S’mores Protein Cookie Balls: A Low Calorie, High Protein Dessert
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Some of the best recipes on my blog were accidental creations. These s’mores protein cookie balls, for example, came from experimenting with graham cracker crumbs to make a deconstructed pie crumble. While I’ve yet to master the pie crumble, I’m confident you’ll like this recipe even more.
Each one of the protein cookie balls has roughly 7 grams of protein and only 120 calories, but you’ll never be able to tell you’re eating a lower calorie dessert. If you’ll allow me to use the term ooey-gooey, that’s the best way to describe what it’s like to bite into one. The melted marshmallow and chocolate is warm and gooey while the graham cracker exterior is soft and tender.
Is your mouth watering yet?
How ’bout now?
Ingredients for S’mores Protein Cookie Balls
This is another simple recipe with only 6 total ingredients. If you’ve made any of my other 873 (barely an exaggeration) s’mores recipes, this will be business as usual.
The only curveball might be the Walden Farms Pancake Syrup. If you’re new to my recipes, I like to use this calorie-free syrup as a sticky sweetener in recipes (especially no bake or baked goods in cookie or ball form). I buy mine at Walmart and Kroger, and I’ve also linked to it on Amazon if you have trouble finding it. Other options include using any sugar-free syrup, honey, or a mixture of more butter plus a small amount of honey or syrup.
In the photo below, you’ll notice I used mini marshmallows and regular-sized chocolate chips. One thing I mention in the recipe notes is using mini chocolate chips and marshmallow bits if you have them on hand. Both work, but the marshmallow bits won’t create the same creaminess as the mini marshmallows. I just like you to know ya have options.
That’s about it for ingredients. I told you it’s an easy one. The only thing I’d add is that you’ll enjoy these most slightly undercooked. So, don’t bake them to a crisp!
Oh, and before you get to the recipe I thought you might want to check out some of the 873 s’mores recipes I mentioned above:
Okay, now I give you the s’mores protein cookie balls recipe.
S'mores Protein Cookie Balls
A high protein graham cracker cookie stuffed with melted chocolate and marshmallow.
Protein Cookie Balls Dough
- 1 Tbsp (14g) Dark Chocolate Chips
- 2-3 Tbsp (6-8g) Mini Marshmallows as needed
Preheat an oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Mix all the cookie balls dough ingredients in a large bowl until you can form a large ball of dough. Use your hands if necessary.
Break the large ball of dough into 6 pieces and flatten each piece between your palms before transferring to the baking sheet.
Distribute the chocolate chips and mini marshmallows as evenly as possible in the center of each piece of dough. If you press down slightly, they'll stay in place when you're closing the cookie balls. (Also, marshmallow bits and mini chocolate chips may be easier to work with.)
Gently fold the pieces of dough around the marshmallows and chocolate chips and roll between your palms to smooth, if possible. (Spraying your hands with cooking spray will prevent sticking.)
Bake the cookie balls for 6 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack or plate to cool. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temp for 1-2 days.
- These protein cookie balls are best slightly undercooked. The 6-minute bake time seems to work perfectly, but your oven may be different. They should be solid enough to pick up but tender enough to easily break apart.
- Feel free to modify the amounts of chocolate and marshmallows to fit your needs. You could also make smaller cookie balls and have 12 instead of 6. This might be a good idea if you have lower calorie needs and need to control portions.
- The mini marshmallows will create a creamier filling than the marshmallow bits. Keep this in mind if substituting.
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