Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls


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Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls taste just like real cookie dough, except they’re raw, vegan, gluten-free and healthy. They freeze wonderfully so consider making a double batch and stashing a dozen in the freezer for when your cookie dough cravings strike!

Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites - When you're craving cookie dough, make this healthy version that tastes like the real thing! Ready in 5 minutes & so easy!

This recipe has me really excited!

If you like cookie dough as much as I do, I know you will love these little doughy balls.

The beauty of this recipe is that because they are vegan (and gluten free) so you don’t have to worry when eating raw cookie dough.

Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites - When you're craving cookie dough, make this healthy version that tastes like the real thing! Ready in 5 minutes & so easy!

Well, the only worry is that these little cookie dough bites are good.  A little too good.  Ahem.

Tip:  You can make them in batches and store extras in a tub in the freezer and take out a handful at a time.

Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites - When you're craving cookie dough, make this healthy version that tastes like the real thing! Ready in 5 minutes & so easy!

Or don’t store them in the freezer...

And just go to town on them right away

Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites - When you're craving cookie dough, make this healthy version that tastes like the real thing! Ready in 5 minutes & so easy!

Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites - When you're craving cookie dough, make this healthy version that tastes like the real thing! Ready in 5 minutes & so easy!

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Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites (gluten-free, soy-free)

By Averie Sunshine
They taste just like real cookie dough, except they’re raw, vegan, gluten-free and healthy. They freeze wonderfully so consider making a double batch and stashing a dozen in the freezer for when your cookie dough cravings strike!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 17
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  • c raw cashews
  • c oats
  • 2 Tbsp Agave
  • 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup, Omit and use Agave to preserve true Raw Status if you care
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ c Chocolate Chips, or to preserve true raw status, take 2 Tbsp Raw Cocoa Powder and add 1 Tbsp Agave, optional dash of vanilla extract, whisk and blend. Spread into a thin layer on wax or parchment paper, freeze. Take frozen chocolate off parchment and crumble the shreds into the mixture as your raw “chips”.


  • Blend the cashews and oats in a Vita-Mix, food processor, or high speed blender until they’re a fine powder. Don’t overblend or you’ll wind up with cashew butter very quickly.
  • Add the agave, maple, vanilla and blend until incorporated. Be careful to just blend in short bursts and only until combined; don’t over-process.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips by hand.
  • Form into balls and serve. If dough is sticky, chilling it in the refrigerator or flash-chilling it in the freezer helps make it easier to work with.


Serving: 1, Calories: 57kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 1mg, Sugar: 4g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Step-By-Step Photos and Tips

Take Oats & Cashews and get ready to Blend in your VitaMix

Oats and cashews in blender

After you have your Oat-n-Cashew Flour…

Blended oats and cashews into powder
Overhead of cashew oat powder

…To it Add the Agave, Maple, & Vanilla Extract

Agave, maple syrup and vanilla added to powder in blender

Blend Again

Mixture in blender blended up

Tip for Vita-Mix Users: You know you have “The Right Consistency” of Dough when the dough starts to ball up like a tennis ball and bangs around from side to side in the canister. I have learned this through trial and error and wanted to pass along my wisdom.  Once you see The Ball (what I am talking about is in the above photo) start whipping around, Stop Blending. You have reached Perfect Dough Consistency Status.

Add the Chocolate Chips (or the Raw Chocolate Chips like I told you how to make)

Chocolate chips added to blended mixture

Either Stir them in By Hand, of a 5 Second Blend in the VitaCookie (or Food Processor)

Stirred mixture incorporating the chocolate chips

Transfer Dough Blob to plate or working surface.  Tip: If for some reason your dough was too sticky, gummy, runny, or unworkable, refrigerate for a half hour and you should be back in business.

Dough transferred to white plate

Roll Into Cute Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls.  I yielded 17 Balls from this Recipe.  Clearly, not an exact science but that’s what I got.

Dough rolled into individual balls on white plate

The Pretty Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

Up close of Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

Pretty is nice.  But they are freakin’ amazing. I am not just saying that, either.

Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls close up showing chocolate chip

Optional Tweaks:
Add a dusting of cocoa powder, carob powder, or powdered sugar to the finished balls
Roll in raw cocoa nibs or shredded coconut
Rather than adding in chocolate chips, add raisins instead and add a dash of cinnamon to the batter for Oatmeal-Cinnamon-Raisin Raw Cookie Dough Balls
Flatten or mold into larger cookie shapes
Dehydrate for a more “cooked tasting” version of a chocolate chip cookie.  But gawd I love the raw dough taste so this is out for me!

One Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ball on white plate

Now I wanted to touch on about why this may be one of my best dessert recipes ever! For me, a recipe has to encompass many things if I am going to actually make it and then continue making it as it becomes a go-to favorite.

Some of those recipe elements include:
1. Easy.  The less steps the better.
2. Time Involved. If I cannot make the entire thing from walking into my pantry to grab the dry goods to the last dish is dried and put away 30 minutes later then I am probably not going to make it.  I have a life outside of the kitch, too.
3. One appliance. For me, this is my Vita-Mix.  For you, it may be your food processor. Dehydrated food is lovely, but it can be a lonnnnng wait and too much advance planning.  And also the amount of dishes involved factors in here too.  If you need a whisk, spoon, spatula, mixer beaters, Vita canisters, dehydrator screens, 7 bowls, forget it.  One Appliance Please.
4. Very simple and short ingredient list.  Nothing exotic.  Nothing too expensive to deplete your savings account.
5. Taste.  Must be excellent and if it’s a raw approximation of Something Else, it’s gotta taste like the Something Else it’s trying to be otherwise why bother. Just eat the Something Else or skip it entirely.  Unless I can make a raw approximation that is spot-on in the flavor department, I’d rather just not have it.

These Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls have all of items 1 through 5. And using the above as my criteria, the cookie dough balls are in company with these other Raw Vegan Desserts I have created that also encompass items 1 through 5:

Raw Vegan Donut Holes

Raw Vegan Donut Holes on white plate
Raw Vegan Donut Holes on white plate showing flaxseed

Raw Vegan Chocolate Donut Holes

Overhead of Raw Vegan Chocolate Donut Holes
Close up of one Chocolate Donut Hole

Raw Vegan Apple Crumble

Raw Vegan Apple Crumble in container
Up close of Raw Vegan Apple Crumble

And All my raw baking tips that I just gave you in the recipe!  Now go make yourself some of these Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

Finished Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls on white plate

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    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad it’s the best raw vegan cookie dough you’ve tried!

  2. I was looking up recipes on Truffles and Trends and she mentioned your blog in her no-butter chocolate chip cookies recipes. She mentioned she is addicted to your blog and I can see why :) Both your and her blogs are addicting, seriously. Dessert bloggers are the best :)

  3. Any suggestion for how to add unsweetened protein powder to this and modify the recipe accordingly? I’d love it for a post-workout treat. Thank you!

    1. Maybe use it in place of some of the oats? Haven’t tried so can’t speak about specifics…I would just start experimenting and see what happens!

  4. I’ve made these a bajillion times so I figured it was time to leave a comment! LOVE this recipe so much – it’s my go-to every time I have a cookie craving (and hubby approved, too!). The only thing different I do is add in a pinch of salt, that way it tastes a little bit more cookie-y (totally a word). Thanks Averie! <3 

    1. Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it’s a total favorite for you! And yes a pinch or two of salt gives the dough that extra authentic-ness. Totally agree!

  5. Does anyone have a recommendation on what to use instead of cashews? No nuts please! 

    Thank you!

  6. I NEEDED some cookie dough tonight. You know how it is. I had made these before and loved them. After I blended the cashews I realized I was out of oats, and the only possible substitute I had was Bob’s gf flour, which I usually hate because of the garbanzos. But desperate times call for desperate measures, and these are so delicious they even fiber up the gross beaniness of the flour. Thanks for my newest fix!

  7. Would love to make these (or at least some version). We cannot eat any nuts, so was hoping you would have some suggestion for replacing the cashews. Thanks!

    1. In this particular recipe, it’s a bit tricky because they do play a critical role. You could maybe try with sunflower seeds or another seed you like.

  8. I wanted to make these soooooo bad but only have almonds in the house(not raw). I just went for it and they came out really good! They obviously didn’t blend as smooth as cashews, but they had an awesome crunchy texture. Loved it! I can’t wait to try them with cashews. Thanks so much for this awesome recipe!

    1. Glad that the almonds worked for you and now when you get cashews, they’ll taste even better! Glad you worked with what you had and that you’re so pleased with these!

  9. Thank you for this recipe! I “pinned” it about a year ago and just re-discovered it. I made these little beauties tonight and am needing an intervention to quit going to the fridge to “get just 1 more”. Delicious!

    1. Glad you re-discovered the recipe and the just one more thing…oh, you and me both :) Glad you’re enjoying these!!

  10. I made the healthy fudgy brownie bites last week and it was a big mess,cos i only have a very small blender. I had to make it in 4 batches. They were great and the kids in Kindergarten wanted to steal them from me,once they tried them ;) Today i made the cookie dough balls and i love them even more!!( did not think this was possible). And it was way easier. I used cinnamon honey instead of Agave and it turned out sooooo great. This is a great way to satisfy my sweet cravings. THANK YOU SO MUCH.
    Greeting from Berlin/Germany

  11. These are freakin’ awesome! Thank you! SO easy to make and delicious. I’ve already done some variations, like adding peanut butter. I’m thinking raisins & cinnamon will be next!

  12. I just wanted to comment and show a little solidarity with this Pinterest wrong description war you are having to fight. =D My most popular pin from my site is for a 2013 free printable planner. The description that the pinner wrote omitted the year entirely. It says “Amazing free printable planner!”

    Every day I get comments, emails, Facebook messages/Comments asking me where to download the free planner. Even though the post the pin links to says 4 times that since 2013 is over, the download doesn’t make sense anymore and was removed.

    Sometimes people get worked up over the strangest things. And My goodness I wish pinners could be more accurate in their descriptions!

  13. These are amazing!! You are a culinary genius. They are a healthy treat that are easy to make. My entire family, even my picky kids, love these. I prefer the taste to “real” chocolate chip dough. Thanks so much for posting this. It is a “go to” recipe for me.

  14. Trying to figure out a way I can make these right now with what I have! Would PB2 work as a sub for the ground cashews?

    1. Try it! If it doesn’t work perfectly keep tinkering with the dry ingredients vs. the dates/agave. LMK how it goes!

    1. I use regular (old-fashioned) but because they’re getting pulverized in a blender anyway, it probably doesn’t matter. Enjoy!

  15. I just stumbled upon your recipe yesterday and thought, “healthy cookie dough, what a great concept!”;) haha. I went to pick up some cashews and the grocery store was nuts because, well, they were calling for a hurricane today (well, I’m in Halifax, NS, so we don’t get terrible hurricane’s here, but I think everybody and their dog was out stocking up on essentials just in case the power went out). I wasn’t giving a whole lot of thought to inclement weather, I had cookie dough on the brain! And wow, this recipe is fantastic! Yum! I didn’t bother rolling it into balls, I’m just eating it by the spoonful;) I ate a bunch yesterday and just now, while I’m waiting for my coffee to brew (cookie dough for breakfast, now there’s another great concept!) Thank you for posting this tasty recipe, I’ll definitely be making more of this stuff!

    1. Glad you enjoyed the recipe Rikki and hope you stay safe in that weather! And using a spoon rather than rolling into balls, I can relate :)

      1. Just wanted to let you know that I’ve made your recipe two more times! Man, that stuff is delicious (and dangerous)! And no, I didn’t share;)

  16. When I first tried these, I didn’t think they tasted very much like cookie dough. I just assumed that I messed it up though since everyone else is such a fan. I did end up making it to the cashew butter point when blending, so that may have affected the flavor in mine.

