These Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars are the perfect low sugar, high protein snack. They are Paleo, Vegan, low carb and easy to make. In addition, these no bake cookie bars taste like actual cookie dough!
Gosh, I love a good protein bar!
Even better - a protein bar that is basically chocolate chip cookie dough! And friends, these homemade protein bars have a whole list of benefits. They are:
- Keto friendly
- gluten free & grain free
- dairy free
- egg free
- no bake
- easy to make
These plant based Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars satisfy my sweet tooth, while still providing nutritious ingredients that keep me full and my blood sugar levels stable. If that's not winning, then I don't know what is! 😉
The Perfect High Protein Snack
Protein Bars, especially homemade ones, are one of my favorite between-meal snacks. Even while pregnant! I'm currently 22 weeks pregnant with my third child and I NEED snacks. #allthesnacks
The thing about making your own healthy protein bars is that you know exactly what ingredients are used. While some conventional protein bars may not be the best for pregnancy, these homemade Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars are.
In addition, you'll probably find me eating these sugarless protein bars after pregnancy, while I'm nursing. As, my hunger levels tend to be just as high.
One thing I've noticed while breast feeding my children is that they don't tolerate dairy very well. Many Paleo friendly protein bars contain whey protein (dairy). But, this is a dairy free protein bar recipe - perfect for a breast feeding mama, so long as you don't have any other allergies or intolerances.
Making your own protein bars is easy!
I prefer making my own because I'm in control of the ingredients, the taste, texture...I have the power to create whatever kind of protein bar I desire. Which, in this case is a protein bar that is Paleo AND Vegan AND low carb.
So, let's talk about the taste...
Paleo and Vegan Protein Bars that Taste Like Cookie Dough
Yes, that's right! Simply put, these low carb protein bars taste just like chocolate chip cookie dough. They have a sweet, yet low sugar, vanilla cookie flavor and are loaded with dark chocolate chips.
But, all this is possible because of the ingredients I used. The proper ingredients are necessary for a delicious cookie dough protein bar without a chemical aftertaste. (You know what I mean if you've tried a lot of conventional protein bars.)
So, let's dive into the ingredients...
You've go to use the right ingredients to get a delicious, cookie dough flavored protein bar that is Paleo and Vegan.
These are the ingredients you need:
- vanilla pea protein
- coconut flour
- ground flax
- baking soda (optional)
- no-stir almond butter
- plant based milk
- coconut oil
- vanilla extract
- dark chocolate chips
Vanilla Pea Protein
I highly recommend using a vanilla flavored pea protein powder in this recipe. My favorite is from Nuzest (use my discount code: bakeitpaleo for 15% off). It is Paleo, Vegan and allergy friendly. Plus, I love the flavor.
The sweetener you use will also highly impact the flavor of these bars. In this recipe, I used golden monk fruit sweetener because it gives these bars a more realistic chocolate chip cookie flavor. (Conventional chocolate chip cookies tend to use brown sugar.)
Monk fruit is a great sugar substitute because it doesn't have a chemical aftertaste (like stevia tends to). Better yet, it is acceptable for anyone following a Paleo, Vegan and/or Keto diet.
All that being said, use whatever granulated sugar or sweetener you prefer.
Although I used no-stir almond butter in this recipe, any smooth, creamy nut/seed butter will work. Almond butter will give you the most realistic cookie dough flavor because it has the most neutral taste of any other nut butter (at least in my opinion). But, sunflower seed butter or peanut butter (not Paleo) would be great substitutes since they have similar textures.
How to Make Cookie Dough Protein Bars
These Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars are easy to make because all they require are:
- Simple, low carb ingredients
- Measuring cups/spoons
- Medium sized mixing bowl
- Spatula for mixing
- 8" x 8" pan lined with foil
The process is easy and the dough for these Paleo protein bars take fewer than 10 minutes to throw together.
First, combine all dry ingredients in your mixing bowl (except chocolate chips).
Next, mix in all the wet ingredients. Stir first with a spatula, then knead the dough with your hands. At first, the dough will seem too dry (see photo 1 below), but after kneading with your hands you should achieve the right texture (see photo 2 below).
Fold chocolate chips into the batter, then press the dough into a lined 8" x 8" baking pan. I chopped the chocolate chips, but this step is completely optional. Whole chocolate chips will work as well.
Lastly, place the raw, Paleo cookie dough bars in the freezer to set. This takes about 20 minutes and is necessary if you want them to cut easily and keep their shape.
However, if you don't have the patience (I get it, I really do) you can roll the dough into balls instead. These would then be protein balls rather than bars, but the taste is all the same. And this way, they're immediately ready to eat!
More Paleo Vegan Protein Bar Recipes
I love using Nuzest pea protein to make protein bars. Here are some more Paleo Vegan protein bar recipes from the blog:
These low sugar, paleo and vegan protein bars taste just like cookie dough. They're perfect for between meal snacks or eaten as a healthy dessert.
- ½ cup Nuzest Vanilla Protein (50g)*
- ¼ cup coconut flour, lightly packed (34g)
- ¼ cup ground flax, lightly packed (26g)
- 2 Tbsp golden monk fruit sweetener (or any granulated sugar)
- ¼ tsp baking soda (optional)
- ¼ tsp salt
- ⅓ cup no-stir creamy almond butter (unsweetened, unsalted)
- 2 Tbsp melted coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup plant based milk
- ¼ cup dark chocolate chips, chopped
- In a large mixing bowl, combine protein powder, coconut flour, ground flax, sweetener, baking soda and salt. Mix.
- Add in almond butter, coconut oil, vanilla and milk. Mix first with a spatula then use your hands to knead the dough.
- Fold chocolate chips into the batter.
- Firmly press cookie dough into a lined 8" x 8" baking pan.
- Place in freezer for at least 20 minutes to set.
- Remove from freezer, cut into 16 equal pieces.
- Store in fridge or freezer.
For best results, measure ingredients by weight (when given)
*Any pea protein powder will work (for best results measure by weight). If you're using an unsweetened protein powder, you may want to add an extra tablespoon or two of monk fruit sweetener. Use my affiliate discount code "bakeitpaleo" for 15% off any Nuzest purchase.
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