Brownie Cookie Dough Swirl Protein Balls

These high protein Brookie Protein Balls are the perfect post-workout snack, or simply a healthy option to munch on throughout the day. They’re gluten free and vegan, too! 

Brownie Cookie Dough Swirl Protein Balls |

I don’t think I’ve ever renamed a recipe more than I have this one.

Swirl, mash, smash, choconilla, vachocolate (sounds kind of Rated R), balls, bites, zebra, yin yang, black and white.

What evz you want to call it, these balls are delish! I have a new recipe partnership with The Daily Burn coming up over the next few months, and they sent me some of their new protein powder. It’s called Fuel-6. It’s plant-based, gluten free, and vegan. I’m excited to continue using this product in recipes! WHOOOP

Speaking of new. I started a new series on Netflix…Dexter. AKA I am afraid to sleep at night because I feel like someone is watching me.

Brownie Cookie Dough Swirl Protein Balls |

There is no way in hell I would watch an episode without Blake by my side. I am the biggest whimp and hate being scared.

Like hate!

So these balls, yo.

Brownie Cookie Dough Swirl Protein Balls |

You know when you can’t decide between vanilla and chocolate. That’s when you mix em together so that you can get the best of both worlds. 

Brownie Cookie Dough Swirl Protein Balls |

I almost always store my balls in the freezer. I find they keep longer, plus I prefer my balls frozen. 

This is the issue with having “balls” be part of a recipe. Every time I try to explain my love for them, I sound like a perv 😀 

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Brownie Cookie Dough Swirl Protein Balls
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Serves: 16-18 balls
For the Brownie flavor
  • ¼ cup chocolate protein powder
  • ½ cup oat flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ¼ cup almond milk
For the Cookie Dough
  • ¼ cup vanilla protein powder
  • ½ cup oat flour
  • ½ tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 3 tablespoons almond milk
  1. In a medium size bowl, mix together all ingredients for the brownie flavor. It should be the consistency of cookie dough. If it's too dry, add a bit more almond milk.
  2. Then, roll the dough into about ½ tablespoon balls. Set aside.
  3. Rinse that bowl, then mix together all ingredients for the cookie dough flavor. Again, if it's too dry, add little more almond milk.
  4. Roll the dough into about ½ tablespoon balls.
  5. Next, take 1 brownie ball and 1 cookie dough ball and combine them by compressing them together and rolling into a ball. Repeat!

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  1. says

    Frozen balls are the one! So chewy!
    These look great! Especially loving that they are made with vegan, GF and plant based protein powder!
    Ying and Yang balls would work for all the yogis… namaste 😉

      • Yummycooking says

        Hi! Not quite sure how to make an additional comment, so I’ll just reply to this. If we don’t have protein powder at hand could we just exclude it? Should we add something else as a substitute to ensure the correct consistency and texture? Also, would it be ok to use peanut butter instead of almond butter? I would assume it would be and I would melt it a little bit to get it to the same consistency. Thanks for your help, Lee!

        • says

          You totally don’t have to use protein powder…I’ve made them without it before! If they seem too thin and need to be thickened up…just add more oat flour. Andddd yes! Peanut butter works 😀

      • Anna says

        Not sure how to make a comment, but I made these and they failed…followed the recipe exactly had all the right ingredients and they were really runny.

        • Kaj says

          Hmm…I just made these and they were really dense. It probably depends on the brands of the ingredients used.

          Anna, you should be able to add more oat flour and/or more protein powder to thicken them up if they’re runny.

  2. says

    Wow, these look delicious! I just made my first batch of homemade protein balls and I am absolutely IN LOVE! So delicious and sooo versatile. They really are the best of both worlds.

    On the topic of the awkward “ball” name, though, know that I feel your pain. We flew out to visit family yesterday and were throwing food into a cold suitcase when I said, “Yep, everything’ll fit. Just put the balls on top.”

    Yeah, we didn’t stop laughing for a while….XD

    • says

      😀 It’s so true though. Everyone gets a good laugh. But then there are some people who are offended. Well, I guess I just won’t sure with them 😀

  3. says

    Um.. YUM!

    I’ve never tried oat flour but just recently added oatmeal back into my life so may have to try!!

    What sort of protein powder do you use?

  4. Ellen S says

    Yum these look delish! What’s the name for a combination of brownie and cookie… Brookie right? The name Brookie Balls really just flows :)

  5. says

    Gorgeous as usual! I haven’t made balls in forever!! Since my last batch of cookies I’ve been craving cookie dough but I think I need to go with a healthier option this time….

    Have you watched Orange is the New Black?? Vanilla chocolate swirl wanilla chocolate swirl…

    PS How did you get those dealios on your sidebar with the different tabs? I have so much crap on my sidebar it would be handy to have those!!