    I didn’t want to throw them out, and since I had also made your no-bake vanilla cake batter truffles at the same time (delicious, btw), I decided to truffleize these thinking more chocolate could only help, right? The verdict: AMAZING. For some reason encasing them in chocolate covered up my mistakes and made them taste 100% like cookie dough. I brought them to book club and everyone loved them!

    1. Yes if you go to the point of cashew butter and over-blend, it will effect the taste and it won’t taste as much like dough (I’ve done that) and glad you were able to save it and dipped them in chocolate! Great call :) And glad you like the no-bake vanilla cake batter truffles, too!

  17. These are amazing! My entire family loves them! I rolled mine in toasted coconut, because they were quite sticky and it added a nice taste! :)

  18. Thank you for sharing your recipe! It is so incredibly delicious!!! I made these without telling my kids what was in them (one does not like cashews) they ended up loving them and take them in their lunch. The only thing I changed is using honey instead of the agave syrup. I’m making these little yummy balls all the time now!

  19. These are so yummy! They taste just like cookie dough without the raw egg, sugar,and gluten. My kids love them (always the true test). I plan to triple the recipe next time so I have plenty on hand in the fridge. First batch gone already! Thank you so much girl!

  20. These are truly amazing! We have made multiple batches this week and the whole family loves them! Getting about 11-13 a batch on ours. Trying to get the nutritional value. Can you repost? I can’t find it.

    Thanks for deliciousness,


    1. I don’t post nutritional stats. You can plug the data into an online service and see for yourself – I haven’t the time :)

  21. Wow! Made these today and my entire family loved them! I only had roasted cashews at the house – so I used them but next time I’m definitely going for the raw! Also for the ingredients for the raw chocolate chips…is there anything else I can add? With just the cocoa powder, vanilla and agave it didn’t mix well. Maybe I’m doing it wrong! Loved them!

    1. I would just use storebought (vegan) chips or mini chips – this recipe is from 2009 and I much prefer to just buy my chips. Saves a lot of time and energy :) Glad you love the recipe!

  22. I almost NEVER comment on blogs and I know this post is old… but I had to tell you I loved these, and so did my 3 year old son. We are not raw or vegan or even vegetarian but I like to make tons of different things for him to try. I used honey and a little less than the amount of sweetener you have in the recipe and they came out awesome! I think they taste ridiculously close to cookie dough, and even the texture is spot on. Thanks for making/posting this recipe, I’m def going to try some of your other ones!

    1. Even though it’s older, this is my #1 most viewed post every year, in the history of my blog since 2009! Glad you like them and your 3 y.o. did too :)

  23. Just trying to give a heads-up… semi-sweet chocolate morsels typically contain milkfat, which renders these little yummies, sadly, not vegan =( However, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods brand chocolate chips are both vegan… so use those! Yum!

    1. Probably not, no. The oats are necessary in this very short ingredients list – everything is there for a reason.

  24. I just bought some raw cashews at Trader Joes today so that I can make these. I can’t wait to try them, hopefully tomorrow!!

      1. Dark chocolate is also dairy free – around 70% cocoa has the dark chocolate taste and a bit of sweetness. I think that may be classified as bittersweet?

  25. This was a good recipe, but a chocolate chip cookie is not made simply because chocolate chips were added.
    The taste was a nice subtle sweetness with moments of chocolate.
    This in no way mimics the flavor profile of a chocolate chip cookie.

    1. That’s an interesting perspective. I happen to love them and many hundreds of people have written in saying they love them, too. To each their own!

    2. Since this is a recipe for cookie dough and not an actual cookie, I wonder why one would expect it to be an exact replica of a Tollhouse teeming with white flour, butter, & brown sugar. Seems like thinly veiled criticism of a healthier version of this treat that is offered for free on a blog.

      On another note, I totally forgot about these dough balls. I have been making my littles the chocolate chip flavor larabar type treats we call brownies, but the oats sound like a fine idea. I will definitely double the batch tomorrow.

      Thanks for a great recipe! It sure is hard putting your work out there for the world to judge. I don’t normally comment, but get so dang fired up when I read rudeness on blogs, I had to say something.

      1. Steph – I don’t know you but I heart you :)

        Thank you for your support and for realizing that not every recipe will suit everyone’s needs nor is ‘perfect’ for everyone, and in this situation, a healthy alternative like this does taste darn close to real cookie dough, but no, it’s not refrigerated-dough-in-a-tube with all kinds of interesting ingredients. And if that’s what someone wants, that’s easily obtainable.

        Raw, vegan, GF, healthy options aren’t always so easy obtainable which is why I posted this recipe back in 2009! And yes, it’s hard to put work out there to be scrutinized but I try to remember that tons of people love it and if a few people don’t, oh well :)

  26. I keep seeing this pop up on Pinterest and they look great but the recipe on the pin is different than the one on this website. The one on the pin uses bananas, oats, chocolate chips, vanilla, and peanut butter. If you don’t have agave would banana work for adding sweetness?

    1. I have it and never use it. I always just use the main wet container, even if I’m grinding dry. So far so good, 6+ yrs later. I would save y0ur money, personally.

      1. I don’t have a Vitamix, just a regular blender and food processor. I tried another recipe that called for “High Speed Blender” or Vitamix and the almonds I blanched (soaked, shelled) and ground up did not work out as it should have, very grainy. So, will this recipe not work unless it’s with a Vitamix (high speed blender)?

        I just purchased some raw cashews, that I use for other recipes, and don’t want to waste them if it won’t turn out right.

      2. The recipe works just fine in either a Vitamix or a food processor. Do NOT SOAK them first. That could be part of your issue. This recipe needs dry nuts so that when blended they pulverize down into dust that resembles flour; not a wet sloppy paste which is what will happen if you soak them first. Just toss your raw cashews along with rest of ingredients into your food proc and watch it closely. Blend for about 30 secs, give or take, and you should be all set.

  27. OMG I just bought Agave and I am soo happy that Ican use it to make this goodies! I’m thinking about adding some pb to the dough… yumyum

  28. Oh! I shared this recipe on myfitnesspal.com under my account! But i linked your blog and took no credit for it! Sorry i forgot to ask before i did but i really wanted to share the recipe!

