Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough DIY Protein Bars

I’m really surprised that I’ve never gotten sick with Salmonella.  I used to eat raw cookie dough by the tub.  The 36oz tub.  From Costco.  Yeahhh, those tubs (*cringes*.  I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss grabbing a movie, a spoon, and that good ol’ tub of cookie dough, then plopping myself down on the couch to chill.  Ehem.  So I solved that problem by making these Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough DIY Protein Bars! 🍪💪

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

These protein bars are super sweet, buttery, and delicious, just like the cookie dough you’d buy from the store, only these are healthy! 🙌

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough DIY Protein Bars from the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook (low sugar, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) – authored by Jessica Stier of the Desserts with Benefits Blog

If you are the on-the-go type, store each individual bar in a plastic sandwich baggie in the fridge.  That way, you can easily grab one (or two) out of the fridge as you rush out the door.  You can also freeze them!  It will take a few hours to thaw (depends on the temperature outside though), so it’s usually the perfect consistency for lunch or a snack 👌

These are chewy with the occasional crunch from the mini chocolate chips.  They don’t taste healthy in the slightest.  You need to make ’em ASAP! 😍

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough DIY Protein Bars from the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook (low sugar, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) – authored by Jessica Stier of the Desserts with Benefits Blog

Does that look healthy to you?  I didn’t think soooo 😎

10 bars

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough DIY Protein Bars

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough DIY Protein Bars



You can find the full recipe and instructions in the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook!


I originally wasn't going to share the recipe here because I worked so incredibly hard on publishing DIY Protein Bars.  But, I understand not having a recipe here can be frustrating.  So, I'll meet you halfway...  how does that sound?  I'll show you all the ingredients I use in the recipe.  That way, you can determine on your own whether or not 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 a video showing how to make these Cookie Dough DIY Protein Bars:


This recipe isn’t limited to just protein bars.  You can totally eat the dough straight out of the mixing bowl.  Or just keep it in the fridge.  You know, for emergency snacks…  emergency snacks that MUST. CONTAIN. CHOOOOCOOLAAATTTEE!! 😏🍫

DIY Protein Bars Cookbook – Jessica Stier of Desserts with Benefits

I’d choose these Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough DIY Protein Bars over cookie dough, storebought protein bars, and junk food of any kind, ANY DAY!

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough DIY Protein Bars from the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook (low sugar, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) – authored by Jessica Stier of the Desserts with Benefits Blog



Be happy.

Live fully.

Eat protein bars.


With love (and healthy dessert),

– Jess



58 comments on “Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough DIY Protein Bars

  1. OMG.

    ….that sums it up.


  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 🙂

  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. 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. 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

      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!!

  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! 🙂

  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.

  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.


    • 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 🙂

  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! 🙂

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


  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!

  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 🙂

  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.


    • 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! 😀

  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 )

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