These No-Bake Vegan & Paleo Cookie Dough Cups are a delicious, easy & healthy treat to make for friends and neighbors this Christmas! #glutenfree #grainfree #dairyfree #vegan #paleo #cookiedough #dessert #christmas

This post is sponsored by my friends at Sprouts Farmer’s Market! As always all opinions are completely my own! 

Hello and happy Christmas treat season! I kicked off this month with a super healthy smoothie recipe, but that ends here. The rest of the recipes I’m sharing with all of you lovely ladies and gents before December 25th are going to be delicious sweet treats, like these No-Bake Vegan & Paleo Cookie Dough Cups!

Yep, I pinky swear that you’ll want to enjoy each and every one of our upcoming recipes snuggled in a blanket watching A Christmas Story with the soft, warm glow of your Christmas tree in the background.

However, treats don’t have to be totally devoid of nutrition! You know that I am a sucker for desserts that taste decadent but are secretly made with good-for-you ingredients! Well these No-Bake Vegan & Paleo Cookie Dough Cups fit the billet in every way! They are gluten & grain-free with no dairy or refined sugar, but no one would ever guess it! They are the perfect treat to make and give as gifts to friends and neighbors, or enjoy them in the manor I mentioned above! 😉

These No-Bake Vegan & Paleo Cookie Dough Cups are a delicious, easy & healthy treat to make for friends and neighbors this Christmas! #glutenfree #grainfree #dairyfree #vegan #paleo #cookiedough #dessert #christmas

Everyone in my family loves raw cookie dough. Sometimes my husband whips up a batch of these chocolate chip cookies just so we can all eat the dough as a post-dinner treat. One year, instead of a cake, I made Ritch a batch of cookie dough in the shape of a heart. I have a hard time deciding if I should ever actually bake a cookie in my house with all these cookie dough monsters living here!

However, with regular cookie dough comes the whole issue of eating raw eggs! But c’mon, has anyone ever really gotten sick from eating dough…or was it just a ploy designed by the moms of yesteryear to keep their kids from licking the beaters?! I mean Rocky did it! LOL I digress!

But no matter what side of the egg debate you sit on, you and your family can enjoy these No-Bake Vegan & Paleo Cookie Dough Cups because they are egg-free! AND they’re made with wholesome ingredients that are a touch healthier than traditional cookie dough! However, no one will ever know the difference! Plus making them into a cute little cup form makes them a fun festive treat to serve at parties!

These No-Bake Vegan & Paleo Cookie Dough Cups are a delicious, easy & healthy treat to make for friends and neighbors this Christmas! #glutenfree #grainfree #dairyfree #vegan #paleo #cookiedough #dessert #christmas

Paleo Cookie Dough Cups: Method 

This recipe is very easy to make, especially if you have the right tools and do not rush it! Here are a few notes to help your no-baking endeavors be a wild success!

Use silicone mini muffin cupsThese things are my favorite. You will never worry about un-sticking candy from a liner or muffin tin again!

Also, use a paintbrush! Use a small, unused paintbrush to literally paint the chocolate around the sides and bottom of each mold. Once all 12 are painted, go back with the brush one more time and swirl the chocolate from the bottom up around the sides. This will ensure an even, and sufficiently thick coating to hold the cookie dough!

Freeze. As soon as the cups are lined with chocolate, toss them in the freezer to harden. While they’re hardening make the cookie dough!

Finishing it up. The cookie dough should be very easy to work with and shape into the cups! Once all the cups are filled with dough, do not freeze them. Put the chocolate on the top and swirl it around with the paintbrush, making sure it touches the sides of the cup and seals the dough in! If you’d like to sprinkle them with sea salt, sprinkles, etc. be sure to do so before they start becoming firm! Let them harden at room temperature or in the refrigerator!

