Homemade Cookie Dough Protein Bars / Grain & Dairy Free

Homemade cookie dough protein bars with only six-ingredients, No-bake, gluten free, dairy free, grain free, and vegan.

Good morning, and happy Friday! Don’t ask me where the week went because I have no idea! I’m SO excited for today because I decided to plan a last-minute trip with my mom. We are staying at a cute bed and breakfast this evening and exploring the gorgeous Biltmore. She’s never been, and it’s been a while since I’ve visited, so it should be a fun time. I can’t wait to share the weekend with you all. I’m already charging my cameras! I haven’t decided if I want to go off the social media grind this weekend, but it’s sounding like a good idea.

I didn’t want to leave this afternoon without posting or go another week without sharing these delicious protein bars, so I figured I’d put this blog together while drinking my morning coffee. The dogs are walked, fed, and sound asleep next to me (trying not to make too much noise) I still have a lot to do this morning, because I procrastinated last night, so let’s get to it!
It’s been several weeks since making these delicious protein bars, but I’ve made so many variations of them since! I’m telling you, they’re amazing. I can’t compare them to any protein bars on the market because they are so unique tasting and too good to stop at one.

If you like cookie dough, you’ll LOVE these. They pack so much protein, great for on the go, and fun to make! I made a batch of these for my Saturday morning tennis, but Kyle ended up taking a bunch to work, my mom snagged a few, and the rest was history.

These protein bars only have six ingredients: plant-based vanilla protein powder (Orgain), dates, almonds, cinnamon, unsweetened almond milk, and no sugar added vegan chocolate chips (Lily’s)

You can customize the ingredients by using a different nut instead of almonds, honey instead of dates, your choice of milk, any type of protein powder you want, chocolate chips or no chocolate chips…and so on! That’s the beauty of this recipe!

I already have a six-ingredient pumpkin spiced cookie dough protein bar planned for the fall! 🍂 
I’m loving my new food processor. I recently got rid of my fancy food processor after two years of never using it. I traded it in for a smaller and less-intimidating one (fewer buttons and blades) with easier cleanup. This was the best decision I’ve ever made because now I use it for everything. I was a little nervous that it wouldn’t work as well, but this thing is a powerhouse! It’s easy to clean up, and convenient to take out when I want to make some protein bars or protein balls. I also like that it doesn’t take up all my cabinet space.
Grind up all the almonds! 
Add the dates, but make sure they’re pitted! I buy pitted dates, but sometimes a pit will sneak in. I separate all the dates to make sure they have zero pits.
It helps to add a tablespoon of water (or oil) to the food processor with the dates.

Add the dates and almonds into a large mixing bowl. 
Mix the cinnamon, almonds, almond milk, protein powder, and dates together in a large mixing bowl. If it’s too dry, add more almond milk by the tablespoon. If it’s too liquidy, add in more protein powder. It all depends on the ingredients you choose to use.
Give it a taste to see if it needs more protein powder, more cinnamon, or even sea salt! (just try not to eat the whole bowl…it’s a challenge)
Use a 1/4 cup to measure out the protein bars. Roll the dough into a ball, and then form it into a rectangle protein bar shape. You can actually make protein balls instead if you want. I think it would be cute to make little shapes with a cookie cutter if you have kids. 
This recipe will make about 18-20 bars. 
I placed mine in baggies and stored them in the refrigerator. You can keep them in the freezer, on the counter, or in the fridge. 
These protein bars are great for busy mornings, a to-go post-workout treat, or for dessert! They’re high protein, low carb, low sugar, and super inexpensive compared to the protein bars out there on the market. It’ always nice to know what goes into your protein bars! Plus, making them is so much cooler 😎


When it get’s cooler, I’m going to make my brother a giant batch and ship these to him. He’s all the way out in L.A., so they’d melt, but I know he’d love them! I just need to create a cute packaging to wrap them in. You know, like they do on the Food Network 😉 Actually, these would probably be great to pack and bring on a trip to L.A. with me…🤔

5 from 6 votes

Homemade Cookie Dough Protein Bars

These no-bake, six-ingredient homemade cookie dough protein bars are gluten free, dairy free, grain free, low carb, no added sugars, and are vegan! 

Course Breakfast, Snack
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings 18
Calories 110 kcal
Author Taralynn McNitt


  • 1 3/4 Cups Raw Almonds
  • 7-8 Medium Pitted Dates
  • 1/3 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 Cup Vanilla Plant-Based Protein Powder (Orgain)
  • 2 Tsps Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/3 Cup Dark Chocolate No added Sugar Chocolate Chips (Lily's)


  1. Add raw almonds to the food processor. Once they're ground, add dates and combine. 

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine dates, almonds, milk, cinnamon, and protein powder together. 

    *if it's too liquidy, add more protein.

    *if it's too dry, add more almond milk. 

  3. Fold in the chocolate chips. 

  4. Roll 1/4 cup of the dough into balls, and then form into rectangle bars. 

I hope you find the time to make these this weekend! If you do, make sure to tag me in your pics so I can share! Now, I need to go get ready for my trip! Have a great weekend, everyone!

Questions for you!

  1. What flavor protein bar should I make next?
  2. Have you ever made your own protein bars?
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