Cookie Dough Protein Balls

These no bake chocolate chip peanut butter cookie dough protein balls are tasty, portable and packed with wholesome ingredients – great for snacking!

I know what you’re thinking. Brittany, why the heck are you posting another protein ball recipe?!? That’s the last thing the internet needs right now. But you know what? They’re incredibly tasty because they feature the ultimate culinary duo: peanut butter and chocolate. AND they taste like cookie dough… what could be better?

If my flavor introduction is not enough to tempt you, there’s more – these protein balls have only six ingredients and take about 10 minutes to whip up!

White bowl full of chocolate chip cookie dough protein balls.

Only 6 Ingredients!

  • rolled oats
  • Medjool dates 
  • vanilla protein powder
  • natural peanut butter – look for peanut butter where the only ingredients are peanut butter and salt. 
  • unsweetened almond milk
  • dark chocolate chips – Enjoy Life chocolate chips are great if you’re dairy free. I also like Lily’s chocolate chips, which are lower in sugar.

Bird's eye view of a bowl full of cookie dough protein balls and protein balls on the table surrounded by a cloth.

Why Are These Protein Balls so Healthy?

On the nutrition front, they’re vegan and gluten free with a great balance of protein, healthy fats and smart carbs – perfect for before or after your workout, as a mid-afternoon pick me up or a late-night snack. Heck, I’d even eat them for breakfast. I mean, they DO have oatmeal.

Peanut butter has a good amount of protein, but I decided to add a bit more by including a little protein powder. This snack (or breakfast) will actually keep you satisfied. 

Glass food container full of cookie dough protein balls.

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If you make these cookie dough protein balls, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how they turn out. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers.

Cookie Dough Protein Balls

5 from 7 votes
These healthy no bake cooking dough protein balls are tasty, portable and packed with wholesome ingredients. Enjoy one before or after your workout for a quick energy boost.
White bowl full of cookie dough protein balls.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 24



  • Add dates to a food processor and pulse until they form a thick paste. Add in rolled oats and pulse a few more times until just combined.
  • Place date and oat mixture into a bowl. Stir in protein powder and peanut butter. Then add almond milk and stir well to combine. If the mixture seems dry, add an extra splash of almond milk. Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Scoop dough from the food processor using a small/medium cookie scoop and form into balls using your hands. You should get about 24 balls.
  • Place balls into a sealed storage container and store in the fridge for 1-2 weeks or the freezer for 1-2 months.


Serving: 1ball Calories: 84kcal Carbohydrates: 10g Protein: 4g Fat: 4g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 6g
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookie dough energy balls


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    1. Brigitte Couture
      July 4, 2021 AT 1:57 am

      5 stars
      I am a true addict to all your balls recipes! I usually make sure I have a few varieties in the freezer at all times to grab before our nightly 7K walk. I make a chocolate one, a fruit one and a blondie one. I like how you can customize with what you have on hands. I don’t have protein powder, so I subbed in half PBfit powder and half garbanzo flower and they are delicious!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 5, 2021 AT 11:30 am

        Woo!! I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying all of the energy ball recipes, Brigitte! Thanks so much for trying them and coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!

    2. Erica
      September 12, 2020 AT 9:08 pm

      5 stars
      These are AMAZING!! A go-to snack or dessert for me and my kiddos. So perfectly sweet, nutritious and satisfying!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 14, 2020 AT 3:25 pm

        Ahh yay!! So glad you and your kiddos are loving these, Erica! Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    3. Carrie
      March 25, 2020 AT 2:01 am

      5 stars
      SO GOOD! And so easy to whip up. A really yummy grab and go snack.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 25, 2020 AT 1:40 pm

        Yay!! So glad you’re loving these protein balls, Carrie. Thanks for coming back to leave a comment and star rating, I so appreciate it!

    4. SOPHIA
      October 28, 2017 AT 2:17 am

      This recipe is awesome and soooo simple, I used date paste to make it even easier 😉
      Thanks a lot for your amazing recipes !

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 29, 2017 AT 9:37 am

        So glad you enjoyed this recipe, Sophia. And I love that you made the balls with date paste!

    5. Amal K Alsheekh
      December 28, 2016 AT 11:10 am

      5 stars
      Amazing made them today just replaced the date with dray fig and used a chocolate protein powder and dip thim in grated coconut ???????????????????? thanks a lot

Parchment paper lined with protein balls.


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