Cocoa Cookie Dough Balls

Dreena Burton’s Cocoa Cookie Dough Balls are made with plant-based delights such as dates, oats, almonds, and cocoa. With just 7 ingredients and a 10 minute prep time, this is an excellent recipe to get your kids involved in the kitchen so they can learn about healthful eating. By rolling them into balls, you get a perfect portion size that will satisfy your sweet tooth without the temptation to overindulge. We know that your whole family will enjoy this chocolatey dessert!


  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup raisins (or dates)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (+ extra for rolling/dusting)
  • 2 tablespoons non-dairy chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • PREP TIME 10
  • Serves 14-16


  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.