Raw Cinnamon Raisin Cookie Dough Balls (gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, 100% whole grain)

These raw cinnamon raisin cookie dough balls are sweetened with dates and raisins and are completely guilt free! Just process in a food processor and roll into balls.

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I know that the title doesn’t sound very appealing. Raw cinnamon raisin cookie dough balls? Well, okay. That part sounds awesome… it’s the gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free that throws me off. But it shouldn’t! This recipe just happens to be all those things.

I’ve been staring at a blank page for half an hour. I don’t know what to say about these. They’re just insanely good, quick, easy and you have to make them.

I love anything that makes walnuts edible for me. I really dislike ‘em. But I want to eat them. I want to like them. But the texture is so… gritty. I think walnuts give me that feeling that most people get when they hear nails scratching a chalkboard. I just can’t handle it. But here you can’t taste them and there’s no funky texture!

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And that all the sweetness comes from dates and raisins is just crazy. I know the nut and date thing isn’t new, but it’s new to me. And I can’t wait to see what else is possible with just dates as the sweetener! Anyone have any favorite date sweetened recipes?

And that all the sweetness comes from dates and raisins is just crazy. I know the nut and date thing isn’t new, but it’s new to me. And I can’t wait to see what else is possible with just dates as the sweetener! Anyone have any favorite date sweetened recipes?

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Thanks to Heidi, I have a new favorite totally no-sugar added snack. I’ll leave out the frosting in the future because these were already pretty sweet. They were so sweet (although not overly) that I actually checked if my dates and raisins were sweetened. They weren’t.

I used 1/2 cup each of extra oats and oat bran at the end, but you can add more if you like. Or you can add less. It all depends on what you like. You could also add other fruit or chocolate chips or whatever you feel like. These are pretty adaptable so do what you think sounds good. :)

Raw Cinnamon Raisin Cookie Dough Balls (gluten-free and vegan)

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Raw Cinnamon Raisin Cookie Dough Balls (gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, 100% whole grain)
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  • Yield: 24 1" balls


    For the balls:

  • ¾ cup (75 grams) walnuts
  • ¾ cup (67 grams) rolled or traditional oats (non-contaminated for GF)
  • 1 cup (180 grams) dates
  • ¾ cups (180 grams) raisins
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ - 1 cup (60 - 120 grams) oat bran or more oats
  • ½ - 1 cup (45 - 90 grams) rolled or traditional oats
  • For the frosting:

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, softened but not melted
  • 2 tablespoons honey (agave for vegan)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. In your food processor, grind the walnuts and oats until there are no more large chunks and then set aside. Add the dates and raisins to the food processor and process until it's smooth, and then add the vanilla and cinnamon.
  2. Process until thoroughly combined and then add the oat and nut mixture. Pulse. At this point, you can start adding oat bran and more rolled oats.
  3. Add ¼ cup of each, pulse, see if you like the consistency, and if you want even more bran and oats, add more, a little at a time. You don't want them to get too dry.
  4. Roll tightly into balls. You'll have to squeeze them together to get them to stick, but it'll work.
  5. For the frosting, stir everything together and pipe onto the balls or just spoon a little bit over. These are already pretty sweet so you might not want it.

Adapted from Raw Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Bars - Food Doodles

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46 comments on “Raw Cinnamon Raisin Cookie Dough Balls (gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, 100% whole grain)” — Add one!

  • Food, Faith, and Other Fabulous Finds
    May 20, 2015 @ 4:07 am

    At first, I was put off by all the work these took, but I can’t get over how much they really taste like an oatmeal raisin cookie. I love them!

  • Christie says
    February 15, 2014 @ 6:52 pm

    This recipe sounds great! I’d love to try it but I don’t have dates. Any idea if this will work with dried cranberries and raisins instead?

    • Erin replies to Christie
      February 15, 2014 @ 9:57 pm

      Thanks, Christie! I haven’t tried it but if the cranberries are sweetened, I’m guessing that these will be way too sweet! It does sound interesting, though. :) I might have to try a cranberry orange version! Any chance that you have prunes around? I don’t like the taste but I think texture and sweetness-wise, they’re interchangeable. Let me know if you try the cranberry version! I’d love to hear how it comes out. :)

  • Cassie
    February 13, 2014 @ 9:53 pm

    These are amazing! I’ve made many a no-bake ball, but this one is sooo delicious. I usually try to include chocolate or some nut butter for my significant other, but these sounded so good to me I had to try. Thankfully, he loved them even more than I could have imagined. Super easy, and so so tasty! Thanks!

    • Erin replies to Cassie
      February 13, 2014 @ 10:05 pm

      Yay! So happy that you liked them, Cassie! And awesome that your significant other liked them without the usual chocolate. :) Thanks a ton for the feedback and the rating!

  • Christine |Taste of Divine says
    February 7, 2014 @ 5:15 am

    Erin, these are probably the best pictures I have ever seen of energy bites! They look so good!

    How long do these hold up to heat? I’m thinking they would be great to put into a ziplock bag in the back of a cycling jersey for a real food snack during a bikeride!

