My wildest dreams are coming true because, thanks to these easy no bake Protein Balls, cookie dough is now a health food!

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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.

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:

  • Quick and Easy. We’re talking one bowl, no baking. Like my reader favorite Energy Balls recipe, you don’t need to use a food processor.
  • Low in Sugar. Just 1 ½ tablespoons of honey is all you need to sweeten these protein balls, so they are good for you and will help you avoid energy crashes.
  • High Protein. These pack 7+ grams of protein per ball, which is impressive for a from-scratch recipe. One or two of these keeps me full.
  • TOTALLY DELISH. Did I mention that they taste like chocolate chip cookie dough?
a bowl of chocolate chip protein balls

5 Star Review

“Made this yesterday and it was absolutely delicious. I will definitely be making these again very soon.”

— Max —

How to Make High Protein Balls

Not all protein balls or energy balls are good for you. Many recipes are so sugar packed, they are better enjoyed for dessert.

Further, if energy balls are low in fiber or protein, they’ll often hide a large number of calories, without actually filling you up.

With all of my energy ball and energy bar recipes, I keep the added sugars to a minimum, use natural ingredients, and pack in as much protein and fiber as possible. These protein balls are no exception!


almond butter, honey, chocolate chips, and protein powder, and almond milk for making protein balls

The Ingredients

  • Vanilla Protein Powder. Protein powder is not just for serious weightlifters or that guy at the gym whose 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. You do not need to worry that it will make you bulk up, trust me!

Substitution Tip!

  • I most often use whey protein powder (this is the vanilla one I buy). If you’d like these protein balls vegan, you can swap your favorite plant-based protein powder (my sister loves this one).
  • Vanilla protein balls are not the only option! You can use chocolate protein powder to make chocolate protein balls or swap in another flavor you enjoy. Chocolate fans, be sure to check out these Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls.
  • Coconut Flour. This once-trendy ingredient is now mainstream. Coconut flour can be used instead of oats in protein balls. It’s 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. Use it to make any of these coconut flour recipes.

Substitution Tip

To make these coconut protein balls with oats instead, swap in blended oats, a.k.a. oat flour (a similar trick works in this Chickpea Cookie Dough).

  • Nut Butter. More protein, along with heart-healthy fats. Also, soooooo tasty. Feel free to swap peanut butter instead (what I use in my go-to Peanut Butter Protein Bars).
  • Honey. Just 1 ½ tablespoons is all you need.

Tip!

Like oats, coconut flour is heat treated before it is packaged. It’s safe to eat raw oats in energy balls, as well as raw coconut flour (the heat treatment means it is not truly raw).

The Directions

healthy protein ball batter in a bowl
  1. Stir all of the ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Adjust the amount of almond milk/coconut flour until you have a consistency that’s easy to roll.
  2. Roll into 12 balls and refrigerate. Enjoy!

Dietary Note

To make these energy balls vegan, swap pure maple syrup for the honey. If you prefer energy balls or bars with dates, check out this recipe for No Bake Pumpkin Energy Balls or Vegan Protein Bars.

  • Dark Chocolate Chips. Hello, antioxidants. And chocolate.
  • Unsweetened Almond Milk. To help hold the protein balls together.

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Refrigerate protein balls for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator (really, I feel these last practically indefinitely but we never have them around that long!). I love eating these right out of the refrigerator, but you can let them stand at room temperature first if you prefer.
  • To Freeze. Place the energy balls in an airtight storage container or ziptop bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Meal Prep Tip

Make a double batch, store half in the refrigerator, then freeze the other half for healthy snacks on demand.

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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

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When a recipe is as yummy and EASY as these cookie dough protein balls, healthy snacking is deliciously fun.

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.

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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

Protein Balls

4.74 from 15 votes
Easy no bake protein balls that taste like cookie dough! Healthy, low calorie and perfect on-the-go. Easy to store and ready in 10 minutes!

Prep: 10 mins
Total: 10 mins

Servings: 12 balls

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup almond butter or peanut butter you can use natural nut butter, or the shelf-stable kind
  • 1/2 cup vanilla whey protein powder  about 2 scoops—use plant-based protein powder to make dairy free
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour or oat flour* plus 1-2 tablespoons additional as needed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey or pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2-4 tablespoons unsweetened vanilla almond milk or milk of choice or water
  • 2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips

Instructions
 

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

Notes

  • *Coconut flour is the most high protein and low carb option for these protein balls. It is also grain free. If you prefer not to purchase coconut flour, you can use oat flour. To make your own oat flour, pulse oats in a food processor until smooth, then measure and use in the recipe as directed. (I do not recommend wheat flour, as its taste will be off-putting and unlike coconut flour and oat flour which are heat treated as a part of processing, it is not safe to eat wheat flour without cooking it further first.)

Nutrition

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

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  1. Great recipe! Just wondering if you could use peanut butter instead of almond butter? Where I live the price of almond butter is double that of peanut butter!5 stars

  2. I make these for an afternoon snack when I’m craving something sweet. Such a breeze to make! I store mine in the freezer and just take 1 or 2 out and eat cold.5 stars

  3. I wasn’t crazy about the taste of these immediately after putting them together. Decided to let them sit in the fridge overnight and give them another shot this morning, and I’m glad I did – the taste is much better! Maybe the flavors just need some time to blend? I followed the recipe exactly except that I used half almond butter, half peanut butter. Delicious!4 stars

    1. Hi LKG, the slight change to the recipe (using two different butters) might have affected the immediate taste. So glad you were able to enjoy them!

    1. Hi Andrea! 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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