Easy Protein Cookie Dough

This delicious 5-minute protein cookie dough recipe is edible raw (no baking necessary!), gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, and definitely a way to enjoy a healthy snack that’s packed with protein…and have your cookies too! 

spoon of protein cookie dough on a white background

Edible Protein Cookie Dough…in Minutes! 

 

When it comes to snacking there are so many options. You can grab something quick that might be relatively processed (think store-bought granola bar) or make a healthy homemade snack  in minutes. Say hello to this protein cookie dough that will satisfy a sweet tooth while giving your body a nice dose of protein, healthy fats, and fibre! 

This edible protein cookie dough is the perfect fix for an afternoon slump as it’s naturally sweet, packed with protein to help stabilize and slow the sugar absorption, and it’s filling and satisfying.

A spoonful here and there is a great way for me to satisfy those sweet cravings without grabbing something less healthy instead!

protein cookie dough on a white plate arranged in balls and some in a glass jar with a spoon

Ingredients in Protein Cookie Dough

 

For this super easy protein cookie dough recipe you’ll only need a handful of ingredients!

Everything except for the dark chocolate and protein powder is pretty much a whole food, and when it comes to the dark chocolate I go for a naturally sweetened, vegan (non-dairy) 70% cocoa version.

overhead view of ingredients for protein cookie dough in bowls

Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • Raw cashews
  • Gluten free rolled oats (or regular rolled oats if you don’t need GF)
  • Natural vegan vanilla protein powder of your choice (with no refined or artificial sweeteners, I used the Orgain brand for this recipe)
  • Unsweetened almond milk (or other non-dairy milk of choice)
  • Pure maple syrup
  • Peanut butter (or sunflower seed butter if there’s a peanut allergy)
  • Dark chocolate chips or chunks (non-dairy) 

side view of a jar of protein cookie dough with a spoon in it

What can you do with protein powder? 

 

A common question when it comes to protein powder is… aside from drink it in a shake, what else can you do with it? 

Protein powder is super versatile and can be enjoyed in so many more ways than just a shake with water (that’s actually my least favorite way to have protein powder!). Here are some ideas:

protein cookie dough balls on a white plate

How To Make Protein Cookie Dough

 

To make this super simple 5-minute protein cookie dough you only need one kitchen tool, a food processor! The processor works to make the dough very easily and quickly using the following steps.

It’s so much better than waiting the whole time for cookies to bake so really, it’s a win-win! 

ingredients for protein cookie dough in a food processor - cashews, peanut butter, rolled oats, protein powder

1. Add the oats, protein powder, and cashews to the food processor and process for 30 seconds. 

2. Add in the peanut butter and maple syrup and process again for 1 minute. 

3. While processing, pour the almond milk into the top of the food processor slowly. 

protein cookie dough batter in a food processor with dark chocolate chunks

4. You can use a spatula and intermittently stop the processor to scrape the sides. 

5. Once a dough is formed transfer to a bowl and fold in the chocolate chunks. 

spoon of protein cookie dough with dark chocolate chunks on a wood board

How To Store Protein Cookie Dough

 

Once you’ve made a batch of this delicious cookie dough you’ll have quite a bit so you have a few options for storage. I put half of my batch into a small glass jar and popped it in the fridge so I could enjoy a spoon here and there when I wanted. The other half of the batch I scooped into balls and popped in a ziplock bag and put in the freezer.

You can roll the dough into balls and keep it in the fridge for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 2 months. If you choose to freeze the dough just give it about 5 minutes to thaw on the counter before eating. 

protein cookie dough balls with dark chocolate chunks arranged on a white plate

I hope you have enjoyed this tasty and simple snack or dessert! Be sure to pin the photo below the recipe to save it for later and of course, share the love.

 

spoon of protein cookie dough with dark chocolate chunks on a wood board

Easy Protein Cookie Dough

Yield: Makes Approx 1.5 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This delicious 5-minute protein cookie dough recipe is edible raw, gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, and a healthy snack that's packed with protein.

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup raw cashews (100g)
  • 2/3 cup gluten free rolled oats (65g)
  • 1 scoop (1/4 cup) vanilla protein powder of your choice
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (dairy free) or chocolate chunks

Instructions

    1. Add the cashews, oats, and protein powder to a food processor and process on high for 30 seconds.
    2. Add in the maple syrup and peanut butter then process again on high for 1 minute.
    3. While processing, pour the almond milk into the food processor through the top opening (you may need to stop to scrape the sides of the food processor with a spatula intermittently while processing).
    4. A dough consistency will begin to form and the dough will start to clump (you want to make sure the dough is mostly smooth with little to no chunks of cashews remaining).
    5. Transfer cookie dough to a bowl and fold in the chocolate chunks.
    6. Enjoy!

Notes

Store in a jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or form into balls and store in the freezer for up to 2 months.

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Have a wonderful day! 

Christal // NITK

Author: Christal Sczebel

Christal is the creator of Nutrition in the Kitch. She's a Certified Nutritional Consultant, twice published author, gluten and dairy free recipe developer, food photographer, speaker, wife, and mama. Christal loves good food, all things wellness, and loves to travel. Her wellness philosophy is centred around balance and sustainable health, life's way too short for boring diets and restriction!

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