Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough DIY Protein Bars (with Video!) — Plus a GIVEAWAY!

I’m really surprised that I’ve never gotten sick with Salmonella.  I used to eat raw cookie dough by the tub.  THE TUB.  Like, the 36oz tubs…  from Costco.  Yeahhh, those tubs.  I’ll let that sink in a little while I cringe at myself.  Now, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss turning on a movie and plopping myself down on the couch along with a spoon and a good ol’ tub of cookie dough…  so I found a solution:  these easy, no-bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough DIY Protein Bars!

It’s like cookie-dough-meets-protein-bar.

It’s like heaven.

These Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough DIY Protein Bars are sweet, buttery, and delicious — just like the cookie dough you’d buy from the store, only these are healthy!

If you are always busy and the on-the-go type, slice the protein bars and store them in plastic sandwich baggies in the fridge.  That way, you can easily grab one (or two!) out of the fridge as you rush out the door.  Oh, and these are also freezer-friendly!  Let ’em thaw for a few hours at room temp and they’ll be the perfect consistency when hunger strikes.

When I look at my calendar and I know I’m going to be busy and pressed for time, I’ll always make a batch of protein bars.  Knowing that healthy snacks are on hand keeps me sane.  Especially at the busiest and most stressful times…  you know, where all your brain could handle is opening the fridge door and grabbing food that’s already prepped and ready to go?  I’ve been there, you’ve been there, we’ve all been there.

When life happens, these Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars will have your back  🙂

These healthy, no-bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough DIY Protein Bars are sweet, buttery, and delicious. Just like cookie dough out of the tub, except these are sugar free, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, dairy free, and vegan. Made with nut butter, chocolate chips, oats, and vegan protein powder. You'll never go back to store-bought bars again!

Does this look healthy to you?

Nah, I didn’t think so  😉

These Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars are soft, fudgy, and chewy with the occasional crunch from the mini chocolate chips.  They don’t taste healthy in the slightest.  You need to make ’em!

10 bars

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough DIY Protein Bars

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Fat per serving: 8

Calories per serving: 190

Ingredients:

Directions:

The full recipe and instructions are in the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook!  Since this is one of my favorite recipes in the book, I really wanted to share it…  I’m giving away the recipe for these Cookie Dough Protein Bars exclusively to the healthy dessert club (aka, DWB email subscribers — we’re a group of 7,000, going strong)!

You can subscribe here.

Feel free to try out the recipe so you can see if the cookbook is for you!  🙂

Do not use whey/egg/casein protein!  The mixture will be gooey and won’t solidify.

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Here is the recipe’s nutrition label:

These healthy, no-bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough DIY Protein Bars are sweet, buttery, and delicious. Just like cookie dough out of the tub, except these are sugar free, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, dairy free, and vegan. Made with nut butter, chocolate chips, oats, and vegan protein powder. You'll never go back to store-bought bars again!

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This isn’t limited to just protein bars…  you can roll the dough into balls too!  Or you can snack on it straight out of the mixing bowl.  Just keep it in the fridge, you know, for emergency snacks…  emergency snacks that MUST. CONTAIN. CHOOOOCOOLAAATTTEE!!

This Cookie Dough Protein Bar recipe is 1 of 48 protein bar recipes in my DIY Protein Bars Cookbook!

With flavors like Snickerz, Chocolate-Covered Strawberry, Caramel Macchiato, and S’mores, you’ll never buy protein bars from the store again.

To learn more about the book and see some sneak peeks, see this page.

The DIY Protein Bars Cookbook is a collection of 48 easy, healthy no-bake protein bar recipes! Homemade protein bars are healthier than storebought, and they're also cheaper. You'll fall in love with each and every protein bar recipe!

DIY Protein Bars Cookbook on Amazon.com - The DIY Protein Bars Cookbook is a collection of 48 easy, healthy no-bake protein bar recipes!

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Want a FREE recipe from the book?  Check out these Chocolate Fudge DIY Protein Bars!  And if you want the recipe for these Cookie Dough Protein Bars, I’m giving the recipe away exclusively to the healthy dessert club (aka, DWB email subscribers)! You can subscribe by clicking the image below:

Subscribe to the Desserts With Benefits newsletter and never miss a recipe, get treated with exclusive goodies, and get a FREE recipe from the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook!

