Vanilla Coconut Cookie Dough Bites

These three-bite protein balls taste a little too much like cookie dough.

Vanilla Coconut Cookie Dough Bites

If you haven’t made energy bites yet then you’re missing out on one of the quickest, easiest and healthiest snacks. With a few ingredients of your choice (just 6 for this recipe) this snack can be thrown together in less than ten minutes. Any closet cookie dough fans out there? Well, I think these will be right up your alley (without the scare of salmonella!).

Adding plant-based protein powder to energy bites can help manage blood glucose levels. Not only does this maintain energy throughout the day, but also helps prevent insulin resistance in the long-term. Protein is also necessary for muscle recovery, especially if we are physically active.

I often throw in a fat source like coconut oil which contains medium-chain fatty acids (MCTs). While some studies have found that coconut oil may increase LDL cholesterol, evidence also shows that it can increase HDL cholesterol and decrease inflammation due to its high antioxidant content. MCTs are unique as they are quickly metabolized and used for energy (as opposed to long-chain fatty acids found in olive oil, nuts, avocado, fish and animal meat).

Lastly, coconut flour is a gluten-free flour alternative that conveniently lowers the overall glycemic load of baked goods (while also adding extra coconut flavor). This recipe is already relatively low in glycemic load but the coconut flour can help counteract the sugar in the dates.

Vanilla Coconut Cookie Dough Bites

Ingredients (for 16 bites):

  • 1 cup dates, pre-soaked for 15 min in water
  • 2 scoops vanilla plant-based protein powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup water (or as much as needed to blend)


  1. Blend all ingredients together using a food processor or high speed blender.
  2. Form dough into bite-sized balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Eat immediately or store in the refrigerator.

Vanilla Coconut Cookie Dough Bites

PCOS Powers:

  • plant-based protein = helps decrease high cholesterol, manage blood sugar levels, helps build lean muscle mass
  • coconut oil = while research is mixed, coconut oil has been shown to be anti-inflammatory, and may improve cholesterol profiles by increasing HDL cholesterol levels (the ‘good’ kind), may support weight management, may positively impact thyroid function
  • coconut flour = high fiber, gluten-free alternative, decreases glycemic effect when added to baked goods

Special thanks to The Holistic Gangster for collaborating with me on this recipe. Check out his one-on-one nutritional services and health podcast here.

vanilla coconut cookie dough bites

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I'm Dylan, the creator of Phruitful Dish. I'm a holistic health content creator, fitness lover, vegan, feminist, and PCOS wellness consultant living in Vancouver, Canada on unceded Coast Salish territory. I obtained my PhD in obstetrics and gynaecology specializing in PCOS, nutrition and mental health.

24 thoughts on “Vanilla Coconut Cookie Dough Bites”

  1. I love eating cookie dough so a healthier version as a snack is right up my alley! I love that they include vegan protein powder . . . I’m lactose sensitive so that’s my only option!

  2. This looks delicious! I always look for new recipes for snack and this is a great pop it and grab it snack! Oh can’t wait to try thanks for sharing!

  3. Mmm, these look delicious. The only reason I ever bake is so I can eat the cookie dough. This recipe would allow me to do just that!

  4. Raw energy bites are the best. We love the vanilla coconut combination. Sounds delicious!

  5. Love this healthy version of cookie dough bites. I’m with you on limiting coconut oil, but it does seem like the jury is still out on it and it is a nice alternative to some fats. Thanks for this great recipe!

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