Easy No-Bake Cookie Dough Protein Bars (sugar free, gluten free, vegan)

Healthy Cookie Dough Protein Bars (with Video!)

I’ve always been pretty good about sitting down and setting goals for the new year, but this year is a bit different.  This year has involved a lot more “adulting” than usual — I bought a car, got my own health insurance, and am getting ready to apply for a mortgage (eek) — and haven’t had as much time to set aside for myself OR my business.  I’m currently sitting in an airport in Wisconsin and will have to sit here for the next 8 hours (yay).  What better time to think about 2019 goals, right??  Buuuuut I’m procrastinating and would rather help YOU with your health goals.

What do you hope to get out of 2019?

Eat better?  Consume less sugar?  Exercise more?  Gain muscle?

I could go for all of the above.

Once I get back to Austin I’m gonna whip up 5 batches of protein bars.  This way I can have a batch (10 bars) in the fridge and 40+ bars in the freezer all set and read to go for breakfasts, grab and go snacks, and sweet nighttime treats.

I always, always, ALWAYS make these Cookie Dough DIY Protein Bars first, then the Peanut Butter Fudge.  I’ll probably make my Matcha Green Tea DIY Protein Bars next, then the PB&J and Mocha.

Tired of shelling out cash for protein bars at the store? Make these Cookie Dough Protein Bars at home with The DIY Protein Bars Cookbook -- a collection of 48 healthy no-bake protein bars recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth! The recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, vegan, and all-natural too!

These Healthy Cookie Dough Protein Bars are the perfect snack for when you’re craving something sweet and chocolatey, but don’t want the excess calories, sugar, and fat that would be in regular cookie dough.

Made with only 7 ingredients and NO baking required, these homemade protein bars will be your new go-to snack when you’re running out the door.  Buuuut they’re also a good staple to have handy in the fridge when the sweet tooth monster strikes  😉

These are sugar free, gluten free, dairy free, and vegan, with only 190 calories per bar, plus a whopping 17g of protein!

Tired of shelling out cash for protein bars at the store? Make these Cookie Dough Protein Bars instead, thanks to The DIY Protein Bars Cookbook -- 48 no-bake homemade protein bars recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth! With sugar free, gluten free, dairy free, and vegan options.

Perfect for the new year and our health goals.  So why not celebrate with a giveaway too??

THREE winners will receive a copy of my DIY Protein Bars Cookbook, a tub of protein powder, and a brownie pan to get you started!

Just wanna make 2019 a little bit easier on ya  😉

DIY Protein Bars Cookbook Bundle Giveaway

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.  I’m really surprised that I’ve never gotten sick with Salmonella…

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 Protein Bars!  It’s like cookie-dough-meets-protein-bar.  It’s like heaven.

These Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough 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!

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Cookie Dough DIY Protein Bars! Tired of shelling out cash for protein bars at the store? Make 'em at home with The DIY Protein Bars Cookbook -- a collection of 48 healthy no-bake protein bars recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth! The recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, vegan, and all-natural too!
Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars
Prep Time
30 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

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!

Course: Breakfast, Snacks
Cuisine: Edible Cookie Dough, Protein Bars
Keyword: DIY
Servings: 10 bars
Calories: 190 kcal
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Line an 8x8” brownie pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In an electric stand mixer bowl tted with a beater attachment, add all of the ingredients. Mix on low speed until everything is fully incorporated.
  3. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Mix on medium speed for one last mix. Mixture should be thick and fudgy, like cookie dough.

  4. Scoop the mixture into the brownie pan and atten it out. Tightly cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

  5. Lift the mixture out of the pan. Slice into 10 bars. Individually wrap the protein bars in plastic sandwich baggies. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or stash them in the freezer.

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 protein bar)
Calories 190 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 1.5g 8%
Sodium 115mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 0.5g
Protein 17g 34%
Calcium 8%
Iron 15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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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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!

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!!

