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Cocoa Cookie Dough Balls

Cocoa Cookie Dough Balls recipe

A chocolatey dessert made with just 7 ingredients and 10 minutes prep time—great for kids and adults alike!*

  • Author: Dreena Burton
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 14-16 1x
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  • 1/2 cup almonds, raw
  • 1 cup dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup raisins (or dates)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips, non-dairy (optional)
  • Cocoa powder, unsweetened, for rolling/dusting (optional)


  1. In a food processor, process almonds until fine and crumbly.
  2. Add remaining ingredients (except chocolate chips) and process.
  3. It will appear as if nothing is happening at first, that the mixture is just whirring around in crumbs, but soon it will become sticky.
  4. When it becomes a little sticky, add chocolate chips (optional) and continue to process until mixture forms a ball on the blade.
  5. Stop machine and remove dough.
  6. Take small scoops (1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons in size) and roll into balls.
  7. Toss or roll the balls in extra unsweetened cocoa powder (if using) and refrigerate.

*This recipe is found in Dreena Burton’s cookbook, Let Them Eat Vegan.

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Dreena Burton

Dreena Burton is one of the OG vegan cookbook authors, publishing her first title in 2001. She began her plant-kind life over 25 years ago, and has raised three daughters from birth on a plant-based diet. Dreena’s recipes have been featured with groups including PCRM, Forks Over Knives, Blue Zones, The Food Network, and The Food Revolution Network. Visit her site to learn more about her newest book, Dreena's Kind Kitchen.