lauren kelly nutrition
What w fabulous recipe! I love that you snuck some sweet potatoes in there!
I like being sneaky! 😉
Jessica @ Nutritioulicious
I never would have guessed there’s sweet potato in here! What a fun spin on what I thought was a purely decadent treat! Love the magic shell copycat recipe too!
thanks jess! yes, love that hidden veggie. a must, right?
Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom
Well, we have been there with you!! Eggs, wheat and dairy to boot. We eliminated it all for 3 years and now we can eat it all with joy and no pain or spike in allergy tests. It is NOT fun–but if you could eat these babies everyday, who cares 😉
Shashi at RunninSrilankan
Oh heaven help me – these sound amazing – and would go perfect with coffee! 🙂
Lindsay these balls are really easy to make and look super delicious! But why you did use peanut powder or flour? What’s wrong with peanut butter spread? Will it be kind of messy if we use it? Do you believe that peanut powder is highly processed or not?
I think the peanut butter might be a little harder to bake but definitely worth a shot. The Better body foods peanut flour is NON GMO and organic. So the proccesing really depends on the type of brand/flour, ya know? I really like it. But you could also use almond flour here too.
Sam @ PancakeWarriors
Oh my Lindsay, you pretty much just hit all my favorite food groups in one magical chocolate vegan snack! I’m afraid these would disappear way too quickly here lol! Pinning and sharing!!
yes!! and feel free to use sunflower seed for dave! Can he have almonds?
I literally just found out about 2 weeks ago that I have an egg intolerance, so this a JOYFUL coincidence! Finally got the results back from my Cyrex 4 panels (truly, the only reliable testing available). And sure enough. I’m really struggling with breakfast options that are grain free and am slowly trying to adapt. My practitioner is suggesting I remove them for a year and after healing my gut, reintroduce them.
I would LOVE to know more about your journey. If you’re going to follow a specific gut healing protocol (like the ones in Practical Paleo) and for how long, etc. (I’ve seen 30-60-90 day experiences depending on the severity of your symptoms and stress). AND how all of that relates to your adrenal issues.
I’ve been a reader for a while and you kept posting all these egg-free hints on Instagram and I was like… “Did I totally miss something? Have her recipes always been eggless? Is she like a secret vegan?” haha! So THANK YOU! You’re amazing, as always.
Haha no i LOVE EGGS!! but i tell you, stress can do a lot of damage. and this past year was just that. I usually just back off certain food, rest, triple probiotics, and I am taking a candida medicine. It’s really about what makes you feel good and getting that body to calm down. Ya know? Trial and error. so many people are different. Keep me posted!
I actually think these are TOO good to be true. You are SOO creative! omgoodness
thanks Erin! Let me know if you try it
This is absolutely gorgeous – I love that you sneaked some sweet potato in there!! Send some please!! 🙂
you got it! on my way!
My fiance… Oooo so weird to say (I like to just call him fiance but he was like, um… so I can be anyone’s fiance then? lol)…. I wonder if he would like these. He is soooooo insanely picky, it’s ridiculous! RIDICULOUS I tell you! But the other night he shocked the crap out of me… By eating a WHOLE BOWL OF CABBAGE! WHA????!
haha now that’s too funny. At least he likes his veggies!
Chocolate optional? Never. K, I’m Swiss, so chocolate is always a must 🙂
Love the Sweet Potatoes and Oats in here. My favorite carbs!!
Beth @ Sublimely Fit
I really need to get on the powdered peanut butter bandwagon. I see so many creative recipes using it, like this one. I’m imagining these are like a healthy peanut butter cup. Amazing. Thanks for sharing yet another fantastic recipe, Lindsay! 🙂
Yes! you’d love! It’s so versatile
Amanda @ .running with spoons.
Chocolate for breakfast as part of a balanced meal!?!?! You KNOW I’m down… Just pass me the almond milk
no, pass the banana pie smoothie! 😉
Yum these look amazing! Fingers crossed you don’t have an Allergy!
me too! fingers and toes crossed
Oh it must be rough, chocolate and peanut butter for breakfast! Honestly as delicious as that sounds I feel you and sorry for your dietary switch up as I know those all too well and how it throws our norm out of whack. I have had the same issue adding eggs back in and then not doing well and that is where my swing from whole food just balance to vegan spectrum keeps switching and why I feel like I am still stuck at that 90% plant-based vegan eating and 10% other as I will handle dairy ok then I won’t, can do eggs than can’t, so I am going with intuitive eating until I get the guts to spend the $$$ on adrenal testing, ALCAT, ect… maybe I will finally find a doc this year that is worth a dang but since seeing my ENDO years ago and going back to a regular family practice doc I get nothing for answers so I may make the 2 month out appt or just go to a place I can pay myself since I guess there are places that do that now, they are less than the clinic but you can’t use insurance. Anyways… hope you feel better soon and next time wake up in a blah mood (which may be tomorrow since Aurora is sick with strep and an ear ache) I’m whipping these up!
did you try bioteck testing? i think that’s a little better. But in reality, it’s all about how you know your body. I get that! and stress is related. BOO!
