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Raw Cashew Cookie Dough Bites – Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free

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Cashew Cookie Dough to the Rescue

It’s so hard for me to find a clean snack that satisfies my cravings while conforming to all my special dietary needs. This raw cashew cookie dough checks off all of those boxes and more. 

Plates of different flavors of cashew cookie dough bites with text overlay.

Maybe cashews are your favorite nut, or, like me, one of the only nuts you tolerate. Either way, this four-ingredient cookie dough brings nutrition, packability, and comfort together in an easy-to-execute 10-minute recipe. 

You Only Need These Four Ingredients to Make Smooth and Creamy Raw Cookie Dough


A funny little nut that is native to the Amazon but now produced mainly in India, cashews are high in protein, healthy fats, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. Crazy fact: cashew plants are related to poison ivy! 

Colorful plates filled with cashew cookie dough bites in a variety of flavors.

Vanilla Extract

I like to add a splash of real vanilla extract to this recipe. It adds a depth of floral flavor that makes this treat taste like real cookie dough.

Overhead view of plates piled high with cashew cookie dough bites.

Pure Monk Fruit Powder or Fresh Dates

Pure organic monk fruit has all the sweetness of sugar without any calories, carbohydrates, or effect on blood sugar.

If you prefer an unrefined natural sweetener then dates are a perfect choice. They change the texture of this recipe a little bit but give you the rich flavor and extended energy of this precious fruit. 

Plates of cashew cookie dough bites and a jar full of whole raw cashews.


Salt is used to bring out the nuttiness and round out the flavor of these cashew cookie dough bites. Salting is especially important when using monk fruit powder. It completes the flavor of monk fruit, which can sometimes fall a little flat. 

Close-up of the chocolate chip cashew cookie dough bites. Cashew Cookie Dough Flavor Variations

Ginger Cookie

Adding ground ginger to the recipe results in a cashew cookie dough bite that tastes like ginger cookie dough!

Ginger cashew cookie dough close-up.

Snickerdoodle Cookie

In this variation I like to use dates and a dash of cinnamon for a cashew cookie dough bite that is soft and chewy, just like a real snickerdoodle cookie!

Close-up of the date-sweetened snickerdoodle cashew cookie dough bites.

Chocolate Chip

The textural component that chocolate chips provide to this cashew cookie dough is outstanding. The soft cashew cookie dough is studded with crisp chocolate chips that then melt in your mouth. If you have always loved chocolate chip cookie dough you will be thrilled at this gluten-free super-clean version!

Close-up of a plate of chocolate chip cashew cookie dough bites.

Original Vanilla (Base Recipe)

While I love all the flavor variations of this cashew cookie dough, I still think the plain and simple original formula is my favorite. This is where the creaminess and mild flavor of cashews really shine. The base recipe is made by combining raw cashews, vanilla, monk fruit powder, and salt in your food processor and pulsing until smooth! It’s easy and so satisfying!

Pin image of raw cashew cookie dough bites.

Colorful plates filled with cashew cookie dough bites in a variety of flavors.

Raw Cashew Cookie Dough Bites – Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free

Yield: 24, 0.5-ounce bites
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chilling Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


Base Recipe

  • 2 cups whole raw cashews
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon monk fruit powder or 6 pitted medjool dates
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For Ginger Cookie

  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger

For Snickerdoodle (best when sweetening with dates)

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  1. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of your food processor, including any spices for the cookie variations. Chocolate chips are the only ingredient not added at this time.
  2. Pulse the nuts and other ingredients together. Continue pulsing the food processor for about 5 minutes. The cashews will go from whole nuts to grainy pieces. Eventually the cashews will become smooth and doughlike. Resist the urge to let the processor run. Pulsing produces the best consistency.
  3. Once the dough is smooth without any graininess it is complete. Stir in chocolate chips now if desired.
  4. Use a 0.5-ounce scoop to measure the dough into your hand. Roll each ball until smooth and place on a plate.
  5. The cookie dough can now be eaten but it is best chilled.
  6. Place the plate, covered, into the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes. Keep the cashew cookie dough cool.


Wednesday 4th of January 2023

Hi Courtney, these turned out so yummy. Thx for another great recipe.


Wednesday 8th of June 2022

Just stumbled onto your site. I live in Oregon too! I still like to print out recipes, yet when I go to print from your site, my printer preview is blank (except for the photo!?). Any suggestions?

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Sunday 12th of June 2022

Hi Jill,

I'm sorry to hear that. Maybe try a different browser?? If you are using Safari, try Chrome or vice versa. You could try restarting your computer as well.

Hope that helps!!!

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