Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Protein Balls

June 17, 2014

in Gluten Free, Kid Friendly, Protein Bars, Recipes, Snacks

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What’s your favorite cookie? Mine is oatmeal raisin. I feel like chocolate chip should be my favorite, as I love chocolate, but when I’ve been forced to choose between the two, oatmeal raisin always wins.

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As you might be able to tell from the recipes I post, I like comfort food. Food that reminds me of my childhood. I just like to alter it to make it healthier and have it fit into my lifestyle.  Being active with weight training and chasing around 2 little girls, I’m always conscious about getting enough protein. These protein balls are a perfect little snack with a little punch of protein, and not to mention they taste like cookie dough!

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These are great for the kids as well, and I love that they are delicious right out of the freezer. I never want to waste delicious food, so anything that freezes well, I’m all over. Especially snacks.

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These would also be well a well received gift I’m sure. Next time you have the gals over for coffee or tea, put a bowl of these out and watch them disappear!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Protein Balls
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These are a no-bake treat that remind me of my favorite cookie dough, Oatmeal Raisin. With a hint of cinnamon and sweetness, its a great snack with a cup of coffee or tea.
Recipe type: Snack
Yield: 16
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • 2 Tbsp salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • ⅓ cup raisins
  • ½ cup whey protein, vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp honey (I used Nature's Hollow Sugar-Free Honey)
  1. In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients with a wooden spoon. If the spoon doesn't do a great job, use clean hands.
  2. Roll into 16 balls.
  3. Store in a sealed container in the freezer. They don't harden up too much when frozen, so great to have straight out of the freezer.
  4. Will also last in the fridge for over a week.
If you find the dough is too crumbly to roll into balls, adding a bit of extra almond butter should do the trick!
Serving size: 1 ball Calories: 82 Fat: 4 g Saturated fat: 1.2 g Carbs: 8.6 g Sugar: 2.6 g Sodium: 24 mg Fiber: 1 g Protein: 4 g


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I'm Kristine Fretwell, busy mom of 2 little girls, author, blogger, and former pro fitness competitor. I love almost any kind of cookie, anything coconut or pumpkin flavored, and Thai food. A perfect day for me is enjoying my family, getting to the gym, and whipping up a new healthy recipe. I've got a collection of over 300 healthy recipes, and other tidbits like fitness and health tips. My recipes have been featured on websites such as Huffington Post, Savvy Mom, Shape and Skinny Scoop.
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  • Courtney

    If allergic to nuts and peanuts, do you recommend anything to substitute?

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      Hi there! Yes have you tried a seed butter? Sunbutter is great! Made of sunflower seeds. Pumpkin seed butter is another good option. You can make it yourself or I’ve seen it in health food stores.

  • Jenn

    Where do you get your honey?

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      I get it online. I’m in Canada, so Lowcarbcanada.ca or lowcarbgrocery.com. If in the US I believe you can order direct from Nature’s Hollow.

  • http://www.liamescario.com Liam

    Dead easy to make and a very tasty snack. The hint of cinnamon goes really well too!
    I used only 1 tbsp of maple syrup (instead of 2tbp of honey) and rolled the balls in almond meal before freezing them (because I had some spare in the cupboard).
    Thanks for sharing another great recipe!

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      Nice! Glad you like! Good idea rolling in almond meal!

  • Kristi Carter

    Thank you so much for this recipe; these are delicious! I swapped the honey out for maple syrup and used plain, unsweetened RAW plant based protein in place of the whey and they turned out fabulous. I have to limit myself to 3 per day…they are addicting!!

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      Glad to hear it worked well with the raw plant protein! Thanks for reporting back and so glad you love them!

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