If you’ve ever wondered why chocolate chip cookies have to contain calories (can’t we delegate that task to celery sticks?), these No Bake Cookie Dough Protein Balls are for you! Clean-eating approved, low carb, and protein-packed, these healthy energy bites taste like chocolate chip cookie dough but are made entirely from wholesome, good-for-you ingredients.

No Bake Cookie Dough Protein Balls. These healthy energy bites taste exactly like chocolate chip cookie dough! One bowl, no baking, and they’re perfect for breakfast, snacking, and even dessert. {low carb, paleo, and gluten free} @wellplated

Translation: with this protein ball recipe, cookie dough is a health food. Celery, consider yourself replaced.

As someone who mutates into Oscar the Grouch when she’s hungry, I’m constantly looking for easy, healthy snack ideas. Call it hanger-management.

These cookie dough protein balls are everything I could ask for in a healthy snack: they are ridiculously quick and easy to make (we’re talking one bowl, no baking), low in sugar (critical to avoid sudden energy crashes), and the fact that they are high in protein means that they actually keep me full.

Did I mention that they also taste like chocolate chip cookie dough?

Paleo Protein Balls that taste EXACTLY like chocolate chip cookie dough! EASY recipe that’s low carb, high in protein and fiber, and gluten free. @wellplated

Key Ingredients in This Protein Ball Recipe

  • Vanilla protein powder: Protein powder is not just for serious weightlifters or that guy at the gym who’s t-shirt is too tight. I regularly add protein powder to my smoothies and no bake recipes like this one to make them more satisfying and ensure my body has the fuel it needs.
  • Coconut flour: This once-trendy ingredient is now mainstream, and I’ve become a fan. I stayed away for a while, because I thought coconut flour was only necessary for those with dietary restrictions (it’s grain free and gluten free) or who follow paleo diets. Not true. Coconut flour is incredibly high in fiber, protein, and gives a rich texture to baked goods—or, in the case, of these protein balls, to no bake goods. If you want to make a cookie dough protein ball recipe without flour, try my Chickpea Cookie Dough, which uses oats instead.
  • Natural almond butter: More protein, along with heart-healthy fats. Also, soooooo tasty.
  • Dark chocolate chips: Hello, antioxidants. And chocolate.
  • Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almondmilk: My absolute favorite for everything from cereal, to smoothies, to today’s protein balls. I even developed this recipe as a part of my on-going Almond Breeze partnership! I’m excited to be working with a brand I already buy and love to create recipes that help me refuel and be my best self.

Healthy No Bake Protein Balls that taste just like chocolate chip cookie dough! Easy, one-bowl recipe with simple ingredients. @wellplated

I’m also not the only one who is a fan of Almond Breeze—it’s the official almondmilk of Team USA Volleyball, as well as a team sponsor. Although I am not particularly athletic myself (and haven’t played volleyball since my brief tenure in the fifth grade), I have tremendous respect for the discipline and dedication of the Team USA athletes. I might not ever perform at their caliber, but I do believe in the power of small changes that help me live a more healthy, energetic life. For me, making sure I balance my diet with healthy snacks like these cookie dough protein balls is critical.

These healthy protein balls taste EXACTLY like chocolate chip cookie dough. One bowl, no bake, and a whopping 7 GRAMS of protein per ball! @wellplated

Plus, when a recipe is as yummy and EASY as these cookie dough protein balls, healthy snacking is deliciously fun. To make these protein balls, all you do is stir the ingredients together in a bowl, then shape them into balls. That’s it!

I’m completely addicted to these cookie dough protein balls, and I hope that you love them just as much. Whether you are looking for an on-the-go snack, a post-workout reward, or a sweet after-dinner treat, these bites have you covered.

More Energy Ball Recipes

These Paleo Protein Balls taste EXACTLY like chocolate chip cookie dough! Easy no bake energy bites made with coconut flour, protein powder, and almond butter. {low carb, healthy, gluten free} @wellplated

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These Paleo Protein Balls taste EXACTLY like chocolate chip cookie dough! Easy no bake energy bites made with coconut flour, protein powder, and almond butter. {low carb, healthy, gluten free} @wellplated

No Bake Cookie Dough Protein Balls

4.75 from 12 votes
No Bake Cookie Dough Protein Balls. Healthy energy bites that taste like chocolate chip cookie dough! Perfect for breakfast, snacking, and even dessert.

Prep: 10 mins
Total: 10 mins

Servings: 12 balls

Ingredients
  


Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, stir together the almond butter, protein powder, 1/3 cup coconut flour, honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and 2 tablespoons almondmilk. Stir until the mixture forms a dough that is soft enough to roll into balls, but not overly sticky. Add additional coconut flour or almondmilk as needed to make the mixture more or less dry. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Roll into 12 balls. Enjoy immediately or store in the refrigerator for later.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ballCalories: 124kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 7gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 10mgFiber: 4gSugar: 2g

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  1. Very nice. I used chocolate protein powder and added a tsp of instant coffee powder and it worked great. Mild chocolate flavor. Not too sweet. Will definitely make again. So easy!4 stars

  2. These are delicious! They are smooth and creamy and taste SO decadent, even though they are full of goodness for your body. What I love the most is they are NOT made with oats like most energy balls, which I don’t like the texture of with the cardboardy crunch- these really taste like cookie dough- going to make more today and put them in the freezer!5 stars

  3. Thank you. I was wondering if you vanilla protein powder is sweet already. All the vegan protein powder that I have tried are bloody sweet and made me avoid adding them to many recipes.

    1. Hi Moataz, it’s not overly sweet (I use Optimum Nutrition Vanilla). On its own the powder might be, but once added to the protein balls, it tastes just fine, at least to me and others who have tried it! If you’re interested in another option, these energy bites don’t have protein powder in them: https://www.wellplated.com/energy-balls/

  4. Thank you so much for this recipe! Can’t wait to try it. Is there something i can substitute for Honey? I wasn’t sure if the stickiness of the honey contributes to the consistency?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Caitlin, if you doesn’t want to use honey, agave or maple syrup would work too. For my taste preference, I like the honey because I think some sweetness is necessary to make the balls taste their best, but if you don’t mind them less sweet and want to experiment, you could also try using more peanut butter.

  5. I usually never leave reviews on recipes but this was too yummy to not review. Cookie dough with healthy fats and protein… count me in! I made them for my husband and we both were floored at how great they tasted. Definitely going to be a staple snack or treat in our fridge going forward. Thanks for the recipe!5 stars

  6. Do you think I could use vital proteins collagen powder for the protein powder? It’s unflavored. Or do I need vanilla flavor? 

    1. Hi Becky! I’m afraid coconut flour cannot be swapped, not just for taste, but also for texture and safety. Since these are no bake cookie dough balls, the flour will not be cooked to a safe temperature first. Coconut flour also absorbs moisture differently than other flours, so I wouldn’t recommend swapping it out. I hope this helps!

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