Chewy bites of cookie dough filled with tart dried apple bits and cranberries turned out to be a total win with my family. I loved this variation on the typically very sweet cookie recipes that abound in my house. Don't get me wrong, the coconut makes these plenty sweet, but they aren't loaded with chocolate or overwhelmingly sugary.
These sweet treats were inspired by the Nature Box that I received earlier this month. I agreed to review a selection of Nature Box snacks and I was pleasantly surprised by the assortment of foods that arrived at my door. This month's box was filled with: South Pacific Plantain Chips, Mango Almond Bites, Tuscan Summer Mix, Tart and Tangy Fruit Medley and Cherry Crumble Granola.
Nature Box is a subscription service that sends a healthy box of snacks to your house each month. The snacks are all nutritionist approved and free of high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, partially hydrogenated oils, artificial flavors and colors. Best of all, they actually taste good! My favorites were the Mango Almond Bites (hints of mango and pineapple in a bite-size crisp rice square) and the Cherry Crumble Granola. The granola was soft, lightly sweetened and chewy; I snacked on a bit of the granola on it's own and then tossed a spoonful over ice cream for a great dessert.
All three of my boys really loved the Mango Almond Bites and the Fruit Medley. My youngest son surprised me by liking the Plaintain Chips so much; they were a uniquely savory twist on classic sweet banana chips. The box arrived just in time for a road trip and the snacks were perfect for in between meals in the car.
If you're in the habit of buying snacks at Whole Foods and equivalent health food stores, this box is a screaming deal at $19.95 for (5) different 3-4 serving bags. If you're interested in trying a Nature Box, they have given me a 50% off discount code to share with my readers. The code is "SUMMERSNACKS" and you can apply it to your very first box. You can pause or cancel your subscription at any time, so it is a risk-free deal without any contract to sign or minimum orders to receive.
I recommend making these Cookie Dough Bites the day before you want to eat them. The flavors meld and the texture is perfect after a night in the fridge. These cold bites of cookie dough disappeared way too fast. It's a good thing I only made a small batch. I couldn't keep my hands off of them!
Coconut Oatmeal Cookie Dough Bites ~ No Bake Treats
Yield: (24) 1" cookie dough bites
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon baking soda (this is optional, but it really does add to the "cookie dough" flavor)
1 cup quick cooking oats *
2/3 cup coconut
2/3 cup tart and tangy dried fruit mix
* you can use old fashioned oats as well, just pulse them a few times in the blender or food processor to break them into smaller pieces. Make sure that the total amount used is still 1 cup after processing.
Cream the butter, sugar, vanilla and baking soda together until smooth. Stir in the oats and then the coconut and fruit mix. Scoop into small balls and roll between your hands to smooth them. Place in an airtight container and refrigerate 8 hours before serving. Enjoy!
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Disclosure: I was compensated to review these snacks and to create a recipe for Nature Box. All
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