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May 12, 2011

Hullo beautiful friends! I hope you’re having an awesome day ๐Ÿ˜€

Aside from almost being blown away by the wind, my day was nothing to complain about. But this wind has seriously got to stop. Not only can I not do anything outside without my hair whipping me in the face, but I keep getting woken up in the middle of the night by random crashes and howling wind. Bah!ย But enough about wind; I have a confession…

I. don’t. like. raw. cookie. dough.

Don’t hate me. Baked cookies? Please; by the dozens preferably. But raw cookie dough? Erm… no. I think it was the whole raw egg thing that initially threw me off, but even after I started making vegan cookies and no longer had to worry about succumbing to salmonella, eating the dough before it had time to beautify in the oven never appealed to me. Spoons I can lick, but that’s about as far as it goes. There’s just nothing better than a warm, ooey-gooey cookie in my books…

Unless it’s TWO warm, ooey-gooey cookies, of course.

But I digress. The point is, me and cookie dough aren’t exactly chummy. But, for this batch, I can make an exception… Nevermind that it’s not technicallyย cookie dough; it’s good, and that’s what counts ๐Ÿ˜€

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. chocolate chip cookie dough protein balls .

Ingredientsย (makes 4 balls)

  • ยผ cup raw, unsalted almonds
  • 3 large Medjool dates
  • 2 Tbsp. rolled oats
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use whey)
  • 1 Tbsp. mini chocolate chips


1. Throw almonds into a food processor/blender (I use the Magic Bullet short cup) and process until you reach the consistency of a medium-grain meal.

2. Add dates, and process until fully combined. This may take some patience and fiddling.


3. Add oats and protein powder, and process until fully combined.

4. Transfer dough to a small bowl, and add in chocolate chips. It will be a little crumbly at first, but work it with your hands until everything sticks together. Divide into 4 equal portions and shape into balls.

5. Eat and enjoy! Store any unused balls in a tightly closed container in the fridge.

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I know there are a tonne of ball recipes floating around out there on the web, but I’ve been completely obsessed with this combination for quite some time now. I love having them as a pre-workout snack, or any time I really need to silence a nagging sweet tooth [read: uhm… all the time?].

I’ve made them without protein powder before, and they were definitely still good, but I’ve found that the addition of the powder improves the texture a lot – it makes them slightly more doughy while adding a subtle hint of flavor. Mrow. Now I’m really craving one…

I hope you enjoy, and I’d love it if you let me know if you tried them ๐Ÿ˜€

Have a gorgeous night!

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Baked cookies or cookie dough?ย Baked cookies, hands down.

Have you ever had food poisoning?ย Thankfully, no; at least not bad enough to have noticed. It’s actually something I’m really scared of… I have this BIG fear of throwing up, so I probably wouldn’t handle it very well.

34 Comments leave one →
  1. May 12, 2011 5:38 pm

    They look amazing! Now I just need to get a new blender…I broke my last one making almond butter. It was SO worth it though ๐Ÿ˜›

    Oh, definitely baked cookies. There is just something about cookies and milk (non-dairy for me) that never gets old. NEVER! I have a phobia of throwing up too!! It freaks the [beep] out of me. Seriously, it’s not natural. I have had food poisoning once in 2003 and it lasted about a year. It was absolutely awful, ick!

    Time to google for cheap blenders!! ๐Ÿ˜‰


    • May 12, 2011 7:51 pm

      Ack! I’ve done the same thing with my blender and almond butter… it actually started smoking on me and I was afraid it was going to catch on fire…

  2. May 12, 2011 5:54 pm

    I am SO with you on not liking raw cookie dough. My sister is the total opposite and “bakes” cookies only to never let them go near the oven and instead eat the dough with a spoon. Baked cookies are so much better than the dough – so I can’t understand why she never lets the cookies reach their full potential ๐Ÿ˜›

    I too have a huge fear of throwing up and I’ve actually never had food poisoning. Though, when I was younger I had a virus which surfaced after eating Indian food. It was a total coincidence, but my 10 year old self was convinced it was the evil indian food and ever since I’ve been completely revolted by it – even the smell makes me feel sick!