I’m so sorry to hear about the eggs and I hope you get all the gut issues worked out so it’s just a temporary thing.
In the meantime, there’s these. Also, the dark chocolate magic shell coating should not be optional. That kind of delicious needs to stay. Just sayin’.
ya, me too. I’d rather be allergic to people than eggs. LOL kidding. kinda
Jody - Fit at 58
OMG – fantastic!!!!!!! Of course I have like 3 of the ingredients in the house! 🙂 So peanut powder is the same as peanut flour?
They look amazing!!!!
it is! and guess what? you could so use protein powder instead and just forget the chocolate coating. I did that once and made sweet potato oatmeal protein cookies. xxoo use one egg instead of the chia and water. email me if you want recipe written out.
Oh. My. These look heavenly! And sweet potato…so tricky! K
hehe, i try. i like tricking
ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen
Can’t not get over all the amazing-ness that is happening here!
Your photos always make me die with delight – sooo amazing.
Tweeted this one!
You are the best! thank you friend. xxoo
Beverley @ sweaty&fit
omgggg these pictures are too much to handle!! i’m glad you told us that you can buy that peanut powder from Walmart, because i haven’t seen it at any of our bulk food stores around here!
Yes! they have tons there. Where else do you shop?
Erin @ Erin's Inside Job
These look magical and I just loaded up on about 2514657478 sweet potatoes so I may have to give these a try 🙂
yes!! bring on the taters! haha
Oh Lindsay! These look heavenly. I’m desperate for allergy free recipes right now. I swear, as soon as i’ve weaned my little man, I’m going to gorge on peanut butter and chocolate. Until then, I’ll just pin all these recipes for later. Thanks for the food porn.
So you can totally make these with almond butter and no chocolate. Still so good!!
I love the nutritionist with a nutritionist! Sometimes we need a little help too (: That’s a bummer about the eggs…they really are tasty. I think you will have fun experimenting with some fun new recipes though. I can’t wait to see and try them!!
Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron
Oh my gosh I would NEVER guess there were sneaky veggies hiding in there! These look too good! I hope you get the all clear on eggs soon, that’s no fun.
yay! glad i tricked you! and thanks for the egg love. I hope it clears soon too!
Chrissa - Physical Kitchness
No eggs?! BOO!!! I’m sorry! But if anyone can get creative without eggs it’s YOU! These look crazy. Like I don’t know if I could stop at one (or even three). Seriously these photos make me drool!
thanks for the encouragement! i need it. LOL! I LOVE EGGS. Hope it’s not a real allergy. haha
Cat @ Reader/Eater
I love how you list chocolate as “optional.” hahahahahahahahahahah
I have a feeling some people will be like “but that’s more calories.” Oh gosh, whatevs
I’m kind of obsessed with the fact that these have sweet potato in them!!
Let the obsession continue ! haha
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
You had me with that potato!
Oh my word – these look A-MAZING! And perfect for breakfast, yesplease!! I love sneaking in veggies – sweet potato in a smoothie is the best!
Holy moly. I’d totally trade work for these little beauties. Keep that in mind 😉
She rocks fitness
Drooling all the way over here on Nantucket!!! Jumping through the screen NOW…On another note, I am so happy to see you slept in this weekend! 😉
Brittany @ Barr & Table
Oh my, these look AMAZING! Considering my favorite way to eat sweet potato is with nut butter on top, I know these will definitely be in my kitchen VERY soon!
Erin @ The Almond Eater
Noooo. If it makes you feel any better, there was a time about a year and a half ago where I was eating WAY too many eggs and my stomach became sensitive to them sooo I had to avoid them for about 6 months. But after that, everything went back to normal and now, as much as I love them, I try to only eat them 4x/week so I don’t overdo it.
As for these dough balls, I’ll gladly eat these for breakfast!
oh good too know! because you’re my food twin! <3 i trust you.
rAchel @ Athletic avocado
Your totally speaking my language now, chocolate and pb everything! I LOVE that you added a sweet potato in there, Ibet you can’t even tell amongst all of that goodness, mmmmm!
Well don’t these look scrumptious! Pinned for later!
Susie @ SuzLyfe
OMG Hashbrown I can’t even. So many of my favorite things, all literally rolled into one. Jesus.
These sound amazing, Lindsay! And chocolate + peanut butter + hidden veggies = a mom’s dream come true! 🙂
You know that feeling of excitement when you have all of the ingredients?? …ITS HAPPENING!! Can’t wait to try these. I have time today between clients!!
Michele @ paleorunningmomma
These look gorgeous and super tasty! Love the chocolate magic shell 🙂 I have to admit I often feel like I’m TOO reliant on eggs and I’d love to experiment with some other options with baking. I do love my no-bake Paleo and Vegan stuff though!
I know, it’s kinda scary but i do love them too. IT’s good to branch out and make sure you can cover all your bases, right?
Megan @ skinny fitalicious
You & me nth! My nutritionist told me the same thing about eggs last week. She wants me to have allergy testing done to confirm because my antibodies are still quite high. I have not eliminated anything yet still figuring out if I will do the elimination diet or actual testing.
keep me posted! we can pray for each other not to have a real egg allergy! LOL!