  6. Laura says

    I would reccomend watching Breaking Bad if you haven’t already! I just started and its soooooooo good! Dexter is on my next show to watch, but that may be awhile.

  7. Joyce says

    These look great. I have not tried making any protein balls yet, but am always looking for an alternative to protein bars. I was curious on the nutrition content so logged the ingredients into My Fitness Pal and came up with what I feel is pretty close or accurate on the info for them. I have never used the protein powder you mentioned but used that as the protein for these in my figuring. I had to kind of guess on the grams/scoops/ vs. the 1/4 cup measure of the protein powder. I figured it at about 3 scoops or around 59gr. to equal the 1/4 cup scoops. I think I figured it right.. I also figured it at making 16 since you said it made 16 to 18. I figured they would be a bit on the larger side and went with 16. lol

    Heres the nutrition info I came up with per ball:
    Calories: 92
    Carbs: 9
    Fat: 3
    Protein: 7
    Sodium: 78
    Sugar: 2

    I may give this brand of protein a try. I’m not a big fan of the whey proteins. I’ve had another brand of pea protein that was berry flavored before and it was absolutely horrid tasting. I’m thinking the chocolate or vanilla would be better.

    Thanks for sharing your recipes!

  8. Lyn Pixie says

    Unfortunately wheat oats barley and rye grains don’t like me. :-/
    What would you suggest to use in its place.
    Protein balls for snacks and raw food balls always sound so delish to have in the freezer but until now have been a little uncertain in making them

    • Sam says

      I was wondering if almond flour would work instead of oat. Or maybe even coconut? I keep both of those on hand. I think I’m gonna try it!

    • says

      LOL. I should ask other people at the gym if they want to try my balls. I’d get so many weird looks. #proteinballs4life Thanks for linking up! You’re the best.

  9. Laura says

    I just made these and they’re so sticky! They look nothing like yours. For the cookie dough half I used less milk to try to make is less sticky and it helped but not enough. They look more like blobs than balls. Were yours like that?

    • says

      Mine were not sticky at all! What kind of protein powder did you use? The stuff I used was plant based….If yours was whey or soy, it could change the properties of how it mixes with liquid. That’s the only thing I can think of! Also- did you use oat flour? I know that this flour is much more dense than regular white flour and a lot of other flours!

  10. Nadia says

    Hi, I tried these yesterday, and both of my mixtures did not turn out like yours. I added more protein powder, and oatfloar to each, cant say how much – just eyeballed until they reach cookie dough consistency. Any ideas on what went wrong ? Thank You.

    • says

      What kind of protein powder did you use? The different kinds all have different properties- ie: plant based vs. whey. Also- it depends on how drippy your almond butter was!

  11. Christina says

    These. Were. DEEEELICIOUS!!!

    I didn’t have chocolate protein, so subbed for smores protein flavor… Extra yum?? They were pretty sticky mixing and rolling into balls, but once they set in the fridge for a couple hours, were good to go (straight to my mouth). I think they are just that more enticing because of the swirl of colors. Got my boyfriend hooked, too! Thanks!!! :)

  12. Kristian Belk says

    Just a quick question. These look fantastic, I have been looking for a good snack that will curve my sweet tooth! I was wanting to make these to send in a care package though. How long will they stay fresh??

    • says

      I usually keep my balls in a ziplock in the freezer. I’d say they’d stay fresh on the counter for about a week. So, whoever you send them to- just tell them to throw them int the freezer when they get them!

  13. Desiree says

    These look delicious but is there something that can be used instead of almond butter? There’s a severe allergy in my household to those and all nuts except cashews and pistachios. Specific brands of peanut butter are okay, so would that work?

  14. Anha says

    Im notsure what U did wrong but these are absolutely disgusting. I keep adding things to it to try and make it edible ie peanut powder, more maple sypup but nothing is working :(

  15. Nikki says

    I think that the first mixture of the brownie part is too much milk. Mine were very sticky so I added more protein powder and they were still very sticky. I put the mixture in the fridge to firm up. That did help.

    • says

      Hey Nikki! So sorry things didn’t work out the best for you. It all depends on what kind of protein powder you use since all of the properties are different. It’s pretty typical for things to be sticky, so just add more oat flour!

  16. says

    These look delish! I’m interested in taking a small ziplock bag of these in my purse when I travel (fly) next week. Do you think they need to be refrigerated?

      • says

        Thank you for responding. I made them this afternoon, and they are yummy! Got a small ziplock bag of these packed for my trip. I did have to add more protein powder and oat flour to the chocolate batch to thicken it up, but no problem. Love your site!


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