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



  • 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.


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

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  1. Ohh these look delicious Erin! A perfect snack if you ask me, who doesn’t like chocolate chips and nut butter… I’ve gotta get myself some protein powder!

      1. Some of my friends also use it, they use it to make a shake. But I still haven’t tried it, haha! I have to research it I think, to know if it’s useful for me :) 

  2. These sound really great.  I’m always looking for good, higher protein snacks, and am thoroughly sick of energy/nutrition bars.  It’ll be a while before I’ll be able to make these, because we’re not at home and my kitchen where we are is very limited (I also have coconut flour at home and don’t have other uses for it, so I’d rather use what I have instead of buying more).

  3. Really like protein balls (no pun intended), but never had them like this before. Very intrigued, great post! (:

    1. Hi Nayan! Almond butter is ground nuts, while regular salted butter is completely different and a byproduct of dairy that behaves very differently in cooking. The two are not very similar, so I’m afraid salted butter wouldn’t work in this recipe. If you like, you could use a different nut butter, such as cashew butter or peanut butter. I hope that helps!

  4. Delicious recipe! Changed it up a bit based on ingredients I had on hand (Quest PB protein, xylitol sweetened syrup, a mix of walnut & almond butters and butter extract instead of vanilla). Even with all the changes they taste great…thanks!

    1. Hi Sara! Regular dairy milk will work just fine in this. If coconut milk is ok, that will work too. Unfortunately, the coconut flour in this recipe cannot be substituted, so that’s definitely something you want to be aware of if you allergies include coconuts.

      1. I see that you say the coconut flour can not be substituted… is that because of taste? I’m curious because I have oat flour at home that I used for another protein ball recipe and am trying to use the remainder of it.

        1. Hi Krystal, I’m afraid coconut flour cannot be swapped, not just for taste, but also for texture. Coconut flour is VERY unique. It absorbs moisture differently than other flours, so I wouldn’t recommend that swap. If you’re looking to use up your oat flour, you could try either of these recipes or use it in place of oatmeal in these blender muffins!

    2. Sara you might try sunflower seed butter (available at Sprouts).  My hubby is allergic to nuts and this works wherever peanut butter or almond butter is listed on a recipe 

  5. Mine didn’t turn out good at all even though I followed the recipe exactly. They really didn’t taste anything like cookie dough. I guess this is to be expected based on the ingredients. I had to throw them away :(

    1. Hannah, I’m sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy these! They are a healthy recipe, so they won’t taste exactly like cookie dough, but as you can see from other reviews, many other readers have enjoyed them too. Do you like the brand of protein powder you chose? That can have a big impact on taste too.

  6. Wow these look delicious! So happy to see a recipe that doesn’t require a blender! Can I sub the whey protein for more coconut flour? I know that menas they won’t be high on protein, but just wondering if it is possible! Have a lovely day!

    1. Hi Victoria! I actually wouldn’t recommend this swap. The two have very different properties, and because coconut flour is quite dry, I’m worried that the balls would not form. The vanilla protein also does a lot to flavor the balls. I know that’s not the answer you were hoping for, but I really want this recipe to turn out properly for you!

  7. Looks great, I can’t wait to try these! Would I be able to use ground flaxseed meal instead of coconut flour? I don’t have coconut flour in my pantry.

    1. David, I’m afraid flaxseed meal and coconut flour are actually quite different than one another, so I wouldn’t recommend the swap. You could add a little bit of extra ground flaxseed if you wanted, but the coconut flour is pretty important to the texture.

  8. Hi Erin,

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I was wondering if the vanilla protein powder can be raw. My portion powder is and I wasn’t sure if it would change the way they turned out.
    Thank you,

    1. Hi Fauna, I don’t have experience with raw powder and have only tested the recipe with whey. If you’ve swapped your raw powder in other recipes that call for whey, you should get good results here too!

  9. I made these and they turned out extremely sticky. I couldn’t even roll them. I added almond milk and flour and it just got worse. Do you know what I did wrong? They are sticky blobs. ??

    1. Hi Lindsey! I’m so sorry the recipe didn’t turn out—how frustrating! What brand of coconut flour did you use? Some can absorb more moisture than others (it sounds like yours absorbed less) Overall, it sounds like too much milk or honey was added. Next time, I’d suggest adding less liquid and seeing how it comes out.

