These no-bake oatmeal raisin cookie dough bites are like an oatmeal raisin cookie and are easy to make in minutes with just 6 simple ingredients. They’re also easily vegan, gluten-free and easily made nut-free.

For a similar recipe made with cashews, you can try these Oatmeal Chocolate Cookie Dough Energy Balls. This is more of a healthy snack recipe, if you’re looking for dessert cookie dough, this Edible Peanut Butter Cookie Dough and Healthy Edible Cookie Dough are delicious for a sweet treat.

A number of no-bake cookie dough balls with raisins on a plate.

Recipe Features

  • Vegan and gluten-free recipe.
  • Easily nut-free (use sunflower seed butter).
  • Make in 10 minutes.
  • 6 simple ingredients.
  • Perfect for a healthier snack.
  • Good for hiking, camping, lunch boxes and road trips.
  • Freezer-friendly.
  • Makes 12 energy balls.
  • About 125 calories each.

Ingredient Notes

  • Dates: You can use any variety of dates as long as they’re soft and moist. If not, you’ll need to soak them in hot water for 10-15 minutes before use. I suggest medjool or sayer dates.
  • Oats: Since you’ll be blending the oats, you can use quick oats, instant oats or rolled oats.
  • Almond Butter: Substitute any nut or seed butter like peanut butter, cashew butter, tahini or sunflower seed butter.
  • Maple Syrup: Substitute agave syrup, brown rice syrup or honey (not vegan).
  • Raisins: Any variety of raisins works or you can substitute other add-ins like chocolate chips, cacao nibs or cranberries.

This list is not complete. Please see the recipe card at the end of the post for the complete ingredient list with measurements and detailed instructions.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Oats, almond butter and dates in a food processor.

Step 1: Add everything except for the raisins to a food processor and mix into a thick, sticky dough you can press together between your fingers. Add the raisins and pulse a few times to combine.

A number of no-bake cookie dough balls with raisins on a plate.

Step 2: Use your hands to roll the dough into approximately 12 balls.

Recipe FAQs

What if the dough isn’t sticking together?

If your almond butter or dates were too dry, the dough may be too crumbly to stick together. Add warm water 1 tsp at a time and blend again until you can press the dough together between your fingers. Using wet hands to roll the balls will also help. If you’re worried about the dough being crumbly, I’d recommend soaking the dates first.

How should I store these?

Store them in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. The balls will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks and freezer for up to 3 months. They’re fine out of the fridge for a day, probably longer if you can keep them cool! If taking on the road, I’d recommend storing them in the freezer beforehand.

A close up of a cookie dough ball with raisins in it on a counter top.

Did you try this recipe? I’d love to hear about it! Scroll down to the comment section to leave a star rating and review.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Save This Recipe Form

Want to save this recipe?

Enter your email below & I’ll send it straight to your inbox. Plus you’ll get new recipes from me every week!

Print
clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon
A close up of a cookie dough ball with raisins in it on a counter top.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Bites

5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star 5 from 2 reviews
  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 12
  • Category: Snack
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan
Save Recipe

Description

These sweet little no-bake oatmeal raisin balls are inspired by classic oatmeal raisin cookies. Enjoy one for a snack or healthier treat any time of day.


Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Add everything except the raisins to a food processor and mix into a sticky dough.
  2. Add the raisins and pulse a few times to combine. 
  3. Roll the dough into approximately 12 balls.
  4. Store in the fridge or freezer in an air-tight container.

Notes

The balls will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks and freezer for up to 2 months. They’re fine out of the fridge for a day, probably longer if you can keep them cool! If taking on the road, I’d recommend storing them in the freezer beforehand.

If your almond butter or dates were too dry, the dough may be too crumbly to stick together. Add warm water 1 tsp at a time and blend again until you can press the dough together between your fingers. Using wet hands to roll the balls will also help.

It’s important to use soft, moist dates in this recipe. If your dates are on the dry side, soak them in hot water for 15 minutes then drain before using.

Almond butter can be substituted with peanut butter or cashew butter, or for nut-free, Wowbutter, tahini or sunflower seed butter.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 ball
  • Calories: 124
  • Fat: 3
  • Carbohydrates: 21
  • Protein: 2.4

Update Note: This recipe was originally published March 26, 2014. It was updated with new photos and text on June 14, 2020.