Lemony Cookie Dough Bites

Lemony Cookie Dough Bites that are vegan and gluten free.  I love lemons.  I put them in my daily juice.  I just love the way they smell and how they seem to freshen a recipe up.

I have plans for a lemon bar, but for now I just made these little bites.  I was inspired by the sweet and lemony taste that sugar cookies have.


lemony cookie dough bites


Lemons are rich in vitamin C, so they can help protect you from colds and the flu.  Lemons can help cleanse and detoxify your liver.  They also contain 22 anti-cancer compounds and can help slow the growth of cancer.

A lot of people start their day with a large glass of water with lemon to help awaken the digestive system.  These little bites are really simple to make and only call for a few ingredients.

If you want to make the lemon taste even stronger, you can add a couple teaspoons of lemon juice as well.  My daughter and I filmed a short video about making these.  Despite an almost tantrum, I’d say things went well.

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Lemony Cookie Dough Bites

Lemony Cookie Dough Bites

Prep Time 10 min Serves 12 balls     adjust servings



  1. In the food processor , grind up the cashews and oats into a course meal.
  2. Add the dates, lemon zest, vanilla and water until a dough starts to form.
  3. Roll into balls and stick in the fridge for 30 minutes to set. I got 12 out of my batch. Enjoy!


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82 thoughts to “Lemony Cookie Dough Bites”

  1. I think I have told you 500 times but here it is again....I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!!! And I am really loving the videos that go with the recipes (helps a lot)!!! Keep up the good work!!!
  2. Thank you for sharing. I truly appreciate the creativity and family oriented fun you bring to the table. I enjoy receiving your updates! A loyal fan
  3. Hello Melissa! What was that contraption you used (in the video) to get the lemon zest? It looked very efficient and safe (ie no scraped knuckles :))
  4. We made these today and LOVED them!! We even wrote about them on our website blog (www.artery-mke.com) - we shared your link! We love the website, keep up the good work!
  5. I know I've said it before, but I start to crave the 'nutty date dough' often and decided to try this flavor today. They are great! I wish I would have gone ahead with more lemon juice since I had it squeezed but I was afraid the family wouldn't eat them if they became too lemony....although what would have been wrong with that? More for me! (Ok I wasn't going to admit it at first but I went ahead and threw in some chocolate chips too. Ooops) :)
    1. Yay! Glad you liked them! I usually do add a little extra lemon juice. I bet chocolate chips were yummy in there.
  6. Help! Newly paleo and grain free and I'm dying for a dessert! I want something sweet and lemony and this is calling to me. What do you think I could do in place of granola? I was eying your chia seed pudding also. Wondering about making it as just a vanilla pudding without all the fruit? Sorry to add that to this post, but I'm climbing the walls with sugar cravings!!! Thanks!!! Love your site!!!
    1. You can sub more nuts for the oats in this recipe. I think that would be great. I do have a chia pudding without fruit. Here is the link. https://mywholefoodlife.com/2014/02/04/coconut-vanilla-chia-pudding/
  7. I am loving your recipes, and this is a particular favourite! Even my father-in-law, who is a baking traditionalist, loved them. I have been sharing many of your recipes on my facebook page, The Best Version of You, and they are getting loads of views! Keep up the yummy treats!
  8. I have really enjoyed so many of your recipes and these look fantastic. I was wondering if you think we could add some protein powder to them without changing the taste or consistency. Looking for a good, high-protein post-workout snack for my competitive swimmer. Any advice would be great. Thanks.
    1. Thanks Amanda! I bet you could. If you do, you may need to add a couple more dates and a little more water. It's an easy recipe to adapt. I am sure if you play around with it, you will find the right balance.

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