Real Food Substitutions and No-Bake Cookie Dough Balls {a perfect holiday treat}

Written by Rachel Marie, Contributing Writer

I’m always on the look out for natural alternatives and healthy recipes, and I’m sure you are, too–especially if you read Keeper of the Home frequently.

With all the gluten intolerances, food allergies and reduced sugar guidelines so many readers face today, I’m glad to be able to make quick substitutions like these:

You can also substitute 1 cup sugar with 1 teaspoon of pure powdered stevia. (Not truvia or another similar brand; those are equal substitutions and often have fillers in the ingredients but are still much better than artificial sweeteners.)

For this no-bake cookie dough ball recipe, I have used many of the above pictured substitutions. This recipe is a great snack or dessert. Just be sure not to eat them all like bon bons! These would also be great for all of the holiday festivities and parties coming up this season.

I originally got the idea for this recipe on the Food Network site, but I changed a few ingredients and steps and voila. Um…. one word: Delightful. Well, maybe two words: Delightfully delicious!

Delightfully Delicious No-Bake Cookie Dough Balls
Recipe type: Desserts and Sweets
  1. Add dry ingredients into a medium bowl, except chocolate chips.
  2. Add in wet ingredients and mix well with your hands.
  3. Pour in half the bag of chocolate chips and mix.
  4. Make 1 inch balls; set on a lined cookie sheet.
  5. Freeze balls for about 15+ minutes.
  6. While balls are in freezer, make chocolate for dipping.
  7. Stick a kabob into the ball and dip into chocolate; place on cookie sheet.
  8. Store in container in the fridge or freezer.
  9. Enjoy a few at a time!

Stephanie’s note: Are you looking for more healthy but scrumptious treats for the holiday season? Smart Sweets and Treat Yourself are my go-to “real food” dessert recipe books (that is, when I’m not mucking around and creating my own recipes. Homemade Salty Caramel Mochas, anyone?

 What is your favorite recipe to use healthy real food substitutes?

About Rachel

Rachel is a mother to 3 kids and a wife to a wellness doctor. Her passions are faith, family and health. She supports her husband in helping to change the way people look at their health and uses her blog as a tool to do that, her husband also has a feature on her blog called "Ask Dr. Jake", he would be happy to answer any of your health related questions or at least direct your path to some better options. You can find her writing about her family adventures and inspiring you to make healthier choices for your family and more at day2day joys or on Facebook. Also, if you subscribe to her blog via email you will get Spring into Summer Smoothie E-book for free.

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  1. I just found your site & love it!
    I am concerned about your listing coconut sugar as a good sub. After I read the info on coconut sugar, I’ll never buy it & hope others will read this & help save the coconut trees & crops!
    THANKS, Dana

  2. These look so good. What could I sub for almond flour? I have one allergic. Thanks

  3. yummm!!! love the allergy substitution list, too!

  4. Yummmmm. I just made up a batch, they are delicious, but… Crumbly! More butter next time perhaps? Any thoughts?

  5. These look wonderful and I so appreciate the gluten free recipe. Thank you!

  6. I love the substitutions you made here. I found a very unhealthy recipe for these, and am glad to have this one to try now. Thanks!
    Katie @

  7. Yummy! Looks delicious. We use most of these substitutions already, but what a great reminder.

  8. Oh–do you think I could use honey instead of maple syrup (or even sucanat?) and coconut oil instead of butter? We have dairy issues here as well–and I keep more honey on hand than maple syrup for cost reasons. Thanks! :)

  9. These look so delicious, Rachel! I love that they don’t include eggs. So many cookie dough recipes call for eggs, and my oldest cannot eat them.

  10. Thank you so much for posting this! Are the substitutions 1 for 1, or if not, what ratios should be used (like maple syrup for brown sugar)? It is nice to find a recipe for cookie dough that doesn’t have raw egg, and these look great.

  11. Pinning! Those made me slobber all over myself.


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