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No Bake Chickpea Cookie Dough Balls


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! 

No Bake Chickpea Cookie Dough Balls
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.

No Bake Chickpea Cookie Dough Balls No Bake Chickpea Cookie Dough Balls No Bake Chickpea Cookie Dough Balls
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 5) 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?


No Bake Cookie Dough Balls

No Bake Chickpea Cookie Dough Balls – These are LIFE-CHANGING. Loaded with protein and good fats, naturally sweetened. These are such a good snack for sweet cravings. EASY.

This no bake cookie dough recipe is plant-based and loaded with protein. Incredibly simple to make – requiring just a few ingredients and a food processor.

  • Author: Jordan Cord
  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Dessert


  • 115 oz. can chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips, vegan or dairy-based
  • pretzel sticks (optional)
  • 6 oz. chocolate chips (Optional)
  • Coconut flakes (optional)


  1. Add chickpeas, peanut butter, syrup or honey, vanilla extract, sugar, and sea salt to a food processor and pulse until well combined.
  2. Fold in 1/4 cup chocolate chips.
  3. Roll the cookie dough into 1.5″ balls and stick a pretzel stick into the center.
  4. Place cookie dough on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  5. Melt 6 oz. of chocolate chips in a double boiler**.
  6. Coat the cookie dough in chocolate and top with shredded coconut or toppings of your choice.
  7. Place in freezer for 5-10 minutes. Enjoy!


**If you don’t have a double boiler you can boil water in a medium pot and place a bowl on top. Add chocolate chips and stir continuously. Be careful not to let any water into the bowl!


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 106
  • Sugar: 10.4g
  • Sodium: 60.8mg
  • Fat: 4.4g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.3g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3.1g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 11.2g
  • Fiber: 1.7g
  • Protein: 2.8g
  • Cholesterol: 0g

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  • Jasmyn
    January 8, 2019

    God recipe in theory, but the batter was wayyy too sticky and thin to roll into balls. Ended up eating it as a sort of dessert hummus with crackers.

    • thefitchen
      January 9, 2019

      I’m sorry this recipe didn’t work for you! I’ve never had any trouble getting the mixture to roll into balls. You could certainly try chilling the batter prior to rolling.

  • Rebecca
    July 30, 2018

    I had high hopes for these, but the consistency of the batter was nowhere near thick enough to roll into balls. I tried to fix it by adding flour which helped but the dough was still too sticky. So instead, I spread the batter in an 8×8 pan and stuck in the fridge. Planning to cut it like fudge and drizzle in chocolate once it firms up.

    • thefitchen
      August 8, 2018

      Hmmm… I’m sorry these didn’t turn out for you. I’m not sure what the problem could’ve been!

  • amanda -runtothefinish
    June 20, 2017

    ohhhh yes!! I used to make dessert hummus, but have stopped and this is such a cute way to enjoy it again. Plus if I made these for my friends they’d eat them without knowing!

  • Bethany
    June 6, 2017

    These look AWESOME! I love that they are made with chickpeas!

  • Samira Gupta
    June 6, 2017

    Very Innovative.

  • Karly
    June 6, 2017

    AH mazing. Seriously, this is the perfect little bite of sweetness I need without going overboard. Cannot wait to try these!

    • thefitchen
      June 6, 2017

      What you said! These are one of my fave late night indulgences. <3 Let me know what you think!

  • cakespy
    June 6, 2017

    These look insanely delicious. And I’m intrigued by the healthy ingredient list! Never tried cookie dough w/chickpea.

    • thefitchen
      June 6, 2017

      They’re so so tasty! Chickpeas are so versatile. :) You should definitely give them a try and let me know what you think!