  10. I made these tonight, with a few adjustments for allergies. I used peanut butter and regular Fairlife Milk. I also swapped the coconut flour for just gluten free flour mix.
    They were amazing. I’m post-bariatric surgery and needed a high protein snack with a small stature so they would fit in my stomach!
    Soooooo, so good!5 stars

    1. I forgot to mention that I used a high level protein, unflavored powder. I should have upped the vanilla a smidge, but they are still very tasty.
      My nutrition specs are:
      cals: 105kcal | fat: 5.77g | carbs: 9.54g | prot: 7.72g

      Which is pretty good :)

  11. Hi Erin,

    I read through the comments, but didn’t see this question. Is there any chance I could substitute the coconut flour with almond?

    1. Hi Melody, I wouldn’t recommend that swap. Coconut flour is very unique and absorbs moisture differently than other flours, so it’s pretty important in this particular recipe.

    1. Hi Alicia, 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 are welcome to play around. If you doesn’t want to use honey, agave or maple syrup would work too.

      1. Thanks Erin! I was just thinking about how to reduce some of the carbs in this energy ball because of the honey. Maybe I’ll try replace it with erythritol.

  12. Terrific recipe exactly as above. Second time I made, substituted cocoa nibs (more healthy and no sugar), unflavored, unsweetened, unflavored protein powder (same reason). Also added a couple of tablespoons of chopped dates and a couple of tablespoons of rolled oats. Equally good. Thanks for the recipe.5 stars

    1. Dave, I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed these! Cocoa nibs sound like a delicious addition. Thank you for trying the recipe out and reporting back!

  13. Can you swap the peanut butter for powdered peanut butter to lower calories a little bit? Wondering if the texture will be way off.

    1. Hi Kayla, I haven’t tried that swap, but I don’t think I’d recommend it because the stickiness of the nut butter is needed to hold the protein balls together.

  14. I work as a hairstylist who doesn’t always have time for lunch. I was tired of buying protein balls from the local health food store, and have some new diet restrictions; these save my sweet tooth and keep me going at work! Thank you!5 stars

    1. I am so happy to hear that Shandra! Thanks so much for trying the recipe and taking time to report back. It means so much to me and is helpful for others considering making the recipe too!

    1. That sounds delicious Delynne! Thanks for letting me know and leaving this lovely review. These are VERY freezer friendly. Just put them in an airtight container or plastic bag. Then, you can thaw them in the fridge (or at room temperature if you are in a hurry). Just be sure to store them in the fridge once they are thawed.

  15. Is there any way to omit the protein powder? Maybe decrease the liquid? I’m making these for small children and doctor warned against added proteins because they can cause small children to eat fewer calories than they need.

    1. Hi Rickie, you can experiment with using more coconut flour, but the protein powder does both flavor and sweeten the recipe, so you may want to taste and add another sweetener like honey if you’re not liking the flavor. You could also add vanilla extract. I’ve never tried it this way, so you’d definitely be experimenting! Good luck! I hope you enjoy them.

  16. I made these today. They were so good! I used chocolate cashew milk, but followed the recipe pretty well except guessing on measurements LOL, and microwaving my peanut butter a little bit so it was easier to mix
    Fyi i read other posts- these were not even remotely mushy. Don’t know how that could happen5 stars

  17. Can I use Chocolate protein powder instead? We bought some that doesn’t mix well in a blender ball shaker but we like the taste so we are hoping to find a recipe to use the rest of it.

    1. Jen, I’ve never tried this recipe with chocolate, so I’m afraid I can’t vouch for it. It you want to experiment, you can definitely play around, and I’d love to hear how it turns out!

  18. Just made these and they are DELICIOUS!! I’ve made protein balls before, but these take the cake–er, cookie! Thanks so much for this recipe–changed my week!5 stars

      1. Hi Erin, of course!
        Seriously, thanks so much for the recipe–I keep raving about it to my friends. I am a lifestyle blogger and shared the recipe to my blog. If this is not acceptable, could you please let me know, and I will remove it immediately–I do not wish to infringe on your creations. I’m still new to/learning about blogging so if I’ve made a mistake, I’d like not to be ignorant about it!
        Leighann (http://www.ohleighann.com/quick-easy-healthy-cookie-dough-protein-bites/)

        1. ***Update: I just read your FAQ’s–should have done that from the beginning. Please still take a look and let me know if this is acceptable. I’d be happy to take it down, if not! 

  19. I brought these up to an up north cabin weekend with friends. HUGE hit! These were perfect for pre and post drinking :) Also a great snack for the morning with coffee. Two girlfriends texted me after the weekend to say they made them! I also added chia and sesame seeds to mine!5 stars

    1. YAY Emily, I’m so happy to hear these were a hit. Thanks for giving them a try and taking the time to report back!

    1. Hi Gloria, I wouldn’t recommend that swap. Coconut flour is very unique and absorbs moisture differently than other flours, so it’s pretty important in this particular recipe.

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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/

  23. 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.

  24. 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

  25. 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!