5 Ready-To-Eat Cookie Dough Recipes Packed With Protein for a Midday Snack

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What’s better than freshly baked ooey, gooey cookies? The batter, of course. Arguably, one of the best and most memorable parts about making a batch of chocolate chip cookies growing up was sneaking a bite (or five) of the raw cookie dough when my mom wasn’t looking. IYKYK.

Luckily, I was fortunate enough to escape the chance of getting sick from consuming raw eggs and flour in the batter—which the CDC urges us to avoid doing. However, I’ve learned better ways to safely consume cookie dough with all of the joy, minus the risk. Enter ready-to-eat—raw egg- and flour-free—cookie dough packed with loads of protein for snacking on throughout the day. We’ve gathered a few of our favorite cookie dough recipes, featuring flavors like double chocolate and birthday cake, that are delicious and a great way to boost your nutrition (and mood, obvi) with every bite.

5 ready-to-eat cookie dough recipes packed with protein

1. Chickpea Protein Cookie Dough

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Photo: Nourished by Nic

It’s safe to say that Nicole Addison, RD, a registered dietitian and recipe developer of Nourished by Nic, knows a thing or two about making protein-rich cookie dough. (Have you seen her jaw-dropping Instagram account?) And while she offers tons of uncomplicated recipes for everyday healthy eating from breakfast to dinnertime, she’s basically the queen of making deliciously sweet treats that are packed with nutrients, like this five-minute easy chickpea protein cookie dough recipe.

This simple recipe requires minimal fuss and comes together with the help of a food processor. What’s more, it’s loaded with gut-friendly, protein-packed ingredients like chickpeas, nut butter, and oat flour. Addison adds a few scoops of protein powder for an extra protein boost, which also helps bind together all these ingredients for that prized, chewy, moist cookie dough texture. Of course, the dough wouldn’t be complete without the toppings. In this case, she suggests chocolate chips and unsweetened coconut flakes.

Get the recipe: 5-Minute Easy Chickpea Protein Cookie Dough

2. Birthday Cake Protein Balls

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Photo: Nourished by Nic

Petition to not need an excuse or special occasion to eat birthday cake—because these birthday cake protein balls by Nourished by Nic are another cookie dough win (and the perfect way to make every day feel like it’s your birthday). Aside from their delicious flavor, taking just one look at these protein-filled dough bites will bring a smile to your face thanks to the colorful rainbow sprinkles speckled throughout. Plus, this seven-ingredient recipe is made with ingredients you likely already have on hand, like oats, nut butter, and honey.

Get the recipe: Easy Birthday Cake Protein Balls

3. Peanut Butter Protein Balls

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Photo: Nourished by Nic

As we mentioned, Nourished by Nic is the master of protein-packed cookie dough bites. And, folks, she’s done it again. In the latest iteration of this delicious snack, Addison combines three simple ingredients—peanut butter, oats, and maple syrup—to make the perfect snackable oatmeal cookie dough with six grams of protein per serving. The best part? She leaves the toppings up to your creativity (or what’s already in your pantry). Some ideas include dried fruit, sprinkles, or colorful candy-coated chocolate.

Get the recipe: 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Oatmeal Protein Balls

4. Cookie Dough Protein Bites

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Photo: Hannah Magee

In a recent TikTok video by @hannahmagee_rd, registered dietitian Hannah says her cookie dough protein bites are the perfect snack for when you hit that 3 p.m. afternoon slump. Her simple recipe includes ingredients like peanut butter, protein powder, oats for fiber, and chocolate chips for longevity-boosting antioxidants. Plus, they’re gluten-free and vegan. It really doesn’t get much better than that.

@hannahmagee_rd MAKE THEM NOW ?? 1 cup natural peanut butter 1/2 cup rolled oats 5 tbsp vanilla protein powder 1 tbsp flax seeds 3 tbsp agave syrup or honey 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/3 cup chocoalte chips 1-3 tbsp water, optional Add peanut butter, oats, protein powder, flax seeds, agave syrup and vanilla extract to a mixing bowl. Use a spoon or clean hands to mix together. If the mixture is too thick/sticky, add 1-2 tbsp water. The water will help when you go to shape the mixture into balls and prevent the texture from being too chalky. Scoop the mixture (1 generous tablespooon each) with a spoon and roll into balls between your hands. This should result in 14-15 protein bites. Store in the frige up to 1 week. Enjoy! #healthysnackideas #healthysnack #dietitian #easyrecipes #energyballs #proteinbites ♬ Sunday - HNNY

Get the recipe: Cookie Dough Protein Bites

5. Double Chocolate Cookie Dough

If chocolate is your middle name, this double chocolate cookie recipe by Upbeet & Kaleing It will be your new BFF. It's the perfect mixture of protein powder, cocoa powder, nut butter, nut milk, and… So. Many. Chocolate. Chips. Read: A match made in cookie dough heaven.

Get the recipe: Double Chocolate Cookie Dough

@upbeetandkaleingit one minute double chocolate protein cookie dough ?? #whatieatinaday #cookiedough #recipesoftiktok #recipetutorial #nobake #healthydessert #vegan ♬ Cooking - Children's Music

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