Healthy Protein Cookie Dough Recipe

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An excellent healthy protein cookie dough recipe can be tough to come by. Thankfully, I’ve found all the best protein powder cookie dough recipes out there, so you don’t have to. Wondering what goes into protein powder cookie dough goodness? With just a few ingredients, you can be that much closer to having delicious, healthy, and protein-rich cookie dough to fuel your day, keep you full, and leave you feeling strong. Ready to learn what making a delicious high protein cookie is all about? If so, keep reading, and let’s started!

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I’ve got a handful of protein cookie dough recipes that range from baked cookie dough to edible dough that you can eat straight from the bowl.

These finger-licking good cookie dough recipes come in several variations that will (hopefully) provide a protein-rich option for everyone.

You’ll need a few staple ingredients when making these protein cookie dough recipes.

The ingredients needed for protein cookie dough may include nut butter, protein powder, flour (or oat flour), vanilla extract, and egg in certain cases. Some recipes may call for more ingredients, and some may call for less! Every recipe is different and, thus, will call for various additions. 

Alright, enough of the chit-chat. Let’s dive into some of the best protein cookie dough recipes you’ll find!

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Healthy Protein Cookie Dough Recipe

Healthy Protein Cookie Dough Recipe

  • Author: Anna
  • Total Time: 30 mins


The following recipe is fantastic for days when you want the taste of cookie dough and don’t feel like firing up your oven. Plus, this cookie dough is packed with 20 grams of protein per serving. Can’t beat that!


  • ¾ cup vanilla protein powder
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips
  • a splash of molasses (optional)


  • In a mixing bowl, combine your peanut butter, honey, molasses (if using), and milk. Whisk the mixture until it becomes uniform.
  • From there, sift in your vanilla protein powder. If the mixture is too soupy, add a bit more protein powder. Alternatively, if the mixture is too thick, add just enough milk to make it the right consistency.
  • Chill the dough for about 15-30 minutes or until firm.
  • Enjoy!


  • Tip for How to Portion This Protein Cookie Dough: Use an ice cream scoop or a tablespoon to scoop this cookie dough and place on parchment paper easily. Alternatively, you can scoop this dough into a bowl and enjoy it in a similar way that you would ice cream (toppings and all)!
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If the recipe I shared above isn’t what you’re looking for, I’ve got some protein cookie dough options you can try below. Try the modifications and see if they’ll work for you better!


  • 1 cup almond flour
  • ½ cup flavorless whey protein powder
  • ¼ cup peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons of milk (add a little more if needed)
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup milk chocolate chips
  • ½ cup dark chocolate, chopped


  1. Begin by whisking your peanut butter, maple syrup, milk, and vanilla.
  2. In a separate bowl, stir together your almond flour and flavorless protein powder.
  3. Add your dry ingredients to your wet ingredients and mix until combined.
  4. Fold in your chocolate chips.
  5. Take an ice cream scoop or tablespoon and roll your cookie dough into bite-sized balls. Store in the fridge for about 15-30 minutes or until firm. Alternatively, you can enjoy these protein cookie dough balls at room temperature.
  6. Note: If you wish, you can use vegan protein powder. If using vanilla protein powder, be sure to only use 1 teaspoon of vanilla instead of two. Compensate the loss of liquid by using a teaspoon of extra milk.

Yes, absolutely! Cookie dough balls will keep at best quality in the freezer for up to three months. This is a great way to stash cookie dough to be enjoyed later when late-night hunger strikes!

If you’re looking for a frozen sweet treat, try this high protein ice cream that I’m sure you’ll love!

Love double chocolate chip cookie dough but don’t feel like sharing? I’ve got you!

Try this recipe whenever you start to feel that all too-familiar yearning for chocolate. I’m certain it’ll hit the spot!


  • 5 tablespoon chocolate protein powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon espresso powder (optional, but lends chocolatier flavor)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tbsp + 2 tsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon butter
  • ½ tablespoon mini chocolate chips


  1. Mix your protein powder, espresso powder, coconut flour, and salt together using a whisk to break apart large lumps.
  2. Add to this mixture your applesauce, milk, vanilla, and butter.
  3. Finally, mix in your chocolate chips.
  4. Eat right away!

Note: This edible protein cookie dough may dry out rapidly, so you should consume it quickly. Also, know that there may be some variation in how much protein powder you’ll need to use depending on your brand of protein powder. Experiment with the liquid to powder ratio until you discover the consistency you like most.

Healthy Protein Cookie Dough Recipe

Protein powder cookie dough makes the best warm-baked cookies out there! Sample this recipe to get a load of what eating a protein cookie tastes like. I’m confident you’ll love it!


