These cookie balls, which some people refer to as protein balls, are a great no-bake option for hot summer days when you are hankering for a sweet that doesn’t come from the freezer. You can ‘power’ these up a little more by opting to add in a scoop of plant based protein powder if you like. I think these are plenty protein packed, especially considering the kids devour most of the batch.
If you want to make them camp or school safe, replace the peanut butter with a seed butter, like sunflower seed, pumpkin seed or a blended seed butter. Your add-ins can be customized too, add raisins instead of chocolate chips, or chopped nuts, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries etc.
There are two main brands of plant based chocolate chips on the market that are most easily available: Enjoy Life and Camino, neither of these brands include dairy in their chocolate chips.
I keep these stored in the refrigerator, especially during the warm months, they stay firmer that way. These are also awesome broken up as little nuggets broken up over a vanilla coconut ice cream, for a Plantiful cookies and cream style dessert.
One last thing you may notice small black specks in the picture, this is vanilla bean powder. I have included vanilla extract in the recipe below, as most people don’t stock vanilla powder in their pantry. However, if you do have it, or if you have fresh vanilla beans, you could substitute that in place of the extract listed.