Foodie Friday: Walnut Cashew Butter Ball Cookies {Gluten Free, Dairy Free}

Walnut Cashew Butter Ball Cookies (Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free}

Welcome back to our weekly Foodie Friday link up! I’m linking up with Montana from Pretty Lil’ Mudder, Emily from Whatever Floats Your Oats, Esther from Chocolate Runner Girl, Farrah from Fairyburger and Cassandra from Powered by BLING to create awesome healthy recipes each week!  Also, make sure you hop around to check out all the amazing recipes in this link up and feel free to add your recipes as well! 

Today we are linking up to bring you holiday cookie recipes that we traditionally made growing up.  When I was little my Mom made so many different kinds of holiday cookies I can’t even remember them all so when it came time to choose one to recreate I struggled.  

Ultimately I went with the Walnut Butter Balls or Snow Balls or whatever they are really called, I honestly have no idea.   All I know is that they are a ball of butter, sugar and nuts but I figured that they would be easy enough to makeover into a healthy version without much of a brain struggle.  They are also my husband’s FAVORITE holiday cookie so I knew he’d be happy to come home to a fresh batch. 

Traditionally (according to my Mother’s recipe), these are made with butter, sugar, salt, vanilla extract, flour and chopped nuts and confectioner’s sugar.  Instead of butter I used cashew butter, instead of sugar I used honey and instead of regular flour I used almond flour.  Seriously, all very easy to swap.  I did leave the confectioner’s sugar since I only used a dusting and wanted to keep to the traditional nature of the cookie. Walnut Cashew Butter Ball Cookies Walnut Cashew Butter Ball Cookies Walnut Cashew Butter Ball Cookie

Walnut Cashew Butter Ball Cookies
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all ingredients into a bowl and mix.
  3. Rolls into small balls and place on baking sheet.
  4. Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes.
  5. Remove and cool for a few minutes then roll in confectioner's sugar.
  6. Enjoy!
  1. Watch carefully when in the oven- the bottom of the balls will burn easily.
The Fit Foodie Mama

– 1 cup cashew butter
– 1/4 cup of honey (can be subbed for maple syrup, if vegan)
– 1 cup of almond flour
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 1 pinch of salt
– 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
– confectioner’s sugar for rolling

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine everything except confectioner’s sugar into a bowl and mold into balls.
3. Place on parchment lined baking sheet and bake for approximately 20 minutes then remove from the oven.
4. When cooled just enough, roll in confectioner’s sugar.
5. Bite into one and enjoy! 😀

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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!


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Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply December 19, 2014

I. LOVE. Cashew butter.
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Reply December 19, 2014

whatever you call them, they look and sound fab! i love cashew butter. And the walnuts are a great touch! YUM!
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    Reply December 19, 2014

    Thank you! The walnuts and the cashew butter make a great combo!

Reply December 19, 2014

OMG. I have to make these! Thanks for sharing the recipe!
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Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply December 19, 2014

Yum!!! These look fabulous!
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Smitha @ FauxRunner
Reply December 19, 2014

OMG!! I will never be able to do this because I'm drooling over them!!!!
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    Reply December 19, 2014

    Haha well if you ever do make them I hope you enjoy ;)

Reply December 19, 2014

Yeahhh! I love "ball" cookies! :D (Saves me the trouble of having to make them look pretty as actual cookies, haha.) This looks super good! (Hooray for healthy swaps! <3)
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Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply December 19, 2014

I really wish you'd stop posting so many yummy looking desserts! :)
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Heidi @ Idlehide
Reply December 20, 2014

These look and sound really good. I love how the ingredient list is short and healthy. Lately I've been wanting quick and healthy snacks. I'll have to make these after Christmas! :)
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    Reply December 21, 2014

    Thank you-they are really quick and easy to make! Let me know what you think!

Reply December 22, 2014

Those look fantastic! I have had some similar but without the nuts and I LOOOOVE me some nuts!
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