    • Erin replies to Christine |Taste of Divine
      February 7, 2014 @ 9:58 pm

      Wow, thanks! So happy you like how they look. :) And I think these would hold up wonderfully to the heat. But without the icing! Although if you’re going for a bikeride anytime soon, I bet the icing would be fine. I hope you’ll enjoy them (and have a great bikeride! :))

      • Christine |Taste of Divine replies to Erin
        February 8, 2014 @ 1:40 am

        Haha! I won’t be going on a bikeride in this weather, I wish I was that hardcore! Can’t wait to try these :)

        • Erin replies to Christine |Taste of Divine
          February 8, 2014 @ 7:03 pm

          You never know. ;) We’ve only had about 10 days of snow this year so it could have been possible! I hope you’ll like the balls. :)

  • Julia says
    February 6, 2014 @ 10:57 pm

    These cookie dough balls look wonderful! I’ve made steamed milk with pureed dates. And pumpkin oat bars. And pumpkin rice pudding. And then there’s the penultimate Canadian dessert: date squares.

    • Erin replies to Julia
      February 7, 2014 @ 10:09 pm

      Wow, you’ve made a lot with pureed dates! I’ll need to look some more into this. Sounds good! :)

  • Angela Parker says
    February 6, 2014 @ 10:36 pm

    Oh wow, my family will love these!

  • Carla says
    August 12, 2013 @ 9:44 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your great recipes! Here in the desert with our very hot summers, these no-bakes are the way to go. I added a handful each of sunflower seeds, oats, and very finely grated dried coconut in place of the oat bran and then I just rolled them in more coconut to finish them off. What a snap! And a fraction of the cost of Lara Bars. You’re awesome!

    • Erin replies to Carla
      August 15, 2013 @ 10:40 pm

      Aww, thanks for the nice comment! I’m happy that you liked them. :) And your changes sound great! I’ll have to try coconut next time. Thanks again!

  • BeccyD says
    December 3, 2012 @ 6:12 am

    Thanks so much for the info! I'm thinking of going on a baking and no baking spree and doing the peanut and coconut balls and the chickpea choc chip biscuits. So I have varied healthy treats on hand. Not to mention the mint choc chip biscuits, I want to make them for a work meeting as we have 2 gluten intolerant colleagues.
    Thanks for having so many yummy things to choose from :)

    • Erin replies to BeccyD
      December 3, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

      Oh boy. I hope you do! I hope it goes well and that your colleagues enjoy the cookies. Have fun eating all the goodies and thanks for your nice comment. :)

  • BeccyD says
    December 2, 2012 @ 10:45 am

    Hi! I am interested in making these, but I was just wondering if you have ever tried freezing the balls? I was hoping they would still be ok after thawing, so I can spread them out over a couple of weeks? Otherwise I could always half the batch and make them more often. Thanks :)

    • Erin replies to BeccyD
      December 2, 2012 @ 2:25 pm

      They're great frozen! I froze a lot of them and they were just as good frozen. They're also lovely directly from the freezer. Hope you like them! Let me know how they turn out. :)

  • Carla Walker says
    November 9, 2012 @ 8:57 pm

    I agree too. I cant eat walnuts by themselves. I dont mind eating them if they are dipped in pesto, or in baked goods but I cant do them by themselves. But it looks great in here. I love the cookie dough balls. They are so cute and fun!

    • Erin replies to Carla Walker
      November 11, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

      Thank you! And do they give you goosebumps too or is that just me? ;) There's just something about them!

  • Erin says
    August 18, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

    Erin – Thanks! I think so too. :)

  • Erin says
    August 17, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

    Yum! These look like such a great snack. :)

  • Erin says
    August 10, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

    Heidi – Yours looked good, too! Happy you approve of my take on your AMAZING recipe. Thank you again!

    Hayley – It really does! Thanks. :)

    My Italian Smörgåsbord – Thank you! And I know what you mean. I really just wanted to write something like that for this post, but I didn't know how people would take it. So I wrote something. :)

    Aly – Yay! Happy you like them. :)

    Katrina – Thank you!

    Marta – Yeah, I don't think another date sweetened recipe can beat this one. I'll try, but I don't think I'll succeed!

  • Marta @ What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today says
    August 10, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

    I don't have a favorite date sweetened recipes, but I'll take over yours :) I'm a sweet tooth and I like little treasures like this one. And hey, It's easy to make :)

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says
    August 10, 2012 @ 3:03 am

    These look so freaking fantastic! Love it!!

  • My Italian Smörgåsbord says
    August 9, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

    was just waiting to find a recipe for raw sweet treats able to satisfy my hunger without guilty feelings. these sound fantastic. and your pictures are incredible, as always. brava! (ps: sometimes I also have the writer's block and wish I could just say "eat it!" :))

  • ally says
    August 9, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

    i love your recipe!! these are the best no bake, vegan & gluten cookie balls i've seen yet! yay!

  • Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel says
    August 9, 2012 @ 3:28 am

    These are beautiful! Cinnamon raisin makes for a great bread and apparently, one yummy looking cookie dough ball, too!

