Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Cookie Dough Balls

Leslie Lang first started the challenge back in June. When you look at her she doesn't look like she needs to be on the challenge. She is a petite slim little firecracker of a woman, full of energy and happy smiles. During her first 6 week challenge (she is living a plant strong diet now) she stopped drinking that ONE cup of coffee and started sleeping better, she lost 8 pounds (incredible when you realize how slim she was to begin with) and she got at least 8 more people to live plant strong!

Leslie came to the potluck with a couple of dishes: a hail to the no-kale salad and cookie dough balls. Needless to say, the cookie dough balls were a big hit, especially with the kids at the potluck. Before I knew it, they were all gone and I had neglected to take a picture! That, in itself, is testimony to how good they were. But there's more. Before everyone left for the evening, at least 3 people went directly to Leslie for the recipe but it was already in my hands and I wasn't about to relinquish it without getting it on the blog. So here it is. Go to it. And don't forget to save a few for me. After all, well, nothing but still. Save some for me.

Cookie Dough Balls
1/2 cup unsalted cashews
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour (other flours may work)
1.5 tbsp date sugar
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
3-4 tbsp pure maple syrup (or a bit more if dough is too dry)
1/4 cup carob chips (or cacao nibs)

In a food processor, add the cashews and oats and process until it forms a fine crumble. Add the salt, sugar, and flour and process for a few seconds more. Add in the maple syrup and vanilla and process until combined. It will be sticky, but this is normal. Add in your chips and stire by hand or process. Form into balls. Store in freezer. Pick one out every 15 minutes and eat it until there are no more left.

Here is the original recipe (I think) that comes from Oh She Glows.

There is a great LITE version on Peas and Thank You.

Here is a peanut butter chocolate crunch cookie dough ball recipe from Oh She Glows. And yet another one from Oh She Glows. I'd love it if someone would make these and just do the substitution thing with it...date paste or syrup in lieu of the maple syrup and cane sugar perhaps.

What is your favorite go to dessert?


  1. Hi Kumu Iaea, I really like your blog! Also, I would like to try this recipe of the cookie dough balls, I am guessing that my family and me will enjoy it. Especially my dad beacause he is a cookie monster! One of my favorite desserts is my special brownies. I make them myself and when I share it to my family they say that it is ONO! Sometimes even perfect! By the way, this is Saesha. :) ;)

  2. Can you use honey or agave in place of maple syrup? Does it have to be date syrup/paste

  3. You could use whatever sweetener you want. I stick to dates because I consider agave a processed sugar. I would use honey before agave.



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