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)
In a food processor, process almonds until fine and crumbly.
Add remaining ingredients (except chocolate chips) and process.
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.
When it becomes a little sticky, add chocolate chips (optional) and continue to process until mixture forms a ball on the blade.
Stop machine and remove dough.
Take small scoops (1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons in size) and roll into balls.
Toss or roll the balls in extra unsweetened cocoa powder (if using), and refrigerate.
Author Dreena Burton
Dreena Burton has been vegan for almost 20 years, in that time writing five bestselling cookbooks charting her journey as a plant-powered cook and at-home mother of three. Always passionate about creating nutritious recipes, she is an advocate of using the “vegan basics” to create healthy, delicious food for the whole family. Her latest cookbook Plant-Powered Families can be found at Plant-Powered Kitchen.