Raw Cookie Dough Bites That Are Actually Good For You!


This is a beloved recipe that’s in the 2nd Edition of Go Dairy Free, my latest book for you! I wanted to share a few samples, and an update of these raw cookie dough bites seemed perfect. They’re naturally sweetened, and not too sweet, for a wonderful snack meets dessert treat.

We find them rather addictive, especially after a day or two in the refrigerator or freezer. Like so many recipes, the flavors commingle more with a little time.

Raw Cookie Dough Bites Recipe - A sample from Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook (dairy-free, plant-based, vegan!)

I used to love cookie dough as a kid. My friends and I would whip up a batch, and savor it while binge watching movies. Back then, we didn’t think twice about the risks of raw eggs. Today it’s pretty much taboo to eat traditional cookie dough. And we all thought we were so clever when we switched to vegan cookie dough. It’s naturally egg-free! However, it seems that raw flour also runs health risks.

But I wasn’t about to live a life void of cookie dough. So I started making these raw cookie dough bites. They’re dairy-free, egg-free, flour-free, and meant to be enjoyed no-bake style.

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As mentioned, this raw cookie dough bites recipe is also in the 2nd Edition of Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook. It’s in The Cookie Jar chapter, along with several other classics. They include my popular butter-less Chocolate Chip Cookies, Girl Scout Caramel Delight Cookies, Enchanted (aka Magic) Bars, Chia Berry Crumb Bars, and more.

I’ve used various dairy-free chocolate chips and chocolate chunks in these raw cookie dough bites over the years. But in these photos, I opted to use chopped Sunbiotics Probiotic Chocolate Bars. I thought, why not go all the way with the raw theme! Their chocolate is a little rustic, rich, and just lightly sweet (from coconut sugar), which went nicely with these delicious bites.

Raw Cookie Dough Bites Recipe - A sample from Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook (dairy-free, plant-based, vegan!)

Special Diet Notes: Raw Cookie Dough Bites

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian.

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Raw Cookie Dough Bites
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First raw eggs were the enemy. Then we found out that uncooked flour can be equally hazardous. Fortunately, all is not lost for cookie dough fans. These healthier bites offer a sweet hit that isn’t overly sugary, and they are meant to be enjoyed without baking.
Serves: Makes 25 to 30 bites
  • 1½ cups cashews
  • ⅓ cup flax seeds
  • ½ cup coconut sugar (can substitute another granulated sugar)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • ¼ cup honey or agave nectar
  • ¾ teaspoon pure vanilla flavoring or extract
  • ½ cup dairy-free mini chocolate chips, chopped chocolate, or add-ins of choice (optional; I used Sunbiotics Probiotic Chocolate in the pictures)
  1. Put the cashews in a spice grinder (in batches) or food processor, and process until powdered, 30 to 60 seconds. Pour the ground cashews into a medium bowl.
  2. Process the flax seeds until finely ground, 30 to 60 seconds. Pour the ground flax seed into the bowl with the cashews.
  3. Process the sugar until powdered, about 10 seconds. Pour the sugar into the bowl with the cashews.
  4. Add the cinnamon and salt to the cashew mixture and stir to combine. Add the coconut oil, honey or agave nectar, and vanilla, and stir until smooth, thick dough forms. Stir in the chocolate chips or other add-ins (if using).
  5. Enjoy as a sweet spread or scoop the dough by the level tablespoonful and roll it into balls. Place each dough ball onto wax paper– or parchment paper–lined plates and lightly flatten them into thick cookie shapes.
  6. Place the plates in the refrigerator and chill for 1 hour, or until the cookie dough bites have set up.
  7. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks, or put the dough bites in plastic freezer bags and freeze to enjoy later.
Salty Variation: For salted cookie dough bites, increase the salt to ½ teaspoon and optionally sprinkle a few crystals of coarse sea salt atop each bite.

This is a sample recipe from The Cookie Jar chapter of my book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook.

Key Pantry Supplies: Raw Cookie Dough Bites

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. I love when a favorite snack is transformed into a healthy treat! I haven’t seen the Sunbiotics Probiotic Chocolate before. You always find the greatest products!

  2. I never thought of raw flour as a problem either. I used to keep cookie dough in my freezer in college and dip in every once in a while. Having it frozen kept me from eating the entire batch! lol

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  6. Any ideas for making this tree nut free? Would peants or sunflower seeds work instead if cashews? Lmk your thoughts. Thanks so much!

    • They’re easy to make so no harm in trying! I would go for peanuts, but I’m not a big fan of ground sunflower seeds – they’re dry and bitter. Peanuts may be a little more oily than cashews. Of course, you can try a combo of peanut and sunflower.

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  12. Thank you for sharing this recipe! These have become my favorite “treat” and are carrying me through the holidays (my first being grain and sugar free). I love cookie dough and these taste just like it. I use unsweeted carob chips in mine. And I love that they are so incredibly easy to make.

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