  29. Oh . My . Goodness.
    I just made these and had to PHYSICALLY stop myself from eating the whole batch!! Thank you so so much for this recipe it really is amazing! I LOVE cookie dough and your recipe just solved my cookie dough obsession for LIFE! I took your advice about the cashews and did not regret a single thing! Gosh I could gush over this for hours but I just wanted to say thank you again! Perfection!

    Lots of Love from Singapore,
    Sarah Schick :)

    1. I’m so glad you liked them and that the cashews worked out and that you loved these! Thanks for the great feedback!

  30. Hi Averie! This recipe sounds DELICIOUS, but I’m allergic to nuts. Do you know any substitutions for the cashews or if the recipe would taste the same without them? Thanks!

    1. Won’t taste the same without the cashews. You could use sunflower seeds or another seed. But it will be a totally different taste – good but different.

      I was going to suggest some of my PB-based balls but if you’re allergic to nuts, that won’t work either. https://www.averiecooks.com/ball-recipes/

  31. Hi Averie! I’ve been really curious to try this recipe, but I absolutely HATE nuts. As in, if my sister plopped down on the couch next to me eating Nutella out of the jar (a regular occurance), I’d make her leave. I’m really sensitive to both the smell and taste. Do these have any nuttiness at all to them?

    1. I don’t think so but you HAVE TO USE raw, unsalted cashews. I love Trader Joe’s for this. Do NOT try to swap out almonds for it. However, given how sensitive you are, all bets are off…But I really don’t like nuts in baked goods and to me, these taste like buttery cookie dough, not at all like nuts. Please write back and LMK what you think!

      1. Thanks for the speedy reply! My grandpa always has cashews at his house so next time I’m there I’ll do the sniff test and if it goes well I’ll try the recipe! I’ll let you know if I end up trying it out.

  32. I didn’t have cashews, so after reading comments about almond flour decided to substitute it. I mixed a batch and like you’d said, it lacked creaminess. THEN I remembered all the comments about the mislabeling on the pin, i.e. the banana, and realized that one would lend the right texture so I made a second batch right away (with almond butter, plus banana, no agave or maple syrup) and then mixed the two batches together. Maybe a tad creamy now, but still delightfully delicious.

    1. Thanks for the detailed report about what you did. Yes, almonds are no where near the creamy/smoothy/buttery feel and taste that cashews have. But glad you figured out a few tweaks to help you with what you had on hand and you’re happy!

    1. This recipe has been pinned over 2 million times and it’s been the most popular recipe on my blog since 2009 and in the past 18 months or so, there are pins floating around with a recipe written on the pin about bananas and baking at 350F. That’s not this recipe! This recipe is for raw, vegan, GF chocolate chip cookie dough balls. and has nothing to do with bananas or baked cookies.

      I do have a vegan/GF healthy cookie recipe that uses bananas here https://www.averiecooks.com/healthy-oatmeal-chocolate-chip-miracle-cookies/

  33. This recipe sounds great – what can we use instead of agave….they don’t have this in South Africa right now. kathy

  34. Hmmm upon relooking at this …. The recipe here is NOT the recipe on the pin! I came here after following the recipe in the comment on the actual pin on pinterest which was only banana, quick oats, chocolate chips and peanut butter…. No wonder mine looked nothing like yours!

    1. This recipe has been pinned over 1 million times. Probably more. It’s been the most popular recipe on my blog since 2009 and in the past 18 months or so, there are pins floating around with a recipe written on the pin about bananas and baking at 350F. That’s not this recipe! This recipe is for raw, vegan, GF chocolate chip cookie dough balls. I do have a vegan/GF healthy cookie recipe that uses bananas here https://www.averiecooks.com/2013/05/healthy-oatmeal-chocolate-chip-miracle-cookies.html

      Which is why your dough looked nothing like these photos of cookie dough balls. The dough you made could be a spinoff of my Healthy Miracle Cookies that I just linked. Anyway – glad they turned out great regardless for you!

  35. As I mixed the ingredients together, I couldn’t help but notice mine looked nothing like yours. In fact I at first thought the picture was just a stock photo on the pin I found because it looked to much like real cookie dough. Once I went to this site I realized it really was pictures of the dough and mine just looked horribly wrong compared to it lol. Mine was goopy and sticky. Tasted amazing as a dough though and amazing once baked also. So I will definitely be making these again! My 2 yr old daughter is GF so will be very happy with these. Thanks for posting!

    1. I simply use Quaker Old Fashioned Whole Rolled Oats. If you need to keep the recipe certified GF or certified raw, then you’d have to use another kind, but for me and my needs, basic oats is all I use. I have never tried it with groats – I would think they would pulverize in the blender/food proc just fine, but haven’t tested it.

  36. The banana oats peanut butter and choc chip recipe that is baked for 15 min. What is that ?? I am all confused. Two totally different recipes. What is the banana one called ? They are not raw dough bites but that recipe is posted with the picture of the raw bites. HELP !!

    1. Betty, calm down, you’re super worked up over cookies…relax :)

      This recipe has been pinned hundreds of thousands of times. In some of the pins, there description was not correct. If you saw a picture of cookie dough balls with text about bananas – FORGET about the bananas. It has nothing to do with this recipe. It’s like the telephone game; every now and then things get jumbled up. It happens.

      If you would like to make the recipe that has to do with bananas, follow the link I already sent you. If you want to make cookie dough, make this recipe.

  37. The banana oats and peanut butter recipe at the beginning that is baked for 15 minutes has me all confused. What are they called.
    Is this a mistake ? This is two totally different recipes. HELP!!

  38. Wow! These are good! I spent the morning trying a bunch of different raw cookie/energy bite recipes and this was far and away the BEST ONE. With the addition of 1 tsp of salt, they really do remind me of chocolate chip cookies. (I cut down to 1 tbsp of Agave and 2 tsp of honey since I don’t think things too sweet.) My “batter” was really sticky at first, but after 30 min in the freezer, they were each to handle and row into a ball.

