These no-bake Cookie Dough Protein Balls are the perfect healthy make-ahead snack. They are high protein, as well as full of fiber and healthy fats, to give you lots of energy! Plus they are naturally gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free.
How to Make The Best Healthy Cookie Dough Protein Balls
Start by gathering all your ingredients - you only need five! You will need oat flour, peanut butter, honey, vanilla extract, protein powder, almond milk (or any milk of your choice), and mini chocolate chips.
If you don't have oat flour, you can blend up 1 cup of oats in a blender or food processor to achieve a flour-like texture. Alternatively, you could use another type of flour like Almond Flour or Cassava Flour.
If you want to make Peanut butter free energy balls, you can simply sub out the Peanut Butter for any other runny nut or seed butter. Almond Butter would be delicious. For totally nut free protein balls, Sun Butter or Tahini (Sesame Seed paste) would also be delicious in this recipe.
Next, you are going to add the ingredients except for Almond Milk and chocolate chips to a large bowl. With a silicone spatula, combine the ingredients as best you can. The dough will definitely be tough and sticky!
Once you can't mix anymore, start adding the almond milk in, 1 tablespoon at a time. You may need more or less liquid, depending on factors like the liquidity or runniness of your peanut butter.
When the mixture is well combined, add in your chocolate chips! Feel free to adjust the ratio of chocolate chips to your liking.
Roll the batter in balls - feel free to do small or large balls, depending on your preference. Lay the balls flat on a baking sheet and pop in the freezer to firm up for a few minutes, then enjoy!
What is the point of Protein Balls?
These Protein Balls arguably make a perfect snack. They are super simple to make, requiring only one bowl and 5 ingredients.
This is one of my favorite protein bite recipes. I also love these Peanut Butter Energy Balls by Gimme Some Oven, which first introduced me to the concept of energy balls!
They are high in protein, as well as fiber, and will keep you full and satisfied.
They taste just like cookie dough!
And you can make them ahead of time and store them in your freezer for months - if they will last that long!
You can call them Energy Bites, Bliss Balls, or Collagen Balls, or anything you want - they are delicious and taste just like cookie dough!
Vegan Protein Balls
In order to make these into Vegan Cookie Dough Protein Balls, you will need to replace the honey with agave. That's it! Every other ingredient is naturally vegan, as well as gluten free and refined sugar free.
You will also want to make sure you are using a Vegan Protein Powder - I really enjoy this brand! (Affiliate link - at no cost to you.)
High Protein Edible Cookie Dough
Of course, if you are someone who loves to eat cookie dough, you can just eat the batter for the Cookie Dough balls straight. Adjust with more or less Almond Milk to your desired texture, and then dig in with a spoon!
You could also add a bit more liquid and make it into a dippable cookie dough, dipping your favorite fruits like apple slices.
When do you eat Protein Balls?
The beautiful thing about protein balls is they make a perfect snack for almost any occasion. You can eat protein bites pre-workout, post-workout, in between meals as a snack, after meals as dessert.
You can even get creative and add protein bites into your meals - make extra small balls and put them in your yogurt bowls. Or add them into your ice cream to make your own healthy chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream bites!
More Healthy and Easy Recipes
I am hoping to bring more no-bake Protein Ball recipes to the blog in 2023 - stay tuned and sign up for my newsletter to get the latest recipes!
Pin this recipe for later!
Healthy Cookie Dough Protein Balls
- 1 Large Bowl
- 1 Silicone Spatula
- 1 Cup Oat Flour
- 2 scoops Vanilla Protein Powder
- ¼ Cup Peanut Butter
- ¼ Cup Honey
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- ¼ tsp Salt If your peanut butter is not salted
- ¼ Cup Almond Milk Or any milk of your choice
- ¼ Cup Mini chocolate chips
- In a large bowl, add all ingredients except for the chocolate chips and almond milk. Use a silicone spatula to combine as best you can.
- Add the almond milk, 1 tbsp at a time, until you have achieved a cookie dough consistency. You may not need all of the milk.
- Fold in the mini chocolate chips.
- Roll into balls and place the balls onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet in the freezer to firm up. Store the protein balls in the freezer in a sealed bag or container.
- Allow the protein ball to thaw for a couple minutes and then enjoy!