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About This Recipe
Nothing tastes quite like cookie dough! And while you’re not supposed to eat it raw (…oops), I am thankful for recipes like this one and my Oreo Cookie Dough Bites that bring all the same cookie dough deliciousness, but let you enjoy it safely!
If you’re a cookie dough lover like me, you’re going to LOVE these Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bites! The best part is, they contain no egg and require no baking or special equipment. Just grab a mixing bowl and go!
Can’t wait for you to try this delicious and easy recipe! Seriously healthy snacking at it’s best! And if you love how easy and delicious these bites are, you also must try my Monster Cookie Protein Balls or my Funfetti Protein Cookie Dough!
Why You’ll Love These Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites
- No baking required. Just mix ingredients and roll into little energy balls!
- These bites only require a handful of fridge and pantry staples!!
- No added sugar and made with healthy, wholesome ingredients that can be found at your local grocery store.
- Good source of healthy fats and protein – packs 6 grams of protein per bite!
- They freeze GREAT and are a great healthy sweet treat to have on hand. Store them in an airtight container or ziplock bag.
- Protein powder – I used PEScience Gourmet Vanilla. (AKA the best protein powder). Any flavor would work, but a more neutral flavor is best to achieve that classic ‘cookie dough’ flavor. For all PEScience products, you can use my affiliate code Laurenfitfoodie to save 10% on your purchase. Not all protein powders have the same formula or consistency, so remember that when making the recipe. You may need to add less protein powder (or add slightly more liquid) to achieve the desired wet/dry ratio or consistency. Use plant-based protein powder if needed.
- Oat flour – I used Better Body Foods. You can make your own by blending oats in a blender. Or you can sub for normal all purpose flour or gluten free all purpose flour. For gluten-free flour I love Bob’s Red Mill or King Arthur 1:1. I haven’t tried with wheat flour almond flour but I bet it would work just fine if you needed more low carb. I would not recommend coconut flour for this recipe.
- Granulated sweetener of choice – I used Swerve but you can use any sweetener you prefer here. Monk fruit, coconut sugar, normal white sugar, etc.
- Salt – always add a little sea salt to your baked (and no-bake!) goodies to bring out the sweet flavors more!
- Cashew butter – For a more neutral, real cookie dough taste, I recommend cashew butter or sunflower butter. Peanut butter and almond butter also will work, but it will give the bites a more distinct almond/peanut flavor. A drippy, natural nut butter is best. I used American Dream Cashew Butter. You can use my affiliate code Laurenfitfoodie to save 10% on your purchase. If you need a nut-free option, sunflower seed butter would work great for this recipe.
- Vanilla extract
- Pancake syrup – I used sugar-free. You could also use honey or pure maple syrup.
- Mini chocolate chips– I used Enjoy Life.
How To Make
The full printable recipe is below, but let me walk you through the process so you know what to expect when you’re making it!
1. Add all the dry and wet ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Mix together until well combined and a cookie dough like consistency. You can also use a food processor for this.
3. Roll into a smooth ball (about a tablespoon of dough each). Then repeat until all the dough is used.
4. Store in freezer for 15 minutes. Keep stored in the fridge or the freezer.
How To Eat Your Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites
- As a pre or post workout snack or afternoon pick-me-up. Have 2-3 bites for a little protein packed snack! These bites are perfect for a little pep of energy without being too heavy and are a great source of fiber to keep you satisfied. They are good snacks to eat on the go too!
- Post lunch or dinner sweet treat. Curb your sweet tooth craving if you’re not feeling a full on dessert.
- With Greek yogurt. These cookie dough bites pair so well with yogurt! Eat alongside your yogurt for an afternoon snack or use them to top your Jello Yogurt Bowl
- On top of your ice cream, Protein Fluff, Birthday Cake Protein Milkshake, or Cookies and Cream Protein Milkshake.
- As cookie dough stuffing. Let your cookie dough bite chill at room temperature for 5-10 minutes. Stuff it between two cookies and enjoy a cookie dough stuffed sandwich!
Can I make these cookie dough bites into protein bars?
Sure! Instead of rolling the mixture into balls, you can press the cookie dough in a pan. Refrigerate or freeze for about 30 minutes or so, then cut into bars!
Are these cookie dough bites gluten-free?
Yes. Of course check your oat flour to make sure it is certified gluten-free, but most are. You could also sub with gluten-free flour. My favorite gluten-free flour blends are Bob’s Red Mill or King Arthur 1:1.
Why are my cookie dough bites dry and crumbly?
Don’t worry, this can happen! Not all protein powders have the same consistency and some will absorb liquid more easier than others, which might cause your protein ball mixture to seem a little dry or crumbly. Just add a little water or milk, about a teaspoon at a time, until they are easier to roll into balls. Add liquid slowly – you also don’t want to over due it!
- 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp cashew butter (84g) can sub for any nut butter
- 1/2 cup vanilla protein powder (62g)
- 1/4 cup oat flour (28g)
- 1/4 cup sugar free pancake syrup (60g) can sub pure maple syrup if preferred
- 1 Tbsp granular sweetener (12g) monk fruit sweetener, Swerve, Truvia, etc.
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (60g)
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- Mix together all the ingredients in a bowl until well combined and cookie dough like consistency. It takes a while for all the dry ingredients to mix in, but if you find its still too dry, add 1 tsp of milk at a time until desired consistency.
- Roll into balls.
- Store in freezer for 15 minutes. Keep stored in the fridge or the freezer. I recommend the freezer because they only need a few minutes to defrost!
Nutrition is hand-calculated and accurate. No autocalulations! However, note that values can vary based on the brands you use and if you substitute ingredients.