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For a chance to win the cookbook, enter the giveaway below:

DIY Protein Bars Cookbook Giveaway (3 Winners!)

Good luck!!  🙂

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Watch me make these Cookie Dough DIY Protein Bars on camera:

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I’d choose these Cookie Dough DIY Protein Bars over a tub of cookie dough, store-bought protein bars, and junk food of any kind, ANY DAY.  I’m pretty sure you will too  😉

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Be happy.
Live fully.
Eat protein bars.

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With love (and healthy dessert),

– Jess

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79 comments on “Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough DIY Protein Bars (with Video!) — Plus a GIVEAWAY!”

  1. OMG.

    ….that sums it up.

    OHMIGOOOD!

  2. Can you use whey isolate protien??

    • I’ve tried making these with whey but it turns very gooey rather than cookie-dough-like. However, my friend them with pretty good results using !2/3 cup of soymilk rather than 1c+2T of almond milk (I guess mine didn’t turn out well because I used too much liquid)

      If you try these with whey I would mix all the dry ingredients together, mix in the almond butter + extracts, THEN add the almond milk 1 tbs at a time until you get a cookie dough consistency.

      Good luck! I’m crossing my fingers this works 🙂

      • This is awesome to know! For the longest time I put off purchasing non-whey protein powders and continued to try and make your protein bars (the recipes available via web) with a sticky result. They were fine straight from the fridge but I wouldn’t be able to take them to work or anything like that.

        Love that you’re giving everyone an opportunity to win your books again!

  3. Jessica, these look AMAZING! I so have to give them a try! And I will… soon!

  4. I just tried making these and instead used pea protein powder. They are in the fridge, but they were pretty crumbly. Thoughts? Should I add more liquid? Thanks 🙂 Can’t wait!

    • Hi Sarah, it could be the pea protein. I’ve used a couple protein powders with pea protein as a main ingredient and they usually end up with a crumbly texture. The dough should be like cookie dough and should form a bar. I would try adding more almond butter or maybe even some liquid sweetener to help hold together, say ~1/4 cup? I’m crossing my fingers they hold together, but most of all I hope they taste good 🙂

  5. yum..yum…want to reach out and take a bite.

  6. This looks so amazing. I’m obsessed with chocolate chip cookies, so to find healthier versions is always exciting. I absolutely love your recipes/pictures/blog!

  7. Yeah I used whey and it did not work out very well. Still tastes good though!

  8. Just found your blog.. great stuff. Thanks for figuring this all out… and sharing your yummy results! I think this will be my first recipe to try. 🙂

  9. Wow – one little bar sure packs a punch in the protein department! Definitely my type of “on the way to the gym” type of snack. Would love to get my hands on a non-whey protein powder to give these bad boys a go. I absolutely love how you give us health-foodies something BEAUTIFUL to drool over, cupcakes don’t really do it for me anymore eh 😀

  10. Great recipe. Just a question regarding fibre – is it possible to up the fibre by adding psyllium and if so, how many grams?

  11. OMGoodness, I made these over the weekend and they are soooooooooooooo GOOD!!!

    I used oat flour instead of old fashioned oats (didn’t have that much on hand), I added some ground psyllium, half the stevia (I’m hit or miss with stevia, sometimes it makes me feel weird and sometimes I’m ok- so to be safe I went with half)and some agave (again, this is what I had on hand)

    I’ve eaten one every single day as part of my lunch and WOW, it really has helped keep me stay full before my after work work-out = ) thank you so much for sharing!!!

  12. I made these and they are in my fridge now, firming up! I can’t wait to eat them! I know FOR SURE that I won’t be able to sleep comfortably tonight, knowing that they are in the kitchen waiting for me… Gosh I wish the morning would hurry up already so I can bite into their savory goodness!

  13. Can I use something instead of Brown Rice Protein Powder? Can I use Skim milk powder in place of it and if so would I use the same amount? Thank you! Cant wait to make them.

