Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

This is one of the most popular recipes on my site—they are so easy to make and really taste like cookie dough thanks to the vanilla-date combo. They are also barely sweetened, meaning they can double as a pre- or post-workout snack. Feel free to make a double batch—they always fly off the dessert table and quickly disappear even when I have them tucked away in the freezer.


  • 3/4 cups raw cashews, soaked for 4 hours
  • 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 medjool dates, pitted and soaked in hot water
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • About 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs, or a mix of both!

Prep time: 10 min / Total time: 10 min
Cuisine: Vegan, gluten free, raw
Makes about 12 balls


  1. Line a plate with parchment paper and set it aside.
  2. Place the cashews, oats, coconut flakes, and salt in a food processor or
    Vitamix. Pulse until a fine meal forms.
  3. Add the dates and vanilla extract. Pulse again until the mixture becomes a dough like consistency. If the mixture isn’t sticking together, add 1-3 tbsp of the water the dates have been soaked in and pulse again.
  4. Remove the dough and place it in a small bowl. Gently fold in the chocolate chips until they are incorporated into the dough mixture.
  5. Use a cookie scoop to scoop the dough into bite-sized balls (makes about 12). You can use your hands, but the cookie scoop helps portion the dough evenly and easily.

  6. With clean hands, roll into balls. OPTIONAL: Roll around in a bowl of coconut flakes to coat the balls. Once coated, roll them again with your hands so that the coconut sticks to the dough.
  7. Enjoy immediately, or store in the freezer for later!


Photographs by Stephanie Park

Read more on Lily’s healthy food prep tips, her all-natural beauty routine, and her favorite DIY facemask. You can find more of Lily’s gluten free, plant-based recipes on cleanfooddirtycity.com and follow her adventures on Instagram @cleanfooddirtycity or Snapchat @clnfoodirtycity.

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