The Best Protein Cookie Dough

Written by Jack Schrupp & endorsed by Baylee Reller, RDN

It’s time to make the best protein cookie dough with drink wholesome protein powder. We make dairy-free protein powder with a short list of simple ingredients. Order samples to see if our protein powder is right for you. 

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Make the best protein cookie dough with drink wholesome.

Edible protein cookie dough will satisfy your sweet tooth and help you meet your daily protein goals. It is easy to make, safe to eat, and simply delicious. You can eat it with a spoon, use it to bake cookies, or add it to recipes. This particular recipe is gluten-free, low sugar, and made with only 6 simple ingredients. I would happily eat it first thing in the morning, and last thing before I go to bed. It is that good, and that healthy.

I often find myself making cookie dough with no intention of baking cookies. Although I do love freshly-baked homemade cookies, sometimes I would rather just eat the dough. Who can relate? Now what if I told you that you could turn one of this guilty pleasure into a healthy, protein-packed treat. Over the past few years, I have been adding protein powder to everything. Protein is the most satiating (filling) macronutrient, and eating lots of it helps curb cravings, discourage overeating, and reduce snacking later in the day. One of the first recipes that I gave a protein boost was cookie dough. This sweet, no-bake dessert is the perfect match for protein powder. In some cases, you can simply add a scoop of protein powder to a cookie dough recipe without changing the flavor or consistency. In other cases, however, adding protein powder to a recipe will change it completely. I experienced the latter making chocolate chip cookie dough. This recipe is therefore not a high protein version adaptation of a classic recipe, but an original recipe.

This is where you can get really creative. Add in ingredients like dried fruits, chopped nuts (e.g., almonds, walnuts, or pecans), shredded coconut, chia seeds, or flaxseeds for added texture and flavor. Depending on what you add in, you can also increase the nutritional value of the protein cookie dough. Nuts, for example, contain antioxidants and healthy fats to keep you full. You can also experiment with different extracts like almond or peppermint to enhance the flavor or add spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom for a unique twist.

Why drink wholesome?

This recipe was made with drink wholesome – the only protein powder made with 100% real foods. Given its simple ingredient list, it makes delicious cookie dough. Most protein powders, on the other hand, do not make good cookie dough because they are made with protein isolates. Isolates, which are listed on the ingredient list as “pea protein” and “whey protein” as opposed to “peas” and “whey,” are foods stripped of everything but the protein. Unlike real foods, they are missing the nutrients that make food taste good. It follows that protein isolates taste like chalk and turn soft cookie dough into hockey pucks. Avoid them whenever possible.

the alternative:

Protein Matrix Comprised of (Whey Protein Concentrate,  Whey Protein Isolate, Calcium Caseinate, Micellar Casein, Milk Protein Isolate, Egg Albumen, Glutamine Peptides), Polydextrose, Sunflower Creamer (Sunflower Oil, Corn Syrup Solids,  Sodium Caseinate, Mono- and Diglycerides, Dipotassium Phosphate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Soy Lecithin, Tocopherols), Natural and Artificial Flavor, MCT Powder (Medium Chain Triglycerides, Nonfat Dry Milk, Disodium Phosphate, Silicon Dioxide), Lecithin, Cellulose Gum, Salt, Yellow 5, Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium, Papain, Bromelain.

*This is the actual ingredient list of one of the best-selling protein powders in the United States.

Another reason why drink wholesome is perfect for edible protein cookie dough is that it is sweetened with monk fruit. Monk fruit, also known as lo han guo, is a small, melon-like round fruit native to Southeast Asia. It is turned into a sweetener by removing the seeds and skin, crushing the fruit, and collecting the juice, which is then dried into a powder. Monk fruit sweetener is sweet like sugar, unlike the artificial sweeteners and stevias used to sweeten most protein powders. Artificial sweeteners and stevia have an awful bitter aftertaste because they activate bitter taste receptors in addition to sweet taste receptors. They may be sugar-free, but they will ruin your recipe.

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-1/2 cup coconut oil 

-2 tbsp non-dairy milk

-1 tsp vanilla extract

-1 cup oat flour

-1 cup drink wholesome vanilla protein powder or chocolate protein powder

-1/4 tsp salt

-1/2 cup dark chocolate chips


In a medium bowl using a hand mixer or stand mixer, mix all of the wet ingredients together. Beat them until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Beat in the vanilla and salt until combined. Beat in flour until combined. Add the milk one tablespoon at a time until the dough starts to come together. Fold in the chocolate chips with rubber spatula. Enjoy! 

If you refrigerate your protein cookie dough, you can roll it into balls and make cookie dough protein balls. These bite-sized treats make for a great on-the-go snack. Refrigerated dough can also be used to make cookie dough protein bars. Just press the soft batter into a loaf pan, refrigerate for at least 1 hour, and slice into bars. They will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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