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These Vegan Cookie Dough Bites are ready in just 5 minutes and safe to eat raw! No raw flour, raw eggs, or white sugar is required. They’re also gluten-free, can be made nut-free, and are the perfect sweet treat for snacking, dessert, or school lunch boxes! 

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If you’re someone that loves raw cookie dough more than the final baked cookies, you’re in for a treat today! This vegan cookie dough recipe is just as delicious as regular cookie dough from childhood, yet made from simple ingredients you can find in your pantry. 

And the best part? We’re skipping the heat-treat flour step and using one of our favorite gluten-free flours instead. 

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Ingredients You’ll Need + Substitutions

  • Maple syrup: We prefer the bold, caramel-like flavor of maple syrup, but any liquid sweetener of choice will do. Opt for agave nectar, brown rice syrup, even simple syrup. 
  • Nut or seed butter: Any nut butter or seed butter will work here. Use peanut butter for peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough bites, or cashew butter for a more neutral cookie dough. You can also use almond butter, macadamia nut butter, or sunflower seed butter for a nut-free version. The key is to use a creamy, runny, natural nut butter or seed butter. It will add the necessary moisture and creaminess to make your cookie dough bites soft and delicious. 
  • Vanilla extract: A splash of vanilla enhances all of the sweet flavors in these cookie dough bites. When possible, opt for the real deal, pure vanilla extract. It makes a difference! 
  • Water: Used to get the vegan cookie dough to the proper consistency. You may need to add more or less depending on how runny your nut butter is. If you’d like even creamier cookie dough bites, replace the water with your favorite plant-based milk. 
  • Oat flour: Many edible cookie dough recipes are made using heat-treated flour to kill any potential bacteria. In order to avoid this and make these vegan cookie dough bites gluten-free, we opted for oat flour. If you’re out of oat flour, you can replace it with 1 1/2 cups almond flour. We have not tested this recipe with all-purpose flour, wheat flour, or an alternative gluten-free flour. 
  • Chocolate: We used semi-sweet vegan chocolate chips, but vegan milk chocolate or dark chocolate chips will also work. You can also substitute your favorite chocolate chunks or a chopped vegan chocolate bar.

Add-ins and variations

​This vegan cookie dough is delicious as is, but if desired, here are a few of our favorite ways to spice it up! 

  • Add nuts – Finely chop your favorite nuts, such as raw almonds, peanuts, or pecans and fold them in to the cookie dough. 
  • Add spices – If you’re looking for a warmer spiced cookie dough, add 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, or your favorite cookie spices. 
  • Coat in chocolate – Takes these cookie dough bites to the next level and dip them in melted chocolate and finish with a sprinkle of flaky sea salt or your favorite sprinkles, nuts, or favorite toppings. 
  • Drizzle with caramel – ​If you’re serving these cookie dough bites with a scoop of ice cream, drizzle it with our homemade vegan caramelpeanut butter caramel, or date caramel

Equipment Needed

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How to Make Vegan Cookie Dough Bites

  1. Mix the wet ingredients. In a large bowl, stir together the maple syrup, nut butter, vanilla extract, water, and optional salt. 
  2. Add the oat flour. In the same bowl, add the oat flour and mix until well combined. Then using clean hands, “knead” the dough together until well incorporated. If the dough seems too wet, add additional oat flour 1/2 teaspoon at a time. 
  3. Sprinkle in the vegan chocolate chips. Mix them into the vegan cookie dough with your hands. 
  4. Scoop into vegan cookie dough bites. Using a small 1-tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the vegan cookie dough into bite-sized balls. Continue until you have used up all of the dough – we were able to make about 8 balls. 
  5. Enjoy! Serve immediately or chilled. 

Serving Suggestions 

You can’t go wrong snacking on these cookie dough balls straight from the fridge for a quick afternoon pick-me-up or easy vegan dessert. 

We love them with a glass of non-dairy milk like our Homemade Almond Milk or with a scoop of vegan ice cream like this Raw Chocolate & Coconut Vanilla Ice Cream. You can even serve them as a homemade topping for Vegan Frozen Yogurt

Storage Instructions

These cookie dough bites will keep best in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 

If desired, these cookie dough balls can also be frozen. To freeze, spread the cookie dough bites on a small parchment lined baking tray, then place the cookie sheet in the freezer for 1 hour, or until the vegan cookie dough bites are frozen solid. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe container or freezer bag and freeze for up to 1 month.

Defrost frozen cookie dough in the refrigerator until soft again, then enjoy! 

