Saturday, August 13, 2011

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookie Dough Balls (Egg-Free)

I know what you are thinking: “Cassie, really? Another peanut butter and oat recipe?!”  Guys, yes just one more then I promise I’m done for a while.  It is seriously one of my absolute favorite combos but I realize that I desperately need some variety so I plan on refraining from posting any peanut butter and oatmeal posts for quite some time. I just couldn’t pass this one up!

We have finally received a break from the heat.  After I don’t know how many days of an excessive heat warning, we actually had a high of 82 yesterday.  It was marvelous.  Needless to say that lately it’s been tough to turn on the oven.  Enter: egg-less cookie dough balls!  No butter.  No oil.  No eggs.  No need to bake.  L.o.v.e.   You guys know how much I love raw cookie dough.

These are amazingly good.  I was pleasantly surprised.  Not only did I not feel (hugely) guilty for eating a few but they weren’t too sweet either.  They had a great texture that so-well resembled that of real cookie dough.  I will be making these again!

As I mentioned, we have had a much needed break from the heat.  I have been thoroughly enjoying some evening walks and jogs this week.  It’s been so lovely!

Question for today:

-do you workout on the weekends or do you consider Saturday and Sunday rest days?
-do you like to bake on the weekends or do you do your baking during the week?

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Butterscotch Chip Cookie Dough Balls Recipe


1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cup rolled oats
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup natural creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup light maple syrup
1/4 cup no-sugar-added applesauce
1 Tbs. honey
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup butterscotch chips


Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk the flour, oats, cinnamon and salt; set aside.

Cream the peanut butter, applesauce, maple syrup, honey and vanilla in a large bowl until well-combined.

Add the flour and oats and stir until combined. Add butterscotch chips and stir well.

Scoop about two tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball. Repeat with the other dough. Recipe makes about 16 dough balls.

Refrigerate or freeze and enjoy!


53 Responses to “Peanut Butter Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookie Dough Balls (Egg-Free)”

  1. #
    marla {family fresh cooking}a — August 13, 2011 @ 6:32 am

    Love these dough balls. This looks like the perfect treat!

  2. #
    Quay Po Cooks — August 13, 2011 @ 6:54 am

    I love peanuts so I am sure I will love these lovely looking peanut balls!

  3. #
    Tanya — August 13, 2011 @ 7:54 am

    I'm a big fan of oat balls-these look delicious 🙂

  4. #
    Lizzy — August 13, 2011 @ 8:09 am

    Mmmmmm…these look SO yummy! I'd make them with chocolate chips 🙂

  5. #
    Angela@RecipesFromMyMom — August 13, 2011 @ 8:14 am

    Cassie, I can never get enough of your peanut butter baking ideas! Really excited to try these, especially because of the applesauce and honey.

    Isn't it great to wake up to the 60s in KC? I do work out over the weekend – usually getting in at least one morning bike ride. Sadly, the only time that I've had for baking lately has been on the weekends.

  6. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — August 13, 2011 @ 8:20 am

    Aren't these so good? Great idea to add the butterscotch! I am totally OK with an overload of peanut butter recipes:-)

  7. #
    Ann — August 13, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    These look delicious! I love the combination of peanut butter and oatmeal! I work out usually 3-5 days a week…and if it falls on a Saturday, that's okay. Hubby and I are retired, so every day is Saturday!

  8. #
    Alida — August 13, 2011 @ 11:35 am

    Cassie, you're right…I am thinking another peanut butter oatmeal recipe…and loving you for it! This sounds delicious. Keep the peanut butter recipes coming!

    I work out everyday, including weekend. I'm not much of a rest day taker.

    Baking usually falls on the weekend, but if I'm lucky I can get something in during the week too.

    Have a great weekend! 🙂

  9. #
    kita — August 13, 2011 @ 11:48 am

    I used to have something like these as a kid – they were awesome. 😀

  10. #
    Erin — August 13, 2011 @ 12:02 pm

    I try to work out every day of the week, especially when I know I will be going out of town for a weekend. I always pack running clothes when I go out of town with high plans to work out still, but it rarely happens.

    Also, I bake no matter weekday or weekend!

  11. #
    Sarah — August 13, 2011 @ 12:09 pm

    I'll be totally fine if you keep the peanut butter and oat recipes coming, just so you know. These look fantastic! Glad you got a break from the heat!

  12. #
    Parsley Sage — August 13, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

    Fabulous cookie dough balls! We're so bad about buying the store bought cookie dough and just chomping it all week…never making it to the oven 🙂 Buzzed!

    We work out three time a week, our last one on Saturday mornings at 8am. That way its over and done with by 9am and the weekend is free for whatever else we want to do. Mostly, that's eating. I do the majority of my cooking on the weekends cause I just don't have that much time during the week…

  13. #
    Baking Serendipity — August 13, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

    Dough balls like these are my favorite discovery of the summer. I love your oatmeal/pb combination. Seriously, I don't think I ever get sick of it either 🙂 I almost always work out on Saturday and Sunday. I like to take a rest day or two during the work week and find I have more energy for longer, more challenging workouts when I get a little extra sleep on the weekend.

