Paleo No Bake Cookie Dough

Have you heard of Cookie Butter? I haven't tried it, but word on the street is that is pure deliciousness! I wanted to create something equally as delicious and cookie-y but without the gluten, industrial seed oils, processed sugars, soy, artificial flavors, and preservatives. I'm all for #TREATYOSELF, but opt for real food treats instead so this recipe was perfect.

It's cashew based and only uses a few ingredients, so it's super simple to whip up and serve with tart green apples, with bananas, or straight up on a spoon. No judgement here! 

While it's so easy to make, you do need a good blender and a pinch of patience. You'll almost be making a cashew butter, so you'll want to blend the cashews up for awhile so they get nice and hot and break down into a smooth butter. You'll want to add water near the end to speed up the process. Don't. You'll want to give up because it's taking forever. Don't. You'll think your blender might blow up. I can't say it won't, but mine didn't so I have high hopes for yours. Trust the process. This cookie dough shindig is some serious business but it's WORTH. IT. when you spread this warm spread all over a crisp apple. 

Paleo No Bake Cookie Dough

3 c raw, unsalted cashews
1/3 c melted grass fed butter or ghee
3 T pure maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 c Enjoy Life chocolate chips or unsweetened cocao chips

Blend cashews on high for a couple seconds so it's resembles coarse grain. Add in melted butter and blend on medium for about 10 minutes, scraping down the sides often. Add in maple syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon and continue to blend until the batter is smooth and cohesive then gently stir in chocolate chips. 

I recommend serving immediately so it's nice and warm! If you tuck some away, keep it in an airtight container in the fridge. It will get a little crumbly in the fridge, but a spoonful of it will still taste amazing! If you'd like to reheat it, do it over a double broiler, or microwave it for 45 seconds (if you microwave it, just don't tell me!).


I promise, this won't disappoint. It is so rich and delicious and you only need a little bit to feel completely indulged! If you're feeling really wild, add small chunks of this to your banana "nice cream" (two frozen bananas + 2 T non-dairy milk + pinch of sea salt, blended until smooth!), or spread it over a piece of 91% dark chocolate and a Simple Mills sea salt cracker. Okay, be right back, going to make another batch!

If you make this SMOOTH GOLD, tag me on Facebook or Instagram at @_lemonandfig!