Recipe Box: Healthy Protein Cookie Dough

Recipe Box: Healthy Protein Cookie Dough

I’ve always been one of those people who would rather eat cookie dough with a spoon than wait for it to be baked into cookies. And when that cookie dough happens to be high in protein, high in fiber, vegan (no raw eggs to worry about!), and free from processed sugar—then why not, right?

You might recall the Healthy No-Bake Cookie Dough Bites that I shared here on a while back. It is one of my very favorite recipes that I make whenever I’m craving a sweet treat to snack on. Well lately, I’d been seeing chickpea ‘cookie dough’ recipes popping up all over Pinterest, and I knew I had to experiment with this new healthy treat too. The Healthy Protein Cookie Dough that resulted is essentially the exact same recipe as my Healthy No-Bake Cookie Dough Bites. The only difference is that I replaced the cashews and oats with chickpeas and peanut butter—making this version higher in protein and fiber than the original.

I made this when we were all together at our last Team LC photo shoot and Lauren was especially skeptical that I could make chickpeas taste anything remotely like cookie dough. But even she had to admit that it turned out pretty tasty! Here’s how to make it…

Healthy Protein Cookie Dough

Recipe Box: Healthy Protein Cookie Dough


  • 1 15-oz. can of chickpeas
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp agave syrup
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips or sweet cacoa nibs


  1. Combine chickpeas, peanut butter, agave, maple, and vanilla in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Transfer your “dough” into a mixing bowl and stir in chocolate ships by hand.
  3. Chill in the fridge or freezer until cold. Note: This treat tastes much better chilled than at room temperature.

…And enjoy!

Are you going to give this healthy treat a try?

Don’t knock chickpea cookie dough until you try it!

xo Ilana
Team LC

P.S. For anyone wondering, the cute ‘Stir Things Up’ spoon is from For Such a Time Designs on Etsy.

Photos: Yoni Goldberg for
Categories: Contributors, Dine, Ilana Saul, Recipe Box
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  • Samantha Brown

    This recipe looks AMAZING! It blows my mind that those ingredients can be used to make something so similar to cookie dough – can’t wait to try it!

    Sam xx – how to make the most of your twenties

  • Kimberly Ann

    This looks amazing!! I never would’ve thought of chickpeas in cookie dough.. But I kinda like it haha


  • Erin

    This looks really interesting. The ingredients seem a bit strange, but the picture above looks so delicious and I’m always game for a healthy dessert… may be on my list of things to try soon! I also wonder how this “cookie dough” would be baked as cookies.

  • Kelly Linn Feller

    I’ve made this before and it tastes sooo good! Not exactly like cookie dough but it’s still delicious :) Now I really want to make it again!
    XO Kelly

  • Ilia Mura

    Oh wow I am so going to try this. If there is anything I could eat heaps of it’s raw cookie doughand this is exactly my cup of tea.. Thanks for sharing!

  • Anna

    Oh yummy looks delicious, I just wish I had chickpeas here so I could give it a try righr at this moment!

  • Grace

    I’ve actually never had cookie dough, I didn’t think you could actually eat it like that! But I’m excited to try this out :)

    Every Day In Grace

  • Cristina Gomez

    Yum yum!! Never tried cookie dough before.

  • The Beauty Vanity

    It looks exactly like the real cookie dough, can’t wait to make this!

    xx Alyson
    The Beauty Vanity

  • Nathalia Kalil

    It looks delicious! And if it is healthy too, let´s try it!

  • Emily
  • Style Sprinter

    I can’t miss any recipe that contains peanut butter. In fact, I consume it daily. So as you understand I have no choice but to cook these cookies :) Thank you for the recipe!

  • Nico

    Looks yummy, I’ll save it to try!

    lb-lc fashion blog

  • Lots of Love Lottie ♥

    Looks great! Shame I don’t like peanut butter though…can you taste it much?

    • Rachel

      I’ve made a variation of this recipe before, and I used almond butter. So good.

      • deloom

        Yes! I made this the other day, peanut butter was the main flavor. Almond butter would be delicious!

  • Nusha

    any chance the nutrition facts are available?

    • Erik

      There are no less than 2,400 calories in this snack.

      • Maryamberry

        Lol it is a pretty high calorie snack hence the amount of chickpeas, peanutbutter, and chocolate chips used ^~^ it’s just more healthy in providing protein and fiber.

      • lauren

        Well, it would be very high in calories to eat it all in one go, I made one batch into over 40 balls (rolled in unsweetened coconut), and if you have a small amount it’s a relatively nutritious post-workout snack!

  • Amanda

    Looks so good! Is it possible to use a different ingredient than peanut butter? I am unfortunately allergic to nuts, and this is looks so incredibly tempting!

    • Julie

      Sunflower seed butter would probably work great!

  • Maura

    It is delicious I have made it before, but for those of you who are asking PB is the main taste.

