Avoid the granulated sugar (and even brown sugar!) and opt for these healthy, no-bake cookie dough bites as a busy mom staple!
As a Certified Nutrition Coach, I love that they're the perfect combo of easy-to-make and a pop-in-your-mouth craving buster.
Dence, sweet and with crunchy chocolate chips folded in.
You can use these no-bake cookie dough balls as:
- A speedy, fat-packed snack
- To curb a craving
- A mid-afternoon pick me up
- A healthy dessert for kids
Given that they take just five minutes to make, they’re healthy and paleo, you’d be silly to not have the ingredients on hand!
Ingredients You'll Need
This cookie dough is made of minimal ingredients that you probably already have in your cupboard.
Coconut Flour: Coconut flour helps give the cookie dough protein balls a dense, delicious texture.
Almond Flour: adding in a dose of healthy fats and a satiating quality. Make sure to use blanched almond flour and not almond meal (learn the difference).
Vegan Vanilla Protein Powder: adding a healthy dose of protein to the cookie dough to help slow the release of sugars and keep it thick.
Almond Butter: any nut butter will work for the recipe just make sure it’s creamy and fresh (versus the hardened part at the bottom).
Honey: sweetened without granulated sugar or brown sugar! These balls use honey to give the bites a silky, indulgent flavor.
Mini chocolate chips: it’s optional to add in chocolate chips but they do add a bit of a crunch! Plus, chocolate chip cookie dough most likely brings you back to your childhood.
Step By Step Photos
How To Make Cookie Dough Protein Bites
- Melt the coconut oil
- Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl (omit the chocolate chips) and mix well.
- Pour in the coconut oil, almond butter, and honey and mix to combine.
- Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Let the dough sit for 5 minutes.
- Grease your hands and roll the cookie dough into balls.
- Freeze to set.
How To Indulge In The Recipe
The truth is, you can consume these no-bake cookie dough protein balls as soon you make them!
In fact, you don’t even need to roll them into balls. This edible, chocolate chip cookie dough is perfect just licked off a spoon.
In fact, you can portion the batter into mini cups and have it as a tasty movie-night snack!
However, having them in ball form makes them slightly easier in a grab-and-go situation.
How To Store The Cookie Dough Protein Balls
You want to keep the balls in the fridge or freezer as they do firm up more the longer they’re chilled.
If you plan to eat these cookie dough protein balls (or even the batter) as soon as you make them, know that they’ll be a bit sticky and much softer.
That said, if you place them in the fridge for thirty minutes, they still taste amazing and are decadently soft, but they’re less gooey.
You can store the balls in the fridge or the freezer. Out of the freezer, the balls will need to thaw first as they do freeze solid.
Choosing A Vegan Protein Powder
These no-bake protein balls have been made with a few vegan protein powders. Specifically Genuine Health's Vegan Protein Powder as well as Progressive's Fermented Protein (learn How To Choose A Vegan Protein Powder for your goals).
Genuine Health is one of my favorites because it helps you truly fuel.
Made with 20 grams of plant-based protein, this vegan protein powder is dairy-free, gluten-free, non-GMO, and certified organic.
But my personal favorite is that this protein is fermented. This normally meals a little less "protein powder bloat" because it helps break down the grains, nuts, and legumes.
This vanilla protein powder literally gives you the best of both worlds.
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Important Teaching Tips
The protein powder you choose will make a difference to both the texture and the flavor of the cookie dough protein bites.
Since Genuine Health's protein powder contains pea protein, it will absorb more liquid. Other protein powders, like Botanica protein, don't contain this and thus they absorb less.
Omitting the protein powder or using collagen in its place may mean that you need to scale back the coconut oil by a tablespoon or so.
Do not confuse almond flour with almond meal. Almond meal is ground almonds. Thus, it alters the texture of the balls.
Swaps And Substitutions
Though almond butter is listed, any nut butter will work for the cookie dough balls. So, use what you have on hand or try new nut butter to switch up the flavor (my personal favorite is almond hazelnut).
In place of chocolate chips, sprinkles, dried cranberries, or coconut make a fun change too.
Unfortunately, you cannot sub maple syrup for honey as it makes the batter much too runny.
Make the cookie dough protein balls chocolate by using chocolate protein powder in place of vanilla.
Note: a reader used whey protein + butter (in place of the coconut oil) and said they turned out great. If you're a dairy lover, that's an option!
Unleash Your Energy
The ultimate roundup of high-protein snack recipes for hectic lifestyles.
Trying to lose weight postpartum and not feel ravenous was frustrating with my first.
It took a whole other pregnancy for me to realize that eating more protein was the “secret” solution.
Unfortunately, living off eggs and chicken breasts sucked after a while.
The solution? I started creating high-protein recipes that tasted more like dessert to help boost my intake.
Say goodbye to mid-day slumps, slow metabolism, and constantly feeling hungry.
I gave the protein bars to a friend of mine with a gluten allergy; I usually can't give her the food I make so I saved these for her. She absolutely loved them, she said most of the protein bars she eats are way too dry but these were great! - Ste
They’re the secret to helping you stay energized, enjoy what you eat, and meet your goals.
Plus, a two-day meal plan to show you how to eat over 100 grams of protein per day.. and not hate food. This is what I have all my clients start with.
Frequently Asked Questions About No Bake Cookie Dough Bites
So long as the balls do not contain raw eggs, they are safe to eat.
No-bake cookie dough can last in the fridge for three to four weeks in a sealed container. However, it is safe to eat immediately after making it.
Energy balls are a combination of healthy fats and proteins. They're normally sweetened naturally with dried fruit, honey or maple syrup. Thus they're a healthy, fueling snack choice.
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Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls
- If you haven’t already, melt the coconut oil (and honey if needed).
- Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl (omit the chocolate chips) and mix well. Pour in the coconut oil and honey and mix to combine.
- Finally, stir in the chocolate chips and mix well.
- Grease or wet your hands and roll the dough into bite-sized balls (about 14 of them).
- Enjoy them as is or place them in the fridge to set firmer.
- Any nut butter will work for the cookie dough balls. So, use what you have on hand or try new nut butters to switch up the flavor!
- Do not confuse almond flour with almond meal. Almond meal is ground almonds and will alter the texture of the balls.
- you can eat this cookie dough as-is off a spoon, rolled into bites/balls, or firm them up in the fridge for pop-in-your-mouth snacks.
- the type of protein powder you choose will affect the texture and the flavor of the recipe
- Check out my three favorite protein powders and know that the fermented ones absorb liquid more. If using a non-pea protein powder, scale the coconut oil back by one tablespoon or so
- For all my Canadians, you can grab all these ingredients (and more!) at my favorite health food store.
- One serving is two balls
- Note: a reader used whey protein + butter (in place of the coconut oil) and said they turned out great. If you're a dairy lover, that's an option!
Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data"