No-bake Cookie Dough Collagen Protein Bites (Paleo, AIP, Gluten Free)
Thank you Vital Proteins for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.
These No-bake Cookie Dough Collagen Protein Bites are the perfect no-bake snack to satisfy your sweet tooth, while also adding protein. They’re paleo, AIP, and gluten-free.
I could probably eat cookie dough by the spoonful. I mean… I’m sure I have on multiple occasions. My mom used to buy pre-made cookie dough that you would bake at home, and it would rarely make it being a full-on cookie. Cookie dough has always been one of my favorite indulgences, ice cream flavors, and protein bar flavors. Seriously, who doesn’t like cookie dough?
Needless to say, cookie dough is pretty much just pure sugar and has little redeeming qualities, nutritionally speaking. I would always just feel like junk whenever I had it! So why not make a cookie dough from all real food that features fat and protein as well?
These cookie dough collagen protein bites are such a fun and simple snack for cookie dough lovers!
Why I love these no-bake cookie dough protein bites
No-bake… need I say more?
Not only does that mean not turning on the oven, but let’s face it, unbaked cookie dough just tastes amazing.
They feature Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
I never let myself run out of Vital Proteins Collagen! This collagen is amazing for supporting the health of your hair, skin, nails, gut lining, and it adds a protein boost. I always find myself feeling more satiated whenever I add Vital Proteins to snacks. The added protein helps keep you full and it ups the overall nutrient factor of this snack.
They’re easy to make
Just combine all of the ingredients, roll them into balls, and you’re good to go!
The Ingredients You’ll Need
This is the base of the protein bites, and I have not used any other substitutes.
Tigernut flour is a nut free flour (tigernut are a tuber) but you can also sub almond flour if you’re not AIP and tolerate nuts.
Coconut oil acts as a binder and a boost of healthy fat! The healthy fat helps to keep you full and balance your blood sugar. Snacks with healthy fats and protein
Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
Just two scoops are all you need to up the protein in this snack.
This acts as both a binder and a natural sweetener.
Dairy-free chocolate chips (sub carob for AIP)
You can either use dairy-free mini chocolate chips if you tolerate that or if you’re AIP, you can use the recipe listed here to make your own at home!
No- Bake Cookie Dough Protein Bite How-to Video
No-bake Cookie Dough Collagen Protein Bites (Paleo, AIP, Gluten Free)
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 8 bites 1x
For the protein bites
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1/3 cup tigernut flour (sub almond flour for non AIP/nut free)
- 2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 cup mini dairy free chocolate chips (sub the recipe below for AIP)
- 1/4 tsp sea salt (optional)
For the AIP friendly carob chips (optional)
- 1 cup carob powder
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
For the cookie dough bites
- Combine the tigernut flour, shredded coconut, and collagen in a medium bowl and mix.
- Stir in the maple syrup and coconut oil and stir until well combined.
- Mix in the mini chocolate chips (or the carob chips below for AIP).
- Prepare a plate lined with parchment paper. Begin rolling the mixture into balls (you’ll have about 7-8) and place them on the plate. Finish with sea salt if desired.
- Chill in the fridge for 1-2 hours or until solidified.
- Eat chilled and enjoy!
For the carob chips (optional)
- Prepare an 8×8″ pan lined with parchment paper.
- Melt coconut oil on low heat in a saucepan on a stove top and stir in the maple syrup when liquid. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, add the carob powder. Slowly pour in the liquid and stir to combine with the carob powder.
- Pour the mixture into the pan and chill for at least an hour in the fridge.
- Carefully remove from pan and chop up into small chips to add to the bites.
All nutritional information are estimations and will vary. Estimations do not include optional ingredients.
- Cook Time: 5
- Category: snacks
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 208
- Fat: 12.7g
- Carbohydrates: 16.7g
- Fiber: 1.3g
- Protein: 4.2g
Looks great! Do you have the nutrition info on these?
Thank you!! I don’t share nutrition info for my recipes, but there are online calculators that you can use.
I have a different collagen powder. About how much is 2 scoops?
These were so easy to make and SO good! I was surprised by how much flavor and sweetness they had. This will definitely be a new go-to snack!
Thank you so much Brittany! I’m so happy that you liked them 🙂
CAn I substitute the maple syrup with stevia ?