    Yum! I wish I doubled the recipe.

    1. There’s always tomorrow to double it :) Glad you enjoyed these the most out of the others you tried! Playing with sugar/salt ratios just slightly is always good to do; to taste. Glad you’re a fan of them and thanks for LMK! :)

  39. The link and picture on Pinterest says these have banana and peanut butter and you bake them. Where is that recipe?

    1. Whole-rolled, old-fashioned, usually Quaker – feel free to buy certified GF oats if need be, but I just use Quaker.

  40. These raw vegan choco chip cookie dough bites look great! But I was wondering, do you think I could use store bought almond flour instead of making cashew flour? Or would that alter the taste/texture too much?

    1. Cashew flour is much more buttery, softer, a more buttery flavor and just all the way around highly preferred to almond flour. That said, try the almond flour if that’s all you have but the recipe is best by just grinding up a handful of cashews!

  41. Made these just now, and let me commend you for coming up with such an easy, healthful, and delicious recipe. I can’t stop eating these, lol…

  42. hey! i just made these! i blended every thing separately , then added the liquid and the chocolate in a bowl with the other 2 things where i just mixed it with my hands. it worked out fine! they are really good! i had this recipe in the back of my mind for months now and i bought the cashews today just for this recipe! i just had a thought. these would have been good with some vanilla protein powder

  43. I made these to procrastinate before doing my homework, but they were so quick and easy that it didn’t really work. Oh well, at least I have a delicious study snack! Do you think it would ruin the texture to use dates instead of agave?

    1. Ignore the massive ganache topping if you don’t want that, but with medjool dates, those are a great one


      The issue w/ using dates in these raw cookie dough balls is there’s then no liquid and it would be very thick and hard to blend. Stick with agave. Glad you liked them!

  44. I just made the cookie dough balls. I really like them! But mine turned out very sticky…what did I do wrong? I used my vitamix and the dough was warm when I added choc chips…?

    1. Very sticky is a result of either needing slightly more oat flour/cashew flour (I’d use oats at the end, it’s easier) – maybe 1 tsp more, work your way up slowly.

      Also, you need to process these for as little time as possible in the Vita. We’re talking 10 to 20 seconds. Anything longer and the Vita will liquify and melt the dough, which is what it’s designed to do, is liquify things, so you just have to be very brief about it. You could also use a food processor but…add more dry ingredients, reduce blending time to as little as possible.

  45. Wow, they look yummy!! My oven is broke so I was looking for something sweet and tasty that wouldn’t need an oven, thanks!

  46. I just made these and I was a little skeptical at first, but oh my gosh they are so freaking delicious!!! As a cookie dough addict I’m so glad I found these recipe.

  47. These look SO good. I flounder between vegan and not, mainly because I am allergic to all nuts, and it’s so hard for me to make many of the yummy recipes! Is there anything that can be substituted for the cashews? Thanks!

    1. So glad you love them – put them in the freezer in a container. It may help :) They freeze beautifully for months and months.

  48. This was DELICIOUS, but it did not make 17 cookie dough balls, it made roughly ten. (used a tablespoon to shape them)

    1. Mine are slightly smaller than a tbsp in size. Also, I have found that b/c a Vitamix can get things incredibly, incredibly smooth, the yield is slightly higher b/c of how compacted the dough becomes. Just something I’ve determined over the years. Glad you like them!

  49. 3 things: 1) so-called raw cashews are actually steamed, so they are not poisonous. 2) I have a very cheap Oster blender. While I couldn’t quite get the consistency seen in the photos (after several minutes of blending), the dough balls looked almost the same after I rolled them up and they taste good. I think with my blender I might add just a 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon more agave in the future. Stuff got pretty stuck around the base of the blender and it probably pushed the limits of my machine. 3) While mine didn’t come out just like cookie dough – it was good, and certainly a million times better than some blackbean version floating around the web.

  50. Wow, amazing much??? I cannot stop eating these, they taste better than cookie dough!! yum – thanks soooooo much for posting this!!!! :D

    1. I’m glad they were a big hit and that you loved them and glad to know the honey worked out for you!

    1. Maybe try avocado instead of the cashews. I substitute avocados all the time for butter. Butter is very difficult to sub because of the fat and creaminess and the avocado has both. Taste does not change and just like the cashews, it is a healthy fat. Still a fast which has calories, but a healthy fast.

      1. While avocados make a great substitute for butter/fat in many applications, I personally would not use them in this recipe. The cashews are dry, dusty, and serve as both fat and behave like a ‘flour’, serving to glue and anchor the dough so it comes together; whereas an avocado is gloppy and wet, and will make the dough wetter and won’t allow it to combine.

        Not to mention, avocados oxidize (turn brown) and so shelf-stability goes out the window. One of the reasons I love these balls is that they don’t need refrigeration and will last week(s) at room temperature (or months in the fridge/freezer) whereas with fresh avocado in them, that would not be possible.

        If you’re look for a dessert recipes for avocados, I have some tagged here https://www.averiecooks.com/tag/avocado (mousse, smoothies, ice cream, etc.)

        I love avocados and I love these cookie dough balls, but – not together. But to each her own!

  51. Hi, raw cashews I believe are poisonous. Other than that sounds like a great recipe that I can’t wait to try :)

    1. Pretty sure they’re not poisonous or I, and millions of others, would be dead. All nuts have aflatoxins, if that’s what you’re referring to…some nuts in higher proportion than others. Peanuts actually are much higher in aflatoxins than cashews.

  52. This looks great. I was wondering if you could substitute the maple syrup and the agave for honey instead as that is what I have on hand.


    1. You can try it – I find honey is much thicker & stickier to work with than agave or maple so the ratios may be a little different but similar and it will add a different flavor than agave or maple. Never know til you try!

    1. cashews give the feel and taste of butter b/c of their softness and creaminess in a way that peanuts don’t; peanuts aren’t “bad” and they will work, but will not be nearly as authentic as using cashews, which are softer, creamier, blend better, and for this recipe, my #1 choice by a landslide.

