Baked cookie on the outside, soft cookie dough center. These cookie dough balls are the best of both worlds! The perfect sweet treat or snack.
You know when you're baking cookies and you can't stop eating the cookie dough, and suddenly you realize that you barely have enough left for cookies? You know it's happened to you, or you're lying to yourself. Those lies stop here.
Introducing Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls. These babies are a cross between a baked cookie and soft raw gooey cookie dough. Made especially for those of us that can't decide what we want. I'm terrible at decisions, so making this cookie was a necessity. Like water. Both extremely important.
Cookie Dough Perfection
Just look at that soft cookie dough center and tell me you don't want to shove that in your mouth now. These were a little bit of an accident. It was one of those "toddler tantrums all day" type of days, so I quickly rolled balls and shoved them into the oven.
When I took them out, I expected them to have settled down. Instead I got this dense ball like bit of goodness with a half baked center. Complete perfection. Cookie dough balls it is!
Cookie Dough Balls - Ingredients
I know there are some cookie dough lovers out there. And some of you are terrible at decisions too. Or maybe you just need to solve some life problems by eating these cookie dough balls.
Here's a low down of what's in them;
- gluten free flours
- flax egg
- coconut butter
- almond milk
- date paste
- vegan chocolate chips
More Vegan Cookies You Might Like;
- Oatmeal raisin pecan cookies
- Chunky monkey cookies
- Vegan breakfast cookies
- Sea salt chocolate chip cookies
Whatever the reason, give them a try. Don't forget to let me know how many you ate before realizing they were almost gone. Leave a comment here, find me on Facebook or tag me on Instagram at both @veggiesdontbite #veggiesdontbite so I don’t miss it! And don’t forget to tag me in your main comment on Instagram because they changed some rules and make it easy to miss things! I do respond to each and every comment I see so I’m never ignoring you!
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls
- 1 flax eggs 1 tablespoons ground flaxseed plus 3 tablespoons water
- 1 cup gluten free rolled oats
- ½ cup gluten free oat flour or blend oats into oat flour
- ½ cup tapioca flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
- ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons coconut butter
- ½ heaping cup date paste
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- 1 ½ teaspoons – 2 tablespoons almond milk or water
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup vegan chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Mix 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed with 6 tablespoons water to make flax eggs and set aside.
- Mix together the oats, flours, baking soda, and salt and set aside.
- Using a stand or hand mixer, beat together the coconut butter, date paste and molasses. Add 1 tablespoon milk, flax eggs and vanilla extract. Keep beating until everything is combined well.
- Using the paddle attachment on your stand mixer, or a spoon, add in dry ingredients and mix. Add more milk if needed. You want it the consistency of soft play dough. Add chocolate chips. Mix until just combined.
- Using your palms, roll into dense smooth balls and put on parchment lined cookie sheets. These don’t settle down when cooking. You can also just use a spoon to drop spoonfuls, but they won’t be as dense when baked.
- Bake for 11-13 minutes or until they begin to brown. Cookie balls will harden a bit more as they cool. You don’t want to over bake them or they won’t get that partially raw middle.
- To make this nut free, use a nut free milk in place of the almond milk.
- To make this coconut free, you can try subbing the coconut butter with oil or vegan butter but the consistency will be different, and it will not be an oil free recipe anymore.
- You can also sub in ½ cup dairy free yogurt or applesauce (or a combo of the two) to keep this oil free, however when I tried this it yielded more of a muffin type consistency rather than a dense cookie dough type ball.
- If you try this don’t use the milk.
Recipe by Veggies Don’t Bite, visit our site for more great plant-based recipes.
Nutrition and metric information should be considered an estimate.
Ohhh these look so incredibly delicious, Sophia! 🙂 And I love your pictures. I'm almost drooling right now. Haha!
Ha, you can borrow on of Leo's bibs! Thanks so much for your kind words!!
Thalia @ butter and brioche
I can so see myself making these little cookie dough balls. They look very moorish and addictive.. and yes, cookie dough is my weakness too!
Isn't cookie dough awesome!! These are super addictive. But not terrible for you so addict away!!
Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life
I love that these are sweetened with date paste! What a great alternative sweetener! I can't wait to play around with it! And I love these cookie dough balls too. What a delicious, healthy sweet treat 🙂
Thank you Amy! Date paste is my go to sweetener! I only use something else when the date paste consistency or taste is not what I'm looking for. These are delicious and devoured by all over here!
