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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls

a healthy, no-cook, high protein, chocolate-y snack
Prep Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr
Course: Snack
Author: Trish Cowper


  • 10 medejool dates
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 2 scoops vanilla vegan protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2-4 tablespoons almond butter or other nut butter, unsweetened, unsalted
  • 1/4 cup of ground almonds or finely flaked unsweetened coconut for rolling optional


  • Add cashews and dates to food processor and process until finely ground.
  • Add chia seeds, protein powder, sea salt, vanilla, and chocolate chips. Pulse processor several times to combine. Add 2 tablespoons almond butter and run processor for a minute or so, until well combined. If mixture begins to come together and will stick together into balls, stop here. Otherwise, add another tablespoon of almond butter, repeat process, checking to see if dough will hold and roll into balls, repeat if necessary.
  • Taking about 2 teaspoons of dough at a time, roll into balls. At this point each ball can be rolled in ground almonds, coconut flakes or cocoa powder, if desired.
  • Chill balls for at least 1 hour.
  • Keep refrigerated.