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Pecan Pie Cookie Dough Balls

Side note:

Yes, I’ve gone back to the old blog header.

This change isn’t permanent. Currently I’m working with a web designer the most patient person in the world to completely overhaul the site’s layout, making it much more user-friendly (including a print option for the recipes). Hopefully it will all be completed soon. New year, new blog?

Now back to your regularly-scheduled cookies…

pecan pie energy bites

Pecan pie cookies you can make in minutes.

Delicious and good for you at the same time. If you’ve ever had a pecan pie Larabar, that’s exactly what these pecan pie energy bites taste like.

raw pecan pie bites!

(No bake) Pecan Pie Cookie Dough Balls you can make in minutes.


Pecan Pie Babies

(raw and gluten-free)

  • 1/2 cup raw pecans (For all substitutions on this recipe, see nutrition link below) (52g)
  • packed 1 cup pitted dates (I use Sunmaid, found in regular grocery stores near the raisins, as they are softer and stickier than the ones found in natural food stores.) (160g)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • optional: chocolate chips (or mini chips, or a piece of your favorite chocolate bar)

Combine all ingredients in a food processor until it makes a crumbly dough. (You can add the optional chocolate chips either before or after blending.) Pour crumbles into a bag and smush into one big ball. Remove from bag and form little balls. Or you can make bars or cookie-cuttered shapes if you prefer. This can also be made in a Magic Bullet: halve the recipe for best blending in a bullet.

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pecan pie energy bites

Question of the Day:

Christmas is coming up too quickly, and I have quite a few cookie recipes left to post, meaning some of them will have to wait until next year.

If you have a preference, please let me know which ones you’d most like to see:

  • Flourless Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs
  • Mint-Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Chocolate Quinoa Cookies
  • Cookies in a Jar
  • Cake Batter Macaroons

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Published on December 16, 2012

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  1. Maddy says

    I’m sure the new header/blog design will be great! I’ll be sure to try those cookies today… They look too good to wait any longer than 24 hours! 😉 As for your recipes, I’m torn between the cookies in a jar, the mint chocolate cookies, and the cake batter maroons!!! They all sound soooooo goodddddd….. 😀

  2. Jen P. says

    I’m looking forward to the Flourless Sugar Cookie Cutouts! Can’t wait to see the new blog, I’m sure it will look fabulous!

  3. Rachel Ki says

    Chocolate quinoa cookie please!
    Katie, you are such an inspiration. I recently switched to veganism and your blog is such a help. I also get bashed a lot because I’m naturally very thin. I love your blog so much!

  4. Julia says

    Flourless sugar cookie cutouts! But with healthy icing too maybe? I have been really wanting to make sugar cookies with my mom but I wanted a healthy recipe to do it! 🙂 And btw I love your old header! It’s so cute! 😀

  5. Freddie says

    Flourless Sugar Cookie Cut-outs, please! And Chocolate Quinoa Cookies sound good, too! Thanks for all the cookie recipes, Katie!

  6. Lauren says

    The cut out cookies and the cookies in jars would be my top two, because they’re the ones that seem most “Christmasy”, you know?

  7. CheeseGirlPA says

    If the recipe is what I think it is, ‘Cookies In A Jar’ sounds like a very good gift idea…which is always helpful with Christmas quickly approaching! I am picturing a healthy version of those cookie mixes in a jar, where the ingredients are pre-measured and layered with the instructions attached. Then all you have to do is mix with the liquid as directed and bake. It may not be what you were planning though, idk! And if not, it really won’t matter, because anything you post will be eagerly anticipated! (;

      • Kimber says

        Yes, flourless sugar cookie cut-outs please!!! My mom and I make these every year and they are sooo many calories due to the flour content. I also can’t have eggs so I have switched to using an egg replacer and that has made the dough a little tougher to work with due to the dryness of using the egg replacer powder.

  8. Andie says

    OMG! I would LOVE to see mint-chocolate chip cookies (I can only imagine the yumminess of the dough!) or cookies in a jar!

  9. Amy says

    These look awesome! I can’t wait to make them. Also, my oven is broken so I was wondering what other recipes (besides the cookie dough dip – already made that!) I could make that don’t require an oven. Thanks (:

    Oh, and the cookies in the jar sound AMAZING!

  10. Olivia @ OmNom Love says

    Please, please, please do flourless sugar cookies! You would be my favorite person ever if you did! (Not that you already aren’t 😉 ) The mint chocolate cookies sound delicious too. As do the pecan pie babies. Pecan pie is one of my favorite Larabar flavors! I need to get in my kitchen sometime soon to do some cookie baking. Hopefully I’ll be able to this week.