  • 1 cup almond butter (or peanut butter)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ granulated sugar
  • ½ cup flavorless protein powder
  • ½ cup chocolate chips


  1. Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  2. As the oven heats, use a mixing bowl to combine your almond butter (or peanut butter), egg, and vanilla extract. Mix until well incorporated.
  3. To this mixture, add your brown and granulated sugar, along with the flavorless protein powder.
  4. Once everything is combined, gently fold in your chocolate chips.
  5. Use a tablespoon to scoop up the dough and form 12 balls using your hands.
  6. Place the cookie dough balls onto prepared baking sheets and bake for 12-14 minutes.


  • The mixing may be difficult, especially if you’re using almond butter. Be sure to choose a “drippy” almond butter to make mixing a bit easier.
  • If you want, you can opt to use vanilla protein powder instead of flavorless. However, if you choose this option, be sure to omit the vanilla extract. Otherwise, the flavor will be too overpowering.

I have a simple 3 ingredient cookie dough recipe on my blog, but did you know you can make a 3 ingredient protein cookie dough, too?


  • 2 large overripe bananas
  • 1 scoop protein powder (your choice of flavor)
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • Optional add-ins: chopped nuts, seeds, chocolate chips, dried fruit, salt


  1. To begin, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mash your bananas until you achieve a smooth consistency.
  3. Combine your protein powder and oats, and mix them into the bananas.
  4. Gently fold in your optional add-ins.
  5. Use a tablespoon to spoon 8 evenly sized cookies onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  6. Use the back of the spoon to press the tops so that the cookie dough protein balls resemble small circles.
  7. Pop the cookies into the oven for anywhere between 12-16 minutes, depending on your oven and the size of your cookies.
  8. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool.
  9. Enjoy!

Yes! To make this protein powder cookie dough vegan, simply use a vegan protein powder (such as pea protein). All other ingredients in this recipe are vegan, so you can feel free to chow down!

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  • 2 large bananas
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup oat flour
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • ¼ cup raisins


  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Use a bowl to mash your bananas to a smooth consistency. Slowly add your almond butter and eggs to the mix, stirring until everything is fully incorporated.
  3. Add to this mixture your chia seeds, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
  4. Add in your cinnamon, baking soda, and oat flour and stir.
  5. Once fully mixed, fold in your raisins and pumpkin seeds.
  6. Portion the dough by ¼ cupful onto parchment paper, shaping as needed.
  7. Bake for 13 minutes. Let them cool on the pan for at least 15 minutes before attempting to eat.
  8. Enjoy!

Yes, this cookie dough recipe isn’t only void of protein powder, but also can also be made gluten-free by using certified gluten-free oat flour instead of regular oats.

Healthy Protein Cookie Dough Recipe

The average cookie dough will have very little protein. This is important to know if you’re looking to add a substantial amount of protein to your diet for fitness or health reasons. Thus, unless you add specific ingredients to your cookie dough, you can expect as little as 1-2 grams of protein in your cookie dough per serving.

Note: On average, a person should consume anywhere from 40-60 grams of protein a day, or more, depending on body weight.

Making protein cookie dough couldn’t be easier using the killer recipes provided in this post. Whether you’re looking for protein powder-free, gluten-free, or peanut butter-free options, I’ve offered a little something for everyone. I hope it satisfies your needs!

Add a little more protein in your snack with this iced coffee protein shake!

Remember to check back in and let us know which recipe is your favorite! Thanks for stopping by!


Are protein cookies healthy?

They can be, but it will depend on the ingredients used. Some recipes contain large amounts of sugar and other unhealthful ingredients, while others do not. It will be up to you to look over the ingredients and determine what is right for your diet. Every recipe is different!

What does protein powder do in cookies?

Protein powder adds not only protein but also flavor and, at times, can even be a substitute for flour.

How much protein is in a no bake cookie?

Like with most recipes, it will depend on the ingredients. If made with nut butter, you can expect a natural boost in protein. With protein powder added, you can expect the cookie to pack even more of a protein punch. Exact numbers, however, will vary.

Can I use chocolate, unflavored or other flavor protein powders when making protein cookie dough?

Yes. You can technically use any flavor, but vanilla or flavorless protein powders are by far the safest options in most cases. 

How much protein is enough per day?

The average adult should consume between 40-60 grams of protein per day (give or take) based on their body weight.

By Anna

Hey, I’m Anna; writer, editor and amateur cook extraordinaire! Food has been my life and my passion for the most of my life – it’s crazy to think I didn’t pursue a career in cooking. I’m obsessed! However, keeping cooking as an obsessive hobby has worked for me – my passion grows as the years pass by – maybe I wouldn’t say the same if it was also my day job! I hope you find cooking inspiration, entertainment and “stop and think interesting tid-bits” throughout my writing – and I’d love to hear from you if you’ve got anything you want to share. Food feeds the soul – so get eating! Author Pinterest Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Tumblr Reddit Quora

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