7 ingredients and 10 minutes of your time are needed to make these delicious Coffee & Almond Butter Cookie Dough Collagen Protein Balls using collagen peptides. Switch things up a bit from your basic cup of coffee and try making these collagen coffee protein balls. Featuring collagen peptides protein powder, almond butter, instant coffee granules and mini chocolate chips, these protein balls are chewy, nutty, sweet and chocolatey – with just the perfect amount of caffeine to keep you going throughout the day.
Here's why I love this recipe
- easy to prepare, and only takes a few minutes
- made with healthy ingredients like almond butter
- high-protein and high-fiber, so it'll keep you fuller longer
- low calorie and low carb, to support your weight loss goals
- the best dessert alternative & post-workout snack
Ingredients used to make these Coffee & Cookie Dough Collagen Protein Balls
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- Collagen Peptides - I used Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides Powder for this recipe. You can use other brands of collagen peptides and get the same result.
- Collagen peptides protein powder is the key ingredient that gives these protein snacks their characteristic cookie-like consistency, and other protein powders won't give you the same chewy texture. Collagen also dissolves very easily compared to other protein powders (i.e. whey, casein, pea, hemp, brown rice, egg protein, etc), so you'll have to add more liquid like almond milk or water to hold the protein dough together if using a replacement.
- Instead of substituting, check out these protein ball recipes that DON'T require any collagen powder!
- Coconut Flour - Coconut flour is a great low carb flour that is gluten-free, wheat free, and grain-free. Coconut flour is also nut-free (even though it's called coco-nut) because it's made from coconut flesh (which is a fruit, not a nut) that’s been dried and then grind into small flour particles. Here is a brand of coconut flour I like to use. (see substitution notes in the below section!)
- Almond Butter – like this one. You can also use other natural nut butters like pecan butter, walnut butter, cashew butter, mixed nut butter, or even seed butter like sunflower. So many choices!
- Sugar of Choice – I used monk fruit sweetener in this recipe to keep this recipe low-sugar and low carb, but raw cane sugar, coconut, date, and maple sugars are perfectly acceptable substitutes.
- Almond Milk - I used unsweetened almond milk, but any milk (dairy or dairy free) works in this recipe. You can even use water.
- Instant Coffee Granules - like this one
- Mini chocolate chips - like this one
More Collagen Powder Recipes (HERE)
Step by Step
How to Make Coffee & Cookie Dough Collagen Protein Balls
Mix the dry ingredients first: collagen peptides powder, coconut flour and sugar (I used monk fruit sweetener).
Next, mix in the nut butter and almond milk, the chocolate chips and instant coffee granules, using your hands to knead and get the dough to combine together.
You can add more coconut flour if the dough is too soft, or add a teaspoon or more of water or almond milk if the dough is too thick, but PLEASE don’t add additional liquid until the very end. The collagen dough will soften up noticeably during the kneading process. The more you knead, the softer the protein balls will be.
Roll the batter into tablespoon-sized balls, and refrigerate for 15 minutes to set.
Recipe Variations and Optional Add Ins:
- Feel free to experiment with natural flavoring / extracts. Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract (I didn't feel like it was essential so I left it out in this recipe), or other flavorings or extracts, such as almond extract or hazelnut extract
Just keep in mind that some extracts contain alcohol, and since this is a no-bake recipe, the alcohol won't have a chance to fully evaporate. If serving this to kids, or if you're sensitive to alcohol, be sure to use non-alcoholic extracts or flavorings. Here are some non-alcoholic brands, here: Non-alcoholic peppermint extract, non-alcoholic vanilla extract
How to Make this Healthier
- Make Coffee & Cookie Dough Collagen Protein Balls healthier by adding a handful of nuts, seeds and old-fashioned oats to add texture and nutrition. Even better, add a tablespoon of ground flaxseed, hemp seeds, or chia seeds.
Delicious Add-In Ideas for Protein Balls
Adding color, texture and variety to your grab-and-go snacks is one way to keep protein balls fun and interesting. From dried fruits to confetti sprinkles, the options are pretty much endless. For more delicious add ins and flavoring ideas for your protein balls, check out this post for 10+ Amazing Add Ins & Flavor Variations for Protein Balls
Collagen Peptides FAQ:
ARE COLLAGEN PEPTIDES VEGAN?
Most commercial forms of collagen peptides are not suitable for vegan diets, as collagen is most abundant in skin, nails, bones and ligaments and is thus sourced from animals. The Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides Powder I used in this recipe was sourced from the hides of grass-fed, pasture-raised cows.
Notes on Substitutions
Can I use other Protein Powders if I don't have Collagen Powder?
For most recipes, collagen peptides should not be replaced with other protein powders, and I have not tried using other types of protein powders (i.e. whey, casein, pea, hemp, brown rice, egg protein, etc) in this recipe. This is because Collagen Peptides contribute a different texture to the recipe than other protein powders. In my experience, collagen powder adds a denser, chewier consistency to most protein powder recipes which I think resembles a chewy sugar cookie texture.
If you decide to substitute, just keep in mind that you'll need to add additional liquid (almond milk or water) to this recipe to get the protein dough to hold together. Also, you won't get the cookie-like texture you see in the photos since collagen is what creates that chewy consistency.
Instead of substituting, check out these protein ball recipes that DON'T require any collagen powder!
Can I substitute other flour Alternatives for coconut flour?
Collagen is a fussy ingredient, so I highly recommend that you DON'T SUBSTITUTE coconut flour in this particular recipe (including almond flour and oat flour). It's not that these flours don't work, but you'll have to be okay with playing around with the entire recipe, like adding more flour, more nut butter and also less liquid -- since coconut flour absorbs 2x 3x more liquid than other flour substitutes.
How to Store Coffee & Cookie Dough Collagen Protein Balls
- You can keep the protein balls out at room temperature for 1-2 days but for the best texture, it's best to store these protein balls covered in the fridge. They'll be fresh for up to 5-7 days.
- These protein balls also freeze very well! Seal them inside an airtight container or Ziploc bag and freeze them in a single layer so that they don't stick together. I recommend double-bagging if you want to keep out the fridge smell. They can be frozen for up to 4 months.
- Collagen peptides protein powder dissolves very easily compared to other protein powders so try not to add additional water or liquid to the protein dough until the very end. The collagen dough will soften up noticeably during the kneading process, so if you add extra liquid you may end up with a very soft protein dough.
- Make sure you check out the substitution section above if you decide to sub anything.
Coffee & Almond Butter Cookie Dough Collagen Protein Balls
- ¼ cup collagen peptides powder , see notes for scoop conversion*
- 2 Tbsp coconut flour
- 1 Tbsp monk fruit sweetener , or any granulated sugar of choice**
- 2 Tbsp almond butter
- 1-2 Tbsp almond milk, regular milk or water
- 1 tsp instant coffee granules
- 1 Tbsp mini chocolate chips
- Mix the dry ingredients first: collagen peptides powder, coconut flour, and sugar (I used monk fruit sweetener).
- Next, mix in the almond butter and 1 Tbsp of almond milk, using your hands to knead and get the dough to come together. Add additional 1 Tbsp of almond milk if needed.
- Add the instant coffee granules, and mini chocolate chips.The dough is supposed to be very sticky, and will harden once it's cooled in the fridge. But if the dough is too soft to form into balls, you can add more coconut flour ½ Tbsp at a time.
- Roll the batter into tablespoon sized balls, refrigerate for 15 minutes to set
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