The Vegan 8
Ok, so I made these and LOVED them! In fact, I'm eating another right now! They are super chewy and chocolatey and addictive! This is my first time ever baking with date paste, since you know I don't like dates, but I had made a batch of date paste a couple weeks back and needed to use it up. I made it with the hopes of experimenting more with it in baked goods since I absolutely cannot eat it as it, lol! So, when you posted these, I knew I could make these! When I made my paste, it was much more watered down than yours, so I had to adjust accordingly and had to add extra oat flour to make it thick enough to roll into balls, which worked perfect. Since my hubby absolutely hates coconut, I had to do half of it with almond butter so he wouldn't detect it. It worked perfectly, so DANG GOOD!!! I just took pics of the cookie dough and will tag you later on IG!! Oh, and Olivia loves them too!!
I'm so happy you loved these! And yes, date paste really doesn't taste in baked goods. So glad to hear the non coconut version worked. I'll have to try that for Joe. Ugh these husbands and their hatred of coconut!
Bahahahahaha!!! "A necessity. Like water." Love it!!! Yep, cookies are life...especially when they involve chocolate! These look fantastic, although, I'm not sure they would make it into the oven with me and willow around. Cookie dough is dangerous! Adding these to my list!
Thanks so much Mandy! There are a few things that really are necessities! You'll love these! But I won't promise you won't eat the dough ;)Let me know when you try them.
These are very delicious! Actually, the best oatmeal cookies I ever had. Can't wait for the next batch.
Thank you! Sorry the boys ate them all. I'll make them for you again!
I really don't know what's better than cookie dough... Nothing. Nothing - that's what!
LOL!! You're speaking my language! I wholeheartedly agree!
The Vegan 8
Omg I literally want to stick my hand through the computer and pop some of these beauties into my mouth!!! They look so good! That is a huge batch of cookies, lol, which would be really dangerous around here!! I would want to eat them all, but I know you got three kiddos who will help you out there 🙂
I love all of the oats and chocolate chips in there...2 of my favorite ingredients to use in cookies!! I love that you don't have to flatten out the cookie either!
LOL! Thanks so much! So I just realized why everyone keeps posting that its a huge batch, I forgot to half it! Those amounts were when I doubled the batch for my sons school. All fixed now!! Although I probably would have eaten them all...
Linda @ Veganosity
Don't you just love it when the unexpected turns out better than what you had hoped for? These look so dang good, Sophia. I'm putting them on my list of things to make this fall.
Yes! Some of my favorite recipes came about that way. Thanks so much! We devoured them!
I'm a cookie dough lover, like most people I know. This recipe looks divine, can't wait to try it out for myself. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Mary! It's a cookie dough ball in a cookie! So good! Thanks for being here!
Well, aren't these just the cutest?! Eating raw cookie dough...I have no idea what you're talking about....ok, that's a lie! I purposely hold dough back when I bake cookies and stash it in the furthers part of the fridge so my kids won't find it. And then I sneak it when they are in bed at night. Shhhh, don't tell them! Loving these little cookie dough bites...must try!
Thanks Jenn! So cute, but not cute enough not to eat 😉 I may also sneak cookie dough. It will be our secret.
These look so good and I'll be making date paste as soon as my 6 month old "lets" me! Question – is tapioca flour and tapioca starch the same thing? I have starch on hand. Thank you!
LOL Megan! It's so easy to make. If you have an immersion blender or small food processor (even blender works), here's a quick and super simple way: Soak the dates in hot water for about 10 minutes, then take the pits out (should be easy since the dates are super soft). Pour some of the soaking water out so there's only a little left in the bottom (maybe about an inch deep). The use your immersion blender to blend them up or pour into your small chopper or processor. Super easy! Tapioca flour and starch are the same thing!
I can't wait to try these. I am a date fanatic! I never considered using coconut butter as a replacement for oil. It's such good stuff and so healthy =)
Yes! I use coconut butter now to replace the oil in everything I bake! So much better for you and still gives the fat you need just in a healthier form. Let me know if you try them!
These look fun and a will be a hit with the all the kids I will have at my house. I do not have Tapioca Flour, is there a substitution for that?
My boys can't keep their hand off! LOL! Tapioca flour is a starch so if you sub with another starch it should work ok. Examples would be potato starch (NOT potato flour) or arrowroot. Those are a few of the others I work with. I haven't tried it with anything else so I'm not sure if the quantity would be the same or if the texture would change. I'd start with just subbing as is and see. Since they are meant to be half baked cookie dough consistency you may be ok! Let me know how it works!
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
This is a BATCH of cookies 😉 Oaty goodness, so delish, dear!
Thanks so much Rebecca! These are our new favorite half baked cookie bites!