    • dessertswithbenefits

      Hmmm, I’m not sure if dried milk would work… you would need a lot more than the protein powder since it dissolves easily and it will taste too “milky.” You can try a combination of dried milk and your favorite flour(s) though (I would try a combination of flours, my favorites are oat flour, brown rice flour and coconut flour). I hope these substitutions work for you, make sure to give the dough some taste tests as you go along to see if it needs anything else! Good luck 🙂

  14. Hi!! I love your blog so much! I have made these and the peanut butter fudge protein bars so many times! I even know both recipes by heart… I always have them on hand, and I make at least 1-2 batches a week. I just wanted to thank you for posting this recipe and all the others on your blog! I am addicted to these bars I think…SO GOOD! 🙂

  15. Paula Pike
    15

    What about adding gaur gum for fibre?

    • dessertswithbenefits

      I haven’t tried these adding any gums but I sure hope it works! If you try it let me know how it turns out 🙂

  16. Paula Pike
    16

    And instead of adding normal almond butter and peanut butters would it be possible to incorporate pb2, to save on the fat content?

    • dessertswithbenefits

      Again, I haven’t really tried deviating from this recipe. If PB2 can create an authentic peanut butter texture, try it out and I’m crossing my fingers that it works!

  17. I made these with a few minor tweaks and ah! So good!

    I used 1/3c erythritol + some liquid vanilla stevia, added a bit of cinnamon, and used vanilla casein and some plain pea protein powder (don’t have rice protein!). Worked out lovely 🙂 The nutritionals on mine are a bit different (260kcal/12th of the batch, 160/16th of the batch) but hey, it’s all good healthy stuff 🙂

  18. I made these one morning and they were all gone by the end of the night! Thanks for the great recipe! The only issue I had was one friend cannot eat oats…would almond meal work in its place?

    • dessertswithbenefits

      Ashley-
      Almond meal or almond flour should work just fine, however the bars might be a little bit delicate to handle because almond meal/flour tends to produce a crumbly texture.
      I’m glad you liked the recipe!!
      -Jess

  19. How much is a scoop for the protein powder? 1tsp? 1Tbsp?

  20. Could you replace the oats with something? I’m celiac and can’t handle them 🙁

    • Olivia-
      I’m not sure if there is a good replacement for the oats since there is so much used in the recipe. Oat flour absorbs a lot of liquid and tends to bind things together. But, you can try using almond flour. I’m not exactly sure how much you will need, so I would start out by using 3/4 cup. After step 5, if the cookie dough is too “wet” looking, add more almond flour.
      I hope this substitution works out for you! 🙂
      -Jess

  21. Is the butter extract necessary or could I use vanilla extract instead?

  22. Hi, this recipe sounds amazing! Cant wait to try it 🙂
    Just wondering if you have ever tried using egg white protein. I have both whey (chocolate) & egg white (vanilla) available at home at the moment. Do you know if I would use the same amount or need to add/subtract any liquid? Thanks!

    • Yesika-
      Thanks so much! I haven’t tried egg white protein here but I don’t think it’ll work. I haven’t had luck making protein bars with whey protein and casein protein, and whey, casein and egg white protein are pretty similar. I think brown rice protein powder is the only protein that will work here.
      -Jess

  23. Have you tried any of your recipes with soy protein?

    I am a vegetarian and prefer soy protein over other plant-based protein powders because of the higher protein content and it is the only complete plant-based protein.

    Thanks!

    • Chelsea-
      No, I’m afraid I haven’t tried using soy protein in my protein bar recipes. I haven’t found a brand I like yet… what brand do you use?
      While brown rice itself is not a complete protein, brown rice protein powder is. However, soy protein has a higher bioavailability, so maybe I’ll try using soy on my next batch 🙂
      Thanks!
      -Jess

  24. I use the Optimum Nutrition Soy protein vanilla. I haven’t tried any of the other flavors yet but I found that the Optimum Nutrition isn’t chalky like a lot of other soy protein powders. I haven’t used it for baking though, only smoothies.

    • Chelsea-
      All I know is that whey, casein and egg don’t work at all in my protein bar recipes… but I have yet to try the soy version! Maybe I’ll try those sample packets, the ones that are like one scoop per packet, so I don’t have to buy a whole tub.
      If you’re up for some recipe testing you can give it a shot! I’m crossing my fingers the protein bars turn out for you! 🙂
      -Jess

  25. Hi! I buy truvia in a small container instead of packets. How many tsp is 10 packets?

    Thanks!

