Healthy Cookie Dough Balls (High Protein)

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These healthy cookie dough bites are a healthy snack or dessert that are just so easy to make. You can assemble these in minutes and enjoy a high protein snack with little effort!

They’re vegan, gluten-free, high protein, and dairy-free (if dairy-free chocolate is used).

Who doesn‘t love cookie dough? It doesn‘t exactly qualify as a healthy snack option though. Cookie dough is often loaded with sugar, oil, uncooked flour, and raw eggs.

3 cookie dough balls

This recipe is about to change all of that. These cookie dough balls are actually nutritious and packed with protein.

With 5g of sugar and only 122 calories per bite, it‘s a great way to satisfy that sweet craving. The bites also have 4.6g of protein each, making them a great source of energy and fiber.

They are also free of refined sugars as well as gluten-free and dairy-free. This makes them the perfect treat to add to almost any eating plan.

plate of cookie dough balls

Step 1. Start with the coconut oil. Melting to coconut oil will help it incorporate into the recipe very easily. Measure the coconut oil and put it in the microwave for about 30 to 60 seconds until it’s liquid.

Step 2. Add the oat flour, unsweetened peanut butter, protein powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt to the bowl. Drizzle the coconut oil over everything. Add the chocolate chips.

Step 3. You can use a spatula or large spoon to incorporate the ingredients. Once everything starts to come together, it will be easier to use your hands to bring the dough into a large ball.

Step 4. Afterward, roll the mixture into balls. You can use your hands or a handy cookie dough scoop like this for evenly shaped balls.

Step 5. Finally, line a small baking tray or plate with parchment paper. This will help the balls from sticking.

Place them in the fridge to cool for about two hours. They will set up much better and won‘t crumble if you let them chill first. Be patient, it‘s worth the wait!

ingredients for cookie dough balls

Are Energy Balls Actually Healthy?

Instead of grabbing a piece of candy or an actual cookie, these cookie dough balls are a much better choice. The ingredients are much healthier for you.

These ingredients actually provide your body with support, energy, and nutrition. Most of the store-bought snacks are full of artificial ingredients.

Those artificial ingredients won‘t do anything for your well-being. Instead, stick to the simple recipes that contain whole foods.

3 dough balls beside plate

When Should You Eat Protein Balls?

What‘s another perk of these cookie dough balls? They are perfect before and after workout snacks.

Protein balls will provide you the energy you need to push through a workout. Enjoying one afterward, and the cookie dough balls will help you rejuvenate.

Alternatively, they make a great snack throughout your regular day. There should be no guilt here as long as you enjoy them in moderation.

holding up halved protein ball

Here are a few ways to mix up this recipe. If you need to substitute a few items, here are some suggestions:

  • Cashew butter is a good substitute for peanut butter.
  • Half oatmeal/half oat flour will taste more like oatmeal chocolate chip cookie dough.
  • Add dried fruits in place of chocolate chips, or even in addition. Remove half of the chocolate chips and add the same amount of dried fruits, like cranberries.
  • Honey or agave would also work well instead of maple syrup.

Store the cookie dough bites in air-tight containers like these in the fridge. They will stay good in the fridge for 7-10 days.

You can also just store them in the freezer. Let them sit at room temperature for a few minutes before eating.

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healthy cookie dough bites
4.86 from 7 votes

Healthy Cookie Dough Balls (High Protein)

By Karo @ AllNutritious
These no-bake cookie dough bites are healthy, easy and so delicious! They're vegan-friendly, gluten-free, and dairy-free! On top of all of that, high in protein!
Prep: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 17 dough balls


  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 2 tbsp vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips


  • Melt coconut oil in a microwave. It should take 30 to 60 seconds.
  • Add all the ingredients into a glass bowl and combine them well.
  • Roll the dough into balls and store them in the fridge. You could also have them in the freezer but just let them defrost before eating.

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Serving: 1 dough ball | Calories: 122kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 4.6g | Fat: 6.9g | Saturated Fat: 2.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.9g | Cholesterol: 0.7mg | Sodium: 41mg | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 5g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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