When you’re craving a snack that’s high in protein but low in carbs and sugar, and tastes amazing, it’s time to whip up some high protein cookie dough!
I’ve got a chickpea-based cookie dough recipe that I’ve loved for years, but I realized I needed a bean-free version, too.
We all get worried about stuff like E. coli and go to great lengths to avoid eating raw cookie dough. So let’s make life easy by whipping up a dough we can eat without fear of getting sick.
This high protein cookie dough comes together in a snap, and you can always bake it up into protein-packed cookies, like a homemade Lenny and Larry’s.
My favorite thing about these is that they’re vegan, gluten-free, and nut-free! It’s really hard to find allergy-friendly energy bite recipes, which I know many of you struggle with, so I love that this cookie dough is an option for just about everyone!
Why Consider Making This Edible Cookie Dough
This no-bake cookie dough recipe is a game changer because it’s tasty and better for you. First off, it uses less sugar – honey or maple syrup instead of a ton of the regular stuff and so you get the sweetness without going overboard.
And you can mix up the flavors big time, which is awesome! Throw in any protein powder you like, whether vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry. Toss in chocolate chips or berries, too if you want to get crazy with it! The options are endless, so every batch can be something new and exciting.
I love that it’s so easy to whip up. You just stir the dry ingredients together in one bowl and the wet ones in another, then mix it all up. No complicated steps or cooking required. You’ll have fresh, homemade cookie dough ready for snacking in no time flat.
The ingredients are simple too – stuff you probably already have in your kitchen. Some almond flour, honey, or maple syrup protein powder – that’s it! You don’t need anything weird or ingredients you’ve never heard of.
So, if you’re looking for cookie dough that tastes great but isn’t loaded with sugar, this recipe is for you. And the flexibility to customize each batch makes it even more awesome.
What to Expect From This Recipe
This recipe creates roughly 10 servings at 100 calories each with 5 grams of protein or 5 servings with 10 grams of protein – or one every large serving with 50 grams of protein!
Ingredients to Make High Protein Cookie Dough
This high protein cookie dough recipe calls for simple ingredients that you can easily find at your local grocery store.
The best part? Many of these might already be in your pantry, making this recipe a convenient choice for a quick snack or dessert!
- Plant-Based Protein Powder: This is the star of our protein cookie dough recipe – it packs in protein, making this a solid post-workout snack, plus it just tastes so good in cookie dough. I like vanilla, but go with whatever flavor you want
- Almond Flour: Almond flour gives the cookie dough a nice chewy texture without any gluten. It’s also high in protein and fiber, so this snack is super nutritious.
- Sunflower Butter: Instead of peanut butter, I use sunflower butter. It’s a great option if you’ve got peanut allergies and makes the cookie dough creamy with a nutty taste.
- Unsweetened Almond Milk: Add some unsweetened almond milk to bring everything together without extra sugar. It also gives the dough a subtle sweetness and creaminess.
- Salt: A pinch of salt is key for balancing out the sweetness in cookie dough and making all the flavors pop.
- Honey: I always reach for honey rather than plain white sugar since it has a really nice, mellow sweetness that works great in cookies. For a vegan alternative, maple syrup can sub in just fine with its unique, earthy flavor.
- Berries: Berries add the perfect little bites of tart brightness in each scoop of dough plus they give it a health kick with all those antioxidants!
- Baking Powder (optional): If you decide to bake these protein cookie dough bites, adding a teaspoon of baking powder will help them rise and become fluffy.
How to Make High Protein Cookie Dough
Here’s how to make this super simple and delicious protein powder cookie dough For more detailed instructions and nutrition facts, check out the recipe card at the end of this post.
Step 1: Combine Dry Ingredients
In a large bowl, combine your dry ingredients. This includes your almond flour, oat flour, and a pinch of salt. These ingredients not only add a good amount of protein but also make this recipe gluten-free.
Step 2: Add Wet Ingredients
Next, add your wet ingredients into the bowl. These include natural sweeteners like maple syrup or honey, vanilla extract for flavor, and a scoop of vanilla protein powder for that extra protein punch. Stir everything together until well combined. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty – it’s the best way to make sure everything is well mixed!
