The other night at the Daiya Cheezecake launch party, Marla Rose from Vegan Street went on a rant about raw vegan desserts that made me pee my pants laughing. It’s not that they can’t taste really good – they do, for the most part. It’s just that they tend to be the same couple ingredients over and over again presented in different shapes:


One thing we can all agree on: dates are weird looking.

  • dates
  • coconut oil
  • nuts of some sort – probably cashews or walnuts
  • shredded coconut
  • cacao
  • maybe an avocado

Blend them together – pudding! Smoosh them into a muffin pan – cupcakes! Make them into little patties and dry them – cookies! We laugh because we love it, though. I’d eat any of those things. Well, not the pudding, I sincerely hate pudding.

But here’s the thing about dates – they really do have a naturally caramelly flavor and sticky texture – so can you really blame vegans for adding dates to anything they can get them into? Some of the best dates I’ve had come from The Date Lady, and along with her particularly sweet and chewy dates, she also makes date syrup, date balsamic (which is amazing) and date caramel.

Date syrup is an extremely versitile ingredient – you can add it to your coffee, drizzle it on ice cream, and add it to lots of recipes – including this one for cookie dough bites from The Date Lady. You might remember a few years ago when Teno reviewed raw, vegan cookie dough bites for this now-defunct vlog Food Puncher. That recipe called for agave, so I actually prefer this one.

If you’re not sold on date syrup as a pantry staple yet, you can actually find 101 uses for the sticky stuff on this site.

Vegan Cookie Dough Bites

raw vegan cookie dough recipe

By BakeandDestroy Published: May 6, 2015

  • Yield: 24, give or take

This is a really easy recipe that actual kids will actually love. It's also the perfect treat for pregnant ladies in your life.



  1. Mix flours and salt together.
  2. Add nut butter and date syrup to mixture and stir until nice and smooth.
  3. Add chocolate chips and roll into balls!
  4. Stick balls in freezer (heh) for 30 minutes to set. Keep in fridge or cool temperatures for best results.

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