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My keto chocolate chip cookies are super popular for a reason, and you might just want to eat the low carb cookie dough straight… but since it contains eggs, try to resist. 😉 Instead, make this keto cookie dough recipe! Not only is it safe to eat, it’s also packed with collagen – which means that this protein cookie dough is both a healthy and keto friendly way to take care of those cookie cravings!
This low carb cookie dough provides a great boost of collagen protein (each of the keto bites has 9 grams protein) and tons of cookie flavor – all for just 1.5 grams net carbs each. And since this keto edible cookie dough takes just 10 minutes to prep and 20 minutes to chill (not gonna lie, somewhat optional!), you can satisfy that craving really quickly.
This protein powder cookie dough recipe was originally published on March 28, 2018, and was republished in May 2020 to add useful tips.
How To Make Keto Cookie Dough
The great thing about these no bake keto cookie dough bites is, well, no baking! They are convenient when you need to use your oven for something else.
If you have a cookie scoop, the active prep time takes only about 10 minutes – 5 minutes to mix the ingredients and 5 minutes to scoop the low carb chocolate chip cookie dough balls onto the baking sheet.
- Beat butter and sweetener. It should be fluffy.
- Add wet ingredients. Beat in the molasses and vanilla.
- Stir together dry ingredients. In a bowl, mix the almond flour, vanilla collagen peptides, and sea salt.
- Make the keto cookie dough. Beat the dry mixture into the butter mixture, until a crumbly dough forms.
TIP: You can adjust the sweetener at this point if you need to. And if you are like me, try to resist eating too much of it right away with a spoon! 😉
- Add chocolate. Fold in the the sugar-free chocolate chips.
TIP: If you want to make the protein cookie dough balls prettier, you can press some chocolate chips onto the outside so that they are more visible. This part is totally optional, of course.
- Refrigerate. It’s the hardest part – I’m terrible at waiting. 😉 But, this is necessary so that the edible protein cookie dough is not too sticky!
- Form the keto cookie dough balls. Once the dough chills sufficiently, use a small cookie scoop to make small balls, about a tablespoon each. Pinch them with your fingers as needed, but they might not roll between your palms very well.
- Chill. Place the cookie dough protein balls onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. You can eat them now if you want to, but for the best protein cookie dough, chill them for another hour. This will improve the flavor and texture.
Why Use Collagen For Protein Powder Cookie Dough Bites?
You can make protein powder cookie dough bites with any protein powder, but I highly recommend Vital Proteins collagen protein.
You might know by now that I’m a huge fan of grass-fed collagen. It makes up 30 percent of all the protein in our bodies, so it’s no surprise that it’s great for us to consume too. Since I started taking it, I’ve seen improvements in my skin, hair, nails, and even reduced joint pain. In fact, I wrote a whole article about the benefits of collagen.
So, when I started thinking about a keto edible cookie dough recipe, my mind went to collagen as a way to make it even better. I’d been looking for more ways to incorporate collagen into my routine – I use it in keto coffee a lot but this was an opportunity to incorporate it into a recipe.
I used Vital Proteins vanilla collagen peptides for the best flavor. I love that it’s unsweetened, so I was able to use my own sweetener in the recipe as needed. (But if you’d rather use plain collagen peptides, you can. The amount would stay the same.)
Vanilla collagen peptides have some amazing ingredients in addition to the collagen itself! The ingredient label lists (grass-fed!) bovine hide collagen peptides, organic coconut water, Madagascar bourbon vanilla bean powder, rooster comb extract (hyaluronic acid), and a probiotic called bacillus coagulans. Those last two support protein absorption in the body and promote healthy hair, skin, and nails.
Oh, and do you see the little black flecks in the photos? That is the vanilla bean powder that is part of the vanilla collagen. So delicious.
Protein Cookie Dough FAQs
Can you make this protein cookie dough recipe dairy-free?
Yes, you can use coconut oil instead! The protein cookie dough will taste a bit different, but still delicious.
Can you make keto bites with a granulated sweetener?
I tried making these low carb cookie dough bites with granulated sweetener, and unfortunately, they were not good. The texture was grainy! If all you have is a granulated sweetener, you can try powdering it in a coffee grinder or food processor.
Do I have to use the blackstrap molasses?
Molasses is optional, because some people may prefer to leave it out – it’s not normally keto friendly. However, it’s only 1/4 tsp for the entire recipe and is there for flavor, not sweetness, so the carb difference per serving is negligible. Consider including it if you can.
Do I have to use blanched almond flour?
Yes, I highly recommend blanched almond flour for this protein cookie dough, to avoid a grainy texture. Don’t use almond meal, because you need finely ground almond flour for the right consistency.
Can the keto cookie dough recipe be made nut-free?
If you have a nut allergy, you can easily use ground sunflower seeds instead. Do not use coconut flour.
Low Carb Cookie Dough Storage Instructions
How to store keto edible cookie dough
The edible keto cookie dough are quite filling, so a couple is usually more than enough at one time. You’re going to love them for a quick treat!
Store the keto chocolate chip cookie dough in the refrigerator for 7-10 days. They do get a little firmer over time, especially on the outside, but I liked them anyway!
I actually prefer my protein cookie dough right out of the fridge. It reminds me of traditional cookie dough the most that way. But, if you prefer yours softer, you can just let them sit at room temperature to soften a bit.
Can you freeze low carb chocolate chip cookie dough?
Yes, you can freeze the protein powder cookie dough for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge or on the counter for a bit, to soften them up before eating.
More Keto Protein Powder Recipes
If you like this keto cookie dough recipe, you might like some of my other protein-infused meals and snacks:
- Chocolate Protein Pancakes – Chocolate lovers, this healthy breakfast is for you!
- Vanilla Low Carb Protein Waffles – Fluffy and super-satisfying waffles, these will definitely keep you full until lunch.
- Double Chocolate Protein Muffins – Chocolate muffins with chocolate chips that are healthy?! YES!
- Low Carb Peanut Butter Protein Balls – Similar to these keto edible cookie dough bites, but packed with peanut butter flavor.
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Cookies – The flavor you love from cookies – in a healthy, protein-boost form!
Tools To Make Keto Edible Cookie Dough:
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- Parchment Paper – A keto kitchen staple! Parchment paper is essential to keep your cookie dough bites from sticking to the pan.
- Mixing Bowls – I love these nesting mixing bowls. They are great for mixing and pretty enough to serve in.
- Cookie Scoop – This scoop is a perfect 1 Tablespoon measurement to make sure your low carb cookie dough bites are just the right size.
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- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine the butter and sweetener in a large bowl. Use a hand mixer to beat until fluffy. Beat in the vanilla and molasses, until well combined.
- In a smaller bowl, stir together the almond flour, collagen powder, and sea salt. Add the dry ingredients to the large bowl. Beat with the hand mixer until a crumbly dough forms. Taste and adjust sweetener if needed.
- Fold in the chocolate chips. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
- Use a small cookie scoop to make small balls, about a tablespoon each, pinching as needed with your fingers. (You will not be able to roll them between your palms. Just pinch after releasing from the cookie scoop to make a uniform ball.) Place on the cookie sheet. Refrigerate for at least an hour, until firm.
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