Healthy Cookie Dough Protein Balls

 

It's here! It's here! It's finally here. 

 

THIS RECIPE. 

 

OMG. I told people about this, but then went I MIA on my trip to Chicago, and I didn't send out this recipe.

 

YOU GUYS. THIS IS EFFING PHENOMENAL. AND I AM SO SORRY I'VE KEPT IT FROM YOU FOR SO LONG.

 

This tastes like the real deal.

 

Image from pillsbury.com

Image from pillsbury.com

My grandma used to make peanut blossoms. You know, those peanut butter cookies and then ya take a Hershey's kiss and smack it right down in the cookie. Remember those? What's not to like? Peanut butter? Yes please. Chocolate? Duh. Sugar, white flour, shortening...

So delicious, right?

But not so good for ya. I have no problems with eating cookies and enjoying life, but I also know I cannot eat peanut blossoms every day! Not anymore at least.

I used to eat like that every day. It left me feeling tired, unmotivated, in a food coma all the time, and wanting to continue eating sugar all the time, AND eating like that caused me to gain 25+ lbs!

SOOOO lesson learned. I don't really bake cookies to have in the house anymore. We have cookies at parties only. 

But we can have these cookie dough protein balls every night.

Seriously.

Yeah, this is how I lost and have kept off 25 lbs for the last 2 years. 

I eat dessert every single night.

Weird, right? 

If you don't know about my dessert addiction, check out my famous brownie batter and if you want to have it with ice cream.  Or if you want mini ice cream bites

Yeah, I did Whole30 a million times and they told me I wasn't allowed to have dessert. 

So I rebeled and said, "Oh F that. I want dessert every night."

There's a trick though. 

If you're going to have dessert every night, you have to make it a healthy dessert, and I am not talking about low fat cookies or sugar free jello or even Halo Top ice cream. Those are all desserts with something taken out of them to make them "healthy" but they don't really add benefits to a body. Eating Halo Top ice cream will not help me be more energized, it will not help me feel full, it will not help me not get sick... it is a low calorie dessert, but the ingredients are still ingredients you'd find in regular ice cream! (And if you know me, you know I am doing my best to avoid dairy! It makes me skin break out!)

SO here's the thing about my cookie dough protein balls.

It's a crazy secret.

They're made from entirely plants.

Things grown in the earth.

Yes, vegetables and fruits and some nuts.

AND I forgot to tell you. 

There's kale and mushrooms in here. I KNOW. My arch nemeses. But when they're dehydrated and I can't taste them, I am good to go!

Anywho, if you're interested in grams of protein, these have 20 grams of protein! Woo hoo! Plant based protein!! Woo hoo. Plants for the win.

 

 

And now for the big reveal!

 

Healthy Cookie Dough Protein Balls

1 scoop of VEGAN vanilla protein powder (message me if you need help finding one!)

1/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk (look for refrigerated cartons without carrageenan when possible)

3 teaspoons of peanut butter (look for jars with ingredients of peanuts and salt. Say NO to jars that have sugar and other ingredients you can't read!)

Directions: Pour all ingredients into a bowl and mix together with a spoon. It will turn into a cookie dough consistency. Keep stirring until all the powder is wet! It will happen. Keep stirring! Then use your hands to form into a ball.

Add ins: If you want some chocolate, put a few chocolate chips in now or use cacao nibs. You can also try adding in dried cranberries or raisins. 

 

"Can I smash a Hershey's Kiss into each ball?"

No, I would not recommend that. Save those for a party. Eat these healthy versions every night though. 

 

And there it is. That's it.

These are so easy to make, I've actually brought these ingredients with me on road trips and made on vacations! Paul likes 'em. Both my parents loved them while I was in Chicago, so I know it is not just a healthy, nutty Jaclyn that thinks they are good, but other people think they are good too!

 

xoxo

Jaclyn