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Vegan and grain-free cookie dough energy bites

Healthy Cookie Dough Protein Balls with Chocolate Chips

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  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Total Time: 8 mins
  • Yield: 24 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


These cookie dough protein balls actually taste like raw cookie dough (and who doesn’t love that!?) but they are full of whole grains, dietary fiber, healthful fats and plant-based protein. This instant, no-bake recipe is freezer friendly and great for anytime grab-n-go snacks that adults and children both love.  Just mix, form into balls and enjoy!  They come together in under 10 minutes and require only 7 pantry ingredients that you likely have on hand.


Units Scale
  • 1 cup super-fine blanched almond flour (not almond meal)
  • 3/4 cup oat flour (gluten-free if desired)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 cup raw, creamy almond butter*
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • optional: 1-2 scoops unflavored unsweetened protein powder
  • 1/4 cup mini vegan dark chocolate chips


  1. In a medium sized mixing bowl, stir to combine the dry ingredients: almond flour, oat flour and salt.
  2. Add the wet ingredients: almond butter, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Stir until fully incorporated. The mixture will be thick. If you see dry flour, you may need to add a bit more almond butter.
  3. Gently stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Use your hands to form the dough into small balls (about 1 tablespoon of dough each and about 1 inch in diameter). You can enjoy the energy balls right away at room temperature. To store, place the energy balls in a container and store in your refrigerator.
  5. To last even longer, you can also store the balls in your freezer and allow them to thaw out a couple of minutes before enjoying each one. For this, line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper. On the baking sheet leave a little space in between each ball. Place the baking sheet on an even surface in your refrigerator for at least 10 minutes.
  6. Before enjoying, allow the energy ball to thaw out at room temperature for a couple of minutes. To speed up this process you can microwave an energy ball for 15 seconds to help soften it a bit. Some people even like to enjoy them straight out of the freezer and don't mind the hard texture. Up to you!


*Any nut or seed butter will work but for the best flavor I prefer raw creamy almond butter (not roasted). Cashew butter would also be a good option here.  Make sure you use a nut or seed butter that is room temperature. For best results use a new jar so it is runny and not too thick or dry.

  • Prep Time: 8 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: American