Healthy Protein Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

I just got back from a holiday in Europe a few days ago.

I had the absolute best time, filled with laughter, sunlight and fantastic family and friends.

I spent some time in Poland visiting my family and all my friends, traveled with some Australian friends, visited Budapest and spent a few days in Berlin.

And in Berlin, I was lucky enough to meet up with Erin from Texanerin Baking!

We had been emailing for a few months and dreaming about a baking day together when in April, I emailed her and told her I was actually coming to Berlin! And we were actually going to have a baking day!!

A friend and I went over to her house in Berlin, and within 5 minutes of our coming in she had fed us 3 different types of spread. There was her homemade apricot jam, her homemade peanut butter, and some Biscoff. We fell in love with her instantly!

And yes, I finally tried Biscoff! And can I say, I am totally 100% obsessed with it. Erin was kind enough to give me a jar to take home, and I have been meaning to bake with it, but it just tastes so good, that spoonful by spoonful, it has been slowly disappearing! I am almost glad that I can’t buy it in Australia (almost!).

So Erin and I spent a sunny Berlin afternoon baking. We made her Biscoff Pie, which I managed to stuff up somehow so it turned out more like a pudding than a pie. But it was absolutely delicious, and my friends and I ate it straight out of the tub with spoons over the next two days.

Then we made these white chocolate chip Biscoff stuffed cookies. They were yummy and very sweet.

Here are Erin and I being blogging losers and taking pictures of the raw cookies before they went into the oven. For Instagram!

And finally, my absolute favourite thing that we baked were Erin’s Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites. These babies are delicious. And healthy with all the protein from the chickpeas and peanuts! We loved them, and all the friends I was traveling with devoured them as soon as I took them back to our apartment!

The ones I’ve baked for you today didn’t turn out as great as the ones I made with Erin. They were a little oily, and I think its because I used regular peanut butter out of the jar, whereas she made her own peanut butter by whizzing up peanuts in the food processor.

Regardless, they are still delicious, and taste just like peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough! Thanks for the best baking day ever Erin! :-)

Adapted from Texanerin.

Try and use natural peanut butter or make your own by whizzing up some peanuts, otherwise the cookies bake up too oily.

1 1/4 cups canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained (about a 400g/14oz can)
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp natural peanut butter (165g, 5.8 oz)
1/4 cup honey (80g, 2.8 oz)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 180 C (350 F) and line a tray with baking paper.

Process the chickpeas in a food processor until smooth.

Add the peanut butter, honey, vanilla, baking powder and salt and process until very smooth.

Stir in the chocolate chips.

Using slightly wet hands, roll tablespoons of the mixture into balls and place on the lined tray.

Bake for 10 minutes. Makes 16 cookie balls.

35 Thoughts on “Healthy Protein Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

  1. Sounds like you had a lovely trip. I’ve always wanted to meet up with fellow bloggers– lucky you that you got to! And I am absolutely going to try these out, they look like the perfect thing to make when I don’t want to go butter-sugar-refined flours overboard. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • Hey Amy! Yeah it was awesome to meet up with another blogger and do some serious baking! I loved that she was from texas and living in berlin too, because she introduced me to different things.
      And these are delicious, so grateful to Erin for the recipe, let me know how they work out for you :-)

  2. Hahaha. My terrible kitchen is now on the internet.

    BEST POST EVER! I’m really mad at myself for not getting any pictures of us together. I thought, “She’s got a picture! That’s good enough.” But then I couldn’t make a nice post like this. I did the same thing on Friday with the second visitor. No pictures of us together.

    I’m so happy you like these! Thanks for posting and linking to the recipe. :) And I’m sure you didn’t mess up the pie. Maybe I didn’t drain the cream cheese enough or maybe I used the wrong measurement or something.

    And I think you’re right about the peanut butter from the jar thing. I guess you used the normal stuff and not the natural stuff? Because you gotta use the natural stuff! No added fat there. :)

    And wow, I need a haircut. Thanks for pointing that out with your pictures!

    • I’m sorry for the late reply!!
      Things have been nuts since I have been back.
      I love your kitchen. Its big. And sunny. So relax!
      I love the post because I loved our baking day! Shame I didn’t get any photos of the puddle pie!
      Do you want me to email you all the pictures of us together? If so, let me know!!
      I love these. My friends love them too. I got home from having a few drinks the other night and polished off the last 6. Cold. A day old. And they were still delicious. Thank you so much for the recipe, and for showing it to me!!! Amazing.
      I’m going to totally make them again with natural peanut butter :-) and ill let you know how they turn out compared!
      And no way, your hair is amazingly long!
      Thanks again for the best baking day :-) :-)

      • Yes, please email me the pictures! I would love that.

