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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls – Vegan & Gluten Free

by Sharon on December 1, 2014

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls - Gluten Free & Vegan-

Protein Powder. Some love it and some, well, not so much. I’m in the middle of this spectrum. Not all protein powders are created equal and it all depends on what you are using it for. I like to use protein as an added ingredient in healthy snacks like smoothies, fudge and, if you hadn’t guessed by now, Cookie Dough Balls. 😉

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls - Gluten Free & Vegan-

My newest protein powder came courtesy of North Coast Naturals, who sent out their newest, Vege Pro – 7, to try. Thanks Deryn! 🙂 It’s totally organic, completely plant based (think chia, quinoa and pumpkin seed proteins), and worked perfectly in this recipe.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls - Gluten Free & Vegan

I’ve been on a but of a peanut butter rampage lately and wanted to switch it up, so for these little beauts I used almond butter. I always use chunky variety of either. I love the texture with the little nuts in my balls. Yes, I just went there. You did too. 😉

Easy recipes that are prepped up in five minutes flat are my style. I just used my hands to give this a good old fashioned mixing. They rolled up nice and easily and, after a stint in the freezer, they are ready to enjoy.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls - Gluten Free & Vegan-

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls - Gluten Free & Vegan-

They totally have that chewy, cookie dough quality that we all know and love.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough that works as a pre-workout boost of energy or an afternoon pick me up? I’ll have one, please!

Yum!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls - Gluten Free & Vegan-11

I guess I need to say, even though I provided with this product gratis, all opinions are genuine. But, you knew that, right? Have a great week, people!

 

Serves 15 balls

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls – Vegan & Gluten Free
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla protein powder ( I used North Coast Naturals )
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together, adding in the protein powder 1/4 cup at a time
  2. Roll into heaping tablespoon sized balls ad roll in your palms into smooth balls
  3. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and chill in the freezer for 15-20 minutes
  4. Store in a sealed container in the fridge or freezer
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Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen December 1, 2014 at 6:25 pm

I’m in the middle on protein powder too. I find a lot of them just have such an artificial taste! I bought a Sprout Living protein powder at Anise Apothecary that I like though. And it’s vanilla flavoured, so it would be perfect in these balls! I like nuts in mine too. 😉

Sharon December 1, 2014 at 11:46 pm

Ha! Glad I’m not alone. 😉

Yes, I go back and forth on the powder. I could never just have protein and water. It needs to be background.

Sondi December 4, 2014 at 7:26 pm

Ooh! Usually, when I add protein powder into desserts or fudge I’m too scared to use too much of it…but you’ve got a cup and a half here and they look SO good.

Sharon December 5, 2014 at 12:37 am

SO good! Excellent texture and it does make like fifteen or sixteen of them. 😉 I enjoy them out of the freezer. We’ve decided that it’s kinda like marzipan. If that makes sense? Hope you like ’em!

Joshua February 12, 2015 at 12:47 am

I used fresh ground almonds as a substitute for almond butter and it turned out a lot dryer and bulkier. It still taste good, not powdery, but not as moist. I added a little extra syrup, no more then 1/4 cup, and vanilla to give it some extra hold and flavor. Everything else remained the same. These changes made it yield 23 balls instead.

Sharon February 12, 2015 at 8:08 am

Hay Josh! I like the subs. 🙂 Especially the fact you get more with them. 😉 Have a great week!

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