Vegan Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Protein Balls

Howdy y’all! I’ve got myself into workin’ out more regular-like these days, aimin’ to build up my strength. That means I’m on the lookout for tasty ways to get more protein in my diet, to help my body grow some muscle and speed up recovery. I been havin’ a whole mess of fun concoctin’ snacks that not only tame my sweet tooth in the afternoon, but also give me a good dose of protein. These here vegan peanut butter cookie dough protein balls are what I’m favoring right now! They’re sweet as pie, packed full of peanut butter flavor and chock-full of dark chocolate chips. The name might be a mouthful for such little nibbles, I know. Now, y’all know I always shoot straight with ya. These cookie dough balls are mighty delicious BUT you might get a hint of chickpea flavor in there. Don’t bother me none but if y’all can’t stand chickpeas for love or money, these protein balls likely ain’t your cup of tea. If you whip up this recipe at home be sure to tag your picture #myvibrantkitchen over on Instagram. Always warms my heart to see all your beautiful creations. And don’t forget to sign up for My Vibrant Kitchen’s newsletter so you can get all the latest recipes, vegan lifestyle tips and travel stories sent directly to your inbox.

Vegan Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Protein Balls Recipe

Vegan Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Protein Balls

Prep time: 15 mins
Total time: 15 mins
Serves: 13-15


  • 50 g oats
  • 200 g drained tinned chickpeas
  • 4 medjool dates, stones removed
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 150 g smooth peanut butter
  • 1-3 Tbsp maple syrup to taste
  • 1-2 scoops vegan protein powder (optional)
  • 100 g dark chocolate


  1. Place the oats in your blender or food processor and blitz until you have oat flour.
  2. Add the chickpeas, dates, vanilla extract, peanut butter and maple syrup and blend until well combined. You want the mixture to be a firm cookie dough consistency.
  3. You can add protein powder to the blender to make the cookie dough balls higher in protein. If your protein powder has a strong taste it might change the flavour of the cookie dough. Vanilla flavoured protein powder works well but you might want to omit the vanilla extract.
  4. Roughly chop the chocolate and mix the chocolate chips with the cookie dough. Take scoopfuls of dough and form small balls between the palms of your hands.
  5. Keep the cookie dough balls in an airtight container in the fridge for unto a week. Enjoy!


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