Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls

by Heather on December 12, 2011

I figure for our cookie basket this week I’ll ease you guys in again, this time with something a little healthier.

Now you guys know that I love my butter and sugar and cookies, oh my.  You know that I will never flinch in the face of a good buttercream or a cheesecake or custards galore.  But even the biggest sweets lover in the world needs a break from those things sometimes.

 

Sometimes.

 

And after this past weekend’s baking spree, this is one of those times.

 

Plus you and all your friends can make fun of the word “balls” all you want.  See, I feel it’s imperative to give you permission to do that.  I won’t be offended…

 

These are perfect for little pick-me-ups throughout the day, as a little sweet bite after an indulgent dinner, or if you’re working out hard (lucky!) and need a quick bite beforehand?  Grab one or two.  I give you permission to eat cookie dough before working out.  Because, you know, you needed my permission in the first place :)

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH PROTEIN BALLS

  • 9 medjool dates, pitted (I can’t stress the pitted part enough…I’m surprised my food processor still works)
  • 1 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 scoops vanilla protein powder (you can certainly use unflavored, but I would suggest trying the “dough” before rolling them into balls to make sure it’s sweet enough…if not, add a bit more maple syrup)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips

In your food processor finely process the dates.  Add the cashews and chop roughly.  Add the oats, protein powder, maple syrup and salt and process until everything is finely ground and mixed well.  Dump into a bowl and add the chocolate chips – it will be difficult at first, but keep working with your hands to distribute the chips evenly.  Roll into balls that are 1 inch in diameter.  Store in an airtight container in the fridge and pop one when you’re hungry!

I’m so glad we could come up with something healthy today guys.  No promises for the rest of the week though…

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1 Olivia H. December 12, 2011

I’m allergic to cashews – do you think I could use something else in place of them? Maybe just more oats?

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2 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 12, 2011

Olivia-I’ve made something very similar with almond & oats and they still taste dough ball like!

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3 Krystina December 12, 2011

I feel like there’s no need to have a healthy cookie recipe around the holidays. Bring on the butter. ;)

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4 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 12, 2011

Love these! No bake dough balls are amazing. I pretty much always have a variation of these at home every week. They’re the sole reason for the gigantic bag of cashews in my pantry :)

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5 Blog is the New Black December 12, 2011

Loving this recipe!

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6 Lauren at Keep It Sweet December 12, 2011

Those look fantastic and a welcome change of pace from butter and sugar… although I look forward to more of your butter and sugar filled recipes:-)

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7 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar December 12, 2011

These are awesome! Dates in cookies make me soooo happy :)

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8 Ashley December 12, 2011

Ooooh, I like the sound of this!! There is always room for healthy cookies. At breakfast! Yum yum.

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9 AllieNic @ Frisky Lemon December 12, 2011

LOVE THIS! My Crossfit gym is having a pot-luck holiday party this weekend…this is PERFECT! Thanks for sharing!

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10 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat December 12, 2011

Love these! I have such a hard time finding raw nuts though that I usually have to use roasted/salted, which add salt and fat. :(

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11 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) December 12, 2011

Looks great!

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12 JenMarie December 12, 2011

What a neat idea. I wonder how they taste. With vanilla protein, it’s gotta be pretty good, though. Gotta try it!

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13 Delishhh December 12, 2011

What a great idea – i should use more of my protein powder. .

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14 Urban Wife December 12, 2011

I make some cookie dough balls similar to these. It is such a great concept and certainly not as guilt inducing as your typical cookie dough. :)

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15 TeeKay December 13, 2011

Any idea of the nutritional value of each of these protein balls?

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16 janetha December 13, 2011

Oh man, Heather, these look awesome! I need to get some dates!

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17 Natalie January 19, 2012

I was wondering how many balls this makes? Thanks!!

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18 Heather January 20, 2012

it all depends on how big you roll them out, but i ended up with about 15-20 or so!

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19 karen March 11, 2013

Hi there

Just found this recipe and am so excited to try it. How many TBS is one scoop of protein powder? All my different powders have different size scoops

Thanks
Karen

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20 Heather March 11, 2013

Hey Karen!

My scoop held 3 Tbsp! I hope that helps!

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