Cookie Dough Balls From The Savvy Cook

Today’s post features the recipe for Cookie Dough Balls from The Savvy Cook. These no-bake cookie bites  are about has healthy as you can get while still tasting like indulgent cookie dough.

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Cookie Dough Balls on plate with mug of tea

One of the last things I did before heading out on my week long road trip last Sunday was whip up a batch of these healthy cookie dough balls for easily snacking in the car. I’ve made these cookie dough bites 3 or 4 times now since they can be made in less than 5 minutes and involve ingredients I usually have on hand.

This healthy edible cookie dough balls recipe comes from Izy Hossack’s The Savvy Cook, which came out last month. If we are being honest, a ton of vegetarian cookbooks came out this spring (including mine!) so I was surprised to make such a connection with this one. Izy’s cooking style is super similar to mine in that it is very veg heavy, she uses miso often as a flavor boosters, and her recipes are easily to prepare.

I’ve made several recipes from her book already, but the two I keep coming back to are this recipe and her cauliflower mac and cheese, which has you pureeing blanched cauliflower into the cheese sauce for a healthy twist on the comfort classic. Besides the recipes being approachable and delicious, the photography is stunning and I find myself flipping through the pages for inspiration on the daily. All in all, if you are a vegetarian and feeling a little stuck in your weeknight meals, pick up this book!

In other news, I’m back to the routine today after the road trip and it’s going to be a busy week. I put off a lot of things because I knew I was going to be away last week, so I have 7 interviews for Vegetarian Heartland this week on top of catching up on everything. The one this afternoon is for Heritage Radio, which I am extra stoked about — I’ll make sure to post a link at a later date if it turns out well!

What’s Needed for Cookie Dough Balls?

You can make these chocolate chip cookie dough balls with just a handful of ingredients. Here’s what goes into these healthy cookie dough balls:

  • Nut butter of choice
  • Dried dates
  • Brown sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Rolled oats
  • Whole wheat flour
  • Dark chocolate chips
healthy Cookie Dough Balls on plate with mug in front of savvy cook cookbook

How to Make Cookie Dough Balls

The original recipe calls for making a date paste ahead of time and then just throwing it all into a bowl and mixing together, but I prefer to throw all the ingredients (except the chocolate) into a food processor and let that do all the work. The results are a much finer oat, which I think gives these bites even more of a dough like texture.

How to Store Cookie Dough Balls

You should store these healthy cookie dough bites in an airtight container in the fridge. They should keep for 3 to 5 days.

Tips for Making Cookie Dough Balls

I made these as chocolate chip cookie dough balls, but I bet you could add finely chopped dried fruit, toasted nuts, shredded coconut, or other cookie mix-ins to this recipe if desired. Just don’t add too many mix-ins, otherwise your cookie dough balls won’t stick together well.

You’re welcome to use any nut butter you’d like in this recipe. I prefer using natural nut butters (i.e. just nuts, no added sugars), but use what you’ve got on hand.

I like to flatten these healthy cookie dough balls out like small cookies, but keeping them in ball form is also an option.

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5 from 4 votes
Cookie Dough Balls
Prep Time
5 mins
Soak Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins

These no-bake cookie balls are about has healthy as you can get while still tasting like indulgent cookie dough.

Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookie dough
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 162 kcal
  • 3 tbsp nut butter
  • 3 dried dates , pitted and soaked for at least 30 minutes
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar , packed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 4 tbsp whole-wheat flour
  • 2 tbsp dark chocolate chips
  1. Place all ingredients except the chocolate chips in a food processor and blend until well combined.

  2. Transfer to a small bowl and mix in the chocolate chips.

  3. Roll heaping teaspoons of dough into balls and place on a plate.

  4. Enjoy right away or let stand for 30 minutes to dry them out a bit before transferring to a sealed container. Store in the fridge for 3 to 5 days.

Recipe Notes

Reprinted with permission from The Savvy Cook cookbook. 

Nutrition Facts
Cookie Dough Balls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 162 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 7mg0%
Potassium 180mg5%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 4g8%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • Sara @ Cake Over Steak
    July 18, 2017

    These sound awesome! I keep hearing so many good things about her book. It’s on my wish list. 😀

  • michelle @ hummingbird high
    July 19, 2017

    i love izy’s book and have had this recipe bookmarked for ages! it reminds me a little bit of laura (from the first mess)’s recipe for no-bake peanut butter cookies, which i love as well. xo

  • Elizabeth
    July 19, 2017

    You are so brilliant to make road trip food. On my own recent road trip, I would have loved to have something this delicious to snack on. I’ll be keeping an eye out for those interviews – can’t wait to tune in.

  • thalia
    July 19, 2017

    oh my gosh yes, could totally go for a few of these lil bites right now. definitely have to make them for a snack. gorgeous photos Shelly Xx

  • Laura (A Beautiful Plate)
    July 20, 2017

    I’m so into these flavors! Definitely want to make these!

  • Christiann Koepke
    July 20, 2017

    Ok these look so good!!

  • yash
    July 22, 2017

    This sounds so delicious, i will make it today. I love the way you describe the things. I eat many types of cookies but this is something i really want. Thanks for this super delicious recipe. Waiting for your next post. Keep sharing.

  • pavitra
    October 13, 2017

    Cookie Dough Balls looking delicious. For sure i am going to try it . Thanks for great share.

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