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.
- 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.
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.
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
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- Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls
- Energy Balls
- Ginger Cookie Healthy Energy Balls
Tools Used to Make This Recipe
No Bake Cookie Dough Protein Balls
- 1/2 cup natural almond butter
- 1/2 cup vanilla whey protein powder about 2 scoops—use plant-based protein powder to make dairy free
- 1/3 cup coconut 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 Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almondmilk
- 2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips dairy free if needed
- 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.
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