Think oreo cheesecake, in a healthy, protein-packed bite-sized form!
I’m in a love-hate relationship with Oreo cookies, they’re so tasty, and at the same time, they always make me feel a bit guilty. Well, not when I use them for this recipe; here, they play their part beautifully.
Below, you’ll find a recipe for creamy and luscious Oreo protein balls, they’re ready in ten minutes, and you only need six ingredients, all of them gluten-free. The result? Creamy balls with crunchy bits and a chocolatey mouthfeel — they’re packed with protein too, so they’re an easy go-to snack to satisfy your sweet cravings guilt-free and keep you energized. You don’t even have to bake these. See why I love these protein balls so much?
There’s a catch. These are just too good to eat just one, so have a chaperon slap your hand if you lose control. No, really, these are as healthy as protein balls come, and they’ll be a great ace to have up your sleeve.
Keep these in the fridge and pop one when you come back from the gym or from walking your dogs. Get energized while giving your body the protein it needs!
Ingredients used to make this
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- Cream Cheese - I’ve tried using both dairy and vegan cream cheese made from almond milk, and both turn out delicious.
- Protein Powder – You can use any protein powder for this, but in this recipe I used a vanilla plant-based protein powder, like this one below.
- Coconut Flour - you can use any brand of coconut flour for this recipe. Here is a brand of coconut flour I like to use.
- Oreo cookies - use gluten-free if desired
For the Decoration
- White chocolate chips - you can use any white chocolate chips (or chopped white chocolate), but to make these low-carb, use a lower sugar, stevia sweetened brand instead. For a dairy-free, vegan alternative, try this brand.
Step by Step
How to Make Easy Oreo Cookies and Cream Protein Balls
Chop oreo cookies with a sharp knife. Some large chunks are okay, but for the best flavor, try to chop the cookies finely to get some the oreo cookie crumb "flour"
Mix all the dry ingredients together - protein powder, coconut flour, sugar
Add the cream cheese and oreo cookie crumbs
Mix together until evenly mixed. You can add 1-2 Tbsp of milk or almond milk if the mixture is too thick
Roll into tablespoon sized balls, and drizzle with melted white chocolate if desired
Recipe Variations and Optional Add Ins:
- You can use any cookie of choice! Try Biscoff cookies, golden oreos or chocolate chip cookies!
- 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 lemon extract or raspberry extract
How to Make this Healthier
- Make this even 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.
How to Store
- You can keep the protein balls out at room temperature for about 1 day but for the best freshness and 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.
- Coconut flour and protein powders are all very different depending on brands, so if you find that the dough is too soft, add more coconut flour; if the dough is too thick, add a teaspoon or more of water, honey or liquid sweetener of choice.
Here's Protein Bar Version of the Oreo Balls! Recipe HERE
Cookies and Cream Oreo Protein Balls
- Mix all ingredients together (except the white chocolate). Add more coconut flour if the dough is too soft, add a teaspoon or more of water, or almond milk if the dough is too thick*
- Roll the batter into tablespoon sized balls, refrigerate for 15 minutes to set
- Optional: melt white chocolate chips and drizzle over the protein balls