Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

This recipe has me really excited!

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!

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!

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

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!

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2/3 c raw cashews
1/3 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
1/4 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.

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Step-By-Step Photos and Tips

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

After you have your Oat-n-Cashew Flour…

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

Blend Again

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)

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

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.

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.

The Pretty Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

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

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!

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 Chocolate Donut Holes

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

368 comments on “Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls”

  1. Thanks for this wonderful post :)

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  3. 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!

  4. Can’t wait to make these! Should I use Quick cook oats or regular?

  5. 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?

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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

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  13. 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!

  14. 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!

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  19. 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!

  20. Mine are ending up more oaty than cookie dough. Any ideas what im doing wrong. thanks in advance!!!

  21. 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!

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