chickpea cookie doughRaise your hand if you were the kid who ate more cookie dough than the actual, baked cookies. Keep it raised if you still do that… 

It’s ok. Mine’s up there too.

protein chickpea cookie doughChocolate chip cookie dough is my weakness—the sweet, sticky dough + the bitter chocolate chips. Swoon…

Luckily I’ve created a healthier version of that chocolate chip cookie dough—for those days when you get the cravings but don’t want the sugar rush. This recipe happens to be protein packed, refined-sugar free, and loaded with a secret ingredient.

This guilt-free treat is for real my friends. Let’s make some Chickpea Cookie Dough Balls!

chickpea cookie dough veganLet’s address the elephant in the room here. Yes. The base of this is made with the amazing chickpea. No—you cannot taste it. Chickpeas make an incredibly neutral + creamy base for these balls. Plus, they are packed with protein—which, paired with the peanut butter—makes these a great pre or post-workout snack.

I love keeping a batch of these balls in my freezer—to feed those cookie dough craving, to top my ice-cream, or to grab on my way to the gym. This healthy cookie dough seriously know no limits.

vegan chickpea cookie doughShare these delicious bites with your friends—they will never guess that secret ingredient! These Chickpea Cookie Dough Balls are:

Super Creamy

Packed with Protein


Healthy + Indulgent

Naturally Sweetened

& Ready for Anything!

chickpea cookie dough ballsIf you try this recipe, be sure to comment, leave a rating, and don’t forget to tag a photo #thelocalsprout on Instagram! I can’t wait to hear what you think!

If you love these delicious, healthy balls, you might also like my sweet potato snack ballspb&j energy bites, mint chocolate cake balls, or my mango energy bites.

chickpea chocolate chip cookie dough

Chickpea Cookie Dough Balls

These Chickpea Cookie Dough Balls are protein packed, refined-sugar free, and so easy to make! Grab a ball on the way to the gym or enjoy as a guilt-free healthy dessert!
Prep Time7 hours
Total Time7 hours
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Oil Free, Vegan
Yield: 12 balls
Author: The Local Sprout


  • 1 15.5 oz can chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 4 Tbsp. peanut butter — natural unsweetened (sub other nut or use seed butter for nut free option)
  • 3 Tbsp. raw honey sub maple syrup for vegan
  • 1 Tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup vegan mini chocolate chips


  • In a food processor or blender combine the chickpeas, peanut butter, honey, coconut sugar, vanilla, salt, and baking soda. Blend until smooth and creamy, scraping sides as needed.
  • Remove the blade and gently stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Line a large plate or tray with parchment paper. Using a Tbsp. measuring spoon, scoop out the dough and drop balls on parchment lined plate.* Transfer to freezer.
  • Freeze until solid—about 6-7 hours or overnight. Enjoy as a grab-and-go snack, healthy treat, or fuel for your workout. Leftovers will keep for up to a month frozen in airtight container.


*Don’t worry if your dough is a bit soft of even drippy. You can re-roll it after it hardens up in the freezer.
Nutrition is a rough estimate of 1/12 of the entire recipe.


Serving: 1g | Sodium: 1.4mg | Sugar: 8.1g | Fiber: 3.1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Calories: 125kcal | Saturated Fat: 1.4g | Fat: 4.6g | Protein: 4.7g | Carbohydrates: 16.9g

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