Real Food Substitutions and No-Bake Cookie Dough Balls {a perfect holiday treat} 3

No-Bake Cookie Dough Balls Recipe

I’m always on the lookout for natural alternatives and healthy recipes, and I’m sure you are, too–especially if you read Keeper of the Home frequently.

With all the gluten intolerances, food allergies and reduced sugar guidelines so many readers face today, I’m glad to be able to make quick substitutions like these:

Real Food Sub Chart

You can also substitute 1 cup sugar with 1 teaspoon of pure powdered stevia. (Not truvia or another similar brand; those are equal substitutions and often have fillers in the ingredients but are still much better than artificial sweeteners.)

No-Bake Cookie Dough Balls

For this no-bake cookie dough ball recipe, I have used many of the above-pictured substitutions. This recipe is a great snack or dessert. Just be sure not to eat them all like bonbons! These would also be great for all of the holiday festivities and parties coming up this season.

I originally got the idea for this recipe on the Food Network site, but I changed a few ingredients and steps and voila. Um…. one word: Delightful. Well, maybe two words: Delightfully delicious!

Cookie Dough Balls

Real Food Substitutions and No-Bake Cookie Dough Balls {a perfect holiday treat} 3
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No-Bake Cookie Dough Balls Recipe

Course: Desserts and Sweets
Author: Ann Timm



  • Add dry ingredients into a medium bowl, except chocolate chips.
  • Add in wet ingredients and mix well with your hands.
  • Pour in half the bag of chocolate chips and mix.
  • Make 1 inch balls; set on a lined cookie sheet.
  • Freeze balls for about 15+ minutes.
  • While balls are in freezer, make chocolate for dipping.
  • Stick a kabob into the ball and dip into chocolate; place on cookie sheet.
  • Store in a container in the fridge or freezer.
  • Enjoy a few at a time!

Cookie Dough Balls

Are you looking for more healthy but scrumptious treats for the holiday season? Smart Sweets and Treat Yourself are my go-to “real food” dessert recipe books (that is when I’m not mucking around and creating my own recipes. Homemade Salty Caramel Mochas, anyone?

 What is your favorite recipe to use healthy real food substitutes?

No-Bake Cookie Dough Balls

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  1. Thank you so much for posting this! Are the substitutions 1 for 1, or if not, what ratios should be used (like maple syrup for brown sugar)? It is nice to find a recipe for cookie dough that doesn’t have raw egg, and these look great.

    1. I’m not a chemical engineer nor have I went to cooking school, but I do sub them 1 to 1… and it always works. Hope it works for you too! Thanks for asking though! 😉

  2. These look so delicious, Rachel! I love that they don’t include eggs. So many cookie dough recipes call for eggs, and my oldest cannot eat them.

  3. Oh–do you think I could use honey instead of maple syrup (or even sucanat?) and coconut oil instead of butter? We have dairy issues here as well–and I keep more honey on hand than maple syrup for cost reasons. Thanks! 🙂

    1. Erin, you could try it for sure! If you use sucanat I’d blend it up to make it like powdered sugar but I’d try honey first!

  4. I love the substitutions you made here. I found a very unhealthy recipe for these, and am glad to have this one to try now. Thanks!
    Katie @

    1. Tracie, I haven’t tried it but you could probably sub for whole wheat or another gluten free flour. Let me know how yours turn out with a different flour!

    1. Thanks! I can easily agree with Tropical Traditions in their letter. I love coconut oil too much to have the crops be depleted and farmers converting their trees for sugar instead of coconuts.

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