High-Protein Cookie Dough Bites | Vegan, Gluten-Free

High-Protein Cookie Dough Bites made with kidney beans. Healthy, vegan, gluten-free, oil-free and no-bake. The perfect post-workout snack!

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High-Protein Cookie Dough Bites

Today, I have a delicious snack idea for you! These cookie dough bites are healthy, chocolate-y, gluten-free and refined sugar-free. They also contain a good amount of protein thanks to the kidney beans.

Yes, you read that right.

The first time I tried a sweet recipe calling for kidney beans, I didn’t know what to expect. But honestly, you can’t taste the beans at all.

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A Great Healthy Snack

These high-protein cookie dough bites are meant to be a healthy snack, so I purposefully did not use refined sugar to sweeten them.

My mom, my siblings and I love them, but if you have a big sweet tooth like my dad, you may find them not sweet enough to your taste. If so, you could use more dates but you may need to use less milk or to add a little more oats to obtain a good texture.

We like to store them in the freezer because we find they taste even better when they are still half-frozen.

healthy vegan snack idea

I hope you will enjoy these high-protein bites! They are:

  • Not too sweet
  • Rich in protein
  • Perfect for a quick boost of energy
  • Delicious

Have fun!

Nolwenn ☀


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High-Protein Cookie Dough Bites | No-Bake

High-Protein Cookie Dough Bites | No-Bake

Yield: 30 bites
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

High-Protein Cookie Dough Bites made with kidney beans. Healthy, vegan, gluten-free, oil-free and no-bake. The perfect post-workout snack!


  • 400 g kidney beans, cooked
  • 130 g gluten-free oats
  • 110 g medjool dates (6)
  • 65 g peanut butter
  • 120 g non-dairy milk
  • 4 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • chopped hazelnuts or chocolate chips – highly recommended!


  1. Place the oats in your blender or food processor and pulse until they reach a fine consistency.
  2. Add in the kidney beans, dates, peanut butter, non-dairy milk, cacao powder, vanilla extract and salt and process into a smooth and non-sticky cookie dough texture. You can add a some oat flour if the dough is too sticky or some non-dairy milk if it is too dry.
  3. Using your hands, form medium balls and roll them in the hazelnuts or chocolate chips.
  4. Place the balls in the fridge for at least 2 hours before eating.
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  1. monika
    January 18, 2019 / 9:11 pm

    Hi! Love the innovative use of beans. I’ve made bean brownies before and no one guessed there was beans in them!
    With regard to the beans, if I were to use CANNED beans, would it be 400 grams DRAINED canned beans?

    • January 19, 2019 / 9:41 am

      Hi Monika!
      Right? Beans are great in desserts and people even notice them 🙂
      To answer your question, yes, if you use canned beans it’s 400g drained beans.
      I hope you will like these Protein Bites!
      Nolwenn ☀

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