Dec 14, 2013

Almost Raw Chocolate Snowball Cookies

12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 6!

Whew! Half way through the cookie marathon. I’ll tell you, we sure do have a lot of cookies floating around my house. I have some refrigerated, some frozen and a bunch on the counter that are gradually disappearing. We’re not big sweet eaters so while we are enjoying the goodies for sure, we’re enjoying them… slowly.

I debated whether or not to call these “raw” as well as whether or not to call them “cookies.” They’re very moist and delicious but don’t really have a cookie texture. If you replace the maple syrup with agave, you can call them raw. Maybe not because of the vanilla extract. But vanilla beans would work as a replacement, so there you go!

I love anything that combines chocolate with coconut and these guys have both. However you want to label them, these festive snow balls are ridiculously easy to put together and make a beautiful presentation to take to a holiday party or to adorn your table after a satisfying dinner.


  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup blanched almond flour
  • ¼ cup raw cashew butter
  • ¼ cup raw, unsweetened coconut shreds + about ¼ cup more to finish
  • 10 medjool dates, pitted
  • ¼ cup + 2 TBS cocoa powder
  • 3 TBS pure maple syrup


  1. Place the raw cashews into a food processor and whirl until you achieve a course flour texture.
  2. Add remaining ingredients (except the extra ¼ cup coconut shreds) and pulse until combined, stopping as needed to scrape down the sides.
  3. Shape the dough into 1″ balls and roll in the extra coconut shreds.
  4. That’s it!

Makes about 30 snowballs. Refrigerate in an airtight container to store. Enjoy!

What’s coming up for the second half of the cookie bonanza? Cherry Pistachio Biscotti, Molasses Spice, Peppermint Chocolate Chunk and more! Stay tuned…

Healthy cookie trails,

4 responses to “Almost Raw Chocolate Snowball Cookies”

  1. Helyn all of your holiday treats look amazing! I have vowed not to over do having sweets around but your recipes are tempting me to make at least one!

  2. Helyn says:

    Haha! I know what you mean, Tami. Hope you enjoy the one you pick! 🙂

  3. Lynn says:

    These are fabulous, Helyn! I love that they don't use oats like many of the date-nut balls I've seen. I just discovered that I can no longer tolerate GF oats, so finding appropriate subs is an ongoing experiment. Next up, cashew caramel sandwich cookies!

  4. Helyn says:

    That's great, Lynn! Enjoy!

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