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Cocoa Goodness Cookie Dough Balls

I know we talked about this.

I was planning on sharing dinner recipes, not cookies.

But I also told you, that I haven’t had my fair share of cookies this past year.  So I have some making up to do.  Not only are these gluten free, but they’re a no-bake recipe.  They’re also the most indulgent treat I’ve posted in a long, long time.  They’re also filled with LOVE. 

The LOVE of Love Grown Foods that is.

I filled the cookies with Cocoa Goodness, because it seemed like the best match.  Cocoa granola in chocolate chip cookie dough? 

Oh yes. 

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This cookie seems to always be around at Christmas parties.  It’s just one of those classics.  This recipe takes raw cookie dough, and makes it acceptably edible, because there are no eggs.

That also makes these dangerous.  Very, very dangerous.

Did you know you can make your own brown sugar??  I haven’t bought brown sugar in an extremely long time.  The first recipe to pop up on how to make your own brown sugar, was from Joy the Baker.  It basically calls for mixing in 1T molasses for every 1c of sugar.  However, I would say that is considered “dark” brown sugar.  If you want a lighter brown sugar, just cut back on the molasses.



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And don’t forget, you can also make your own powdered sugar at home too! 

To make powdered sugar:

  1. Blend 1c sucanat or pure cane sugar in a blender, with 1T starch.  I recommend using arrowroot starch.  The starch prevents the powdered sugar from caking.

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Delicious raw cookie dough.

Filled with chocolate chips + cocoa granola.

Covered in chocolate.

Topped with granola.

Just waiting to my chomped up.

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In lieu of dipping these in chocolate, you can always give the granola a course chop, and roll them in that instead.

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I used almond meal + sweet rice flour, instead of all purpose flour in this recipe.  I think using all oat flour would have worked as well, or a mix of sweet rice flour + oat flour.  I wouldn’t suggest brown rice flour, as it may leave a gritty texture.

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Cookie dohhhhh.

It’s bee way too long.

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Cocoa Goodness Cookie Dough Balls [adapted from frozen chocolate chip cookie dough balls]

*edited amount of butter from 2c to 1c – error when typing the recipe

  • 1/2c powdered sugar
  • 1/2c pure cane sugar
  • 3/4c brown sugar
  • 1c butter, softened
  • 3/4t salt
  • 1T vanilla extract
  • 1c sweet rice flour
  • 1c almond meal
  • 1T water
  • 1.5c LGF Cocoa Goodness, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2c chocolate chips
  • 4c semisweet chocolate
  • 2T coconut oil
  • 1/3-1/2c Cocoa Goodness granola for topping
  1. With a hand blender or stand mixer, cream the brown sugar, pure cane sugar, and butter until fluffy and smooth. *Make sure to fully cream, so the sugar does not leave a gritty texture.
  2. Mix in the powdered sugar, on a low setting, until combined.
  3. Mix in the salt, vanilla, sweet rice flour, almond meal, water, cocoa goodness granola and chocolate chips until well combined.  
  4. Roll into tablespoon sized balls and place on a parchment lined pan to freeze for about 20min.
  5. In a double boiler, or in 30 second increments in the microwave [stirring in between each 30sec], melt the chocolate and coconut oil together until smooth.
  6. Dip the cookie dough balls in the chocolate, one at a time, and let the excess chocolate drip off.
  7. Place on the parchment lined pan and top with a sprinkle of granola, then place in the freezer to set.
  8. Store in a sealed container in the freezer.

tips/substitutions: If you have a nut allergy, sub oat flour for the almond meal.  Feel free to leave the granola out and add 1/2c extra chocolate chips or any other mix in you please.  Use your favorite granola of choice for this recipe.  If you don’t have coconut oil, sub sunflower/safflower/canola instead.  Instead of the chocolate coating, you can also roll the balls in chopped granola, right after rolling into balls [skip the 20min in the freezer].  Then let set in the freezer.

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Dinners are coming.

I promise!


Reader Comments (42)

Dinners are great and everything, but sometimes you need cookies. I need these cookies.


December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly @ Foodie Fiasco

Well I mean, if it's got Love Grown in it, where can you go wrong?

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatelyn @ Chef Katelyn

Oh my. I'll take a dozen, please, to eat throughout the day today. I love that you used Love grown, too -- their granola is delightful!

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlauren@spicedplate

Oh wow, this looks SO good. I haven't had Love Grown, but can imagine how delicious these are :)

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeanne @ Healthful Pursuit

Love that you are sharing cookie recipes, please keep em' coming! I would love to see these little guys veganized! Thank you;)

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

I just recently found out that powdered sugar typically contains cornstarch (how did I not know this?!). And now that I know I am sensitive to corn, I am especially happy to know that another type of starch works. I will be making my own from now on. This recipe sounds delectable. And necessary.

