Snowball cookies are a classic holiday treat. Also known as Russian Tea Cakes and Mexican Wedding Cakes, this cookie is a must for the holidays! These Paleo Snowball Cookies are my version of the traditional snowball cookie recipe. They contain just 5 simple ingredients and are high in protein. In addition, these cookies are Paleo, Vegan and gluten free.
I fondly remember Christmas-time as a child with the excuse to eat my body weight in sugar. My mom baked an obscene variety of cookies every December. From homemade caramel to 7-Layer bars, our home was filled with sweet treats. But, none as healthy as these Paleo Snowball Cookies.
Well, I suppose I'm no different with all the treats I've been making and baking this year. The only exception being that I like to find healthier alternatives to conventional cookie recipes - much like these snowball cookies.
A Healthy Cookie Alternative
Cookies are great, especially around the holidays. No one wants to miss out on sweets and treats. But, it is possible to bake for the holidays and still keep a healthy diet. Recipes like these Paleo Snowball Cookies (or Russian Tea Cakes/Mexican Wedding Cakes) are the solution!
These cookies are:
- Gluten Free
- Sweetened with Dates
- High in Protein
- Rolled in Powdered Monk Fruit
Ingredients in Healthy Paleo Snowball Cookies
Although these cookies are made with different ingredients than traditional snowball cookies, they taste just like the ones my mom used to bake.
My take on snowball cookies contains only contain 5 simple ingredients (plus water). They are sweetened with dates instead of refined sugar and rolled in powdered monk fruit. Plus, they contain pea protein instead of flour. Yes, these snowball cookies are flour-less!
Here's what you need:
- pecan pieces
- flaked coconut
- vanilla protein
- powdered monk fruit
How to Make Healthy Snowball Cookies
To make these, first preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Next, place pitted dates, flaked coconut and pecans in a food processor. Blend until it is an even, coarse mixture. Then, add in protein and water. Pulse the mixture a couple times, then blend. Stop to scrape the sides, as necessary. Keep blending until the mixture can be pressed together and rolled into balls.
Roll the mixture into 12 even balls and place on a baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
Remove the cookies from the oven and cool to room temperature on a cooling rack. Lastly, roll the balls in powdered monk fruit.
If you prefer a no-bake snowball cookie, these can be eaten raw. Simply skip the baking part!
These cookies are best kept in the fridge or freezer, but can be kept out at room temperature for a couple days.
More Paleo Holiday Cookie Recipes
For more Paleo friendly cookie recipes containing protein powder, check these out:
- Vanilla Protein Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars
- Peppermint Protein Bars
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Paleo Snowball Cookies
- Prep Time: 10 min
- Cook Time: 10 min
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: one dozen cookies 1x
Easy, protein-packed snowball cookies made with 5 simple ingredients. Great for a healthy holiday treat.
- 8 pitted dates (60g)
- ½ cup pecan pieces (55g)
- ½ cup flaked coconut (30g)
- ½ cup protein powder (45g)*
- 6 Tbsp water
- 1-2 Tbsp powdered monk fruit
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Add dates, coconut and pecans to food processor. Blend well.
- Add in protein powder and water. Blend.
- Roll mixture into 12 even balls and place on baking sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and cool to room temperature.
- Roll balls in powdered monk fruit until well coated.
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I love these paleo snowball cookies and hope you all do too!