Healthy Edible Monster Protein Cookie Dough Recipe (Gluten Free)

A healthy, high protein cookie dough recipe with a fun monster cookie twist! This edible raw cookie dough is a great healthier alternative to cookie dough that tastes just like the REAL DEAL without spiking blood sugar levels. It’s made with simple ingredients, packs 14 grams of protein per serving and is the perfect way to curb your sweet tooth!

Monster protein cookie dough with colorful M&Ms served in a small bowl with a spoon

I don’t know about you guys, but cookie dough is my weakness. It’s one of my absolute favorite desserts. I honestly enjoy it even more than I enjoy cookies! So I’m always looking for a new and healthy way to enjoy cookie dough.

With most cookie dough recipes, you find they’re either loaded with butter (aka high calorie and high fat) or made with healthier ingredients, but they don’t taste like the real deal.

Don’t get me wrong, I do love me some chickpea cookie dough (and you should definitely check out my Pumpkin Cookie Dough Dip for that!) But this time I wanted legit REAL tasting cookie dough. So I got to experimenting.

Monster protein cookie dough in a large bowl being mixed up with a wooden spoon.

I based this healthy cookie dough recipe off my Chocolate Covered Cookie Dough Squares recipe. The dough was almost perfect as is, I just needed to make a few tweaks to make it more focused on the cookie dough, and to make it a Monster cookie dough.

And let me tell you guys, this Monster Protein Cookie Dough is the best of alllll the worlds. It’s lightened up, but done so in a way where we’re not losing any of that delicious cookie dough texture or flavor.

It also doesn’t have any added sugar, so it’ll keep blood sugar levels more stable compared to your traditional cookie dough. And with the healthy fats and added protein, this cookie dough is a very macro-balanced snack! 

But the best part of all?! Is ridiculously easy to make and you only need a handful of ingredients. Seriously friends, it’s a must try!

Monster protein cookie dough with colorful M&Ms served in a small bowl with a spoon

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS PROTEIN COOKIE DOUGH RECIPE

  • It tastes JUST like REAL cookie dough!!
  • You get a delicious buttery sugary crunch with each bite.
  • Thick and smooth texture + incredible flavor = the perfect treat!
  • Lower in calories, carbs, and fat than your traditional cookie dough.
  • Avoids the blood sugar spike and crash thanks to some healthy fats and added protein! Truly a balanced treat.
  • Super easy to 2-4x the recipe if you want to make extra in advance (and why not because it freezes great!)
Ingredients for monster protein cookie dough

INGREDIENTS

  • Oats – I used quick oats. Rolled oats would work too if you don’t mind that they’re larger/heartier. Oats are a necessity for “Monster” Cookie Dough, but if you wish to omit, you can replace with additional flour.
  • Flour – All-purpose, gluten-free, and oat all work here! Use whatever you have on hand or whatever works best for your diet. For the most *real* cookie dough taste, use white flour. I have not tried any nut flour like almond flour, but I am sure it would work. It may just slightly change the taste (and the nutrition). I would not recommend coconut flour for this recipe.
  • Vanilla protein powder – I used the best protein powder, PEScience Vanilla, for this recipe. Use my 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. Vanilla also provides the most neutral tasting flavor but feel free to get creative! Use vegan protein powder if needed.
  • Salt – This helps balance out our sweetness and bring the flavors of the cookie dough out more. Don’t skip!
  • Brown sugar – I use Truvia or Swerve brown sugar usually. Monk fruit, stevia, coconut sugar, sugar or any other brown sugar blend all work as substitutions.
  • Peanut Butter – Peanut butter is classic for monster cookie dough, but you can use almond butter and cashew butter too. If you have a nut allergy, sunflower butter works great, too. I used American Dream Nut Butter for this recipe, but use your favorite nut butter blend. Drippy, natural peanut butter is best!
  • Butter – I used light butter. This helps cut back on some calories and fat. I buy I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter or Country Crock spreadable light butter at my local grocery store. Normal butter works too (or you can add additional nut butter in it’s place). Use dairy-free butter if needed.
  • Vanilla extract
  • M&Ms – I used mini M&Ms because they’re more of them and they spread further, but you can use any M&M variation. Or simply sub with semi-sweet, dark chocolate or mini chocolate chips!

