Dairy-free, super healthy, and incredibly delicious, this easy, protein-rich no-bake cookie dough recipe is worth a shot!
Love cookie dough? Why not treat yourself to some- minus the guilt? This protein-rich no baked cookie dough recipe is just what you need. It is so easy to put together and is the perfect healthy snack to enjoy when you’re hit by a little sweet craving. It is chock full of healthy fats, fiber, and a lot of other nutrients that are great for your body.
Ready to give it a try? Here’s all you need to know about the recipe before you do.
Ingredients For the Recipe
This protein-packed cookie dough needs just a handful of simple ingredients.
- 1 can chickpeas
- ¼ cup vanilla protein powder
- 2 tablespoon almond butter
- 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅙ teaspoon sea salt
- 2 tablespoon vegan chocolate chips
Kitchen Tools Needed
How to Make the No-Bake Cookie Dough
Got all your ingredients ready? Here’s the quick, step-by-step process of making the cookie dough.
Mix the chickpeas in a food processor until you get a soft mixture.
Next add the butter, protein, coconut sugar, vanilla, and salt.
Continue blending until you get a dough.
Add the chocolate chips at the end and mix with a spatula so the chips mix everywhere in the dough.
Create the wanted shapes from the dough.
Frequently Asked Questions
Not so sure about using chickpeas for this recipe. Chickpeas have a very subtle, versatile flavor that can easily get masked with all the vanilla extract and chocolate chips you’ll be adding in, but if you’re still not too into the idea of using it, you can use almond flour, coconut flour, or oat flour instead, since all of these ingredients have a decent amount of protein.
If you don’t have any of those, you could grind raw cashews into a coarse powder and use it too. Remember that depending on what you use as an alternative, you might need to tweak the amount of other ingredients you’re adding in to get the right texture and flavor in your no-bake cookie dough.
Yes, you definitely can! Remember that each nut butter has its own unique taste and flavor- so it all depends on what you prefer and have at hand. Peanut butter and cashew butter are two excellent classic choices that you can never go wrong with.
If you’re allergic to nuts, you can also any seed butter of your choice. It is important to remember that the butter is not just added to increase the nutritive value of the cookie dough but also to make it softer and to help bind the other ingredients together.
These classic chocolate chip no-bake cookie dough can be tweaked around, and you can throw your choice of ingredients into the mix to enhance the flavor and texture of the dough.
Chopped-up nuts like walnuts, almonds, and pistachios are great since they add a nice texture to the dough. You can also sneak some seeds like flaxseeds, hemp seeds, or sunflower seeds into the mixture to make it healthy.
And of course, you can never go wrong with some whole or chopped dried fruits like cranberries, apricots, and figs.
If you’re planning to make this protein-packed no-bake cookie dough in a big batch and store it for later, just remember to use a freezer-safe container or Ziploc bag to store it. You can also roll the dough into bite-sized balls and freeze them until they are solid, and then transfer them to a freezer-safe container before popping them in. This will help keep the balls from sticking to each other, and you’ll have a nice supply of these protein-packed sweet treats for as long as 3 months.
And of course, you can always refrigerate them if you’re planning to finish them up within a week. Just remember to cover the bowl with some cling wrap or a lid to help the dough stay fresh.
Tips & Tricks to Nail the No-Bake Cookie Dough Recipe
Ready to give the recipe a shot? Wait up! You might want to keep these little tips and tricks in mind to make sure you nail the recipe.
- Coconut sugar is an excellent healthy and natural sweetener that you can add to the no-bake cookie dough. If you don’t have it, you can use honey or maple syrup, or agave instead. Depending on what you use, you might need to adjust the quantity of the other ingredients you add to make the dough have a perfect consistency.
- Opt for dark chocolate chips- they are chock full of antioxidants and lend the dough a deeper, richer flavor.
- If your cookie dough seems crumbly and dry and isn’t soft enough to be shaped or scooped, you can add a little milk into it.
- You could also use pink Himalayan salt instead of sea salt- it is rich in minerals and is much less processed than your regular table salt.
- To increase the nutritive value of the cookie dough, you can also add a little grass-fed whey protein powder and some collagen peptides powder.
- Want to get a little bit more chocolate flavor into your cookie dough? Add a teaspoon or two of cocoa powder and give the mixture a good mix.
- You can also try making a funfetti version of the cookie dough by adding in some sprinkles instead of the chocolate chips.
- Want to make your cookie dough more filling and texture-rich? You can add some rolled oats to the mixture. Remember to give the dough a little refrigerator time for all the ingredients to bind well with each other.
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- 1 can (15oz) (425g) chickpeas
- ¼ cup (30g) vanilla protein powder
- 2 tablespoon (30g) almond butter
- 1 tablespoon (11g) coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon (5ml) vanilla extract
- ⅙ teaspoon (0.5g) sea salt
- 2 tablespoon (20g) vegan chocolate chips
- Mix the chickpeas in a food processor until you get a soft mixture.
- Next add the butter, protein, coconut sugar, vanilla, and salt.
- Continue blending until you get a dough.
- Add the chocolate chips at the end and mix with a spatula so the chips mix everywhere in the dough.
- Create the wanted shapes from the dough.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 109Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 51mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g