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Watch me make these Cookie Dough Protein Bars on camera:

Does this look healthy to you?  Nah, I didn’t think so  😉

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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105 comments on “Healthy Cookie Dough Protein Bars (with Video!)”

  1. I’d love to try those Red Velvet bars! 🤤

  2. Anything with chocolate in it would be what I tried first! I’m pregnant, so go figure. 😂

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  4. chocolate chip for sure

  5. Well yesterday I made my Banana Pecan Protein Waffles, then I saw this scroll by. I was looking for something else to make with my various protein powders. HEADED TO THE KITCHEN NOW.

  6. Jessica Petty
    56


    I cant wait to make anything with PEANUT BUTTER from your recipe book!! PB is a staple in my house & diet…always 🙂

  7. I love chocolate, so these chocolate chip cookie-dough bars might be one of the first recipes I try unless there is a more chocolate-ified one.

  8. Just waiting on my Pea Protein powder so I can give these a try! Would it be okay to cut the par count in half and then sub the rest with the protein? Just a curious question

    • I’ve tried pea protein powder a few times and it doesn’t work as a replacement for rice protein powder — it absorbs WAY too much liquid! I actually have a recipe in the book using unflavored pea protein, but only one because it was hard to use and seemed to suck up all the flavor. If you wanna try the pea protein though, just be ready to have extra nut butter and almond milk on hand. You may need more sweetener too, depending on whether or not your protein powder is sweetened.

  9. Wooohooo! So excited that you shared this recipe–and a chance to win the book!!

  10. Oh and as far as which recipe I’d make first…tough call! Can’t go wrong with peanut butter though!


  11. I used to eat a lot of cookie dough myself. I love that this satisfies my sweet tooth without the sugar rush. Thank you Jess! Keep up the good work.

  12. Death by chocolate, no question!


  13. I would love to make these bars! They look good and I am looking for a snack that is healthy for the New Year! Thank you!

  14. Your protein bars are delicious! Can’t wait to try this recipe.


  15. I love all of your recipes! I love the rice krispie treats the best, now I can’t wait to make these!

  16. I haven’t seen your cookbook yet but definitely anything with peanut butter!

  17. These look SO-O-O good! I can’t wait to try them. They will be my substitute for chocolate chip cookies, which I am powerless to resist when they’re around. Thank you for providing a much healthier option!


  18. I can’t wait to try these and I am DEFINITELY going to get a copy of the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook. I’m so excited!!!

  19. Looks great= can’t wait to try em!

  20. Tina Carlos
    70

    Perfect timing! I love protein bars for quick “on the go” meals but most are so full of sugar. Those that aren’t are so expensive. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  21. I want to try the Cookie Dough protein bars and the Match Green Tea ones. I love Quest Bars but the erythritol bothers my stomach & they are awfully expensive, so these should be a good substitute. Thank you for the recipes from one Melissa to another! =)

  22. Olivia Grace
    72

    I love cookie dough! I really hope I win your cookbook–I’ve made your chocolate fudge protein bars and your PB&J protein bars and LOVED both of them!!

  23. Happy New Year!!! The peanut butter fudge protein bars sound amazing, so I’d probably have to try those first:)

  24. Suzanna Mullett
    74

    I’d love to try the Matcha Green Tea one. They look sooo good. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!


  25. I want to make these protein bars!!!! It’s the new year and I need to turn it around and eat healthier but I am a sugarholic and this is the perfect way to eat healthy and still get my sweet fix!

  26. Such an exciting & amazing giveaway, thank you!! 😍🤗 I’ve had my eye on this cookbook for a while & have already made the Chocolate Fudge DIY Protein Bars from the pdf download. I’m looking through the table of contents and thinking HOW CAN I CHOOSE which I’d make first? How?!? Lol. But I think I’d go straight to the Fancy Pants section & try out S’mores, Millionaires, Scotcheroos, and Peanut Butta & Jelly.

  27. Blueberry muffin and Caramel apple would be first for me! Thank you.

  28. Stacey Roberson
    78


    I would make the S’mores first.

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