  3. May 12, 2011 6:24 pm

    I’m still in the giddy phase of having you back. I was smiling like a little school girl when I saw your name bold in my reader!
    Anyways. I’m all about the raw cookie dough. Well, raw vegan cookie dough. I could take or leave the baked cookies (usually leave, to be honest) but the dough? Yeah, I make cookies for people just so I can “do dishes.” (read: scrape the bowl clean with a spoon.)
    That said, I’m fairly certain I’d be a littttle bit obsessed with these balls ๐Ÿ˜›
    Surprisingly, I’ve yet to have food poisoning. I say it like that because a. I remember eating cookie dough (with eggs) as a kid all the time, and b. I’m a little rebellious when it comes to expiration date. (though I pay attention when it really counts…no rotten vegetables, yogurts, etc!)

    • May 12, 2011 7:53 pm

      Aww! Girl you’re too sweet โค Much love.

      I had to lol about the food poisoning thing because I'm rather surprised I never got it myself. You'd think that I'd be more careful considering how much it scares me, but I'm pretty lax with expiration dates…

  4. May 12, 2011 7:30 pm

    Brilliant! The ingredient list is so short and simple, all things I have on hand. I’ll definitely be trying this recipe out!

  5. May 12, 2011 7:59 pm

    I used to buy the big 2 L tub of cookie dough ice cream. I’d eat all the cookie dough pieces first…then proceed to eat up the luscious vanilla.
    The. Entire. Tub.
    In less than 2 hours.
    Yes…my food relationships have been very bizarre!

    Probably choose cookie over the dough.

  6. May 12, 2011 8:17 pm

    Making these ASAP. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the “in between” cookies that are kind of half baked! And I actually had a terrible case of food poisoning a few years ago and was in the hospital for two weeks. It was awful!

  7. May 12, 2011 8:21 pm

    Don’t like cookie dough?! You must be the first person I’ve ever heard this from! (well now you and a few above commenters haha) That being said, your reasoning DOES make sense. Raw egg risks ignored, I love the stuff. Sometimes I bake cookies JUST so I can sample the dough first. Don’t get me wrong, freshly baked cookies are wonderful. But the dough… oh the dough. I’m pretty darn sure that I’d adore these dough balls of yours too. I need more protein powder stat!

  8. May 12, 2011 8:40 pm

    These look so yummy!! It’s funny my bf and I were baking cookies for the first time ever (I’ve never made cookies before) and he asked me if I wanted to lick the spoon and I asked him if I would get food poisoning from the raw egg haha It was pretty tasty tho ๐Ÿ˜€
    I loved baked cookies and cookie dough, I don’t discriminate ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. May 12, 2011 8:44 pm

    When I said ASAP I really meant it. These are AWESOME! New fave ball recipe!!!

  10. May 12, 2011 9:23 pm

    Oooh that looks yum, I will definitely have to try it! Thank you for sharing!

  11. May 13, 2011 12:11 am

    I’m 100% with you on the baked cookies! Warm and gooey is definitely the way to go! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love simplicity of your dough ball recipe. I’m trying to reduce my bar intake and rely on more whole foods, so these will be on my to-make list next week. Thanks for sharing your favorite version!

    Have a wonderful Friday! xoxo

  12. May 13, 2011 4:43 am

    Again – i am tickled pink that you are back to blogging and LOVE all of your recipes!!!!
    I am partial to baked cookie dough but this recipe sounds like the perfect snack!!!!
    Ive never had food poisoning but my little sister did and was in the emergency room for 12 hours with profuse vomiting – definately NOT fun!!!!
    Have a great relaxing weekend!!!!! AImee

  13. May 13, 2011 5:05 am

    DOUGH DOUGH DOUGH! I cannot believe u dont like dough!! dw we can still be friends ๐Ÿ™‚
    LOVE these little balls! they look amazing!

