Healthy Protein Cookie Dough

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This healthy edible protein cookie dough tastes absolutely delicious! Each serving has 10 grams of protein and it’s also vegan and gluten-free.

If you’re one of those people who makes cookies just so you can eat some of the cookie dough, this recipe is for you.

Edible protein cookie dough in a white speckled bowl with chocolate chips on top and gold spoon on the right.

And guess what? You don’t even have to bake the cookies.

Just whip out your food processor, blend everything together and you’ve got yourself a bowl of edible cookie dough ready to be enjoyed.

Trust me when I say that this stuff doesn’t last long. I think we polished off three batches in three days. One batch per day, not too shabby.

Ingredients measured out to make protein cookie dough: chickpeas, cashew butter, coconut sugar, vanilla, protein powder, chocolate chips and salt.

Here’s What You Need

  • chickpeas – I know it seems odd that beans can create a delicious tasting cookie dough, but you just have to trust me on this one.
  • vanilla vegan protein powder – vanilla protein powder is ideal, because it adds a little sweetness.
  • nut butter – almond butter or cashew butter both work great.
  • coconut sugar – cane sugar or brown sugar will work as well.
  • vanilla extract – for more vanilla flavor!
  • sea salt – if you’re using salted nut butter you can skip the sea salt.
  • dairy-free chocolate chips – I love Lily’s chocolate chips for a low-sugar option and Enjoy Life chocolate chips for a dairy-free/soy-free option.
Collage of four photos showing the process how to make protein cookie dough bu blending chickpeas in a food processor and adding in sugar, nut butter, protein powder and chocolate chips.

Notes and Substitutions

  • Chickpeas – If you can’t do chickpeas, no worries! You can try using white beans or if you want to skip the beans all together, I have a recipe for vegan cookie dough bars that are just as delicious and beans aren’t involved.
  • Protein powder – If you don’t have vanilla protein powder on hand or want to make this for kiddos, you can use oat flour instead. You’ll likely just need more sugar to sweeten up the dough.
  • Coconut sugar – You can use cane sugar or brown sugar instead.
A gold spoon on a white surface with a scoop of protein cookie dough.

This cookie dough is insanely good on it’s own, but if you’re feeling fancy here are some additional ways to serve it up:

  • Sundae – For a cookie dough sundae with a chocolate drizzle simply use an ice cream scoop to scoop the dough into a small bowl. Melt 1-2 Tablespoons of additional chocolate chips with 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil in the microwave for 15-20 seconds. Drizzle chocolate over the cookie dough. Enjoy.
  • Balls – Roll the dough (using a heaping Tablespoon) into balls. These can also be dipped in chocolate for chocolate covered cookie dough bites.
  • Dip – Add almond milk (about 1/4 or so) for a thinner texture that’s perfect for dipping. Serve with apple slices or graham crackers.
Edible protein cookie dough in a white speckled bowl with chocolate chips on top and gold spoon on the right.

Can I Make Cookies With This Recipe?

This recipe was intended to be an edible cookie dough recipe so I’ve actually never tried using the dough to bake cookies. I really need to test it to see if it works, but in the meantime if you’re looking for a protein cookie recipe, try these peanut butter protein cookies.

How to Store

Store any remaining cookie dough in an airtight container in the fridge. It should last for up to 3-4 days.

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Protein Cookie Dough

4 from 69 votes
Edible cookie dough that tastes absolutely delicious! You’d never guess that it’s made with chickpeas. Vegan and gluten-free.
Edible protein cookie dough in a white speckled bowl with chocolate chips on top and gold spoon on the right.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • ¼ cup vanilla plant-based protein powder
  • 2 Tablespoons almond butter or cashew butter
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 Tablespoons vegan chocolate chips

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.
    Chickpeas in a food processor.
  • Add protein powder, almond butter, coconut sugar, vanilla, sea salt and process until a ball of dough forms.
    A food processor with blended chickpeas, nut butter, protein powder, coconut sugar and salt.
  • Use a rubber spatula to separate the cookie dough a bit, add chocolate chips and pulse 2-3 times or until chocolate chips get dispersed in the cookie dough.
    Protein cookie dough in food processor with chocolate chips on top.
  • Remove cookie dough from the processor and enjoy!
  • Store any leftover dough in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.

Video

Notes

  • Chickpeas – You can try using white beans or if you want to skip the beans all together, I have a recipe for vegan cookie dough bars that are just as delicious and they’re chickpea free.
  • Protein powder – If you don’t have vanilla protein powder on hand, you can use oat flour instead, but you’ll likely need more sugar to sweeten up the cookie dough.
  • Coconut sugar – You can use cane sugar or brown sugar instead.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/4 cup Calories: 164kcal Carbohydrates: 19g Protein: 10g Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 1g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 5g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: protein cookie dough

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    65 comments
    1. Ashley
      October 3, 2021 AT 6:04 pm

      5 stars
      My husband is starting to go plant based with me and, of course, he found your recipe. 😉 He made these cookie dough balls and it blew my mind! These are so good, I prefer these over actual vegan cookies, especially knowing I am getting some good nutrients from the chickpeas. So so good! Thank you for this recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 4, 2021 AT 12:52 pm

        Yay!! Pumped to hear this recipe was a hit, Ashley! I so appreciate the review. It really means so much to me :).

    2. Andrea
      August 27, 2021 AT 4:46 pm

      How many servings does this make?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 31, 2021 AT 12:35 pm

        Hey Andrea – I note in the recipe card that this serves 6 🙂

    3. Bill K
      August 19, 2021 AT 12:11 pm

      5 stars
      Protein cookie dough was super easy and tasted surprisingly good! Maybe add something to keep it healthy but a bit sweeter – maybe just some more chocolate chips or honey/maple syrup.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 19, 2021 AT 9:43 pm

        So glad you loved this recipe, Bill. Thanks for making it and for the review. I so appreciate it!

    4. Genny
      August 18, 2021 AT 1:42 pm

      5 stars
      Delicious and easy to make! Thank you so much!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 18, 2021 AT 8:01 pm

        So glad you loved this recipe, Genny. Thanks for making it and for the review. I so appreciate it!

    5. Giftbasketworldwide
      August 18, 2021 AT 2:56 am

      Thank you for the information.

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