No-Bake Sugar Cookie Dough Balls {sweetened naturally}

Well, I must say, I have not been on my usual baking kick these days! Nope, lately I have been more into making quick and simple healthy treats for us to snack on and indulge in. No-bake things. Quite the opposite of what I was doing last winter.

For a long time I have been wanting to try making a no-bake sugar cookie dough ball using raw cashews (and free of refined sugar of course). We all love raw cashews so much around here. When I finally got a bag of raw cashews, I went right to work. To sweeten them up, I decided to use both brown rice syrup and pure maple syrup. They also have a nice vanilla flavor! My girls seem to really love anything that I sweeten with brown rice syrup and they loved these sweet little cookie dough balls!

No-Bake Sugar Cookie Dough Balls

Makes 10-12

  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews
  • 3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons brown rice syrup
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Place the cashews and oats together in a food processor and blend on high for about 1 minute, or until finely ground (like flour). Transfer to a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Add the maple syrup, brown rice syrup, and vanilla and mix until combined.
  3. Roll into 10 or 12 equal balls. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days.


There are also a few variations that I came up with for this delicious recipe! While I prefer the simple cookie dough balls as is, I thought the girls would especially love them with some chocolate chips! Then I got carried away and decided to try double chocolate chip cookie dough balls!

No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls – Add 3 tablespoons organic vegan chocolate chips before mixing to make chocolate chip cookie dough balls.

No-Bake Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls – Add 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder and 3 tablespoons organic vegan chocolate chips in with the finely ground cashews and oats in the mixing bowl before adding the sweeteners and vanilla to make decadent double chocolate chip cookie dough balls.

Any way you choose to make them, I guarantee that they won’t last long! πŸ™‚

I was hardly able to snap a picture of them before they were all eaten up!

Happy Friday! πŸ™‚

32 thoughts on “No-Bake Sugar Cookie Dough Balls {sweetened naturally}

  1. Sounds GREAT!! have you ever tried using almonds instead of cashews? MY son is allergic to cashews but not almonds, weirdly enough!!! I have to say, I have NEVER written a comment to anything in my life (and I have perused many a blogs), but I must say I enjoy yours greatly!!! πŸ™‚ Jenn


    • Thanks for your comment Jenn! πŸ™‚

      I have, but the ones I make with almonds are chocolate walnut brownie bites, sweetened with dates. I haven’t tried them in this recipe. I would think it would work alright in place of cashews, the taste would be more like almonds (obviously) and they would look different, but I think that it would still be really yummy. Just grind them up fine with the oats and then mix in the vanilla and sweetener. The double chocolate ones would disguise the almonds best.


  2. Those look SO yummy. Last year I made up a raw treat using cashews and sprouted almonds blended with dates and lime juice and mixed with shredded unsweetened coconut. They were so light and island-tasting…I ate them every day and got rather addicted!


  3. delicious! i love them so much! i went a little overboard, and dipped them in vegan chocolate after πŸ™‚ we’ll see how they turn out! i put them in the freezer to make them more dessert-y


  4. I have also found these to be quite addictive, and I can’t wait to try the variations. I used raw cashews when I made them but I wanted to know if I could also use roasted cashews since raw can be quite expensive.


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  7. Both of my kids are severely allergic to all nuts. Do you have any suggestions on how to make these without the nuts or a replacement for them?
    I love your website! Our lifestyle is very similar to yours and I get a lot of support from you!



    • Thank you Amy! πŸ™‚ I don’t really know what you would use in place of nuts here. Maybe just add more oats?? And then add the brown rice syrup until it reaches a consistency that will hold together to form balls. Oats is the only other thing that I would imagine working in place of the nuts.


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  10. Looks like a great recipe! Definitely want to try it. What are some substitutions I can use for the brown rice syrup? More maple maybe? Just curious and trying to work with what I have =) Thanks


    • Thank you. I am not sure that the regular maple syrup would work in this recipe because it is thinner in consistency. If you do try it, you would have to use less. Enjoy! πŸ™‚


  11. I had a serious craving for something sweet today I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog, I just made these and they are amazing! They really are just like cookie dough! I’ve been a vegetarian for 9 years and just went vegan around 3 weeks ago, Im so glad I can still satisfy my sweet tooth, Thank you so much!


  12. Is there any way to make these nut free? My daughters school party is coming up and they would be great for a bunch of 5-6 year Olds, but there’s no nuts at school. 😦


    • I had another comment like this before and I really can’t think of anything to replace the nuts. I had suggested to another reader comment to just add more oats and adjust the rice syrup to taste. Not sure if she tried it though. Sorry that I can’t be more help.


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