Healthy Cookie Dough Recipe

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Ya, you read that right. Clean eating cookie dough. Can you believe it?

And yes, you WILL eat the whole batch. I admit it. I caved. I mean, you can’t call these things “clean”, and then eat just one. It’s not gonna happen.

Clean eating cookie dough balls piled up on a white plate and ready to eat.

Actually, I take that back. I DID eat only one. Then I stuck the entire batch in the freezer. After a few hours, I tried another one, and another, and well… you get the idea. I’m embarrassed to say I did NOT want to share these with my son. But in my defense… I did. And he loved them. So this is a good one for the kids too! Hmm… should this be in my Clean Eating Kids section? Naaahhh! I think most clean eating adults will want these all to themselves like I did.

Oh boy. I have a problem. I really did have a hard time giving these up. But the good news is, I can always make another batch. And so can you.

Recipe adapted from the Love Veggies and Yoga blog which seems to no longer be up and running.



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Clean Eating Cookie Dough

Healthy Cookie Dough

Craving cookie dough? This healthy substitute should do the trick!
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12 balls
Calories: 100kcal
Author: Tiffany McCauley


  • cup raw cashews
  • cup cooked oatmeal
  • 3 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup chopped prunes (pitted, no sugar added)
  • ½ cup almonds (ground to a consistency you enjoy)


  • Grind your almonds in a food processor. Set aside in a separate bowl.
  • In your food processor, blend together your cashews, oatmeal, honey and vanilla.
  • When you have nice lumpy dough, fold in your prunes.
  • I should warn you that this is a very sticky dough. Try chilling it in the fridge or even the freezer for a couple hours to help make it more manageable.
  • Roll the dough into 12 equal sized balls and roll in the ground almonds.
  • You can eat these as is, or you can freeze for several more hours. I highly recommend the freezing. Something about freezing it makes it taste so delish and so much like actual cookie dough! Don’t worry, you won’t break a tooth. It doesn’t actually freeze to a hard ball. You can still bite into it even when it’s frozen.


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 0.8mg

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  1. Now how come I didn’t realize you have this blog? I can’t wait to try some of these recipes. Is the clean eating working for you? That’s awesome that you’re doing it. I SHOULD!

    1. Hey Katrina!

      Yes, the clean eating has done wonders for my blood sugar. The weight loss is very slow, but I have some other medical issues going on that cause that. But I don’t care, as long as the needle on the scale moves down instead of up. I’ll take any progress I can get!

  2. Oh, and darn your little guy is cute!

    1. Thanks! He’s my reason for living. He’s so much fun!

  3. Does the recipe still work if I swap prunes for raisins? Thanks! 🙂

    1. Hi Steph,

      Hmm. I want to say no, because prunes have more moisture in them than raisins. But if you can find some moist raisins, it may actually work. It never hurts to try!

  4. Jen Fletcher says:

    In the second picture it appears you put something powdery in the food processor: perhaps cinnamon? However it is not on your ingredient list. What is it?

    1. Jen – Thanks for catching that! It’s 1 tsp. of cinnamon.

  5. I have an issue with late night cravings usually for something sweet and oh mannnnn…. these hit the spot!! I leave em’ on a plate in the freezer and grab one err…maybe two when I have those pesky cravings. I know I shouldn’t eat late but until I get over that hump I definitely feel SO much better reaching for one of these instead of mini candy bars. Very easy to make and extremely satisfying!!

    1. Tanisha – Fantastic! And just between us…. you can admit it’s more like 3. lol) Glad you enjoyed the recipe! Take care.

  6. Do you think I could routinely exchange peanuts for almonds? I am highly allergic to almonds. =( Would it give the same consistency?

    1. Alicia – That should work just fine. The flavor will obviously be a bit different, but it should still be tasty. Enjoy!

  7. Do you suppose dates could be exchanged for prunes? I have a whole package that I’m working on using (one can only make so many clean peanut butter cups before one runs out of chocolate and peanut butter), but I do not have prunes, and I admit, I’m not a fan of them. Any ideas?

    1. Court – I don’t see why not! Give it a try!

  8. OMG!! First off, I absolutely love Lara Bars. Second, I just added the calories up for the entire batch..876. I will not be allowed to make these without supervision. It sounds like I would eat the entire batch while adding more than half of my daily caloric needs..OMG I am gonna be in trouble. Will need to make them and then immediately place them under lock and key 🙂 Thanks for the great recipe Tiffany!

    1. Anna – LOL! Make small balls!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Michelle – Wonderful! Glad you liked it!

  10. graciouspantry says:

    Debi – Cook with water to package directions.

  11. graciouspantry says:

    Averie – It’s a great recipe!

  12. graciouspantry says:

    Amy – It’s just for rolling the balls in, so you can do a 1/2 cup of the almond meal.

  13. Love your recipes… Any choc free nut free clean cookie recipe? Oh and no raisins either. Tough one (daughter has nut allergy etc) or will a basic cookie dough work using organic products?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      I have oatmeal cookies. You can just leave the raisins out.

  14. I just wanted to swing by and tell you that I so enjoy following you on Facebook. You inspire me daily… I love that you blog about your struggles as well as your triumphs… I pass along or share your ideas often. In this world where there is so much trouble, it is so nice to have control over SOMETHING. Although there are days when I put all the wrong things in my mouth (and days that all the wrong words come out!) I love the fact that you give so many healthy and clean options. Keep it up!!!

  15. Looks amazing! I really want to try it, but I am quite allergic to oats. Are there any things that you know of that are clean and can be used instead of oats? (ESPECIALLY in this recipe!)

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