Gosh these look fantastic! I love the idea of dipping them in chocolate and then coating them in granola. What could be more fantastic?

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Looks wonderful! I just love balls! The Cookie Dough kind. lol Sorry, 4:30am I am sleep deprived! :)

I love all cookie dough recipes, but this one just might top the others...I mean the granola adds an extra punch! :)

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLizAshlee

Ohmygosh yummy! Can't wait to try :)

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren @ What Lauren Likes

I love that they have LGF in them - I really need to buy some again. I stopped awhile ago since only a few stores carry it and they mark it up like crazy.

And I'm pretty sure these are a totally appropriate dinner substitution. :)

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGabby @ Gabby's Gluten Free

i need more cookie dough in my life...this sounds like perfection!

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather (Heather's Dish)

These look wonderful! You've given me yet another reason to hunt down some Love Grown Foods granola next time I'm in the US!

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

this is crazy sounding but I brought down a bag of chocolate love grown granola with me to Aruba and I have it down here! And it's in my kitchen, unopened....and I was just thinking of making some nobake cookies with it. I love how you made these balls!

And that you make your own sugar. I think you should open a store and sell it :)

These look divine!

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBlog is the New Black

Mmmmmmm...pretty much sums it up i think!

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjo@includingcake

Man do those look GREAT!!

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

Oooh I have a big old bag of Love Grown granola just WAITING to be made into these!!

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate

I spent all day baking cookies yesterday and swore I wouldn't look at another stick of butter for at least a week. That lasted about 12 hours until seeing these! Yum :)

THESE ARE EPIC! SO EPIC. Want them in my tummy RIGHT NOW!!!!

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

If I lived in Denver, I would definitely deliver a big box to you guys!!

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Sounds like you just needed to sleep it off. ;)

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

My thoughts exactly!

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yes!! You must pick some up!

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

No kidding..who doesn't! I need to make your protein cookie dough to balance these out. ;)

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

It's quite alright. ;) I'm surprised I didn't make any "ball" jokes, but I was right it at 1am...a bit sleepy.

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Crazy, right?? And a lot of brown sugars, have like 3-6 ingredients in them! Before a few years ago, I never realized that brown sugar was just white sugar, with ingredients added back into it! I always thought it was more natural because it was brown. ;)

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Earth Balance instead of butter!

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley


December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLOVE GROWN FOODS

OMG. These sound insane. :)

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAbby @ Abz 'n' Oats

Doughy and crunchy might be my new favorite combo

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCasey @ Insatiably Healthy

Yummy! The chocolate covered ones are particularly pretty. The granola sounds awesome in it :D

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi @ Food Doodles

Good gosh.
(had to write something else or this comment will go to spam. but seriously, good gosh those look good.)

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay @ Lindsay's List

oh my gosh, these look INCREDIBLE!

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura (Starloz)

Ashley those look incredible!! I could never turn down a dough ball!!! YUM

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPure2raw Twins

Hi Ashley, I thought I would love these, but I made them tonight and I couldn't eat them! they were much too buttery....I added an extra cup and a half of flour and some extra sugar to try and save them, but I really think the damage was already done. I used coconut flour instead of almond meal.....I don't know, I'm really disappointed they looked delicious! I guess I just don't like butter as much as other people do.

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Amy!! I am incredibly sorry and so embarrassed. Literally, while eating dinner, the thought popped in my head that I think I wrote 2c and I only used 2 sticks of butter. I flew off the chair and edited the post and then got your comment about 10min later. :( If you still have the dough you can double the amount of flour to fix them!! Again, so so sorry.

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I understand. I feel better because I was wondering how the heck I screwed them up! I did add more flour but then the sugar was off and I couldn't cream anymore in and at that point I was convinced I was a moron anyway and didn't want to waste anymore ingredients so I scrapped them and made some last minute snickerdoodles for my boss for xmas instead! Maybe someday I will be brave and attempt them again, they look lovely!

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Thank you so much for understanding!! I'm sure the snickerdoodles turned out great!! So so sorry about the overly buttery dough balls and all the ingredients you wasted!! :( Major fail.

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Is it appropriate to eat these as a midnight snack? It appears I am highly sensitive to caffeine and will be going to sleep approximately never! These are soooooooooo rich and yummy! Sank you for ze treat!

December 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKeLsey

holy NOM. when i saw the pics where the balls are cut in half, my eyes widened and i started salivating. they look SO GOOD!

So glad you liked them!

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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