Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls (5 Ingredients)

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls come together in 1 bowl in just 15 minutes. Low carb, gluten free, and protein-packed, they’re made with wholesome ingredients for easy, healthy snacking.Cookie dough protein balls on a small white plate

Fun fact: thanks to these protein balls, cookie dough is now officially a health food.

These bites taste just like chocolate chip cookie dough, yet are made entirely from wholesome, good-for-you ingredients.

They’re truly everything I could ask for in a healthy snack:

  • Quick + Easy. 1 bowl, no baking or food processor required!
  • Low Sugar. Just 3 Tbsp. of maple syrup is all you need to sweeten these bites, so they’ll help keep your blood sugar and energy levels stable.
  • High Protein. Each ball offers 4 grams of quality protein, which is the most satiating macronutrient.
  • Satisfies a Sweet Tooth. When the craving for a cookie strikes, grab 1 or 2 protein balls to satisfy the desire!

Plus, these protein balls take fewer than 15 minutes to make and don’t require any special equipment.

That’s right – no food processor, no mixer.

The IngredientsRecipe ingredients in separate bowls with white labels

Cooke Dough Protein Balls are the perfect size for snacking between meals or to enjoy as a post-workout snack.

They’re also super versatile, so you can switch out the ingredients as you see fit.

  • Cashew Butter: One of the most mildly flavored nut butters, cashew butter is ultra smooth and creamy. I use either Whole Foods 365 brand or Trader Joe’s cashew butter, which are perfectly drippy. For Peanut Butter Protein Balls, use peanut butter instead.
  • Almond Flour: Made from blanched, ground almonds, almond flour bulks up these bites with heart-healthy fats. Almonds are also a great source of vitamin E, magnesium, and fiber.
  • Maple Syrup: A little sweetener goes a long way in these protein balls. Just 3 Tbsp. of maple syrup adds rich, complex sweetness to each bite. 
  • Collagen: The bulk of the protein in these balls come from unflavored collagen peptides. I suggest using a grass-fed collagen, such as Garden of Life brand, which is my personal go-to. If making these bites vegan, you can use a unflavored or vanilla vegan protein powder. 
  • Chocolate Chips: For dairy free, use Enjoy Life brand chocolate chips. For lower-sugar, use Lily’s brand chocolate chips.
  • Optional: For purer cookie dough flavor, add a jolt of vanilla extract. I also love topping these bites with flaky salt, which further brings out their flavors. 

The Directions

Step 1: Combine Cashew Butter, Almond Flour, Maple Syrup, and Collagen

In a large bowl, combine cashew butter, almond flour, maple syrup, vanilla (if using), and collagen. Mix well until the mixture forms a consistency similar to cookie dough.Cashew butter, almond flour, collagen, and maple syrup being mixed in a bowl

Step 2: Mix in Chocolate Chips

Fold in chocolate chips (or mix-in of choice) until well-distributed. Chocolate chips being mixed into cashew butter mixture

Step 3: Form into Balls and Chill

Use a medium cookie dough to scoop mixture into 12 to 14 balls. Arrange on a plate and sprinkle with flaky salt, if desired. Chill for up to 2 weeks.Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls

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Are Protein Balls Good for You?

Protein balls are rich in heart-healthy fats, low in sugar, and provide a decent punch of protein. They’re also naturally gluten free and dairy free.

Protein balls are a great alternative to store-bought protein bars, which tend to have many additives and little nutrient value.

When Should you Eat Protein Balls?

Protein balls are great to enjoy as a pre- or post-workout snack or to satisfy a sweet tooth. You can also enjoy 1 or 2 for breakfast on-the-go, or as a midday snack.

Storage Tips:

  • To Store. Refrigerate balls for up to 2 weeks in a storage container. Enjoy chilled right out of the refrigerator (my preference), or let them stand at room temperature first, if you prefer.
  • To Freeze. Place balls in an airtight storage container or ziptop bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. Let thaw in the refrigerator.

Cookie dough protein balls arranged on a plate

More Protein Ball Recipes

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Birthday Cake Protein Balls

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If you give this energy bites a try, be sure to snap a pic and tag #dishingouthealth on Instagram so I can see your creations. Also, follow along on Facebook and Pinterest for the latest recipe updates!

5 from 11 votes

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls come together in 1 bowl in just 15 minutes. Low carb, gluten free, and protein-packed, they're made with wholesome ingredients for easy, healthy snacking.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12

Equipment

  • Mixing bowl

Ingredients  

  • 1/2 cup creamy cashew butter (sub peanut butter)
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 40 grams (~2 scoops) collagen peptides
  • 3 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1/2 cup mini or standard chocolate chips (use Enjoy Life for dairy-free, or Lily's brand for lower-sugar)
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Instructions 

  • In a large bowl, combine cashew butter, almond flour, maple syrup, vanilla (if using), collagen, and a pinch of salt. Mix well until the mixture forms a consistency similar to cookie dough. Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Use a medium cookie dough to scoop mixture into 12 to 14 balls. Arrange on a plate and sprinkle with flaky salt, if desired. Chill for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

  • To Store. Refrigerate balls for up to 2 weeks in a storage container. Enjoy chilled right out of the refrigerator (my preference), or let them stand at room temperature first, if you prefer.
  • To Freeze. Place balls in an airtight storage container or ziptop bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. Let thaw in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ball | Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1.5g | Sodium: 55mg | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 3.5g

I calculate these values by hand to ensure accuracy, however expect up to a 10% variable depending on food brands.

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21 Comments

  1. Abby says:

    5 stars
    We make these every Sunday to “last” us the week – so simple, so delicious and the perfect afternoon/running out the door “pick me up”. I’ve made with both cashew and peanut butter and while the cashew butter tastes closer to chocolate chip cookie dough – peanut butter tastes like a peanut butter cookie! An amazing, fool-proof snack!

  2. Sara Zike says:

    5 stars
    These are delicious and taste so similar to cookie dough my daughter thought it was cookie dough! Such a delicious treat that I don’t feel bad about having for a midday pick me up.

  3. Genna says:

    Soo delicious! Truly does taste like traditional cookie dough. Cashew butter makes a difference (vs. peanut butter) in providing a smooth and neutral taste. Great way to satisfy my sweet tooth.