Vegan Sugar Cookie Protein Bites

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These turned out so good!

I say that with a note of pride. So please. Note that.



Okay, really folks. Here is what happened. I had planned out a recipe. Naturally colored candied popcorn! And you know how I love popcorn.
Oh it was going to be epic. Except. IT WASN’T.



It was a fail. Sigh. Sigh. Sigh.



Not even my kids would try the popcorn, it was a soggy mess.



But don’t cry over spilled milk…or failed popcorn. Or whatever saying you want to inject there.



Back to the drawing board.



So I noticed the next day when I was randomly looking at odd food holidays (I know, I know I am kind of a nerd – who just randomly looks up food holidays? LOL) that National Sugar Cookie Day was that day!



I knew immediately I wanted to make something. Maybe not even a recipe to post here. Just because it would fun and it would make a fun post for the Instagram. After browsing through many vegan sugar cookie recipes, I didn’t really a) have the time to make them b) wasn’t really feeling I wanted to make a traditional cookie. 



So as I was making my morning smoothie, I had inspiration – Vanilla Protein Powder would make a great ‘sugar cookie’ base for cookie protein bite.



And shall we say the rest is history?



Oh, except for the part, where I thought to myself – I have all these freeze tried strawberries from my popcorn fail, why not crush those and make that the ‘icing’. Strawberry pink ‘icing’.



Yes, perfect!



(okay some of them have actual sprinkles too – a gal’s got to live a little, right?) So top these Sugar Cookie Protein Bites with crushed freeze dried strawberries or sprinkles – your choice! They should be stored in the refrigerator OR freezer. 



If you make these we would love to know, tag @badtothebowl on social media. 
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Vegan Sugar Cookie Protein Bites

Made with your favorite vanilla vegan protein powder these pack a protein punch with a cute presentation.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 300kcal


  • 1 cup old fashioned oats (I used gluten free)
  • 1/4 cup *
  • 2 Tblsp Cashew Butter**
  • 1 Tblsp baking dates
  • 3 Tblsp unsweetened applesauce
  • pinch of salt
  • freeze dried strawberries, crushed cashews, pink sprinkles


  • Put everything in a small food processor and pulse until combined (only until combined you don’t want to turn the oats into flour!).
  • Roll into small balls.
  • Crush your freeze dried strawberries and put into a small pan with crushed cashews. (or put sprinkles in a small pan for a treat!). Roll each ball into your crushed mixture and then place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Put your balls into the fridge for at least 30 minutes (you could also freeze them for a frozen treat!)
  • Store in the refrigerator or freezer.


Calories: 300kcal

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