Healthy Cookie Dough Cups

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A delicious “energy bite” type of treat – a center cookie dough filling made with natural ingredients such as cashews and oats. The “cookie dough” bites are coated in a rich dark chocolate shell. These delicious treats are gluten-free, packed with protein, and an indulgent treat to satisfy your cravings in a healthier way.

So back when I was experimenting with some other thumbprint cookies, I also experimented making some cookie dough-filled chocolate cups. Since the cookie dough used for the thumbprint cookies is egg-less and totally edible without being cooked, I thought, why not?!

So that’s exactly what happened – out of one of the final test batches for those cookies, I used half the dough to make these little candies. Of course I fell in love with them. Because what’s not to love – cookie dough + chocolate? I mean that’s straight happiness right there.

And then I took pictures of them and planned on sharing them, but it’s already mid-January and this whole healthy eating thing is going so well. I mean besides all of the tourist-y eating I’ve been doing for just about every meal. Okay, right, I am totally failing at this healthy January thing. But dang. The food and restaurants here are delicious. There’s a little restaurant called Nando’s that I’m mildly obsessed with. It’s been 3 out of the past 5 meals for me. So that’s probably classified as more than a mild obsession, but I digress.


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Healthy Cookie Dough Filled Chocolate Cups (GF)

5 from 1 vote
A delicious "energy bite" type of treat - a center cookie dough filling made with natural ingredients such as cashews and oats. The "cookie dough" bites are coated in a rich dark chocolate shell. These delicious treats are gluten-free, packed with protein, and an indulgent treat to satisfy your cravings in a healthier way.
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Healthy Cookie Dough Filled Chocolate Cups (GF)

5 from 1 vote
A delicious "energy bite" type of treat - a center cookie dough filling made with natural ingredients such as cashews and oats. The "cookie dough" bites are coated in a rich dark chocolate shell. These delicious treats are gluten-free, packed with protein, and an indulgent treat to satisfy your cravings in a healthier way.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 194kcal
Author Chelsea
Cost $4.28

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup (87g) raw cashews
  • 1/3 cup (34g) old fashioned oats
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons miniature dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup (166g) dark chocolate chips use high quality for best results
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil

Instructions

  • Line a miniature muffin tin with miniature muffin liners and set aside.
  • In a food processor, pulse the cashews and the oats until they resemble a flour-like consistency. Too little blending and these treats won't be as smooth and too much blending and it can start to turn into cashew butter. Try to pulse just until it looks like flour.
  • Transfer to a bowl and mix in the honey, coconut oil, and vanilla extract.
  • Knead with your hands until a thick dough forms. Knead in the chocolate chips.
  • Squish the dough to form squat balls - you don't really roll it, but more of a squishing process from one hand to the next. (If needed add a little bit more honey if the balls aren't sticking together well enough)
  • In a small microwave safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips and coconut oil. Melt in the microwave at half power for 30 seconds and then in bursts of 15 seconds stirring in between each burst for 10 seconds until the chocolate is melted.
  • Using a spoon, dot the bottoms of each of the lined muffin cavities with the melted chocolate.
  • Press a small ball of cookie dough into the dot of chocolate spreading the chocolate to cover the bottom of the muffin liner.
  • Pour and smooth the chocolate over the cookie dough until it is just covered.
  • Alternatively, you could just dip the cookie dough into the melted dark chocolate and place the dipped truffles on a parchment lined tray to harden.
  • Allow the cups to completely harden in the fridge.
  • Store any leftovers in an air-tight container in the fridge as these have a tendency to be a bit melty.

Recipe Notes

Cookie dough filling adapted from Averie Cooks

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 194kcal

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31 Comments

    1. YES!!! You understand the goodness that it is haha!! Why do the states not have a Nando’s is my question?! πŸ™‚ Thanks Taylor!

  1. These look scrumptious! They can totally work with the whole January healthy-eating thing – anything in moderation, right? And these are bite-sized, so they’re practically made for moderation. Except that I’ll probably eat half a dozen in one go…oh well!

  2. The mini muffin method is genius! I usually make mine into truffles, but you’re right — SO much work. And it’s not like we can leave off the chocolate because… uhm… it’s chocolate and makes everything 100x better. Loving these bites, girl! And the fact that they’re healthy is even better. Pinned!

  3. Oh my gosh, they have Nando’s in Australia too? My husband is a chicken addict and can’t get enough of the Peri Peri sauce!!! SO good! Just like these cookie-dough cups! They look heavenly! Love that they are healthy and GF too!

  4. put healthy & cookie dough in the same sentence and I CANNOT resist, these look so good Chels! xx

  5. I’ll take the healthified version, which means I can eat more, right? I’m loving these WAY too much, and these need to happen soon! Who needs Valentine’s chocolates when you can have these? πŸ™‚

  6. I will take ANY kind of cookie dough, healthy or not, when it’s covered in chocolate. Even in January. Especially in January when I’m eating so much other healthy stuff! πŸ˜‰ I’m so glad that it sounds like you’re getting settled in and having fun exploring! I’m basically living vicariously through you the whole time you’re there. P.S. Pinned, of course!

  7. Hi….just wondering where you get your cashews (and other nuts) that are gluten free ? Im having a really hard time finding nuts that are not processed in a gluten facility.

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