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!

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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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  1. i havent made energy balls in a while, i do have all the ingredients, will have to try it soon.

  2. I pinned these – love that they include protein powder and healthy fats. I might even convince my boyfriend to swap his muscle milk for these!

    1. Thanks lady! I bet you can convince him — my husband loves them and guys seem to get a kick out of anything with balls in the title. ha!

    1. I love it when I find a recipe that I have all the ingredients for! 🙂 Let me know how they turn out. Hope you’re doing well, Ash.

  3. Just made these and had to substitute wheat germ in place of the protein powder, still very good and fast to assemble. I do think the balls could have used some nuts. Thanks

    1. I haven’t tried it, but I think mixing the dates and oats in the Vitamix would work. Let me know if you test it out.

  4. I’m crazy excited to try these. 🙂 🙂 🙂 But you already knew that. Remind me to get dates at WF today so I can recreate them!

  5. I just made these but without the choc chips (as I didn’t have any) Mine ended up a little too wet (as the phone rang as I added the milk!) so after making the balls I rolled them in cocoa powder, The whole family love them!

  6. 5 stars
    This look and sound AMAZING!!! I am new to the healthy eating/lifestyle and have been looking for a good all around snack for mid morning/afternoon, and/or press/post workout. Kinda getting sick of the Greek yogurt and fresh fruit with low fat granola, and I am going to make these tomorrow morning! I will totally let you know how they come out! Thanks for all the super recipes!!!

  7. I only had chocolate protein powder but they are very yummy! Can’t wait for my hubby to try them. Especially since I used his homemade pb in it.
    Thanks for the recipe. 🙂

  8. I like the use of dates for texture and sweetness. However at 3g per serving I hardly consider this a ‘protein’ ball. I’d suggest backing off the oats by at least half and substituting a seed mixture with much more nutritional value. I used a mixture of pumpkin, chia, flax, hemp seed along with some goji and coconut. Not only does this add much more protein and omegas but also resuces the carbs a bit. Also try finding a good protein powder with much more protein per serving. I used Optimum Nutrition chocolate protein powder and upped it about 3/4c with added almond milk to compensate. I managed to get 11 balls out of this recipe with my changes and have a protein per serving around 14g and carbs still at 12g. They taste great and the dates really make them stand out from most recipes. I definitely recommend experimenting with the protein and oats however.

  9. Brittany – these are DELICIOUS!!! Thanks so much for posting! Just a quick question: I’m not much of a cook, but I “try” to cook and bake from time to time. I had to use a blender to cut up the dates, but as you can imagine, it is not very efficient and I ended up putting in the almond milk with the dates, so they would actually blend. Any suggestions for a good food processor that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg? Or if it really does make a difference to spend a few extra bucks to get a food processor that WORKS, I’d consider it. Thanks for your advice! Heather

    1. Thank you Heather! I’m glad you like the protein balls.

      I’m sorry your blender isn’t cutting it (pun intended). I’ll admit that I was hesitant to buy a food processor and used a hand-me-down and a Ninja chopper a long time. We received a 9-cup Cuisinart Food Processor as a wedding gift and it’s amazing. I use it way more than I thought I would! I love it for chopping large batches of veggies, making homemade nut butters and making recipes like this one. Here’s the one I have. It’s a little over a $100 on Amazon.

    1. I haven’t tried the recipe without protein powder, but I bet you could use flour — maybe oat flour, coconut flour or almond flour. Ground flax seed, hemp seeds or chia might work too. Let me know if you decide to experiment.

      1. Just made them with oat flour instead of protein powder as you suggested, and they are delicious! I will be sure to keep them in the fridge all week for my workouts. Thanks for the recipe and tip!

  10. Holy crap these are ridiculously good. Before I even started rolling them I was scooping it with a spoon into my mouth! It’s like eating cookie dough without the guilt!

    Best find EVER…thank you!!

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

  16. 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! 🙂

  17. 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.