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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls

This healthy, no bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls recipe has that sweet and chewy texture you love. Featuring almond butter, coconut, and of course, protein powder. Super easy to make!

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CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH PROTEIN BALLS

These healthy cookie dough protein balls are the perfect snack! Enjoy them as pre or post-workout fuel or as an energy boost in the afternoon.

I snack on these no bake cookie dough protein balls during my workday when I don’t have time to sit down for a coffee break.

a plate of chocolate chip cookie dough protein balls

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH PROTEIN BALLS – INGREDIENTS

Easy recipes that are prepped up in five minutes flat are my style. I just used my spatula to give this a good old-fashioned mixing.

a mixing bowl with energy bites batter in it

I like to pop the mixture into the fridge before rolling it into balls. Chilling it makes the balls much easier to roll out.

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

After that they roll up nice and easily and, after a stint in the freezer, they are ready to enjoy.

a plate of no bake energy bites

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

I’ll have one, please!

Yum!

a plate of chocolate chip cookie dough protein balls

FAQ’S, TIPS AND SUBSTITUTIONS

  • What is the best protein powder for energy balls? Personally, after making literally thousands of balls, my go-to is an organic grass-fed whey protein powder. I find that it holds up the best and gives you that chewy, buttery cookie dough mouth feel. But if you prefer vegan cookie dough protein balls I recommend Arbonne or Sunwarrior. They both have a fantastic vegan vanilla protein powder that I have used in many recipes with great success. Do YOU have a favourite protein powder? Let us know in the comments!
  • TIP! If you find your mixture a little too dry, add in a bit of water – a tablespoon at a time. Various protein powders can absorb liquid differently or your nut butter could have less oil making your batter drier. Also, adding the protein powder in 1/4 cup at a time is helpful.
  • TIP! Use a cookie scoop for nice even balls. Dip the scoop into a glass of water before scooping the mixture for less stickage.
  • Substitute peanut butter or cashew butter for the almond butter. Or use sunbutter for a nut-free treat!
a plate of chocolate chip cookie dough protein balls

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**This recipe was originally published on December 1st, 2014, and republished on February 25th, 2021 with recipe updates, and new photos, and writing.

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a plate of chocolate chip cookie dough protein balls

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls

Sharon Rhodes
This healthy, no bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls recipe has that sweet and chewy texture you love. Featuring almond butter, coconut, and of course, protein powder. Super easy to make!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Chill 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 15
Calories 159 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the almond butter, maple syrup, and vanilla. Then stir in the coconut.
  • Next add in the protein powder, 1/4 cup at a time, stirring well each time. Fold in the chocolate chips. Pop the bowl into the fridge for 10-15 minutes to chill a bit. This will make it easier to roll into balls.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Using a small cookie scoop, scoop heaping tablespoon-sized balls onto the parchment-lined baking sheet. Dip the scoop into water between scoops if it starts to stick. Roll the balls in your palms to smooth them.
  • Chill in the freezer for 15-20 minutes then store in a sealed container in the fridge or freezer for up to a week.

Nutrition

Calories: 159kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 9gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 33mgPotassium: 166mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8gCalcium: 106mgIron: 0.4mg
Keyword Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls, no bake protein balls
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7 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    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.

  2. 5 stars
    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.

    1. SO good! Excellent texture and it does make like fifteen or sixteen of them. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I enjoy them out of the freezer. We’ve decided that it’s kinda like marzipan. If that makes sense? Hope you like ’em!

  3. 5 stars
    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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Ha! Glad I’m not alone. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

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