Raw Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls (No Processed Sugar & No Oil)

Let’s talk about raw vegan treats.  Are these desserts any better for your health then eating the so-called “regular” version of these treats?  Or are they still just a treat?

Raw desserts are often marketed as ultra-healthy because people use words like “organic“, “raw“, and “vegan” to make it seem like these decadent treats could be part of your everyday healthy diet.  Although that is not the case.  Raw desserts are still a dessert and should be treated as such.  Although they usually have all natural ingredients they still contain high amounts of sugar, fat and are calorically dense.

Dates and maple syrup are certainly delicious and are not classified as refined sugar.  Although the body still recognizes the fructose bomb from fruit as it would sucrose which spikes our blood sugar and our insulin.

So what should we do now?  Should we not indulge in delicious raw vegan cookies or at least feel the same guilt as when we eat regular cookies?  Or is there still some benefit to choosing a less processed, non-dairy version of your craving?

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Luckily, these delicious raw cookies dough bites contain a very low amount of sugar:

  • 27g from maple syrup
  • 6g from cashews
  • 2g from oats
  • 14g from chocolate

Totaling = 49g of sugar in the entire recipe, meaning that each cookie dough ball contains only 3-3.5g of sugar if you make 14-16 balls.  This really emphasizes how much healthier these raw vegan cookie dough balls are for you compared to just one Mrs. Fields semi-sweet chocolate chip cookie which contains 20g of sugar by itself!

These delicious homemade raw vegan treats also will help you feel satiated from the fats and fiber in the cashews.  Cashews are hugely beneficial, packed with vitamins E, K, and B6 and minerals such as copper, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, iron, and selenium.  They also help regulate your blood sugar which will decrease any sugar spike you would naturally get from the maple syrup in this recipe.  Even though cashews are considered a good source of fats, they contain good cholesterol and studies have shown that if you eat them at least twice a week, they can aid in weight loss.

With all that being said, I believe that the pros outweigh the cons when choosing between a non vegan and whole food vegan treat.  Indulging in a few of these raw cookie dough bites every now and then can actually have benefits for your body while your taste buds still believe you’re enjoying a naughty treat.

These little cookie dough balls are absolutely delicious, packed with benefits and will satisfy any craving you have for dessert!

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Raw Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls (No Processed Sugar & No Oil)

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups raw cashews
  • 3/4 large rolled oats
  • 6 tsps maple syrup
  • 3-4 tbsps raw vegan mint chocolate chips or 8-10 squares of a raw vegan mint chocolate bar chopped up into small chips
  • pinch of salt if desired

Directions

  1. Use your food processor to process the oats and cashews together until they are in small bead-like pieces like quinoa.
  2. Add in the maple syrup and salt (if using) and process some more until a smooth dough forms, the dough will begin to form into a dough ball 5-10 seconds after the dough forms which is how you will know the dough is ready to use.
  3. Measure out your mint chocolate chips or chop your raw vegan chocolate into small chips/chunks.
  4. Take the dough and put it in a bowl, fold in the mint chocolate chips and knead the dough for a minute or two until the chocolate chips are mixed throughout and not falling out of the dough. **See Note**
  5. Use your fingers to pull off pieces of the dough, rolling them in your hands to form 1-2 inch dough balls.  Repeat until all the dough is used.
  6. Indulge, eat and enjoy your raw vegan guilt-free cookie dough balls!

    **You do not want to put the chocolate chips in the food processor with the dough as it will mix the chocolate into the dough without keeping the chocolate chips intact.**

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