  11. Dharshi says

    I really can’t wait to try the mint-choc chip cookies and cake batter macaroons 🙂 I am also going to make either the peanut butter sandwich bread or banana bread soon and can’t wait! All of your recipes look amaaazing Katie! 🙂

  12. Abby says

    The cookies I would love to see the recipe for are:
    Mint-Chocolate Chip Cookies ( I’m obsesed with Mint)
    Cake Batter Macaroons ( I’m also obsessed with cake batter AND macaroons;)

  13. Sunnie says

    In order of preference:

    1. Chocolate Quinoa Cookies
    2. Flourless Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs
    3. Mint-Chocolate Chip Cookies
    4. Cake Batter Macaroons
    5. Cookies in a Jar

    They all sound super yummy! 😀

  14. Irene says

    These sound so good. I’d love to see a recipe for mint chocolate chip cookies. I just bought some mint chocolate chips to make something with mint in the spirit of Christmas so that would be great.

  15. Jackie says

    My top 3 choices in order:
    1. Chocolate Quinoa Cookies
    2.Flourless Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs (must have icing recipe too 🙂 ! )
    3. Cookies in a Jar

    Thanks for all you do!

  16. Linde says

    Chocolate Quinoa Cookies sound sooo good! Cookies in a Jar as well though, how can I choose between all these amazing ideas?!

  17. Emily says

    Mint-Chocolate Chip Cookies, or Cookies in a Jar! I would most like to see both of these before XMas, please! Thanks for all you do Katie 🙂

  18. Maria says

    Hey Katie these look delish….I just finished making a double batch of your hot fudge larabars into truffles rolled in cocoa powder, crushed pistachios, goji berries, and a version of ferrero rocher encasing a roasted hazelnut and rolled in crushed hazelnuts. They are all spectacular and will be giving them out as Christmas gifts along with your raw gingerbread men recipe but in truffle form. Im thinking now that some raw pecan cookies wouldn’t hurt either 🙂 the worst (or maybe the best) thing that could happen is that I would have to keep them all to myself. Im not complaining either way 😀

  19. kristyn says

    quinoa cookies would be rad! also- a vegan version of my favorite dessert would be amazing! i’m obsessed with flourless chocolate cake…it’s the most decadent chocolate dessert ever and if you could make a vegan version that would be so cool!

  20. Violet says

    suh-weet, i’ve just gotten a ton of free almonds. ill be making these, and i’m going to try with both dried figs and then with golden raisins. also, i can’t choose between the first, third, and last cookie!

  21. Allison says

    Mint-Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Chocolate Quinoa Cookies

    And I must admit, it’s nice to see your cheery, smiling face when I check in!

  22. Lena says

    I loooove chocolate and mint so I’m biased towards the cookies. But the chocolate quinoa cookies also sound awesome. So either of those please 😀

  23. Claire Elizabeth says

    I’m excited for all your new recipes, Katie! Chocolate Quinoa Cookies sound super, but I also really like the idea of the mint chocolate cookies or the flourless sugar cookies. Merry Christmas to you, Katie! 🙂

  24. Andrea says

    I’d definitely like to see the mint chocolate chip cookies! They sound ahh-mazing! My next vote would be cake batter macaroons or cookies in a jar, but all of your recipes are lovely!

  25. Alisha says

    I made these pecan pie balls – but added a 1/2 teaspoon of blackstrap molasses (because we put lots of molasses in our regular pecan pie). yep – they are amazing! thanks again for the marvelous recipes.

  26. Lyndsey says

    Sugar cookie cut-outs, please! The mint chocolate chip cookies sound good too, though.

    (p.s. this is my first time commenting…after about 7 months of following this blog! I have to say…I’m addicted! I’ve tried a ton of your recipes–new and old–and even though I’m not a vegan, I do love a yummy, easy, healthy dessert! Keep up the good work!)

  27. Emily says

    Flourless cutouts! my mom is allergic to gluten, and i want to make her some special cookies for Christmas 🙂 we both love your blog by the way!

  28. Lynn Schadler says

    How do I store the pecan pie babies? They look divine (like all your goodies do!) and I would love to have them out to nibble on at Christmas!
    Btw…would love a sugarless/flourless sugar cookie 🙂

  29. Tessa Mahlow says

    mint chocolate is always good, but i’ve never seen a recipe for quinoa cookies, so i’m rooting for that one. merry christmas!

  30. EMC says

    I’m putting in a vote for the Flourless Sugar Cookie Cutouts! 🙂 I’m fascinated. Is this an almond flour base? I’ve been very intrigued by the variety of flour/grain-less baked goods coming out lately…

  31. Anonymous says

    I know it’s not on your list, but I could really use a recipe for cinnamon rolls. My family makes them every Christmas morning and the smell of cinnamon rolls baking just makes Christmas for me. I would LOVE a healthier take on them. Your recipes are always the best and I can always trust what you come up with. Keep doing what you’re doing girl!

