Healthy Protein Cookie Dough (Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth)

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This Healthy Protein Cookie Dough is only 170 calories and has 12g of protein! The recipe uses only five ingredients and is ideal for a quick snack or late-night treat. You can even have it as a post-workout snack! 

Macro Breakdown & Calories

  • Calories: 170
  • Carbohydrates: 14 g
  • Protein: 12g
  • Fat: 4 g

Ingredients

protein cookie dough ingredients

Nut Butter

This recipe could use many nut butter types, including peanut, almond, cashew, and sunflower seed butter. 

The peanut butter will offer the most protein per tablespoon, while almond butter will be slightly lower in calories. 

Cashew butter is a good option for creamier cookie dough, while sunflower seed butter is a good option if you have nut allergies.

Maple Syrup

Maple syrup is a great natural sweetener with lots of nutrients. 

It’s also a good source of antioxidants. You could substitute honey or agave nectar for maple syrup if you prefer.

Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract is a great way to add flavor to this cookie dough. You could also use almond extract or peppermint extract.

Vanilla Protein Powder

Vanilla whey protein powder is a great way to add protein to this cookie dough (I recommend Transparent Labs Vanilla Whey Protein for this recipe).

I don’t recommend using casein protein as it may change the consistency to be a bit looser. 

Chocolate Chips

Chocolate chips are a great way to add some sweetness and chocolate flavor to this cookie dough. You could also use chopped-up chocolate, carob chips, or raisins.

How To Make This Healthy Protein Cookie Dough

Step 1

First, mix the wet ingredients. Whisk peanut butter, vanilla, and maple syrup together in a bowl until everything is well combined. 

Step 1 how to make protein cookie dough: Mix the wet ingredients. Whisk peanut butter, vanilla, and maple syrup together in a bowl
Step 1 how to make protein cookie dough: Mix whisk peanut butter, vanilla, and maple syrup together in a bowl until everything is well combined

Step 2

Next, add protein powder 1-2 tablespoons at a time. 

If the dough is too dry, add water 1 tablespoon at a time. 

If the dough is too wet, add more protein powder. It should reach a consistency that can be rolled into a ball.

Step 2 how to make protein cookie dough: add protein powder 1-2 tablespoons at a time.

Step 3

Once the dough is the right consistency, mix in chocolate chips. Fold them into the dough.

Step 3 how to make protein cookie dough: Once the dough is the right consistency, mix in chocolate chips. Fold them into the dough.
Healthy protein cookie dough (satisfy your sweet tooth)

Customizations 

Change the Flavor

  • Swap the vanilla protein powder for another flavor like chocolate or birthday cake. You could also use a different extract like almond or peppermint.
  • Get creative with the mix-ins. You can use sprinkles, cinnamon, or even crushed-up cereal.

Make it Sugar-Free

  • To make this cookie dough without added sugar, you’ll need to use a sugar-free protein powder and sweetener. I recommend using monk fruit syrup or allulose as a sweetener.
a healthy protein cookie dough

How To Store & Meal Prep: 

You can store this cookie dough in the fridge for up to 4 days.

If you want to meal prep it, portion it into single-serve containers so you can grab and go when you’re feeling a sweet tooth.

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Healthy protein cookie dough (Satisfy your sweet tooth)

Healthy Protein Cookie Dough


  • Author: Kelsey Butler
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
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Description

This Healthy Protein Cookie Dough is only 170 calories and has 12g of protein! The recipe uses only five ingredients and is ideal for a quick snack or late night treat.


Ingredients

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  • 2 tbsp nut butter
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 tbsp chocolate chips
  • Water as needed

Instructions

1. Mix nut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract

2. Add protein powder gradually, stirring each time until dough is formed

3. Add water as needed

4. Fold in chocolate chips and enjoy

Notes

You can store this cookie dough in the fridge for up to 4 days.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Post-workout Snack
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: Bodybuilding Meals

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2
  • Calories: 170 kcal
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 14 g
  • Protein: 12 g

About The Author

KELSEY BUTLER

Kelsey Butler is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a Master’s in Nutrition Sciences. She is an expert in nutrition research, coaching, content creation, and recipe development. Kelsey takes a mindful approach towards health and values building relationships with all foods. She understands the importance of providing recipes that anyone can enjoy, no matter their dietary needs. When she’s not focusing on nutrition, Kelsey has a passion for cooking, the outdoors, running, and travel.