    • Liz

      For anyone NOT wanting a PB cookie dough, try using (roasted or raw) cashew butter in lieu of the PB. Cashew butter is insanely creamy and has an inherent sweetness to it which makes it especially good in dessert-type recipes like this. CB can be a bit hard to find and is CRAZY expensive in stores so I just make my own. Just dump a bunch of roasted cashews in your food processor and let it blend for 10-20 mins (depending on the age and power of your FP), scraping down the sides periodically. There are a ton of recipes out there giving you step-by-step shots if you need it. It’s mostly just a waiting game, letting the nuts release their oil and the machine do it’s thing. Just be patient, and you’ll be rewarded with deliciousness. 😀 (If anyone out there is lucky anough to have a VitaMix [or Blendtec], it takes just a few mins in those beasts to turn nuts into warm creamy nut butter.)

  • Ashley of Dream.Live.Repeat.

    I can’t lie, I was skeptical when I saw the word healthy in this post, as I know you ladies love your sweet treats, but this recipe truly is good for you! I’m sure TIU protein powder would go well in here too! Thanks for this idea!

  • melaniface

    It looks good but knowing what chickpeas taste like I can’t comprehend that this would taste nice. lol. But I’ll try it!

  • Shelby

    I have to admit, I’m a little scared to try this! I tried black bean brownies once and they didn’t turn out so well… but hopefully this one is different!

  • dannonkcollard .

    I can’t wait to try these! Hopefully they’ll taste almost as good as the real thing :)

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  • Jessica

    I might just try this, it actually looks really good!

  • Ally

    I just tried this and omg i think i’m already addicted i want more!

  • Melissa @ Freeing Imperfection

    Sounds interesting! I’ll do basically anything to eat cookie dough without eating raw eggs and a bunch of fat!

  • Cassie

    Ahh, can’t wait to try these!!

  • Siham Hamdan

    I’ll probably eat the dough before it turns into cookies lol! Looks delicious X

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    • Shelby

      This recipe is a no-bake recipe.

  • Aley Huesgen

    Just tried this – absolutely delicious!!!

  • nadia

    Ohhhh my goodness, cookie dough is my favorite horrible thing haha…
    thanks for now making me a guilt free cookie dough muncher! Cant wait to make it myself:)

  • Tanya Khan

    What is the serving amount?

  • Nicole

    That sounds so yummy!

  • marycat10

    Any way to substitute the agave for some stevia extract?

  • deloom

    I made this the other day and it was yummy. I’d recommend using a dark maple syrup. It ads more depth and gives you more of a “cookie dough” taste.

  • Roanna Fernandes

    Because I LOVE eggless chocolate-chip cookie dough, I’m pretty curious about this recipe! Wouldn’t it taste funny? Or exactly the same, with barely any difference… Don’t know.

  • Kin Zer

    if I am allergic to peanut butter, are there any substitutes?

  • Tealdrex

    Is there a low – fiber alternative to the chick peas? Not knocking chick peas, but I have gastroparesis, and I can’t eat high – fiber food.

    • Kaitlin

      Refer to her other recipe that uses oats and cashews. Still some fiber in that, but not as high.

  • Anna

    chickpeas drained or undrained?

    • Rosie

      I was wondering this as the can size is the undrained amount so I’m not sure how much to use…

  • TE culinary

    This recipe is AMAZING…I ate the whole bowl in one sitting… Being a “clean eating” blogger I was so excited to try this recipe and it exceeded my expectations!! Give it a try!! Totally D-lish,!

  • Kendal

    anyone know the nutritional value / calories in this??

  • Lara

    Use almond butter for a less “peanut buttery” flavor! And I add a little sprinkle of baking soda and salt, as weird as it is these make it taste like real cookie dough!

  • katrinammmmm

    Isn’t this the same one from the Chocolate Covered Katie from a few years ago?

  • Jessica White

    I’ve made it- it really does taster great! I have a major sweet tooth, so I’m always looking for healthy alternatives. And even though it is a bit more calorie dense, it’s better calories than you’d get from real choco chip cookie dough!

  • Tara | Treble in the Kitchen

    Mmm This looks so amazing! I think I’m going to have to make some soon!

  • Caroline Schurman-Grenier

    How I wish I had my food processor at this moment….

    Will definitely be trying this soon!

  • Sisley

    Delicious! I love “cookie dough”

  • Urk
  • Julia

    Lauren Conrad + team we would love to send you some gourmet edible cookie dough from The Cookie Dough Cafe!

    Julia & Joan
    The Cookie Dough Cafe
    “Sisters serving up sweetness by the spoonful”

    • Mary So


  • Gaby

    According to MyFitnessPal this has 1,889 calories total… Since they don’t specify the serving size, I guess you have to divide it how ever you think fits with your daily calorie intake…

  • Joy

    Can I sub 2 tbsp of organic cane sugar (crystals, not liquid) for the agave?

  • Amanda

    I added oats (maybe 3/4 cup), a scoop of vanilla whey protein powder, cinnamon, and used dates and honey to sweeten, subbed 1/2 the peanut butter for PB2 and rolled them into balls, soooooo delicious!!!

  • Brooks Gillerlain

    Is there something I could replace the peanut butter with? I have a peanut allergy so I need a substitute!



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