Nut-free cookie dough balls

Nut-free Cookie Dough Balls | A Dash of Compassion

Wow, it’s ridiculous what a little site redesign does to invigorate my passion for blogging and sharing new recipes. I had so much fun—yet had to do very little—working with Lindsay over at Purr Design on giving ADC a new look. (If you’re reading this through an RSS reader or by email, click over and check out the changes!)

I wanted a fresh, streamlined look and, most importantly, a more organized and user-friendly recipe index—check it out by clicking on recipe index in the menu bar above. All recipes are now indexed visually by category and ingredient, or you can click on the archives drop-down menu in the right-hand sidebar to view all posts by date.


Another great feature is that you can save your favourite recipes to an online recipe box (also available from the menu bar above), which means you can keep track of your recipes all in one place and add ingredients to a shopping list before heading out to the grocery store. To save recipes to it, simply click the save button on the right side of any recipe and you’ll be prompted to add it to your recipe box. I teamed up with Ziplist for this feature, so if you don’t already have an account it’s super quick and free to create one. You can search and save recipes from thousands of popular food websites, including epicurious, Martha Stewart, Simply Recipes and

The recipe box has a ton of great features, including a meal planner that allows you to plan your meals for the week—just drag and drop recipes into a calendar and you can generate a shopping list for those recipes. Pretty cool, right? Oh, and there are also mobile apps available, so be sure to download the Apple or Android app (both are free) so you can access your lists and recipes on the go!


Aside from the recipe features, I’ve also added thumbnails to the reviews page, added a press page and updated my about page, so take a look around and let me know what you think! On the right-hand sidebar, you’ll also find a subscribe option if you want to get ADC content updates delivered to your email inbox. For RSS readers, you can add this blog to your reader by clicking on the RSS icon on the right side of the menu bar.

What does this have to do with cookie dough balls, you ask? Well, nothing. But since this blog is all about food, I wanted to welcome you to my newly designed home with a bowl full of treats. These little guys are ridiculously easy to make, and are perfect bundles of energy to pop in your mouth straight from the freezer.

Nut-free Cookie Dough Balls | A Dash of Compassion

This recipe was inspired by my raw cookie dough bites, which is by far the most popular recipe on the blog. This version is made nut-free by using sunflower seed butter (try using 100% natural and unsweetened, if possible) and has a soft, melt-in-your mouth texture reminiscent of real cookie dough but without the flour, butter and eggs.

If you don’t end up keeping these all to yourself, they would also be great dipped in chocolate and served on a party platter. Enjoy!

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Nut-free cookie dough balls

Yield: one dozen


  • 1/2 cup sunflower seed butter
  • 3 tbsp agave nectar or pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup oat flour (use certified gluten-free, if necessary)
  • 2 tbsp flax meal
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2 to 3 tbsp mini chocolate chips


1. In a medium bowl, stir together the sunflower seed butter, agave nectar and vanilla extract.

2. Add the oat flour, flax meal, cinnamon and salt and stir to combine. Fold in the chocolate chips.

3. Scoop out the dough (I use a tablespoon measure) and roll into balls. Place on a small cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Place them in the freezer to firm up. Transfer the balls to an air-tight container and store in the freezer. These can be eaten directly from the freezer.



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11 Responses to “Nut-free cookie dough balls”

  1. Amanda — May 15, 2013 @ 6:21 pm

    I love the redesign! It’s really beautiful, Nicole!

    • Nicole — May 16, 2013 @ 10:05 am

      Thanks so much, Amanda. I can’t take credit though – Lindsay at Purr Design is very talented!

  2. Hannah — May 15, 2013 @ 9:30 pm

    I love the redesign too… I’m so impressed by all the functionality you added, aside from the light, bright aesthetics. Most importantly though, your food looks as delicious as ever. I’d sure love a few of these cookie dough treats right about now!

    • Nicole — May 16, 2013 @ 10:07 am

      Thanks, Hannah! I figured it was time for something fresh and new. Looking forward to seeing you at VVC next week!

  3. Gorgeous redesign!

    • Nicole — May 16, 2013 @ 10:07 am

      Thank you, Michelle! Glad you like it :)

  4. ohhh, I like the looks of these! I may have to make a modified version for a plane snack tomorrow :)

    the redesign looks great!

    • Nicole — May 16, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

      I love the idea of eating cookie dough on a plane! :) Keep in mind these are soft when not kept frozen, but they’ll still taste good.

      Glad you like the redesign! It was long overdue.

      Happy travels!

  5. Emma — May 17, 2013 @ 5:15 pm

    The site looks gorgeous, as do these little treats!
    Everything is so organized, love it :) I’m going to work through your reviews as there are some cookbooks I’m interested in on there.

    • Nicole — May 17, 2013 @ 8:36 pm

      Thank you so much, Emma! Hope you enjoy the cookbook reviews :)

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