  53. I am so excited to try out this recipe, both as cookie dough balls and as dehydrator cookies.
    After finding one of your recipes on Pinterest your blog has given me all kinds of exciting new things to try- I’ll have to find more hours in the day so I can make them all. I’ll also probably need to find people to help me eat it all, or else a gym membership.

  54. You Are aware that there is milk in chocolate, and milk is an animal product… Therefore your “vegan” cookie dough isn’t vegan at all??

    1. In milk chocolate, there’s milk, of course.

      In semi-sweet chocolate, no, there’s no milk. Not in the semi-sweet chocolate I use or that most people use anyway – just cocoa butter solids. Or buy vegan chocolate chips that are certified vegan, which guarantees no trace milk or cross contamination in processing.

      So yes, they are 100% vegan.

  55. Just made this – yum! My new favorite. I ate a couple “raw’ and then put some flattened-out, cookie-shaped ones in the dehydrator. So quick in the Vitamix! And they really do taste like gooey choco-chip cookies.

  56. this recipe is fabulous! i made a double batch of the dough (omitted agave and instead used four tbsp. maple syrup and two tbsp. water for the double batch), then separated it into three sections. for the first section, after i formed each ball i rolled it in a small bowl of finely shredded coconut. the second section was the same but with rainbow sprinkles. for the third i added mini chocolate chips to the dough then rolled the bites. i refrigerated all of them for about 30min before serving. i think the choc chip bites were my favorite but the coconut ones were really good as well – i think if i made them again i’d also put some coconut in the dough itself in addition to the coating on the outside. the sprinkle ones were okay, but i think next time i’ll use colored sugar instead (there was a bit too much crunch with the sprinkles). thanks so much for sharing this!!

      1. that’s so funny – after i made this batch, i was thinking these would be really good as “almond joy” bites with a 50/50 mix of almonds and cashews to blend with the oats, then add coconut and choc chips. i’ll use the recipe you listed and just add the almonds to it and see how it goes – hopefully it still has a good creamy texture, thanks again for this recipe, really i can’t thank you enough! i don’t really like plain nuts or nut butter so i’m always on the lookout for recipes that incorporate nuts and these bites are just soooo good!

      2. I would caution against using too many almonds; they don’t quite give the same richness, creaminess, and just overall effect that cashews do. The cashews are basically your “butter” substitute in the dough; almonds just don’t work the same magical way. They’re “fine” but I love my cashews.

      3. i made the “almond joy” bites last night and they were really good – definitely not as smooth and creamy tasting as the 100% cashew version but almond joys aren’t super smooth either so i think it worked out well. mixing the almonds in is also a good way to cut down on some saturated fat, though they do add more fat overall. if anyone is interested, these are the ingredients i used to make the almond joy bites:

        1/3c almonds
        1/3c cashews
        1/3c oats
        1/3c finely shredded coconut
        2tbsp. maple syrup
        1tbsp. water
        1tsp. vanilla
        1/4c mini choc chips
        extra coconut to coat bites after rolling

        …some people may like more choc chips than i used – choc is a pretty strong flavor to me so i didn’t want to add so much that the coconut didn’t come through.

  57. I calculated the calories for this and thought I’d pass it on if anyone cares.
    total calories in the recipe: 1044
    when making 17 balls, per serving is calories: 61.5, fat: 3.2, fiber: .7

    1. It depends on the type of blender but I’d say yes…and I’d say try! There’s no harm in trying!

  58. What can I use instead of agave in your vegan chocolate chip cookie dough? I don’t think have a place where I can get it…

  59. Just made these with GF oats and in place of maple and/or agave used coconut nectar. They turned out AMAZING!

  60. These look so sinful yet they are so healthy! WOW! A must make for our office and definitely for me at home! Thanks so much for the recipe, keep creating amazing things – we love it all! :)

  61. I love cookie dough balls so much! Best recipe ever! I share them with all my yoga buddies and they love them too. Thank you for sharing!!!

    1. Love this comment and that you’re so into them and you’re sharing them with all your yoga buddies :)

  62. i am so glad someone pinned this on Pinterest! Glad to have found your site! Thanks for sharing. These will be fun treats for the summer when it’s too hot to cook but we still want a treat! also, these are so much healthier than non vegan cookie dough so i won’t feel bad if i eat a few too many ;)

  63. Thank you for such a wonderful, flexible and forgiving recipe! I’ve experimented with various additions and it always turns out great! What a fantastic way to quell the cravings!

    1. I love comments like this…thank you for telling me not only have you made it tons but also experimented and that you find it flexible & forgiving…me too!

      Thanks for reading & for making this recipe (and making it different ways!)

  64. I made the cookie dough balls today..but I made the recipe my own.

    I added coconut oil…a little less than a tbsp
    I added a tbsp of healthforce greener grasses powder
    instead of chocolate chips I added cocoa nibs
    I also added 1/4 cup of finely shredded dried coconut
    I also only used 1 tbsp of agave and 1tsp of maple syrup

    They turned out really good…it tasted just like cookie dough.
    It was hard to stop eating it. Thanks for the recipe.

  65. I just made these and they’re awesome! I love that they are so quick and easy to make and I have all the ingredients regularly stocked in my pantry. Thank you for sharing these!

    1. So glad you made them and enjoyed..and yes, I am all about QUICK and easy and ingredients I have on-hand in the pantry.

      I love your website…it’s fun and creative and great!

  66. Hello! Just found your blog I absolutely adore it! I am allergic to cashews, i was wondering what a good substitution would be in the raw cookie dough?
    Thanks so much!

    1. Possibly macadamia nuts…or you could try almonds. However, the cashew is the “butter” in the recipe, so the creamier and softer the nut, the better.

      1. yes but they taste like peanut butter cookies more than choc chip cookies because of the peanuts whereas the cashews are much more flavor-neutral, but in your case, I’d go with the peanuts!