  14. Hedda permalink
    May 13, 2011 5:55 am

    Looks delicious ๐Ÿ™‚
    I would say baked cookies, though there are some cookies who have the most fabolous dough! It reminds me of childhood to give the dough a try.

    Haha, yes, I’ve been food poisoned. It was on a trip to Lithuania where I was so smart ( read : stupid) to order chicken. It was obviously not well prepared so a couple of hours later it was straight to the hospital, where I stayed for two days. Not fun, but lesson learned.


  15. May 13, 2011 5:58 am

    Oh my god, I making these TODAY! They look so so good ๐Ÿ™‚
    Ah I’m like Jess and still excited to see you back!!
    I’m definitely a baked cookie person – when they’re fresh out the oven and warm..mmm I’m hungry just thinking about it!

  16. May 13, 2011 6:30 am

    Happy Friday Girl! Well Friday the 13th!!!!!!

    Thanks for sharing the recipe for the balls of yumness!!! ha! Look so good!

    I have a food processor now, so I could make these ; )

  17. Kate permalink
    May 13, 2011 7:15 am

    Firstly…I’m so glad you’re back…I can honestly say I was checking daily on your old blog to see if you’d reappear.
    Secondly those cookie balls look amazing!
    And thirdly…I have a HUGE fear of throwing up too…to the point where I’ve tried hypnosis a few times, but to no success! My poor boyfriend has to stay in the other room when he’s ill or had too much to drink!
    Take care
    Kate xx

  18. May 13, 2011 8:02 am

    YES I’m with you on that! Cookie dough is OK and all..but an actual cookie is nicer!
    No never had food poisoning, and I hope I never do – I’ve a phobia of being sick :/

  19. May 13, 2011 8:11 am

    OMG i am making these this weekend for sure!
    I am minorly (majorly) obsessed with cookie dough

  20. time for happiness permalink
    May 13, 2011 8:40 am

    ooohhh those look good! I like cookie dough pretty well, and I also like cookies… guess I just like it all ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. May 13, 2011 10:03 am

    mmm these look yummy! i too have never been a fan of raw cookie dough or cookie dough in general but i do like the vegan raw cookie dough treats that use dates+nuts, etc.! i think they taste totally different from “real” cookie dough though

  22. May 13, 2011 1:24 pm

    This may gross you out, but I used to eat raw cookie dough by the log! My friends and I would go to the store, get the biggest logs we could find, and snack on it through the day. Ugh, looking back on it that was ridiculously fattening, basically eating a few cookies everytime we went to the fridge..but we were kids and didn’t care. I still love the stuff but keep the noshing to a maximum of a spoonful or so.

  23. May 13, 2011 1:37 pm

    I hate you for posting this.
    And by hate, I really mean love.
    Because this looks SO much more appetizing than my sad, little turkey sandwich.
    Eating cookie dough for lunch isn’t a bad thing, right?
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  24. May 15, 2011 8:57 am

    You know, I don’t really like cookie dough either! At least I am not crazy for it ๐Ÿ˜‰

    And thankfully, no food poisoning here!

    Take care ๐Ÿ™‚


  25. May 15, 2011 4:01 pm

    I’m so making these!
    I love cookie dough, but I’d rather have a warm cookie! Now, if we are talkin’ brownies.. give me the batter!!
    I’ve never had food poisoning. PHEW.

  26. June 12, 2011 7:53 pm

    I would totally pay you for a batch of these. Just sayin’.

    And yes, I’ve had food poisoning so bad that I suffered temporary blindness (I know, right?!) and my cerebellum was thrown off. Was in the ER. It was a doozy.

  27. Abby permalink
    September 7, 2011 7:17 pm

    Ok, so YUMMMMM!!!

    But…I just made them, and I think I did something wrong. I don’t know how big your scoop is of protein powder and I think mine was too big. It ended up being dry and unable to stick together. So I just added some water and it worked, but they’re not pretty and kind of shiny looking like yours! =( I will make them again soon and try less powder. Any other suggestions?

    I LOVE ALL YOUR FOOD. I really do. The emotion in that sentence is crazy high. =D

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