Recipe: Cookie Dough Energy Balls

As promised last week, I am sharing my recipe for no-bake energy balls that taste like a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie. This recipe uses ingredients that are easy to find in any grocery store, or that you might just have in your cupboard already. You can easily adapt this recipe however you like by swapping dried fruit, nuts or seeds for the chocolate chips, using almond butter in place of peanut butter, and whatever protein powder you love. These energy balls are a great snack for on-the-go, to fuel your workouts, or even as a healthier dessert option. Enjoy! 

Yield: 18 energy balls     Prep time: 10 minutes     Total time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup large flake whole grain oats

1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/3 cup vanilla protein powder (I used Vanilla Whey Gourmet) 

2/3 cup natural peanut butter

1/3 cup honey

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, add all the ingredients in the order listed above. Mix with a wooden spoon until well combined with no dry spots.
  2. Scoop out about 2 tablespoons of dough with a cookie dough scoop (if you don't have one you can eyeball it) and roll into a ball with clean hands. Continue until all the dough has been rolled. You should get about 18 energy balls.
  3. Place the energy balls on a plate and freeze to set for 20 minutes.
  4. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks in the fridge, or up to 3 weeks in the freezer. To prevent them from sticking together, layer with parchment or wax paper.

Nutrition Information:  

  • Serving Size: 1 energy ball
  • Calories: 132
  • Fat: 6.7 g
  • Carbohydrate: 14.6 g
  • Fiber: 1.1 g
  • Sugar: 9.5 g
  • Protein: 4.4 g
Ryan Stallard