Cacao Dipped Raw Vegan Cookie Dough Balls
These raw and vegan cookie dough balls are refined sugar free, loaded with protein, healthy fats, and are gluten free. They also are made with a superfood rich outer layer of homemade 100% cacao chocolate, honey, and coconut oil.
I'm not going to lie, these are a lazy-man/girls dessert and they have been a favorite in our house for over a year now! Personally, while I love to do my fair share of baking during the holiday season, I am hands down a cook vs. baker at heart.
There are a few reasons for this, but mostly it just comes down to the fact that I really don't like to measure. This drives my husband crazy because he loves to cook as well and is always asking me how much of something goes in X dish, when my response nine times out of ten is "I don't know, until it feels right". My Italian grandmother would be proud.
And truly if I am going to be perfectly honest, most of the time I am not super careful with measuring even when I am baking. I know that this is something I should try and get better at, but I would be lying if I said I didn't like living on the edge a bit, and playing around with a recipe visually or by how it feels in my hands and then waiting to see if I got it right. But many times I don't, and it will take round two or three before I finally end up with something I can share with you all!
Now since I share recipes with you all, and I am sure many of you aren't as anti-measuring as I am, I always make sure to measure out my recipes so that you all can have a good experience. BUT if I could fit all of you in my home and we could just play around with recipes in the kitchen together, I would hands down prefer that!
Speaking of which, if you happen to live in the greater Boston area and want to learn how to master gluten free baking, or healthy cooking one of my services that I love to do are cooking classes! Check out my services for more information if you are interested!
Back to these babies though. Why are these one of my favorite desserts to date? Well you may have guessed it by now but they are so so so easy to make, require one bowl, and own spoon for mixing, and don't really need to be measured super carefully to come out well. So basically they are a slam dunk in my book.
When making I simply take a large glass bowl and combine all the cookie dough ball ingredients. I then roll them into little golf ball sized balls, and place them in the freezer for a few hours. Once they are frozen I begin to make my homemade cacao chocolate dip on the stove. It takes all of approximately 30 seconds to whip up! After I let the cacao dip cool slightly I will roll the frozen cookie dough balls in the cacao dip, and then place them on some parchment paper and back in the freezer they go.
I personally like to store these in the freezer and I would recommend you do the same. It keeps the cookie dough balls and cacao outer layer nice and firm, and all you have to do is remove them from the freezer a few minutes before eating and they will be perfect and ready to go!
cacao dipped raw vegan cookie dough balls
Cookie Dough Ball Ingredients
- 2 Cups Gluten-Free Oat Flour
- 1/2 Cup Almond Butter (the runnier the better)
- 2 TB of Coconut Oil
- 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup/Honey (if not vegan)
- 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 Tsp Salt
Cacao Dip Ingredients
- 4 tablespoons of raw cacao powder
- 2 heaping tablespoons of coconut oil
- 1 tsp of raw maple syrup/honey (if not vegan)
- Combine almond butter, coconut oil, maple syrup/honey, vanilla extract in a medium sized bowl. Stir together until completely mixed.
- Add gluten-free oat flour and salt to wet mixture, and combine with a spoon.
- Roll mixture into mini round balls (about the size of a golf ball), place in freezer and freeze for at least two hours before serving dipping in cacao chocolate dip.
- Once cookie dough balls have frozen, begin to make the cacao dip by combining all cacao dip ingredients in a small saucepan over low heat (you could also do this in the microwave).
- Stir continuously (to avoid burning) and once combined remove from heat and allow to cool for 1-2 minutes.
- Once slightly cooled, dip cookie dough balls into cacao dip, and place on parchment paper.
- Place now cacao covered cookie dough balls in the freezer. Wait at least one hour so cacao layer can set before serving.
- Since the cookie dough balls will be hard when taken directly out of the freezer allow for them to sit for 3-5 minutes before eating.