Cookie Dough Protein Bites. {Video!}

Breakfast, Snacks

Healthy protein packed bites made from just 5 simple ingredients! Perfect on-the-go snack!

Healthy protein packed bites made from just 5 simple ingredients! Perfect on-the-go snack!

Meet my favorite snack.

Made with only 5 ingredients.

5 ingredients that you most likely have in the pantry right now.

And 5 ingredients that you can actually feel good about eating.

BOOM.

Healthy protein packed bites made from just 5 simple ingredients! Perfect on-the-go snack!

After each workout our bodies need to be replenished. Consuming a snack within an hour of finishing a workout ensures that the proteins and nutrients that we’re digesting are being utilized efficiently.




I typically grab a protein bar of some sort, but those things have a price tag of $2+. As convenient as it is to buy them, it really starts to adds up. By making my own I not only save money, but I also have complete control over the ingredients.

Healthy protein packed bites made from just 5 simple ingredients! Perfect on-the-go snack!

There is no added sugar (chocolate chips are a little treat!), oil or butter.

You don’t even need to turn on the oven.

1 bowl. 5 minutes.

There’s nothing better than that.

And finally, the moment you’ve been waiting for: recipe in video form! This was a first from me, tons learned and more to come!

 

Note: Using Spark Nutrition Recipe Calculator when making 14 bites without the chocolate chips these come out to be about 105 calories and 9 grams of protein. I ate one in the morning and was filled until my mid-morning snack!

Cookie Dough Protein Balls

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  • Prep Time: 5m
  • Total Time: 5m

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quick (instant) oats*
  • 1 cup your favorite vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup cashew butter*
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk*
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, protein powder and chocolate chips. Add the cashew butter and vanilla extract. Fold together as best you can.
  2. Add the milk, in 1/4 cup increments and using those arm muscles, fold together using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon. Continue adding some milk until it reaches a cookie dough consistency (comes and holds together but not sticky.) Using your hands, grab roughly 2 Tablespoons of dough and roll into balls.
  3. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Stays fresh for up to 5 days.

Additional Notes

  1. If you don't have quick oats, add old-fashioned oats to a food processor or blender and pulse a few times. You want them slightly broken apart but not a powder.
  2. Any nut butter can be used, I'm allergic to peanuts so I opted for cashew butter. If you are using a liquidy butter (ie. natural almond butter) be sure to mix it prior and you may use less milk.
  3. Any milk fat can be substituted but I prefer the flavor from the almond milk.

Wesley was not interested in helping me record this. (horrible picture, I know.)

Healthy protein packed bites made from just 5 simple ingredients! Perfect on-the-go snack!

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17 Comments

  1. Mary

    January 12, 2017 at 7:08 am

    How many of these would you consider a serving?

    1. Christina

      January 15, 2017 at 9:28 pm

      Hi Mary. 2 would be a serving. They keep me full for hours since they are packed with protein. If I’m looking for just a sweet tooth fix then I just have one.

  2. Missy

    January 18, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    How many calories are in a serving

    1. Christina

      January 18, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      Hi Missy. Using Spark Nutrition Recipe Calculator when making 14 bites without the chocolate chips these come out to be about 105 calories and 9 grams of protein.

  3. Tracy

    January 24, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    really like these – I used chocolate protein once too. Could be my protein powder but even with 1/2 the milk (almond) I find I need to add more oats to make it thick enough to roll. I have been halving the recipe and making 10 – I wrap each ball in parchment before putting in fridge so I can grab and eat post workout.

    1. Christina

      January 24, 2017 at 9:35 pm

      That’s awesome, Tracy! What protein powder do you use? Some may not absorb it enough. I can make a note of that at the bottom of the recipe. I’m glad you like these! I’ll have to try it with chocolate protein powder!

      -Christina

      1. Tracy

        March 24, 2017 at 9:17 pm

        Christina – I use a GNC branded one – Wheybolic extreme 60 – its sweetened with stevia – love it in general and especially for these since it makes them really sweet. Today I used cinnamon flavored PB with the chocolate protein and they turned out great.

        1. Christina

          March 26, 2017 at 7:28 pm

          That sounds sooo good! I’ll have to try it out. I’ll be making a batch next weekend! I’m glad that you love them!

  4. Candace Jenkins

    January 31, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    I made these but they are very sticky. What can I do to fix that?

    Tku!

    1. Christina

      January 31, 2017 at 7:59 pm

      Hi Candance! You can decrease the amount of almond milk. Start with 1/2 cup and work your way up

  5. Ashley

    February 11, 2017 at 10:32 am

    I just finished making these, and I realized I never put the vanilla extract in. I don’t see it anywhere in the directions part of the recipe 🙁

    1. Ashley

      February 11, 2017 at 10:33 am

      Should I smash the balls back in a bowl and add the vanilla??

      1. Christina

        February 11, 2017 at 7:35 pm

        Hi Ashley. The vanilla extract is in the first step, “Add the cashew butter and vanilla extract. Fold together as best you can.” But yes, if you missed it, you can add it at the end.

  6. Jennifer

    February 22, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Can I substitute the nut prouducts for soy milk & regular peanut butter? I have a tree nut allergy…

    1. Christina

      February 22, 2017 at 1:22 pm

      Totally you can! Shouldn’t be a problem at all.

  7. Amy

    April 26, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Do you know if I could freeze them to make them last longer than five days?

    1. Christina

      April 27, 2017 at 10:36 am

      You can! Freeze the pre-made balls for up to 3 months in an airtight container or bag.

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