No bake cookie dough ball recipe that is plant-based and loaded with protein. Incredibly simple to make – requiring just a few ingredients and a food processor. You won’t be able to stop at just one!
What’s a girl to do when she’s home alone? Make cookie dough with absolutely zero plans of baking cookies and eat it ALL by yourself, obviously. Also – survive on Costco frozen pizza’s (OMG. Have you tried them!?) and leftover Thai food while re-watching Game of Thrones episodes. No shame in my game.
I’m home alone. For a week. Alllllll by myselfffffffff. And when I say home, I mean Indiana home. The house where I grew up. My parents are gone, Jacob is in Malaysia, and Clark and Scout are in Colorado. Trust me when I say it feels WEIRD. I think I have been home alone maybe one other time ever, and that was when we still had Maggie dog, so I wasn’t technically alone.
It’s a weird, grown-up feeling and it also gives me no excuse but to get.shit.done. this week. Although I am working at the bowling alley during my stay here, my free time is wide open and I have zero distractions. (Besides Game of Thrones.) I’m using this time to write posts for several backlogged recipes and to plan out ALL of our summer recipes. Maybe it’s a tad ambitious, but I think I can pull it off.
These no bake cookie dough balls are first up on the list of recipes I desperately needed y’all to see. Because 1) it’s COOKIE DOUGH. 2) it’s STUPID easy to make. 3) we made this recipe like a month and a half ago. 4) we hardly ever share dessert recipes and that needs to change. and 4) these things are addicting and actually not unhealthy.
So what’s going on with these balls, anyway? They’re plenty sweet, thanks to the chocolate chips, maple syrup, and “optional” chocolate dipped outside. (We all know that chocolate dipping is not optional.) They’re loaded with protein and healthy fats, too. What’s the secret to this healthy dessert situation? Hint: It’s a magical little legume that can be used to make pasta or snacks or salads or…… cookie dough! If you guessed that chickpeas were the secret, you win.
And if you didn’t guess chickpeas, you still win because you can make this recipe and eat it allllllllll! Who’s with me?
- Serves: 12
- Serving size: 1
- Calories: 106
- Fat: 4.4g
- Saturated fat: 1.3g
- Unsaturated fat: 3.1g
- Trans fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 11.2g
- Sugar: 10.4g
- Sodium: 60.8mg
- Fiber: 1.7g
- Protein: 2.8g
- Cholesterol: 0g
- 1 -15 oz. can chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
- ¼ cup peanut butter
- ¼ cup maple syrup or honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- pinch of sea salt
- ¼ cup chocolate chips
- pretzel sticks (optional)
- 6 oz. chocolate chips (Optional)
- Coconut flakes (optional)
- Add chickpeas, peanut butter, honey, vanilla extract, sugar, and sea salt to a food processor and pulse until well combined.
- Fold in ¼ cup chocolate chips.
- Roll the cookie dough into 1.5" balls and stick a pretzel stick into the center.
- Place cookie dough on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
- Melt 6 oz. of chocolate chips in a double boiler**.
- Coat the cookie dough in chocolate and top with shredded coconut or toppings of your choice.
- Place in freezer for 5-10 minutes. Enjoy!