  • Heidi @ Food Doodles says
    August 9, 2012 @ 2:30 am

    These look so great! Awesome job Erin :) Did I mention that you made that frosting look good? Because you really did :)

  • Erin says
    August 8, 2012 @ 11:11 pm

    Flavia – Aww, thank you. But remember that these taste more like cinnamon and not walnuts! Although I suppose you could leave that out. And thanks for pinning this and sharing the story about your father. :) I love comments like this. It makes me so happy to bring back a nice memory for someone!

    Jessica – Just don't mention the dates and no sugar thing and I'm sure he'd love these. They really are sweet and cinnamon-y and mmmm. :)

    Sally – Thank you for your nice comment. :D I love cinnamon raisin anything, too. It doesn't get enough love! I say that we try to change that. :)

    Amy – Do it, do it! They're so quick. Go go go! :)

    Angie – Thank you!

    Claire – Thanks! :)

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says
    August 8, 2012 @ 6:23 pm

    These look FABULOUS!! and so guilt-free. That's my kinda snack.

  • Angie's Recipes says
    August 8, 2012 @ 4:52 pm

    These look irresistible!

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says
    August 8, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

    i absolutely love snacks like this – quick, easy to make, delicious and healthy. will have to match a batch ASAP!

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction says
    August 8, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

    Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. I ADORE cinnamon raisin anything… bread, toast, muffins, cookies, you name it. The thought of a cinnamon raisin cookie dough ball is making my head spin! And I love that they are made with whole foods. Thanks for the recipe and beautiful pictures Erin!!

  • Jessica@AKitchenAddiction says
    August 7, 2012 @ 10:49 pm

    What a great snack! I might even be able to get my husband to eat these!

  • Flavia Andrews says
    August 7, 2012 @ 10:28 pm

    Erin! I love walnuts (and any nut for that matter). They take me to my childhood, when every Christmas season my dad would bring home a big sack mixed with hazelnuts…And we would crack so many nuts each December night until our fingers hurt…It was nice! I actually went to a Tapas restaurant this weekend and they served this delicious cheese (that I never heard of ) called Umbriaco del Piave with a mixture of nuts, figs and dates on the side…It was heaven! I am making a pinterest board called Will do, Buckaroo! and I will be adding these balls! They sure will be good, especially for Christmastime.
    Best to you!

  • Erin says
    August 7, 2012 @ 10:11 pm

    Ali – I've seen yours and they look awesome!

    Becca – Cinnamon honey?! Oh boy. Never heard of that. Sounds fantastic! And cinnamon raisin cookies are awesome as long as they have lots and lots of cinnamon. :)

    Miryam – I know! I have no idea how I survived prior to getting my food processor. I use it almost every day. And I also just loving dumping stuff in there and getting an amazing product in the end. Hooray for food processors!

    Sonia – I hope you'll try them out! And yeah, walnuts are just nasty. At least to me. :) If walnuts are your weakness, I think you're really, really lucky. Thank you again for sharing on Facebook!

    Kathryn – Thanks! You said the same thing last week so I'm going to take that to mean I've found my forte. Ball making!

    Cassie – Haha. Thank you! I only made half the batch and this was all that was left after an hour.

    vogelstar – Yeah. Too bad they're so healthy! Or more like, too bad we don't like them. :)

  • vogelstar says
    August 7, 2012 @ 7:51 pm

    I'm not a big fan of walnuts either though I know they are good for me

  • Cassie/Bake Your Day says
    August 7, 2012 @ 7:41 pm

    I would just be stuffing my face with these too quickly to write anything about them Oh goodness, they look incredible!

  • london bakes says
    August 7, 2012 @ 5:51 pm

    You are pretty much the first person I've seen who has been able to make these kind of raw balls actually look appetising!

  • Sonia! The Healthy Foodie says
    August 7, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

    YOU DON'T LIKE WALNUTS??? OMG! How is that even possible! They are the ONE thing I'm having the hardest time not munching on like constantly. Every time I open the cupboard door, they just jump at me and scream EAT ME, EAT ME!

    Your little balls look so amazingly good. Surprising how dates and raisins sweeten things up, isn't it? That's why I love my date paste so much!

    Hmmmmm… date paste!

    Definitely keeping this one in mind to play with after my sugar free challenge is over!

  • eatgood4life.blogspot.com says
    August 7, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

    Yummy!! These look super simple, and nutritious. I love throwing anything in the food processor and letting it do its job. I could not live without it!! I need to try that frosting, it looks really good and love the fact that it is with coconut oil :-)

  • Becca says
    August 7, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

    I recently discovered that don't mind raisins in the oatmeal cookie. Yes, I'd rather it be a chocolate chip, but raisings are a-okay too :)

    These look really awesome! Plus I have some cinnamon honey that's really thick and delicious, so I could use that for the little frosting drizzle.

  • Ali | Gimme Some Oven says
    August 7, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

    Yum!!! These look amazing! I have a no-bake energy bites recipe that is similar and I make them all the time. Will have to give these a whirl!


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