These Chocolate Chip Protein Balls only take 6 Ingredients and 10 minutes to fill up your bowl with snacking perfection. Made with a blend of oat and almond flours, there’s plenty of plant-powered protein built-in so we skipped any need for protein powders with artificial sweeteners.
I love edible, raw cookie dough balls. I think my obsession is well documented in the dozen or so recipes I’ve posted recently on all flours, flavors, and combinations of cookie dough, protein and energy balls.
It can be hard to differentiate between them all, but my basic formula is:
- Cookie dough balls – One flour (usually Oat) makes up the base and maple syrup, cane, or brown sugar provides the sweetness. (Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls)
- Protein ball – Almond flour, oat flour, and nut butter provide the plant-powered protein for these high energy sweet snacks. (Like this one!)
- Energy balls – Dates are the sweetener and binder, and the biggest difference in these WFPB treats. (Healthy Vegan Energy Balls)
- Gluten-Free Cookie Dough Balls – Coconut flour provides an always gluten-free cookie dough base, and coconut oil usually makes an appearance on the ingredient list. Coconut flour is low carb and high fiber. It’s not for everyone, but if you’re a fan then these balls are deeeelicious. (Pumpkin Spice Cookie Dough Balls)
Are they easy to make?
My 5-year-old just made these tonight. I helped with the final mix stage, but she did the rest. Her little arms couldn’t quite handle the thick dough. But if they’re easy enough for a 5-year-old to make, I’m confident that the answer to this question is YES!
What are the 6 Ingredients?
- Almond flour (ground up almonds – packed with protein and healthy fats)
- Oat flour (make your own in a Vitamix or high powered blender from rolled or quick-cooking oats)
- Almond butter (again with the protein and healthy fats – yay!)
- Maple syrup (unrefined sweetener of choice)
- Pure vanilla extract (really gives that “cookie dough” flavor)
- Dairy-free chocolate chips (I like Enjoy Life brand)
These Chocolate Chip Protein Balls are:
- Easy to make (and eat)
- Convenient snacks for lunches and on the go
- Satisfy sweet cravings in a healthy, protein-packed way
- Packed to the brim with chocolate chips
- Made from 6 everyday ingredients
- Store well in the fridge or freezer
- A healthy spin on a sweet treat
So here they are, our Vegan Chocolate Chip Protein Balls. They’re a snacking staple in our fridge – which is kind of dangerous because they’re so tasty! If you try these protein balls, let us know what you think! Or better yet, show us a picture because we love to see your creations. We hope you love them as much as we do – Enjoy!
Chocolate Chip Protein Balls – Vegan, GF
- Mixing bowl and spatula
- Measuring cups and spoons or a kitchen scale
- ½ cup Oat Flour (60g) Use certified GF if necessary
- ⅓ cup Almond Flour (40g)
- ½ cup Almond Butter (120g)
- 3 tbsp Maple Syrup (66g)
- 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1 Pinch of Sea Salt optional
- 2 tbsp Mini Chocolate Chips Dairy Free, Vegan or GF as necessary
- Add oat flour, almond flour and a pinch of salt to a mixing bowl and stir well to combine
- Add almond butter, maple syrup and vanilla to dry ingredients and use a spatula to fold everything together until a "cookie dough" texture is consistent throughout
- Fold in chocolate chips with your spatula until evenly combined
- Divide into about 10 pieces (or just spoon out the size of ball you want each time) into your hands and roll/shape gently into balls
- Enjoy right away or chill for an hour to get an even more "cookie dough-ish" texture and flavor! (If you can wait that long!)
- Store in the fridge for 3-5 days in an airtight container or freeze for up to 1 month