Depending on how thick or thin you want your cookie dough, you may also need to add a few teaspoons of milk. Since it’s only a small amount of milk, oat milk, unsweetened almond milk, cashew milk, or any dairy or non-dairy milk will work just fine.

How to make monster protein cookie dough (process steps)

HOW TO MAKE EDIBLE PROTEIN COOKIE DOUGH

  1. Add the oats, flour, protein powder and salt to a bowl and whisk to combine.
  2. Then, add the wet ingredients (brown sugar, peanut butter, butter and vanilla extract). Mix/mash together with a fork until all the ingredients are combined and you have a ball of dough. It may take a few minutes of mixing, but the dry ingredients will get incorporated. If you find that it’s not, you can always add milk 1/2 tsp at a time until you get a good cookie dough consistency. 
  3. Fold in the mini M&Ms.
  4. For best results, freeze for at least 10 minutes or refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before enjoying. Keep stored in the refrigerator or freezer. It gets better the longer it sits in the fridge! 

I usually don’t heat treat flour when I am just making for myself, but if you wish to heat treat your raw flour to ensure food safety, follow the instructions below before making this recipe. 

Monster protein cookie dough with colorful M&Ms served in a small bowl with a spoon

IS THIS PROTEIN COOKIE DOUGH RECIPE GLUTEN-FREE?

Yes, just make sure you make it with oat or gluten-free flour instead of all-purpose flour. I love King Arthur Gluten Free Measure for Measure and Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Gluten Free Flour. Also, make sure your oats are certified gluten-free!

CAN I MAKE THIS PROTEIN COOKIE DOUGH RECIPE VEGAN?

You can make this Monster Protein Cookie Dough vegan with a few substitutes. Swap out the light butter for plant based butter and the protein powder for a vegan vanilla protein powder. The only part that is a little more tricky is the M&Ms since they are not vegan. Here are some alternatives: Are M&Ms Vegan? They Are Not! (5 Alternatives for 2022). You could also use dairy-free mini chocolate chips in their place.

Monster protein cookie dough in a large bowl with the M&Ms added in middle before being mixed in

IS THERE A SUBSTITUTION FOR PROTEIN POWDER?

If you wish to omit the protein powder, you can substitute with peanut butter powder or additional flour in equal amounts.

HOW TO STORE

Wrap cookie dough in plastic wrap or store cookie dough in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks. 

CAN I FREEZE THIS PROTEIN POWDER COOKIE DOUGH?

Sure! Just store in an air tight container and cookie dough will freeze well for 3-4 months.

To defrost, simply leave cookie dough out at room temperature for 5-10 minutes.

Monster protein cookie dough with colorful M&Ms served in a small bowl with a spoon

SHOULD YOU HEAT TREAT YOUR FLOUR? 

If you’re using all-purpose flour and making this dessert for someone else, you probably should. 

This is why I’ll often use oat flour when I can. Because oat flour is made from oats, it is safe to eat raw. If you don’t have oat flour, you can easily make oat flour from grinding up some oats in your food processor or blender. Oat flour brings a delicious flavor to the cookie dough. 

Another plus (besides not having to heat treat) is that oat flour has more fiber in it than all-purpose flour. It’s also naturally gluten-free as long as you use gluten-free certified oats. The only downside is that cookie dough made with oat flour doesn’t look as much like the real deal. It has more of a slight brown color to it. But for most of us eating at home anyway, this isn’t going to matter one bit! 