  14. #
    Michelle — August 13, 2011 @ 3:29 pm

    I love making and then not cooking cookies 🙂 I even brought them to a bake sale once, sold out in 5 min, people love this stuff!!

  15. #
    Anne@frommysweetheart — August 13, 2011 @ 6:08 pm

    Cassie…these look awesome. Bring on the oatmeal/peanut butter combo as much as you want! Cookie dough, to me, is better than candy! I don't take a break from exercising on the weekend, though at times I might do something lighter or fun (like hoola hooping). I like to do a lot of baking, etc on the weekend because even if I don't post it…I'll have some reserves saved up for when I can't bake! : )

  16. #
    Kim Bee — August 13, 2011 @ 8:57 pm

    This is so amazing. Love it, buzzing it. I have not been good with workouts, hoping once everyone is back to school I can focus on me for awhile. I take sundays off, work out wise and food wise. So I tend to do a ton of baking that day. I know I can munch and lick spoons and not feel bad. Lol!

  17. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — August 14, 2011 @ 8:47 am

    These look great! I'm about to make some peanut butter cookies myself!

    As for the working out, I actually like Saturday and Sundays for workouts because I am so busy during the week with grad school and work. I find I can really focus on exercise on the weekends since I am not in a big time crunch in the mornings. I like to bake on the weekends also for the same reasons!

  18. #
    Curt — August 14, 2011 @ 11:55 am

    Man, there are some great flavors in there. I think I would break those up into a bowl of ice cream. Mmmmm!

  19. #
    coryzalia — August 15, 2011 @ 3:14 am

    Butterscotch makes the peanut butter oatmeal even more tasty.

  20. #
    RavieNomNoms — August 15, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

    Oh I would be all over these like white on rice, no question about that. Give me peanut butter in and cookie dough and I will be ALL over it. They look yummy!

  21. #
    Mama J — August 15, 2011 @ 3:31 pm

    I don't feel like turning on the oven- and I'm craving something sweet… I think I'm making these now. 🙂

  22. #
    kitchenarian — August 15, 2011 @ 6:34 pm

    These sound amazing!! I just made a vegan peanut butter ball. Wish I had added oatmeal! Great recipe.

  23. #
    Elyse @The Cultural Dish — August 16, 2011 @ 7:14 am

    These look fabulous! I must say, I've been a bit of a workout freak lately so I usually work out at least once on sat if not both days. I also bake more on the weekends though so I need to work off the calories somehow! 🙂

  24. #
    Denise — September 3, 2011 @ 5:00 pm

    Oh I am so glad you posted these! Of course you have a few recipes with this combo…because it is awesome! I loved the peanutbutter butterscotch bars and these look easier and tasty as can be! My 18 year old housemate just asked for some high energy snacks and this will fit the bit perfectly!

  25. #
    Deb Sebrell — March 8, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

    Can the honey be substituted out?

  26. #
    Hannah — March 8, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

    Oh these look so yummy I can’t wait to try them, I love that they have maple syrup in them. I’m still on the hunt for a yummy oat/snack/ball recipe most use honey that I’ve tried and sometimes the taste is a bit overpowering, thanks!

  27. #
    Amanda — March 12, 2013 @ 5:39 pm

    Can you freeze these

    • Cassie replied: — March 12th, 2013 @ 5:59 pm

      I’m not really sure, I haven’t tried freezing them. They would probably last a little longer in the freezer.

  28. #
    Jasmine — March 26, 2013 @ 10:22 pm

    Looks delicious! Does anyone know how many Weight Watchers points plus these are?

  29. #
    sarah russ — April 10, 2013 @ 10:35 am

    Anyone know how many calories and fat per ball?

  30. #
    Maria — June 17, 2013 @ 12:57 pm

    Has anyone actually baked these? I bet they’re awesome.

  31. #
    Tara — July 9, 2013 @ 6:01 pm

    I just made these and they are DELISH!! I didn’t have any whole wheat flour so I used all purpose, and it worked fine. Thank you for posting this recipe! My 4 year old twins love these too which is really nice!

  32. #
    Pam — July 14, 2013 @ 12:34 pm

    Anxious to try these! I just made another recipe that you just mixed up four ingredients, rolled into balls and refrigerated. They were a healthy version of no-bake cookies and were wonderful 🙂

  33. #
    Jamie — August 3, 2013 @ 10:06 pm

    These look so good! I like the break-away from traditional no-bakes. Can’t wait to try them.

  34. #
    Jennifer — September 14, 2013 @ 2:29 pm

    Are these good straight from the freezer or do they need to be thawed first

    • Cassie replied: — September 14th, 2013 @ 3:07 pm

      I have never frozen them, so not sure. I did like them straight from the fridge, though.

  35. #
    Cori — September 23, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

    Could you use all honey instead of the maple syrup?

    • Cassie replied: — September 23rd, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

      Feel free to give it a try. I have only made these as the recipe is written. Enjoy!


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