Cookie Dough Protein Balls



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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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4.07 from 33 votes

Cookie Dough Protein Balls

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.
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 bowl 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

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookie dough energy balls
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About Brittany

Hey there, I’m Brittany, the creator of Eating Bird Food, cookbook author, health coach and mama of two littles. Here you’ll find quick and easy recipes that make healthy fun and enjoyable for you and your family!

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  1. 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

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

    1. 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!

    1. 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. 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. 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!

  4. 5 stars
    Simply amazing! I love how dates are the only sweetener in this recipe. The texture is perfect! I could easily form them into cute balls. A quick and delicious dessert for the whole week!

    1. Ah yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Taylor! Thanks so much for trying it out and coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!

  5. 5 stars
    absolutely delicious and quick to make !! love how this recipe is sweetened with only dates and protein powder. took just a few minutes to whip up and it rolls super easily into balls. will definitely make again and can’t wait to try more variations of these energy bites !!

    1. Woo! So pumped these protein balls were a success, Emily! Thanks so much for trying them out and coming back to leave a review. It means the world to me!

  6. 5 stars
    We love this protein ball recipe. It was super easy to make and it’s a yummy treat or dessert. I’ll definitely make them again.

    1. Yay!! I’m so pumped these protein balls were a hit, Maren! Thanks for trying them out and coming back to leave a review. It means so much to me!

    2. These are delicious! Question though- is everything mixed in the food processor? After step one it says to mix in a bowl and at the end it says to scoop from the food processor so I didn’t know which to do. I used the bowl and it ended up working though! Just curious for the next time. Because there will be a next time – these are so good!!

      1. Hi, Joanna! Thanks for catching that error, it should say scoop from the bowl. I’m glad they worked out well for you! 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    I am addicted to these 🙂 I use PB2 instead of the protein powder and they are delicious, nutritious and filling. Gives you that burst of energy and calms your hunger until dinner in my case before my workout.

    1. Woo! That makes me so happy to hear, Brigitte. Glad you’re enjoying these protein balls. Thanks for sharing your review.

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