These No-Bake Vegan & Paleo Cookie Dough Cups are a delicious, easy & healthy treat to make for friends and neighbors this Christmas! #glutenfree #grainfree #dairyfree #vegan #paleo #cookiedough #dessert #christmas

Paleo Cookie Dough Cups: Substitutions

As always I recommend making this recipe exactly as written! But if you must make substitutions, here are a few possibilities! 🙂

Cashew butter. Hands down this recipe is the best with cashew butter. You can make your own by simply blending roasted, unsalted cashews in your Vitamix or food processor until they reach a nut-butter consistency. 1 cup of cashews yields about 1/2 cup of cashew butter. Almond butter is another possible substitution that I have tried and love!

Ghee. I mentioned in this post my new found love for grass-fed ghee. It has quickly become a pantry staple for me. However, grass-fed butter is a perfectly delicious substitution in this recipe! Coconut oil works and is a great vegan option, but you’ll miss out on that buttery flavor that, {in my opinion} is a must-have when it comes to cookie dough!

Coconut Sugar. Any granulated sugar works well in this recipe! Just be sure to choose a variety that complies with your dietary needs!

Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk. Any non-dairy or regular dairy milk works great in this recipe!

Chocolate coating. This recipe calls for unsweetened bakers chocolate and honey {or maple syrup for a vegan option} to make a paleo and refined sugar free chocolate coating. Using regular chocolate chips or semi-sweet chocolate works great too! Just be sure that you choose a variety that complies with your dietary needs!

These No-Bake Vegan & Paleo Cookie Dough Cups are a delicious, easy & healthy treat to make for friends and neighbors this Christmas! #glutenfree #grainfree #dairyfree #vegan #paleo #cookiedough #dessert #christmas

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Paleo Cookie Dough Cups

An easy healthier no-bake dessert that's paleo and vegan! 

Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 12 cups

Ingredients

Chocolate coating:

Cookie Dough Filling:

Instructions

Chocolate Coating

  1. Line a mini muffin tin with 12-silicone liners.
  2. Melt chocolate and honey in the microwave until smooth.
  3. Put ½ TBS chocolate into each muffin liner. Use a paintbrush to paint the chocolate all the way around the liner and up the sides.
  4. Once you finished all 12, go back and “paint” again to ensure the sides have a thick coat on them.
  5. Put the tray in the freezer to let the chocolate harden.
  6. Save the rest of the chocolate for later.

Cookie Dough Filling:

  1. In a small bowl mix together the almond flour, sea salt, baking soda and coconut sugar. Set aside.
  2. In a large, microwave safe bowl, melt the cashew butter ghee (or butter) and honey. Stir until smooth.
  3. Add the almond milk and vanilla extract, stir until combined.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix until smooth.
  5. Add mini chocolate chip (if desired) and stir.

Putting it together:

  1. Remove the pan from freezer.
  2. Place 1 TBS cookie dough into each liner. Gently press the dough into the liner until the top is flat and smooth.
  3. Put ½ TBS chocolate on top of one of the cookie dough cups. Use a paintbrush or the back of the measuring spoon to swirl the chocolate around, making sure it covers the top and sides completely. Repeat with remaining cookie dough cups!
  4. Let harden at room temp or in the fridge/freezer.
  5. Serve at room temperature or cold!
  6. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer!

These No-Bake Vegan & Paleo Cookie Dough Cups are a delicious, easy & healthy treat to make for friends and neighbors this Christmas! #glutenfree #grainfree #dairyfree #vegan #paleo #cookiedough #dessert #christmas

Now that it’s baking season lets dish on where you buy your baking supplies!! You all know that I never miss a double ad Wednesday at Sprouts Farmer’s Market! You will always find me and my tiny-person circus perusing the aisles getting all the groceries we need for the upcoming week!

Well, this week I will be making two trips to Sprouts because they are running an amazing 25% off bulk bin items from Friday 12/8 to Sunday 12/10…just in time for baking season! I buy so many baking staples in that bulk section, plus a few chocolatey treats that go in my secret mommy stash! Make sure you stop by Sprouts this weekend to stock up on all your baking needs for the holidays!

Question: Do you make treats for your friends an neighbors for Christmas? 

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These No-Bake Vegan & Paleo Cookie Dough Cups are a delicious, easy & healthy treat to make for friends and neighbors this Christmas! #glutenfree #grainfree #dairyfree #vegan #paleo #cookiedough #dessert #christmas