Cashew Cookie Dough Balls


Let me first start by saying that this recipe holds such a special place in my heart. This recipe is one of the VERY FIRST “healthy” recipes I ever created on my own almost 4 years ago. I looked up several forms of “healthy snacks” or “DIY Lara Bars” and at last,

the cashew cookie dough balls were born.


This recipe remains a staple in my household and if you ask Barrett…it is his favorite thing I have ever made!

I even made the recipe for a group of college girls last November at a group called The Little Pink Book.


One of the reasons I love this recipe so much is because it only takes 4 ingredients and tastes WONDERFUL. It is not exactly like cookie dough…because it is not cookie dough! It has its own unique and dreamy flavor with a hint of crunch from the cacao nibs.


Another reason I love this recipe is because it is perfect for the Lenten season when it can often be hard to find an easy snack / dessert recipe.

And lastly, this recipe is freaking AMAZING becuase there is an 85% chance you already have the ingredients in your pantry!

I hope you love this recipe as much as my family and I do!


Cashew Cookie Dough Balls

{Makes 35 tablespoon-sized bites!}

  • 1 C roasted & salted cashews
  • 1 1/2C quick oats (or rolled, just pulse the ingredients longer!)
  • 1/3 – 1/2 C maple syrup (depending on how sweet you like things!)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 C cacao nibs (or chocolate chips (use dairy-free if fasting))

Pulse the cashews and oats in a food processor until fine and crumbly. Add in maple syrup and vanilla until a crumbly texture turns into a thick and sticky dough. Add in cacao nibs and pulse again. 

Scoop on a cookie sheet into 35 tablespoon-sized bites. Freeze for an hour. Remove from freezer and place in a plastic bag. Store back in freezer and enjoy whenever!