You would need something liquid to hold it together, so I’m not sure stevia would work.
Do you know if the maple syrup can be substituted for something sugar free?
I haven’t tried that in this recipe.. you would really need the sticky maple syrup to hold it together so I’m not sure what you could sub it with.
Any subs for someone that doesn’t eat coconut (almonds are ok). Thanks!
Hi Anna. I’m not sure if I know of anything that would work other than coconut here. Sorry!
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Can you sub coconut flour instead of tigernut flour in this recipe?
I haven’t tried that but let me know if you do!
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The mixture tastes yummy but I can’t get mine to stay together. It’s very crumbly & I followed your directions to a T! Any thoughts?
It may be that you could use a little more coconut oil? I would watch the video back to see if you get that same consistency with the dough 🙂
These are SO easy to make and my absolute go to treat. Love, love, LOVE! I swap out the maple syrup with honey……. And the carob chips recipe…………. Honestly better than chocolate in my opinion. THANK YOU FOR SHARING!!!!! ????????????
Can you substitute cansava floor for the tigernut?
I haven’t tried that swap, but let me know if you do!
I made this swap and the cassava flour was fine here. Might have used a little coconut flour too, but I think any of these—tiger, cassava, coconut—would work.
How much is in 2 scoops of the collagen? I’m using a different brand and it has no scoop.
These were amazing. I haven’t treated myself to anything since starting the AIP diet and I ate the whole batch in one sitting! They were so good.
So glad you liked them!!
Thank you so much Stephani!
Get this – Office sweet by staff get together. Co-worker urged me to bring what I can eat as I am on AIP right now. So I made Michelle’s recipe for No-Bake Cookie Dough Collagen Protein Balls. OMG – All 18 co-workers loved them and wanted the recipe! One person said I should bring this every time we have food get togethers. I promoted the site to those who requested the recipe and said “she” (Michelle) is my favorite recipe developer! (Michelle, it used to be Ina Garten until I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, pretty good company I would say!),
I had want to make this recipe for a long time but didn’t due to my ridiculous work schedule (Hello STRESS!) Anyway, LOVE THIS RECIPE! IT’S A WINNER!!! Thank you Michelle for all of your hard work and Thanks for putting out a great cookbook. p.s. next cookbook should have a chapter devoted to Popper Recipes. Hint Hint…
Can I make these without collagen?
I haven’t tried, so not totally sure! It may change the scale of the rest of the ingredients and not bind as well.
Delicious! These are so easy and quick to make!
Thank you so much, Lori!
Awesome recipe! Truly feel like you’re eating a candy bar… this is perfect for my sweet tooth!
So glad you liked it, Jamie!! Thank you!!
Can these be frozen? Looking for something easy to make and grab as I have a newborn and suddenly I’m always hungry…
You should be able to freeze it just fine 🙂
I love these—so yummy and simple to make! Just wanted to comment and let you know that they freeze beautifully. I have even eaten them straight from the freezer. Delicious!
These are so good! I’ve been making them for kid snacks, as we’ve been doing a lower-sugar/starch diet for me and my daughter. So far I’ve made them 3 ways: as-written, by replacing the maple syrup with the same amount of thawed and mashed raspberries, and by replacing the maple syrup with applesauce and adding cinnamon (1-1/2 tsp). We have enjoyed them all! I’m planning to try cacao powder next (we aren’t AIP).
These were my first ever AIP treat recipe tried. I love them! Mine do come out looking different than yours. I may need to blend my coconut into finer pieces. But I don’t care, because (did I say already?) I love them. I cut the maple syrup down a bit, and then need that much more coconut oil for them to hold together. I made them once in an 8″ square pan and cut into small bars, if anyone wants a shortcut. Otherwise, I use a medium cookie scoop, and press the dough into it, not bothering to hand-form balls.
How do you roll these mine are not forming at all. They are yummy but mine look a mess.
I’m sorry that happened! Different brands of flours can yield different results, that happens a lot. If they’re not forming easily try to add just a little more coconut oil or maple syrup until they start to form into balls easier. I hope that helps!
These are by far the best protein bites I’ve ever had! They seriously taste like a cookie. My new favorite quick snack for sure!
These bites are SO DELICIOUS – thanks a lot for sharing this recipe!