        You’re going to buy some trash cans as accessories? Haha. What?

        It’s good that the husband is ashamed of our kitchen. Now he actually wants to get all new stuff and actually decorate it a little. All of our stuff was free or almost free. Some of it from East Germany. Yikes.

        Frankfurt was amazing! Much better than Berlin. In two weeks we’ll look at some apartments and I’m worried about finding a sunny place. I need one with lots of light! Your place seems to have some amazing light. I need something like that. :)

        And I’m so happy to hear that the natural peanut butter worked. Yay!

        • Our house does have heaps of light. Heaps of light. Like the front wall and the back wall are basically all windows. I love it.
          And the natural peanut butter cookies are delicious. Totally eating one (or 5) right now!
          And I’ll email you all the photos asap!

  3. I’d switch agave syrup for honey, but it’s an awesome recipe!

  4. Aw, that’s great that you got to meet up with a fellow blogger! I haven’t made a dessert with chickpeas yet, but I’ve been seeing a lot of recipes out there, will definitely have to give this one a try :)

  5. Hahaha. I just showed this post to my husband (I’m in Frankfurt for the weekend!) and he gasped at the pictures of us. “Why is the washing machine thing open?! Oh God! There’s a trash can in the background! Oh no oh no oh no… we need to get all new appliances and furniture before you have bloggers over again.” 😀

    • Hahaha no way! That’s so funny. :-)
      I LOVE that trash can. I’m totally going to buy some just as accessories. So tell hubby to relax!
      Hope you’re having fun in Frankfurt !

  6. Shannon McCarthy on July 21, 2012 at 4:11 am said:

    These look to die for! My husband found your peanut butter choc dough balls online while searching for fun vegan recipes and is insisting I make them this weekend =) Thanks for sharing. Once I finish up with my “real job” of baking cakes, I’ll give this a shot. We both enjoy your blog!
    – Shannon @ Crumb Cake Creations

    • Thanks so much Shannon! They are great, just be sure to use vegan chocolate chips if your husband is vegan! And they are so super easy, he could probably even make them himself :-)
      Love that your “real job” is baking cakes! If that’s your own business, then you’re living my dream!!
      Enjoy the cookies :-)

  7. hi natasha,
    these look yum! i’m crazy for peanut butter in desserts!
    do you think i could bake them inside cupcakes?
    thanks hannah c:

    • Hey Hannah!
      I don’t see why not! They would probably give you a gooey peanut butter cookie dough center. Give them a go and let me know how they work out! :-) good luck!

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  10. Thanks for sharing this recipe! I tried this last weekend and they were absolutely delicious – such a good idea of blending in chickpeas into the mixture. I will definitely be making these again, they’re such a yummy snack and so moreish to eat straight out of the oven. This is my new favourite treat to make – it was surprisingly easy to make and bake.

    Quick question – how did you prevent the chocolate drops from melting when you rolled them into balls? Mine ended up melting and turning the dough balls dark brown instead of the typical cookie colour. Thanks.

    • Gemma, aren’t they great? They were like a revelation when I first ate them! And they’re so easy I bake them now whenever I have a cookie craving. Which is ALL the time haha!
      What do you mean the chocolate ends up melting – in the oven or when you add it into the mixture? That is strange! I have made these with chopped chocolate and chocolate chips and it has never melted. What kind of chocolate are you using? Is it chocolate melts or chocolate buttons that are designed to melt? Or maybe your mix gets really hot in the food processor?
      And how do they taste all chocolatey? Must be good! :-)

      • Oh they taste great! Can’t wait to make them again!
        I think what happened with my chocolate was that they melted when they were in the food processor as the mixture came out quite warm from all the blending. Then when I rolled them into balls the chocolate REALLY started melting so I did end up with some really chocolatey dough balls. I was using the chocolate drops, but I might try either putting them in the fridge first before adding them or chopping them up. They still tasted great though, I just wanted to get them pristine looking like the ones in your picture!

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  13. Honey isn’t vegan, guys.

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  15. Wonderful! Been looking for info like this , thanks for posting, vegan weight loss.

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  18. Whitney M on November 7, 2012 at 11:59 am said:

    I just made these, and wow! I almost didn’t want to make the cookies after I opened up the can of chickpeas because they smelled so good! But this recipe is a keeper, thanks for it :)

  19. leyaognoskie on April 14, 2014 at 1:58 am said:

    Can I use protein powder instead of chick pea?

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