Healthy Cookie Dough Bites

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Make healthy cookie dough protein bites with chickpea based cookie dough and melted dark chocolate. You’ll love having these on hand for a sweet treat.

I don’t know if this happens to all pregnant women, but I have been craving sweet treats like crazy! As you know, I take a balanced approach to health so definitely indulge from time to time but I also like to enjoy upgraded versions of classic treats! For example, I love cookie dough, but why not improve a few ingredients and make healthy chocolate chip cookie dough bites?!

Bowl full of chocolate covered healthy cookie dough bites.

Rather than eating raw cookie dough (which I definitely wouldn’t recommend doing while pregnant!) that’s loaded with sugar and raw eggs, I whipped up these cookie dough bites with a base of chickpeas and protein powder. We’re basically making a delicious and dessert-inspired treat, but turning it into a filling and delicious snack you can feel good about enjoying.

Ingredients in These Healthy Cookie Dough Bites

  • chickpeas
  • vanilla vegan protein powder
  • almond butter or cashew butter
  • coconut sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • sea salt
  • chocolate chips
Two chocolate covered cookies dough bites. One has a bite out of it.

How to Make Healthy Cookie Dough Bites

This recipe is so simple and comes together in a matter of minutes! The only kitchen tool you need is a large food processor.

The base of these balls started with my protein cookie dough recipe. To start, add the chickpeas to the food processor and process until they start to smooth out. If needed, you can use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides to make sure all of the chickpeas are blended! Add the rest of the ingredients and process until the mixture forms a ball of dough. Use your spatula to separate the dough a bit, add in the chocolate chips and then pulse a few times so the chocolate chips get dispersed throughout the dough. Once the dough is mixed, remove from the processor.

Food processor with the ingredients for healthy chickpea cookies dough.
Food processor with healthy chickpea chocolate chip cookie dough blended together.

Roll the dough into bite sized balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in the fridge for 10-15 minutes to firm up.

Chickpea cookie dough rolled into balls on parchment paper.
 
In the meantime, melt the chocolate using a double boiler or by placing the chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave for 30 second increments until the chocolate is fully melted. Use a fork to dip each chilled cookie dough bite into the melted chocolate.
 
Let the excess chocolate drip off before putting the balls back on the baking sheet. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer for a delicious snack!
 
 
Bowl full of chocolate covered healthy cookie dough bites. Cookie dough bites are around the bowl as well and some have bites taken out of them.

Cookie Dough Protein Bites

4 from 39 votes
Make healthy cookie dough protein bites with chickpea based cookie dough and melted dark chocolate. You’ll love having these on hand for a sweet treat.
Bowl full of chocolate covered healthy cookie dough bites. One has a bite taken out of it.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Servings 28

Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup vanilla vegan protein powder
  • 2 Tablespoons almond butter or cashew butter
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 Tablespoons chocolate chips
  • Chocolate Coating
  • ¾ cup dark chocolate chips, dairy-free, if needed
  • 3 teaspoons coconut oil

Instructions
 

  • Add chickpeas to a large food processor and process until they start to smooth out. You may need to use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides.
  • Add remaining ingredients protein powder, nut butter, coconut sugar, vanilla, sea salt and process until a ball of dough forms.
  • Use a rubber spatula to separate the dough a bit, add chocolate chips and pulse 2-3 times or until chocolate chips get dispersed in the dough.
  • Remove dough from the processor.
  • Roll the dough (using a heaping ½ Tablespoon) into balls and place on a small parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Place in the fridge to cool for 10-15 minutes.
  • Melt chocolate using a double boiler or by placing chips and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 1 minute, stir and heat in 30 second increments until chocolate is fully melted. Use a fork to dip each cookie dough bite into the melted chocolate. Let excess chocolate drip off before placing back on parchment lined baking sheet. Place in the fridge or freezer to set chocolate before enjoying. 
  • Store leftover protein bites in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to a month.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1ball Calories: 111kcal Carbohydrates: 15g Protein: 5g Fat: 4g Sodium: 16mg Fiber: 3g Sugar: 6g
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookie dough protein bites

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    37 comments
    1. Jennifer
      October 26, 2021 AT 8:42 pm

      5 stars
      Okay, these are my new fav! Used Sprouts pumpkin spice almond butter and a banana cinnamon protein powder, as it was all I had on hand. Delish! Now the problem is to not eat them all myself! So good and addicting

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 27, 2021 AT 10:45 am

        Woo!! Pumped to hear you enjoyed these cookie dough bites, Jennifer. Thanks so much for trying them out and coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!

    2. Ron
      June 13, 2021 AT 8:12 pm

      5 stars
      I’m diabetic and am ALWAYS searching for a sweet treat that’s fun to make & eat! Super simple. Mine where a little loose from my walnut butter so a few minutes in the freezer made rolling the balls a sinch, I rolled mine in dutch chocolate powder then dunked them in a chocolate bath.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 14, 2021 AT 10:49 am

        I’m so glad you enjoyed these cookie dough bites, Ron! Thanks for making them and leaving a review 🙂

    3. Melissa
      June 8, 2021 AT 7:22 pm

      5 stars
      Hi ! Thank you for the recipe! Is there a good protein powder you recommend for this recipe ?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 8, 2021 AT 9:01 pm

        Hey Melissa – I love Nuzest protein powder. I do have a discount code (eatingbirdfood for 15% off) if you want to try it!

    4. Angela
      April 1, 2021 AT 2:54 pm

      5 stars
      I used them to serve as a healthy appetizer to some friends.
      I loved how easy the recipe was. I had to admit I changed one ingredient: the protein powder. I didn’t have any, so I used collagen instead. That’s probably why the consistency wasn’t dry enough to roll with hands, but with some utensils y was able to do “balls”. Shape didn’t matter, they were delicious!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 1, 2021 AT 6:54 pm

        I’m glad these bites were a hit!! Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review, Angela. I so appreciate it!

    5. Toni
      January 8, 2021 AT 8:37 am

      I made these yummy cookie dough bites last night. I was looking for something sweet and these are pure joy. Thanks so much for another great recipe.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 8, 2021 AT 3:19 pm

        So glad you enjoyed these cookie dough bites, Toni!

Parchment paper lined with protein balls.

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