  32. Tahnee says

    Flourless Sugar Cut-out Cookies! I’ve been searching for a healthy gluten-free version of cut-out cookies for my 3 year old who has been BEGGING to make them with me! 🙂

  33. Allison says

    Please, the flourless sugar cutouts! Also the chocolate quinoa! I can’t decide between the both! Don’t make me chose! 🙂

  34. Melankalia says

    They all sound amazing, but I am especially intrigued by the Flourless Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs, and Cake Batter Macaroons.

  35. Tiffany says

    Flourless sugar cookie cutouts with a healthy glaze or frosting! My second choice would be the cake batter macaroons just because that sound so interesting.

  36. Katherine says

    Definitely chocolate quinoa cookies! They sound really good and now I’m curious. I’d also like to see the flourless sugar cookies as a lot of my friends are gluten-free. Thanks!

  37. Lea says

    These cookie dough balls look awesome! And I would love to see the Flourless Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs I’ve been on the look out for some good gluten-free Christmas cookies!

  38. Annessa says

    I am interested in all those recipes, but I will order them, so you know my MUST haves. (#1 is the one I want to see most!)

    1. Flourless Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs
    2. Cake Batter Macaroons
    3. Cookies in a Jar
    4. Mint-Chocolate Chip Cookies
    5. Chocolate Quinoa Cookies

  39. Rebecca says

    Christmas cannot come soon enough! I’ve asked Santa for a food processor just so I can make some of your yummy recipes!

  40. mrsluckypants says

    Thanks for the recipe, it sounds wonderful. I would really like to see the flourless sugar cookie cut outs and then the chocolate quinoa cookies and if you have time those jar cookies sound interesting. You just make so many good things, it’s hard to choose.
    Happy Holidays

  41. Sarah says

    Mint-chocolate chip cookies!! They sound delicious! Would it be with mint extract, or mint chocolate chips? Where I live mint extract is rather expensive, but I am going to buy it soon because many recipes call for it.

  42. Alethea says

    Oh such a hard choice!!! the quinoa chocolate cookies sound amazingggg!!! – but so do the sugar cookies <3 too much cookie love – I can't decide but I'm sure they are both amazing recipes 😀

  43. Kavli says

    Gotta try this one as soon as I can get home from work! 😀

    Chocolate Quinoa cookies sound oh-so-delicious! And the Flourless Sugar cookies would be awesome too since my 18month old is allergic to wheat – I’m hoping this one will be something she can eat!

  44. Jenny says

    1. Flourless Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs
    2. Mint-Chocolate Chip Cookies
    3. Cookies in a Jar
    4. Cake Batter Macaroons
    5. Chocolate Quinoa Cookies

  45. Erika says

    Sugar cookie cut outs please!!! The rest sound super delicious as well but I’m definitely looking for a good sugar cookie recipe for the holidays 🙂

  46. Kelly says

    I’d love to see the Flourless Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs. My sister is gluten free, so I’d love to have a wholesome cookie option for her at holiday parties 🙂

  47. Jenna Dunn says

    Flourless sugar cookie cutouts! They all look amazing! I love your blog, and cannot wait to see more recipes. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas + New Year!

  48. Lila says

    Please, please, please (with chocolate on top!) include Flourless Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs & Chocolate Quinoa Cookies in upcoming recipes. I need a cutout cookie that isn’t junky, and I need to find more uses for quinoa–chocolate+quinoa sounds like it has seriously good possibilities!

  49. Sherri says

    These pecan bites look delish! Question of the day – and the answer is – flourless sugar cookie cut outs. I had to go gluten free 18 months ago and really need a sugar cookie that can be used for holidays.

  50. Katie says

    Would love the see the Sugar cookie recipe or the quinoa ones.. love learning new things that you can do with that item. I just came across your blog the other day and am loving it.. thanks for all the new ideas 🙂

  51. Pamela York says

    I would really like to see the quinoa recipe if its gluten free, sugar free, and ideally free of any of the grass grain family (gluten grains, rice, cane sugar, etc). Thanks!

  52. Devan says

    Just made these, they are fantastic 🙂
    I added ~1 t of cinnamon, it made it even more pecan-pie like. I’m wondering if there will be any left by the time my family gets home or if I’ll eat the whole batch first (oops!). Love your blog, Katie. As a college girl who loves her sweets, all of your recipes prove I can have my cake and eat it too! Thank you!

  53. Debbie says

    I would like to see the flourless sugar cookies!! I love these pecan balls. I added 2 T cocoa because everything is better with some chocolate 😉

  54. Haynes Paschall says



    I have taken mocha chocolate chip no-bake and peanut butter chocolate chip balls to every Christmas party. HUGE hit!!

  55. Mandie says

    Mint-Chocolate Chip Cookies & Chocolate Quinoa Cookies would be great to see soon!

