Chocolate No-Bake Cookie Balls!

I made these delicious little no-bake chocolate cookies for my son’s fourth birthday. We brought them to daycare for the afternoon snack. They are nut- and sesame-free (so the kids in his group with allergies could eat them, too!)

I used a combination of agave nectar, honey, and dates as sweeteners instead of sugar. My goal was to provide a chocolate treat that didn’t give all 24 kids an instant sugar rush (I wouldn’t wish 24 sugar-high kids on anyone!) and I wanted an easy no-bake cookie recipe that tasted gooey and chocolately and was quick to make.

I was there when the kids ate them, and they were a hit! Phew! Tested and approved by a crowd of 4-year-olds. This recipe gets a star!

If you don’t have agave nectar, you could try just using honey. Or leave out the sweetener all together and rely on the dates for sweetness. Another idea is to use a combination of dates and raisins. Experiment and let us know how it turns out!

Chocolate No-Bake Cookie Balls!

Yield: 24 1-inch balls

Serving Size: 1-inch ball

Chocolate No-Bake Cookie Balls!


  • 1 cup finely chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup soynut or peanut butter (or other nut butters)
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 cups oat flour
  • 1 cup graham crumbs
  • colored sprinkles


  1. Place all of the ingredients in a bowl. Mix with a large wooden spoon until it is too thick to stir. Use your hands to combine the ingredients well.
  2. Form the dough into 1-inch balls and roll in the sprinkles.
  3. Refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.

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Nicole L'Esperance loves to cook from scratch. She is the co-author of the Easy Recipes from Scratch cookbooks found on

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