Grain Free Walnut Cashew Snowball Cookies

When I was little my Mom made so many different kinds of holiday cookies I can’t even remember them all except Snowballs or Butterballs 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 and they make a HUGE mess.  Or at least I used to make a huge mess when “helping” to make them.  

Anyway, I haven’t really had them in a while but they happen to be my husband’s FAVORITE holiday cookie so I decided to whip up a healthier version for him to enjoy. 

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. 

Gluten Free and Dairy Free (Vegan Option) Snowball/ Butterball Cookie Recipe








  • 1 cup cashew butter
  • 1/4 cup honey (can be subbed for maple syrup, if vegan)
  • 1 cup almond flour 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt 
  • 1/2 cup 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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I’ve also rounded up some other holiday cookie recipes that are not only healthy but also sure to be party pleasers! 


Grain Free Chocolate Orange Cookies {Vegan} via The Fit Cookie

Paleo Double Chocolate Chip Cookies via My Uncommon Everyday 

Grain Free Pomegranate Dark Chocolate Biscotti via Athletic Avocado

Soft & Chewy Paleo Gingerbread Cookies via Physical Kitchness  

Superfood Sweet Potato Cookies via Healthy Helper 

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies via Whole Health Hacks

Soft Grainless Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookies via Strength and Sunshine

Welcome back to our weekly Foodie Friday link up! I’m linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger, Esther from Chocolate Runner Girl and Jess from Hello to Fit.  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! 

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  • December 02, 2016
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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!