  26. I’m looking to minimize carbohydrates and I am aware that the carbs in flax meal are mostly fiber, could I swap flax meal for the oats/oat flour??

    • Mason-
      Yes, flax is minimal in net carbs 🙂
      I haven’t tried replacing the Oats and Brown Rice Flour in this recipe with Flax so I can’t be sure, but I guess it’s worth a shot! I used Ground Flaxseed in one of the protein bars in my Cookbook and it worked really well (although the recipe was quite different). Note that Flax absorbs liquid and tends to turn gelatinous with too much, so be careful when adding the Milk.
      I’d say, substitute the Oats and Brown Rice Flour with 1-1+1/4 cups of Ground Flaxseed. After mixing, the mixture should look like cookie dough. I hope this works out for you!
      -Jess

  27. Would love to try these. Perfect for our new meal plan. Quick question first. I absolutely loathe the taste of artificial sugar. Anything with sucralose in it just tastes awful. I know stevia is different, but do these still have that “fake sugar” taste? can you leave the sweeteners out entirely?

    • Meigan-
      Stevia is all natural, not artificial, but some people still aren’t a fan of the flavor… I love it though! I don’t think these have a fake sugar taste, but if you’re new to stevia I’d recommend using 1/4 tsp of stevia (or omit and just use more packeted sweetener) and 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips 🙂
      -Jess

  28. hey i really want to make this but i have a lot of problems digesting truvia/ stevia is there anything i can use in place of that other than artificial sweeteners?
    such as coconut sugar, honey or agave? 

  29. Hi Jess,

    Is there a way I can substitute the protein powder with oat flour entirely? I am not into protein powder and stuff but would love to try these bars.

    Thanks

    • I haven’t tried replacing the protein powder with oat flour here… the protein powder is the main ingredient and has very particular properties (it absorbs A TON of liquid, creates a fudgy texture, etc.).
      If you want to test it out, feel free! I’m crossing my fingers it works for you! 😀
      -Jess

  30. I made these using whey protein powder one scoop for me was 38 grams but I still used eight scoops. I added the milk last and had a lot of trouble mixing it by hand so I used a hand held mixer and it was really crumbly so I added more and more milk until the dough would stick togheter I added up  using a cup. They taste really good, and held their shape fine, but they are really really REALLY chewy I feel like I’m eating a caramel they stick to my teeth so much. I want to make these again but can you think of any way to make them less chewy? I don’t think I used too much milk but if I did can you think of anyway for me to mix the dough without a cup of milk?( I don’t have a stand mixer )

  31. Just made your chocolate chip cookie dough bars! They are in the fridge and look amazing

  32. Who needs quest??

  33. Are recipes no longer available online?

  34. Just came across this website… I thought these 11 recopes were online?? Is there a place to get amounts of ingredients? Or even…. Just the smounts of the main ingredients? How much almond butter, oat flour, and protein powder used?
    How many bars does this make?

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  39. Hello

    love your site and I plan to try this recipe
    have you ever made a (Probar Chocolate-Coconut-Meal-Bar-) like bar …
    I love these things and I want to see if I can make this.

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  41. I’ve been looking for a plant based protein bar recipe because I’m trying to lose weight for my wedding and I’ve got lots of work travel ahead of me. And then I stumbled upon your amazing page. I’m definitely going to make your bar recipes!! Thank you for sharing all of these yumminess! New subscriber! Woot!

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  44. I’d like to make the Death by Chocolate or Chubby Hubby protein bars!

  45. Smores! perfect summer flavor

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  47. Elizabeth Schwartz
    39

    Oh my gosh- I totally would try making the caramel macchiato bar first. Fingers crossed on the giveaway so that I can! Subscribing now for these babies! 🍫❤🍫❤🍫❤🍰

  48. I would love to make the s’mores protein bar!!

  49. Britani Bruster
    41

    I will be making the Snickerz bars first! I am crossing fingers I win a copy of the cookbook! Yeaaaa!

  50. Healthy? Chocolate cip? Protein bar? All in on? YUM! I want it noooow!

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