KNOW THE RISKS

I can’t post this recipe without stating and making it known that there is always a risk for food poisoning when consuming raw flour. This is because, despite its appearance, flour is just as much of a raw product as lettuce or carrots are.

Flour is made from grains that are grown in fields where they may be exposed to a variety of harmful bacteria like Salmonella and E. coli. The processing that flour goes through to convert from plant to powder doesn’t kill them. And unlike lettuce or carrots, you can’t wash flour to clean it.

So what’s the solution when using all-purpose flour? Heat treating the flour before using it for the recipe! 

Full transparency, I usually don’t heat treat my flour when I do decide to use all-purpose. But that is because I use a small amount and I am typically the only one eating it. I am also fully aware of the risks and consciously making the decision not to heat treat the flour with those risks in mind.

So whether you decide to or not is ultimately your call. I just want to give you all the information you need so you can comfortably make that call on your own. 

Monster protein cookie dough in a large bowl being mixed up with a wooden spoon.

HOW TO HEAT TREAT FLOUR

Heat treating flour is super easy. You just gotta cook it long enough to kill the bacteria. Since this is a no-bake recipe, you’ll also want to make sure the flour has completely cooled before mixing it with the other ingredients. How to heat treat flour:

  • Oven method: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the flour onto a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes. Then, set aside to cool completely.
  • Microwave method: Add flour to a microwave safe bowl. Heat in 30 second increments (2-3x), stirring in between to avoid burning. Let the flour cool completely before using.
  • Check with a thermometer to verify that the temperature is 160-165 degrees F. 
  • Make sure flour is completely cool before using. 
Monster protein cookie dough with colorful M&Ms served in a small bowl with a spoon

IF YOU LOVE COOKIE DOUGH, YOU’RE IN THE RIGHT PLACE! MORE RECIPES TO TRY:

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Yield: 4

Healthy Monster Protein Cookie Dough

Healthy Monster Protein Cookie Dough

A healthy, high protein cookie dough recipe with a fun monster cookie twist! This edible raw cookie dough is a great healthier alternative to cookie dough that tastes just like the REAL DEAL without spiking blood sugar levels. It’s made with simple ingredients, packs 14 grams of protein per serving and is the perfect way to curb your sweet tooth!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup quick oats (40g)
  • 1/2 cup vanilla protein powder (40g) - I used PEScience, about 1⅓ scoop
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose, oat or gf flour (28g)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (48g) – I used Truvia
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (48g) – I used American Dream Nut Butter
  • 3 Tbsp light butter (42g)
  • 1.5 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp mini M&M’s (40g)

Instructions

  1. Add the oats, flour, protein powder and salt to a bowl and whisk to combine. Then add the brown sugar, peanut butter, butter and vanilla extract. Mix/mash together with a fork until all the ingredients are combined and you have a ball of dough. It may take a few minutes of mixing, but the dry ingredients will get incorporated. If you find that it’s not, you can always add milk 1/2 tsp at a time until you get a good cookie dough consistency.
  2. Fold in the mini M&M’s at the end.
  3. Freeze for at least 10 minutes or refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before enjoying. Keep stored in the refrigerator or freezer. It gets better the longer it sits in the fridge!

I usually don't when I am just making for myself, but if you wish to heat treat your raw flour to ensure food safety, follow the instructions below to heat treat your flour before making this recipe.

Notes

MFP entry: LFF Monster Protein Cookie Dough For One

How to heat treat the flour:

  • Oven method: preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the flour onto a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes, then set aside to cool completely.
  • Microwave method: add flour to a microwave safe bowl. Heat in 30 second increments (2-3x) stirring in between to avoid burning.
  • Check with a thermometer to verify that the temperature is 160-165 degrees F.
  • Make sure flour is completely cool before using.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1/4 cup (62g)

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 271Total Fat: 12.7gSaturated Fat: 2.5gCarbohydrates: 25.4gFiber: 2gSugar: 7.7gProtein: 13.7g

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