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.
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?
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. You also can swap oat flour for the coconut flour in this recipe.
- Nut Butter: More protein, along with heart-healthy fats. Also, soooooo tasty. Feel free to swap peanut butter instead.
- Dark chocolate chips: Hello, antioxidants. And chocolate.
- Unsweetened Almond Milk. To help hold the protein balls together.
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
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- Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls
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Tools Used to Make This Recipe
No Bake Cookie Dough Protein Balls
- ½ cup almond butter or peanut butter you can use natural nut butter, or the shelf-stable kind
- ½ cup vanilla whey protein powder about 2 scoops—use plant-based protein powder to make dairy free
- ⅓ cup coconut flour or oat flour* plus 1-2 tablespoons additional as needed
- 1 ½ tablespoons honey or pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 2-4 tablespoons unsweetened vanilla almond milk or milk of choice or water
- 2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips dairy free if needed
- To a large bowl, add the almond butter, protein powder, ⅓ 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.
- *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 chocolate 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.)
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