    I was also wondering if you could think about possibly creating a cookie made with instant coffee and/or strong coffee as the main flavor?

    Just a thought…

    • Jules says

      Yes! I want to make a black coffe flavored cookie so badly- I would use it as a base recipe for crazy coffe flavors, swirl it with cream and sugar flavored cookie dough, or just top it with a piece of dark chocolate- but all I can find on the Internet is chocolate cookies with coffe in them, as opposed to straight up coffe flavored cookies. *Steps off soapbox* sorry for the random tangent reply 🙂

  56. Rachel says

    I vote for these two!
    Flourless Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs
    Mint-Chocolate Chip Cookies

    And Cookies in a Jar is a close runner-up…but if I had to pick just one, I’d say the Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies.

  57. Ayesha says

    I’m sure your new look will be great. Will be waiting for it. 😉

    Mint Chocolate-Chip Cookies or the Flourless Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs. I’ve always loved Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream and so the same kind of cookies will be like heaven on earth. Yummm… XD

  58. Lisa B says

    1st choice is cookies in a jar (may be a xmas present) or anything mint. My favourite combo with chococlate is mint. Hate orange & chocolate. What’s your favourite combo Katie?

  59. Hungry Heather says

    Your timing is always perfect, Katie… I just made these and your raw gingerbread men tonight for my Christmas “baking.” Delicious!

    I’d love to see any of those recipes that are sugar-free and wheat-free.

    • Hungry Heather says

      Follow up- I ate these pecan pie babies and was delightfully surprised at how much they taste like actual pecan pie!! Wow! Great work Katie

  60. Talia says

    So cruel to make us choose- I cant decide between quinoa chocolate cookies and mint chocolate chip. My heart says mint chocolate chip all the way but my brain is saying quinoa chocolate is high protein- easier to justify as healthy for you and the kids.

  61. Jules says

    I think the flour less sugar cookies would be so great! That’s where my vote goes, CCK. Not that they don’t ALL sound delicious! But for me, my first pick would DEffinately have to be those ones. Sugar cookies!

  62. Kimberly says

    If the jar ones are a gift you can give, that’s what I need to see! As of now, I’ll be giving my sister a regular old cookie-ingredients-layered-in-a-jar-with-recipe for Christmas, but a brand spankin’ new vegan recipe would be SOOOOO much more fantastic!!! Can’t wait to see all of these, though!

  63. Stephanie says

    Chocolate quinoa cookies!!!!! That sounds sooooo yummy and unique! Keep your amazing recipes coming!! (And looking forward to your cookbook)

  64. Allison says

    Hey Katie,
    So I have an immersion blender. Can I use that instead of a Magic Bullet? I might buy myself a MB, but if my stick blender will work, I’d rather stick with that.
    You’re the best!

  65. Christa says

    Just made these for Christmas family dinner and everyone liked them more than the actual homemade pies! Converting my extended family to healthy living one recipe at a time!

  66. Katie says

    This is my first time using date/eating dates ever and oh my goodness WHAT HAVE I BEEN MISSING OUT ON?! Thanks for the yummy treat 🙂

    When I was rolling them my hands were covering in oil. Is that how it is supposed to be? Are dates really good for you if they have that much oil in them?

  67. Lauren says

    I’m thinking chocolate quinoa cookies sounds great! Or mint chocolate chip cookies. Another idea would be Girl Scout thin mints. I have a recipe for that I’m going to try next weekend, but I feel like you can always improve any recipe!

  68. Teri says

    I have had gastric bypass and I am extremely sensitiy to sugar. Causes severe nausea. I need totally sugar free recipes. I tolerate Slenda well. Any recipes that splenda work well with?

  69. Kaitlyn says

    just made these.. put them in the freezer to help them set. i don’t know how you made 23 balls out of this recipe, though. i could barely make 16! they must be super tiny, lol. they do taste pretty good.

  70. Barbara says

    I’m trying to pin this recipe – but it’s not working! I think something must have changed with the new design. Pinterest tries to load a page of different size images, but all are blank, with the various sizes being listed a “0 x 800” “0 x 1024” – they all have 0 as one of the dimensions, therefore nothing is showing. I hope this makes sense!

  71. Punkin1fun says

    I just made these! Yummmmmm! I used the optional chocolate chips and I toasted the pecan halves that I put on top…now I’m going to make the Mounds ‘copies’!!
    Thanks Katie!

  72. Meagan says


    You mention sun sweet dates (which are deglet noir dates). If you can get me shook dates, medjools are much more moist than deglet dates.

  73. Helen moore says

    Hi Katie, I’ve never left a message before but wanted to today. I love your site and follow all your recipes. I’ve tried so many (favourite is the chocolate cake for one!) and I love the healthy spin on all things chocolate. Hubby doesn’t eat chocolate

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