Step 3: Stir in Nut Butters
Now, it’s time to stir in your choice of nut butter. You can go for almond butter, cashew butter, or even peanut butter. These not only add a creamy texture but also up the protein content of your cookie dough.
Step 4: Mix in Chocolate Chips
Fold in some mini or dark chocolate chips. These add a delicious chocolate flavor to really give you that cookie dough effect.
Step 5: Refrigerate the Dough
Once your dough is ready, let it chill in the fridge for about an hour. This helps the flavors to meld together and gives the dough a firmer texture. After chilling, scoop out small portions of the dough, roll them into bites, and store them in airtight containers in the refrigerator.
Step 6 (Optional): For Baked Protein Cookies
If you prefer baked protein cookies, preheat your oven to a temperature of about 350 degrees. Place your dough bites on a baking sheet and bake for around12 minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on them, as baking times may vary depending on the volume of your dry ingredients.
Flavor Variation Ideas
Here are some fun ideas to change up the flavor of your cookie dough:
- Classic Chocolate-Peanut: This combination is definitely a classic. The other day I threw in a big spoon of peanut butter and a handful of chocolate chips – so good! ! The chocolate gives it a nice sweetness and the peanut butter adds some extra protein and really satisfies your sweet tooth.
- Maple-Coconut: Another fun thing to try is making it tropical. Instead of honey, use some maple syrup and throw in some shredded coconut, too. This combo really gives it a nice crunch.
- Almond Joy Flavored: You can also kind of make it taste like an Almond Joy candy bar. Use almond butter instead of sunflower, and add mini chocolate chips and skip the berries. It really gives you that delicious flavor without having a candy bar!
- Protein Cookie Dough Bites: You can also roll the dough into bite-sized balls for a convenient, on-the-go snack. They’re perfect for a post-workout snack or a quick energy boost during the day.
Tips for Making Great High Protein Cookie Dough
Here are some tips for making the best protein powder cookie dough.
The most important thing is to make sure you use a high-quality protein powder – pea protein, casein protein, or brown rice protein are your best bets. They’ll hold their shape nicely and be easy to work with.
If you want a really thick, almost crumbly dough, stick the whole bowl in the fridge for 30 minutes before digging in. You can totally eat it right after mixing, but the chill time makes it extra thick.
One more tip – add a little extra natural sweetener if your protein powder isn’t very sweet on its own.
The key is using a nice thick protein powder, chilling it if you want maximum thickness, and tweaking the sweetness to your taste. Then, you’ll have the perfect protein-packed cookie dough to satisfy that sweet tooth!
How to Store Leftovers
You can store the dough in the fridge for up to a week if you cover it in an airtight container. Before eating, let it warm up on the counter for 30 minutes, or mix in a little milk or water to soften it.
The best part is you can freeze it, too! Pop it in an airtight container, and they’ll stay good in the freezer for up to 6 months! Allow it to thaw in the fridge overnight before enjoying it.
High Protein Cookie Dough
- 1 scoop plant-based protein powder any flavor your prefer, I’m a big Vega Sport fan
- 3/4 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup sunflower butter
- 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tbsp honey (or maple syrup for vegan)
- Any berries
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 tsp baking powder (optional – only if baking)
- In a large bowl, combine your dry ingredients.
- Next, add your wet ingredients to the bowl. Stir everything together until well combined.
- Stir in the nut butter or seed butter of your choice.
- Once your dough is ready, let it chill in the fridge for about an hour. This helps the flavors to meld together and gives the dough a firmer texture.
- After chilling, scoop out small portions of the dough, roll them into bites, and store them in airtight containers in the refrigerator.
- (Optional) If you prefer baked protein cookies, preheat your oven to a temperature of about 350 degrees. Place your dough bites on a baking sheet and bake for around 12 minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on them, as baking times may vary depending on the volume of your dry ingredients.
Looking for more high protein options?
- Delicious high protein post workout smoothies
- Cookies and Cream Recovery Smoothie
- High protein vegan pumpkin bread
- High protein pancakes
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