Gosh, I love a good protein bar. Even better – a protein bar that is basically chocolate chip cookie dough! And to top that off, you can’t get much better than a protein bar which is low in sugar, Paleo AND Vegan. Thankfully, my recipe for these no-bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars meets all of my protein bar desires and still tastes like dessert. That, my friend is called winning!
Before diving into the ingredients and process for making these low sugar protein bars, 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.
The texture is also similar to that of cookie dough. It’s soft, pliable and not gritty or chalky. It’s all about the ingredients. 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.)
What Ingredients are in Paleo and Vegan Protein Bars
It’s easy to find a Paleo protein bar. And it’s easy to find a Vegan protein bar. But, finding one (whether that be a recipe or product to purchase) that is BOTH Paleo and Vegan is no easy task.
These healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars are made with vanilla pea protein. This protein is Paleo friendly, Vegan and even allergy free. Plus, it’s easy to digest and actually tastes good!
These Paleo protein bars are low in sugar, but still taste sweet thanks to the protein powder and monk fruit. In this recipe, I used golden monk fruit 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. Better yet, it is acceptable for anyone following a Paleo, Vegan and/or Keto diet.
In addition to the protein and monk fruit, the main ingredients in these Vegan cookie dough protein bars are coconut flour, ground flax, almond butter, almond milk, coconut oil and dark chocolate chips. Besides the pea protein, these ingredients make up the bulk of the recipe.
How to Make Great Tasting, No-Bake Protein Bars
These Paleo 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.
Fold chocolate chips into the batter, then press the dough into a lined 8″ x 8″ baking pan.
Lastly, place the raw, Paleo cookie dough bars in the freezer to set. This takes about an hour and is necessary if you want them to cut easily and keep their shape. However, if you don’t have any patience (I get it, I really do) another option is to 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 ready to eat right away!
Protein Bars, especially homemade ones, are one of my favorite between-meal snacks. Especially while pregnant! As, when I’m pregnant (I’m currently 22 weeks along with my third child) I NEED snacks.
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 protein bars after pregnancy, while I’m nursing. Since these protein bars are dairy free (and whey free) I shouldn’t have any issues eating them while nursing. Plus, they contain a decent amount of protein and fat to keep my milk supply up. One issue, for me, that I’ve found with many conventional bars is that their main source of protein is from whey. I don’t tolerate whey well, and neither do any of my nursing babes.
I have many Paleo protein bar recipes on my blog. Here are some of my favorites:
These low sugar, Paleo protein bars taste just like cookie dough. They’re perfect for between meal snacks or eaten as a healthy dessert.
- 1/2 cup Nuzest Vanilla Protein (48g)
- 1/4 cup coconut flour (34g)
- 1/4 cup ground flax (26g)
- 1/3 cup no-stir creamy almond butter
- 2 Tbsp golden monk fruit sweetener (or coconut sugar)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda (optional)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 2 Tbsp melted coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients except chocolate chips. Mix.
- Add in wet ingredients. Mix first with a spatula then use your hands to knead the dough.
- Mix chocolate chips into the batter.
- Firmly press cookie dough into a lined 8″ x 8″ baking pan.
- Place in freezer at least one hour to set.
- Remove from freezer, cut into 16 bite sized pieces and eat!
- Store in fridge or freezer.
Keywords: protein bars, vegan, paleo, chocolate chip, cookie dough, low sugar