My Whole Food Life Cookbook Giveaway + Cookie Dough Balls Recipe

What can I say? Melissa never ceases to amaze me! If you haven’t subscribed to her blog over at My Whole Food Life, you need to! Who doesn’t love simple, healthy treats and recipes that take minutes to make? The thing I love most about Melissa is she cares about quality ingredients and showing folks how easy it is to ditch junk food for whole foods. She never uses processed sugars or refined products and she’s always coming up with creative recipes that blow our tastebuds out of the water. 

I am so glad Melissa came out with her own cookbook and excited to be able to give one away. I really think her book would make the perfect Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Christmas or even birthday gift. The cookbook itself is compact and full of colorful pictures and easy-to-follow recipes and truly fabulous for anyone starting out their whole foods journey or those who have been at it for awhile. Melissa’s new cookbook is called DIY Nut Milks, Nut Butters & More and you can find it HERE on Amazon if you want to snag a copy and get a few more as gifts for friends and fam. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below so you can try to win one, too! But, first…I get to share one of her delicious recipes from her cookbook: Cookie Dough Balls. They’re so good, we made 15 yesterday and they were all gone before noon today. đŸ˜‰

No Bake Cookie Dough Balls

DIY Nut Milks, Nut Butters and More.No-bake Cookie Dough Balls

{photo credit: Melissa King}

My Whole Food Life's Cookie Dough Balls
Yields 15
One major rite of passage in childhood is eating raw cookie dough straight out of the mixing bowl. It’s become so ingrained in American culture that you can even buy cookie dough candy and ice cream now. There’s a catch to eating the homemade stuff, of course: as almost everyone knows, eating raw egg can be harmful. That’s what makes this recipe so great——there’s no egg in it! Eat these treats to your heart’s content. The only thing that’s ever unsatisfying about this dish is that it runs out so quickly!
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
40 min
  1. 1 cup (100 g) gluten-free oats
  2. 10 Medjool dates, pits removed
  3. 1 cup (240 g) macadamia nut butter
  4. 1 teaspoon ground vanilla beans
  5. 2 tablespoons water
  6. ½ cup (80 g) dark chocolate chips
  1. Blend the oats in a food processor until they are coarsely ground. This takes about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the dates, macadamia nut butter, vanilla, and water. Pulse until a dough starts to form, 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Fold the chocolate chips into the dough, or use them in the next step to coat the outside of the balls.
  4. Roll the dough into bite-size balls. If you’re covering them with choco­late chips, roll the balls around on a plate of chocolate chips and then gently press the chips in.
  5. Place the balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Stick the baking sheet into the fridge so that the balls can firm up, about 30 minutes.
  6. Store the cookie dough balls in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
  1. If you want to bump up the protein in this recipe, add 2 tablespoons of chia seeds, hemp seeds, or leftover nut milk pulp (see How to Use Nut Pulp, page 57).
  2. PREP AND CHILL TIME: About 40 minutes
  3. Makes fifteen 1-inch (2.5 cm) balls
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Just a few of the awesome recipes in her new cookbook…

  • Strawberry Brazil Nut Milk
  • Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
  • Almond Butter & Jelly Muffins
  • Tropical Protein Smoothie
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Chunk Ice Cream
  • Salted Honey Cashew Truffles

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  • Barbara says:

    I want to try any recipes that use coconut or coconut oil.

  • Patty says:

    My favorite recipe so far would probably be the three ingredient peanut butter cookies. So good and you’d never know all the other stuff was missing. I plan to make her Reese’s peanut butter cups this weekend. I also love the peanut noodle stir fry.

    • The Reese’s PB cups are my fave!! I add a little fleur de sel on top, oh my word!

  • Kim Campbell says:

    I totally want to try making my own nut butters and nut milk!

  • Marianne says:

    I’d love to try the Chocolate Peanut Butter Chunk Ice Cream đŸ™‚

  • Leah says:

    These cookie dough balls look amazing, I can’t wait to try them!

  • Elizabeth G. says:

    I want to try the Paleo Chocolate Almond Butter Milshake.

  • I want to try one of the nut butters!

  • Tammy says:

    Any nut milk or butters, strawberry jam

  • Donna Lobel says:

    Any of the baked oatmeal recipes or the Carrot Ginger soup or the Sweet potato Black Bean Veggie Burgers or the Healthy Blueberry Pie or the Grain Free Strawberry Tart…Hmmmm let’s just say I love them ALL!

  • Laura says:

    Easy cookies like the pb cookies!

  • Laurie says:

    I want to try the chocolate chip oatmeal bites.

  • Melissa K. says:

    I have already bookmarked her “Homemade Sweet and Sour sauce” to make. Seems MUCH more delicious than anything I’ve ever seen!

  • Holly E says:

    I really want to try the nut butters.

  • Mary Ann says:

    I want to try the chocolate hazelnut spread recipe for starters.

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