A couple years ago, my mother-in-law told me that she used to make cookies but stopped because they never got eaten. Instead, she’d find that if she made the cookie dough and just left it in the fridge, the dough would mysteriously disappear. Very mysterious indeed. My goal was clear. I had to figure out a chocolate chip cookie dough protein ball recipe that tasted just like cookie dough. Challenge accepted! Surprisingly, a cookie that really is only defined by sugar, eggs, and butter is harder to replicate as a protein ball than I thought it would be. I had to make this recipe 4 times!!! in order to get the texture and taste just right. So…you know this has been tested and tried by multiple people with multiple opinions. This one scored the best and the closest to that cookie dough you want to eat raw, like, don’t bother putting them in the oven because they rock like this, cookie dough success. You have to make these! Not just because I think these should be in everyone’s refrigerator at all times, but because they are a super easy snack that you can reach for after the gym or to add to a lunch away from home. They are a high-energy snack, high in protein and double as dessert. What could be better!? And since these ingredients keep well, I don’t need to worry about them spoiling before lunch-time. They also look super cute in those little snack containers for lunch. They make my husband’s co-workers super jealous when he’s opening all these cute little compartments in his lunch.
If you like them, they’re from Rubbermaid. This is the kit I use. I think I may have as much fun packing his lunch as he does eating it! Traditionally, protein balls are a no-bake protein bar that is great for after a workout. These will give you 5-10 grams of protein per ball and lots of nutrients.
After much kitchen research with different ingredients: chickpeas, maple syrup, protein powders, etc., here is the 4th and final amazing chocolate chip cookie dough protein ball recipe! Every ingredient has a reason to be here.
Flax: Just about the best complete vegan omega you could ask for and tons of other nutrients.
Almonds: Another high protein, high healthy fat! My sister used to give me a handful of almonds for my cramps. It really does work!
Honey: Okay, I know it’s not vegan. But it is Beegan! If you are okay with the texture being a little drier, go ahead and replace the honey with maple syrup, but believe me, I tried it, it’s just not the same. So, if you aren’t a strict vegan, please, try the recipe as written! Honey is an amazing antiviral, antibacterial, and if you buy local (which you should! See my sugar guide for more info on how to make sure you are eating real honey), you will get your local flowers/weeds which may help with allergies. If you ARE a strict vegan, try brown rice syrup since the texture is much more similar to honey, but again, reference my sugar guide above on why I would go for the honey over brown rice syrup.
Salt: To be honest, I don’t care what kind of salt you use, they all have their benefits, but most of all, salt helps you retain water, which, after a workout is a good thing. Salt is an electrolyte worth having during hot summers and after a workout.
Vanilla: You can’t have a chocolate chip cookie without vanilla, and there are actually a lot of antioxidants and cholesterol lowering benefits as well.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon has many antioxidant benefits and may lower your blood sugar. One reason I put cinnamon in my morning lemon water, apple cider vinegar drink because it is thought to protect the colon.
Protein Powder: You don’t need to put protein powder in, but it will up your protein intake a lot. Not necessarily important if it will be your lunch snack, but if it’s your workout snack, don’t skip it.
Maca Powder: A great energy source! Also is thought to balance hormones (both stress hormones and sex hormones) and “maca stimulates and nourishes the hypothalamus and pituitary glands which are the “master glands” of the body.” Worth having in your pantry and you don’t need much, so it will last a long time.
Coconut Oil: Besides research showing it can help prevent Alzheimer’s, an antibacterial and extremely moisturizing, it also is a great weight-loss fat. Who doesn’t want less fat? If you don’t want oil, you can exclude the coconut oil, again, it may change the texture slightly, but not as much as switching from honey to maple syrup.
- 1 cup oats
- 2 tbsp flax (ground or whole is fine if able to pulverize into a powder)
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp maca
- 1/2-whole scoop natural unsweetened protein powder (if using vanilla, use only 3 tbsp of honey to start, then add the 4th tbsp once you've tasted it)
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 3-4 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp coconut oil in liquid state
- 3-4 tbsp chocolate chips (if you want homemade, use my chocolate cups recipe and put in a long tupperware container with parchment paper, freeze and break into pieces)
1. Blend or puree the dry ingredients (all but the last 3 ingredients) together until they are powdery like a flour. If you do not have a high-speed blender or food processor, use almond flour and ground flax.
2. In a bowl, stir together the blended ingredients and the last 3 ingredients until everything is moistened evenly.
3. Form into 10 protein balls and refrigerate overnight for the best flavor.