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Recipe FAQs

Can oat flour be eaten raw?

Absolutely! Both oats and oat flour are safe to eat raw. If you’re interested in more no-bake desserts using oats, you might like our Vegan S’mores Granola Bars or these Almond Pulp Brownie Balls

Is oat flour just ground oats?

Yes – oat flour is made by blending oats into a fine flour-like consistency. You can purchase pre-made oat flour at most grocery stores, but it’s really easy to make at home in a high-speed blender or food processor. Simply place the rolled oats in and blender for 30-60 seconds or until a fine, uniform flour forms. If you need a step-by-step guide, check out this helpful post: How to Make Oat Flour.

Can vegans eat semi-sweet chocolate chips?

The short answer is, it depends! Every brand of chocolate chips is typically made with slightly different ingredients. This means some may be vegan-friendly, and some won’t. If you’re looking for a vegan chocolate chip brand, we personally love Enjoy Life. Otherwise, read the ingredients label before purchasing and watch out for animal products such as whey, milk fat, milk, butter, etc. Cocoa butter, however, is naturally vegan. 

Can I bake these cookie dough bites?

We have tested a baked version of this edible cookie dough, but they were very thick and a bit dry. Instead, we’d recommend making one of our popular baked cookie recipes such as these Classic Vegan Chocolate Chip CookiesOreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip CookiesVegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, and these Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Cookies.

You can also check out all of our Vegan Dessert recipes and find a new favorite!

More Vegan No-Bake Desserts You May Enjoy: 

Make sure you tag us on Instagram @sweetsimplevegan and @consciouschris and hashtag #sweetsimplevegan if you recreate any of our recipes, we love to see your photos!

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Edible Vegan Cookie Dough Bites Recipe

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  • Author: Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 cookie dough bites
  • Diet: Vegan


These Vegan Cookie Dough Bites are ready in just 5 minutes and safe to eat raw! No raw flour, raw eggs, or white sugar required. They’re also gluten-free, nut-free, and the perfect sweet treat for snacking, dessert, or school lunch boxes! 


  • 1/4 cup maple syrup, or liquid sweetener of your choice
  • 1/4 cup nut or seed butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • Optional: 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup oat flour (see notes)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegan chocolate chips 


  1. Add maple syrup, nut or seed butter, vanilla extract, water, and optional salt to a large bowl. Stir together until everything is uniform.
  2. Add in the oat flour and mix until well combined. Then using clean hands, “knead” the dough together to ensure it all incorporates through. We have found that using your hands is essential! If the dough seems too wet, add more oat flour, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, until it reaches a cookie dough-like consistency.
  3. Add in the vegan chocolate chips and mix them with your hands.
  4. Using a small 1-tablespoon-sized cookie scooper (or a regular tablespoon or even just with your hands), scoop out some of the dough and roll it into a ball. Continue until you have rolled out the dough– we formed 8. Dig in and enjoy!
  5. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for about 5 days, although these are best enjoyed the day of as they will dry out as they sit. 


  • If you have rolled oats on hand, you can use those to make your oat flour. Simply place 1 cup in a high-speed blender and blend until fine.
  • You can use 1 1/2 cups of almond flour instead of the oat flour.
  • The nut or seed butter used will affect the flavor of the cookie dough. We like to use cashew butter or peanut butter, but whatever you have in hand should work!
  • While we prefer the flavor of maple syrup, you can use any liquid sweetener you like/have on hand.
  • If you don’t have dark chocolate chips, you can always roughly chop your favorite chocolate bar as a replacement.
  • If the nut or seed butter you use is salted, keep that in mind before salting the dough. Then, taste it after mixing, and add salt as needed.
  • Some nut or seed butter can be runnier or thicker than others. Also, you may have to adjust the oat flour or water as needed, so I would do this before adding the chocolate chips to get the right consistency! It should be like cookie dough, not too dry and not too moist!
  • We have tested baking these cookies, and although they were successful and baked through, they were VERY thick and a bit dry. If you want to bake these, place them on a lined baking sheet and press them down, so they are about 1/2-inch thick, then bake at 350F for 13-15 minutes. Be sure to serve them with almond milk!
  • We have not yet tested storing these in the freezer.
  • The nutrition facts do not take into consideration the optional salt.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Dessert, Snack
  • Method: No Bake

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  1. Oh thank you these are perfect for my family! They always want me to buy the vegan cookie dough at the grocery store and it’s eaten in a minute – so this is a much better idea!

    1. Since APF needs to be cooked, you wouldn’t be able to substitute it for the oat flour, unfortunately.