  67. I just wanted to let you know I made the Raw Chocolate Chip Dough Balls, and they are AWESOME!! I actually didn’t even get to make them into balls…I just ate the dough straight out of the bowl!!! I am so excited to finally be able to make something that resembles a real cookie taste!!!! I even had my non-GF friend try the dough and she couldn’t believe what was in it!!! Thank you so much!! I absolutely love your website and you’ve taken a lot of the food deprivation out of being GF!!! :)

    1. I’m glad you like them and my blog. Thanks for reading and making these and for the feedback :)

  68. These look so yummy! I tried to make the raw chips but when I froze them they were chewy instead of hard like a chocolate chip. Do you have any suggestions on what to do?

    1. Raw chocolate chips made with coconut oil or any chocolate made with coconut oil will stay chewy since it never really freezes solid. Google for recipes for raw chocolate making that don’t involve coconut oil and use another base if you want to truly keep it raw; otherwise just use a standard chocolate chip that you enjoy.

    1. You probably could but the cashews are replacing the “buttery taste” in cookie dough and almonds and peanuts aren’t nearly as creamy or buttery-ish tasting so the taste will be a little different and you will have to grind them longer since they are a much tougher/firmer/harder nut than cashews.

  69. I love whipping up recipes like this in a flash. They are so good and so quick and just fix my sweet and salty craving in a flash. I love grinding up some pretzel bits and adding them to the batter for an extra crunch.

  70. I actually did not think this situation that way. I assume that there is a point in this. Pleased to be able to participate. Wish you good luck.

  71. That is so great that your blogging buddies sent you treats! I am glad you feel the love we have for you from there! You are awesome Averie and we support you from all corners of the country : )

    I keep meaning to dehydrate some of my tomatoes. Buying them is so expensive!

    Enjoy the evening with your little princess! I'll be at home nursing sa serious headache : (

  72. Averie, I've finally made it over to your blog after reading your comments on some of MY favorite blogs. I figured, a woman with good taste like that MUST be someone worth reading ;)

    And I was right! Thanks for the laughs (you are awesome for hoisting your hot tub!) and the yoga stretches! Looking forward to finally reading more :)

  73. Hi just found your blog and wanted to say hello from the UK. How wonderful are you with the random act of kindness

    You have covered my fave veg, cauliflower n broccoli and then a salad, YUM


  74. MMM! I may have to attempt to make those sundried tomatoes for my mama! She'd love 'em!

    This post is just full of goodness! :D

  75. is that really a bubblegum pink hot tub on top of a pink house? I just died a little on the inside.

    those are such sweet packages :) I love GC and CCK! and you are absolutely right, RAOK make the world a better place.. so cliche, but so true!

    ah my hammies love that pose :)

    p.s. I went to an interview for the education program at my school. Apparently It's a really big deal.. interviews and applications, essays, yada yada yada.. very tedious! thats bureaucracy for ya!

    Enjoy your weekend love. Namaste!

  76. you know how I know you are so amazing… look at teh great people sending you gifts because you deserve it and look at everyone leaving these nice long comments. Wonderful.

    Yeahh for little princess!!

  77. Me again! I forgot to tell you how much I love LOVE LOVE your pink purse (my favorite color) and also ask you if that link to the acorn squash fries is correct because it isn't working for me? Although I do still need to catch up on your old posts so I'll probably find it when I get the chance to look through them. Gotta run out the door!

  78. Hello m'lady! I'm gonna pass the banana dahl recipe along to you, and I'm sure you can find some way to make it suit your needs :D


    RAOK.. hmm.. well the other day there was a man with a sign saying he was hungry and I remembered that I had packed some PB filled pretzels so I gave him the bag :) But then I was thinking that I wish I also had water too!! Pretzels can make you thirsty!

  79. I loved this extra-long post! You inspire me to get a dehydrator. And you've solved my supper vegetable question for tonight, since I have all I need for the sprouts and asparagus dish.

    Your post on Mature Landscaping was so welcomed! Working to get some inter-generational kindness going on there. I posted a response on the site expressing thanks. Love you, honey! And love to the fam, too.

  80. I loved this extra-long post! You inspire me to get a dehydrator. And you've solved my supper vegetable question for tonight, since I have all I need for the sprouts and asparagus dish.

    Your post on Mature Landscaping was so welcomed! Working to get some inter-generational kindness going on there. I posted a response on the site expressing thanks. Love you, honey! And love to the fam, too.

  81. I loved this extra-long post! You inspire me to get a dehydrator. And you've solved my supper vegetable question for tonight, since I have all I need for the sprouts and asparagus dish.

    Your post on Mature Landscaping was so welcomed! Working to get some inter-generational kindness going on there. I posted a response on the site expressing thanks. Love you, honey! And love to the fam, too.

  82. I love sundried tomatoes…That's great that you made them yourself! They are great for jazzing up almost any dish and add a lot of flavor as a topping!

  83. This require a list!!

    1. Food – Nothing drives me more insane than roasted peppers/sundried tomatoes that have been bathing in a vat of oil. Your version looks so fresh!! Don't even get me started on the raw cookie dough balls. Seriously, don't ;)

    2. Mail – What a cute card from GC and a YUMMY box from Katie! That kind of mail is the best!

    3. Chanel – I'm in love with your bag! Chanel is my favorite designer ever. If I could dress myself in head to toe Chanel, I would.

  84. Hey you crazy yogi! I have a new found respect for you and your crane hiring hot tub lifting self! I am all about getting the job DONE! If I want it to happen, I'm gonna make it happen.

    I'm off to make me up some Averie inspired donut holes! Stay tuned!

  85. I just have to say that those tomatoes look PERFECT Averie. I seriously thought they might be fake for a minute! You never cease to impress me! :)

    ALWAYS remember that there are SO many people who care SO much about you Averie. Whether they are down the hall or across the globe, you will always have people who would do anything for you and truly love you!


  86. awwww what an ADORABLE halloween card :) and surprise treats are an awesome way to start the weekend!

    so fun :)

    those tomatoes look off the hizzy girl

  87. How awesome of Katie and GC for thinking of you! :)

    Again, your daughter makes the perfect princess!

    Those raw chocolate chippers look amazing!! Those are my fav. kind of cookie!! I need to get my dehydrator going again!

