Dreamy Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on September 21, 2011

I’m not sure if I’ve ever talked about my parents’ obsession with moving change.

I lived in a total of 12 houses in the first 17 years of my life.

Now, you may not think that’s a lot, but when you factor in that 6 of those 12 were temporary houses while our next house was being complete, that’s a heck of a lot of packing and unpacking in a short amount of time.

Sometimes these temporary houses would have a full kitchen, sometimes they wouldn’t. Sometimes they had a bedroom, sometimes they did not.

To make the transition as easy as possible, my Mom would make hundreds of casseroles. From manicotti, cannelloni, lasagna, to beef stroganoff. We’d live off the same meal for months until we moved into our more permanent home.

(It’s safe to say you will see very little in the way of manicotti recipes on the blog. Even saying that word gives me the shakes. Too much of a good thing is never, ever good.)

My favorite temporary house was when we rented a 1 bedroom basement suite next door to Auntie Lesley and Uncle Joe’s house.

They had just had their daughter; Mylaine, so my sister and I spent a lot of time before and after school taking care of her.

(My sister will probably kill me for posting this picture. Awesome hat, right? hehe)

We loved heading next door to hang out and eat all the chocolate chip cookies from the Winnie the Pooh cookie jar help take care of our new cousin.

Gosh, those cookies were good. Rrr… I mean it was a great bonding experience.

It seemed like Auntie Lesley always had a fresh batch in the jar just waiting for my sister and I. They were doughy, and melty, and buttery…

When my Mom would ask my sister and I why we liked Auntie Lesley’s cookies over her own, we’d always say “but Mom, they’re not cookies. They’re pie crust balls with chocolate chips. They cannot be compared!”


Dreamy Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls

Vegan (option), Gluten free, Dairy free, Refined sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free

“It’s like pie crust… with chocolate chips”

Yield: 16 cookies



  • 3/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 3/4 cup tapioca starch/flour/powder
  • 3/4 cup sweet rice flour
  • 2 tbsp freshly ground flax seed
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan rock salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda


  • 3/4 cup soy-free earth balance spread or coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/4 cup egg whites or 1 egg or 1 flax egg (1 tbsp freshly ground flax + 3 tbsp water)
  • 2 tbsp palm sugar or brown sugar
  • 1.5 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup big dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicon baking mat.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Place wet ingredients in a small bowl and blend with hand blender until combined.
  4. Combine dry ingredients into wet and mix until incorporated. Add chocolate chips and mash with hands, making sure each piece of cookie dough has some chip in it.
  5. Scoop dough with a tablespoon or ice cream scooper, stacking the dough over top of the spoon. Remove from spoon and place on prepared cookie sheet. Repeat, keeping each cookie about an 1″ away from the next.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Mine took 14 minutes but if you’re using parchment paper, your cookies should only take 11-12 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack for 10 minutes before enjoying (with a tall glass of coconut or almond milk, of course!)

note: to make vegan, use flax egg.


Before Kevin returned home from the UK last weekend, he’d mentioned that he was craving chocolate chip cookies. Being the awesome girlfriend I am, I thought I’d try my hand at recreating my Aunt’s cookies to satisfy his craving.

2 batches later and I was taken down memory lane… with a very full tummy.

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

Leanne these look amazing!!!

And I am thrilled to see that no beans were used in the recipe. Not that I have anything against beans (ironically I just posted a bean recipe) but I still havent been converted to the beans-in-dessert thing…quite yet.

I love that you made these vegan, GF, and free from so many other things..but clearly they look amazing!!! GREAT job!!!


Lisa ♥ Healthful Sense

Mmmm warm chocolate chip cookies — Love this recipe!! Can’t wait to try ‘em =)



Oh my word, I don’t think I could deal with all that moving! haha. 4 has been plenty for me. Well, so far. I know more are in store, but that’s to be expected.
“Like pie crusts with chocolate chips” – you and your sister sound like you had such wisdom at a young age! haha. Love that description. These sound and look awesome – and I have nearly everything in my cabinets, save for sweet rice flour. I think this is the third or fourth recipe using that that I’ve seen in the last week, though. That means it time for me to try some!


Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well.

I’ve been craving chocolate chip cookies lately too! I wonder if a mixture of butter and coconut oil would produce the same ‘pie crust’ taste and texture…must make when I get home!!!


Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Oh I’m sure it would. I think butter even more so!


Holly @ The Runny Egg

These are so cute — and pie crust with choc chips sounds delicious.

And your sister’s hat is awesome. I’m pretty sure I had the same one with a big flower on the front!



I’ve seen a few chocolate chip cookie recipes across the blog world lately, I think this gives me the perfect excuse to delve into the classic :) They look delicious and your photos are gorgeous (especially the one with your sister’s hat)!


Kristina @ spabettie

these sound SO good – I don’t think I have EVER had such a craving for a warm melty chocolate chip cookie with an ice cold glass of milk. well done, my friend. ;)

home builder in your family? moving and waiting for houses to be finished, first thing I thought of.


Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

Who doesn’t love a sweet cookie ball and a stroll down memory lane! I love the story just as much as the treats!



I love how you use a small ice cream scoop for the shape of the cookies…so cute! I really want to try that idea!



wow- that is a lot of moving! but, hooray for chocolate chip cookies! these look amazing!


jess☆ @ Multicultural Melbourne

Pie crust… with chocolate chips… cannot think of anything better!!!


Alexis @ hummusapien

these are the cutest little cookies! can’t wait to experiement with these :)



Your cookie balls brought me back to the raisin scones my sister and I used to bake as children. I can smell the cinnamon now. I have your cookie ball recipe on my to-do list. Do you think they would work with grapeseed oil in place of coconut oil?


Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Scones sound delicious! I’m sure it would work with grapeseed.


Ari @ The Frugally Rich Life

Where do you get refined sugar-free chocolate chips!?! :)


Rebecca haak

I am so excited to of found such brilliant website devoted to healthy food.
You are ever so creative with your recipes and your writing .I am going to enjoy following you and trying all the new yummy treats I have discovered.



So I want to make these with my boyfriend this weekend, I was wondering if there was anything other than sweet rice flour I can use, I have tapioca flour and brown rice flour, I also have white rice flour and regular flour as well, I also have cornstarch. Will any of these work as substitutions for the sweet rice flour, or any combination of them?


Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Hi Amanda, I haven’t tried any other combination, but I think you’ll be okay with subbing out the sweet rice flour for tapioca flour. Hope your boyfriend enjoys them!



I just finished baking these cookies and they turned out wonderful!!! They are delicious, crumbly and the perfect size! Thank you so much for this amazing recipe! Do you have the nutritional information on these cookies by chance? :)


Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Hi Maria – I’m happy you liked them! I just posted the nutrition content on the recipe page here: http://www.healthfulpursuit.com/recipage/?recipe_id=6006434



Thank you very much!


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