    I've always loved Chanel and Louie Vuitton, my grandma always (and still does) wore those purses so they will forever remind me of her! :)

  88. I want to make my own sundried tomatoes, I keep saying that and I never get around to it!

    Oh, guess what Averie! We finally got flax seeds! We found a store that carries them. Of course, in typical Saudi fashion once they are out of stock they will never be replaced. Looks like I better stock up!

    Everything looks delicious and I love the pictures of your high flying jacuzzi!

  89. Happy Friday Averie! What nice little gifts you got from your bloggy friends. Ya for Katie and those fudge babies.. look amazing!

    As for some RAOK lately, I received a Halloween card with a nice long letter in the mail yesterday from my 88 yr old grandma. She is still completely with it and more social than me.. lol No joke.. she has like 3 parties to attend this weekend. But the fact that she took time to get out the ol paper and pen and sit down and write to me was touching!

    Your salad looks fabulous. Nothing beats tomatoes, cauli, and broc.. my 3 fav!

    Have a super day and ps.. I just attempted the "big toe pose".. It felt good! :)

  90. Now that's a long post. Where did you find the time?

    I'm so jealous of your dried tomatoes. I always eat all the fresh ones before I have a chance to dry any.

    Love the chocolate-covered Katie treats. She is sweet … and tricky, too. I can't believe she titled that one post, "I'm pregnant." I bet she had a zillion visitors that day :-)

  91. Oh Averie, I just read your last post (I'm tryng to catch up!). Your little girl is ADORABLE! I'm sure I said it before, but it's worth saying again :). Now I really wish I lived near you so I could meet her (I love little kids).

    Oh, and about keeping the posts trimmed down… LOL that's how I get so behind and still have summer photos to post! I love your long posts; they brighten my day, and each morning when I wake up, there's your smiling face doing some crazy-flexible yoga pose that I wouldn't be able to do for a million dollars.

    Ok, this is a supeer-long comment (to make up for my lack of comments on your last few posts), but to summarize: You are amazing and sweet and I am SO glad to have you in my (blog) life!!

  92. I hate when I get behind on your blog because i miss out on SO MUCH!! I'm more than excited to see you made roasted acorn squash fries, because I've had an acorn squash sitting on my counter for way too long and I haven't quite known what to do with it. Now I have a plan!! :)

    Those tomatoes look awesome! That dehydrator thingie is really working out well for you. I'm jealous! I probably shouldn't invest in another kitchen appliance though – Chris already thinks I'm whacked out as it is.

    You are too freaking cool to have that hot tub craned into your house…I was chuckling at the pics but way to go!!

    I'm not surprised you received so many nice RAOK Averie – you are easy to love.

    I'm headed to a low key party tomorrow night (kind of a lame one, if I do say so myself) but Chris is working all day and night and I want to get out of the house. I got a really cute (sexy) flapper costume and I'm bound and determined to wear it!

  93. lucky gal! how sweet of GC anad katie to send you halloween goodies!!

    the tomatoes look greattt :) I love dried tomatoes…thats crazy how long it takes in the dehydrator but I guess you can just plop them in them forget about them for a ltitle while!

    halloween plans, don't know yet…the bf hates dressing up so we may just stay in and hand out candy! I do love seeing little kids costumes!

    thanks for all yoru help with my reader…i THINK i figured out the issue!!


  94. I've not tried dehydrating tomatoes before. I'll have to give that a go when I get the time. Thanks for the idea.

  95. Gahhh I kinda NEED those raw cookie bites…and the dehydrated tomatoes! Those look fab and i'm sure would taste amazingly in a sandwich or on a salad :)

  96. AWWW Averie! What a sweet day you've had…

    you deserve it! and sadly, we've lived here 7 years and still don't know many people. not the most social peeps we are.

    RAOK…love it! you give all the time…each day you share what you do on your blog…your recipes and your yoga and just YOU!

    I love your tomatoes. dried tomatoes are the best!
    Hope you have a great weekend and fun Halloween…us? we are visiting "patti n bill" for a spell with jj…carving pumpkins and who knows what else.

    should be fun

  97. I could never go with the candy honor system. Too many kids come from other neighborhoods to get "good candy" and lots of it! The bowl would be empty in 20 minutes!

  98. I believe I have some random acts of yumminess at home waiting for me sunday from some nice folks.

    Acorn fries look very yummy- will try that.


    I'm slightly jealous!!!

    That salad looks so yummy!! I wish I could have one just like it right now!!

    Hurray FOR SNAIL MAIL not getting lost and arriving in one piece!! And yay to Miss CCK! She is a dollface!! I love her!!

    I LOVE YOUR PURSE. so cuteeee!

    Take care Mama Averie!!!!!!!!!
    kiss the little ones boo-boos for me!! Tell her I am sending her som healing fairy dust to sprinkle on them!

  100. Thanks for all the great recipes, Averie! Your sundried tomatoes look divine!!

    I surely have received a LOT of ROAK through support from my family. I had a bumpy week and was a little down while at school, but my family was very supportive :-)

    I provided an open ear to a friend who was needing a little boost of lovin', too! It's so wonderful to give back that Kindness!!

    Thanks for a great post,

  101. Your daughter is so cute!!! We have never really been big Halloween people. No big plans here…actually we will be working like always!

  102. Oh Averie! You are a shining heart of gold! Random acts of kindess are always so amazing. I love that you are there to listen, giving a shoulder, and sharing your stories and awesome recipes :)

    Your packages are awesome. It always fills my heart with joy when i know that other people out there are always doing RAOK as well :)

    I always send my family random messages.. such as "i love you".. just to let them know I am always thinking of them.
    Also, since I work at a restraunt, I always snag some left over food and give it to the few homeless people taht i always see on the street :( it breaks my heart.

    I started doing yoga again!! And I am loving it :) I am just starting out with Hatha right now..

  103. I wish I had a magic box!! I am OBSESSED with sun-dried toms, but I ration my consumption because I buy 'em by the bag. (I imagine yours are 2938298329 times better, too!)

    If you hear the door bell tonight, it's me :)