Red velvet is one of the more underrated flavors out there.
Part vanilla, part chocolate, and 100% delicious.
Today we’re taking my protein cookie dough recipe and transforming it into edible red velvet cookie dough.
This red velvet cookie dough contains real Oreo cookie pieces in it, elevating each spoonful even further.
The entire recipe contains 500 calories, which may seem like a lot, but it also comes packed with 40g of protein! Break this red velvet cookie dough up into as many servings as you’d like to help you hit your protein goals in the most delicious way possible.
If you were to eat half of the recipe, it would be 250 calories and 20g of protein, which is comparable to any protein bar out there, but WAY tastier.
This red velvet cookie dough is no-bake, gluten-free, and only requires a couple of minutes of prep time!
What makes red velvet cookie dough different?
This edible cookie dough is actually very similar to my chocolate chip cookie dough recipe, so if you’ve made that one before, this will be a breeze!
There are three things we are doing differently with this red velvet cookie dough to make it different:
- We will be using chocolate protein powder instead of vanilla protein powder to create that classic red velvet flavor.
- The addition of red food coloring turns this into a true red velvet recipe.
- We’re replacing chocolate chips with crushed up Oreos to really elevate the recipe!
Red velvet is a very unique flavor in the sense that it is technically a form of chocolate, but it’s very mild chocolate. To replicate that flavor in this cookie dough, we’re going to use chocolate protein powder. When combined with the rest of the ingredients (including vanilla extract) it’s going to give us the perfect balance we are after.
I use this chocolate cupcake version from PEScience, which is not an overpowering chocolate flavor. You can use any chocolate protein powder you’d like, but I highly recommend sticking with protein powder that is a blend of whey & casein protein.
You can use 100% whey protein, but whey protein by itself typically yields a very sticky result. The addition of casein protein creates a much thicker end result, which is what we want in edible cookie dough. Check out my Protein Powder Substitution Guide to see the differences illustrated!
If you want to grab yourself some PEScience protein, you can use the code “Matt” to save 15% (it’s the protein powder I use in all of my recipes, so it’s definitely worth purchasing if you plan to make more recipes of mine). I’ve used Quest Nutrition protein with very similar results as well.
Since this recipe is no-bake, all we need to do is mix up the ingredients, but the order in which we mix everything matters.
To start, we’re going to mix up all of the dry ingredients except for the protein powder. The chocolate protein powder is going to be the very last ingredient added because if it is added in the beginning, the cookie dough ends up being far too dry.
Then, we’ll be adding the butter, syrup, vanilla extract, and red food coloring directly into the bowl.
When you mix this up, it’s going to leave you with a thick red paste.
Note that I didn’t measure the amount of red food coloring used, but you’ll want to use enough to create a deep red color like you see here:
Now, we’ll add the chocolate protein powder. By adding the protein powder last, it brings everything together into cookie dough. It will seem dry, but continue mixing until it all comes together and there is no dry powder left in the bowl.
Break up your Oreo cookies and fold those in.
Now, the final step is to let the cookie dough chill in the fridge for at least one hour.
I added my red velvet cookie dough to a small container with a lid and let it sit overnight, which I find to yield the best result, but one hour works great. The time in the fridge is necessary for the flavors to come together.
If you skip the chilling process, the flavor will not be as developed. With no-bake recipes, you almost always want to give them at least one hour of chilling time. I won’t pretend to understand the science behind it, but the flavor improves significantly as it sits!
You can dig right into the bowl with a spoon, or you can re-create my Stuffed No-Bake Cookie Dough Bites using the red velvet cookie dough!
Can this red velvet cookie dough be baked?
Short answer: not really.
This red velvet cookie dough tastes like true authentic cookie dough on its own, but it still contains some healthy substitutions that don’t hold up well to baking.
I attempted to bake my original protein cookie dough, and the results were very dry cookies:
To make delicious protein cookies, you need to make some key adjustments.
If you’re interested in making red velvet protein cookies, start with my protein cookie recipe, which is similar to this recipe, but with some key differences.
Following the recipe as written, but make the same changes that we made to this red velvet cookie dough recipe:
- Swap the vanilla protein powder for chocolate protein powder.
- Mix red food coloring into the dough.
- Substitute the chocolate chips for crushed Oreos or white chocolate chips.
If you give it a try, please let me know how it goes!
- 45g (1.5 Scoops) Chocolate Whey/Casein Blend Protein
- 30g Oat Flour
- 8g Coconut Flour
- 20g Brown Sugar Substitute
- 28g (2 Tbsp) Light Butter (I use Country Crock Original)
- 2 Tbsp Sugar-Free Syrup or Sticky Sweetener of Choice
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Pinch of Salt
- Red Food Coloring
- 15g Oreo Cookies (I used mini Oreos, which ended up being about 5 mini Oreos)
- In a large bowl, mix up the brown sugar, oat flour, coconut flour, and pinch of salt (note that we have NOT added the protein powder yet).
- Add the butter, vanilla extract, syrup, and red food coloring to the bowl, then use a silicone spatula to mix everything up into a thick paste. I did not measure the amount of food coloring used, but you'll want to use enough to create a deep red color (at least a few drops).
- Add the chocolate protein powder last and mix it up until cookie dough forms. It may seem dry, but continue mixing until it all comes together!
- Break up your Oreo cookies and fold them into the cookie dough. I used about 5 mini Oreos (which adds about 70 calories to the entire batch) but nobody is going to complain if you want to use even more Oreo cookies.
- Cover the bowl, or add your red velvet cookie dough into a small container with a lid and add to the fridge for at least one hour (overnight works best). The taste and consistency improve as the cookie dough chills, so I don't recommend skipping this step!
- Enjoy your edible cookie dough right out of the fridge, and be sure to keep any leftover cookie dough chilled.
- Using protein powder that is a blend of whey & casein protein is going to yield the best results! You can use whey protein, but without the casein, the final result will not be as thick since whey protein tends to be much stickier. If using whey protein, I recommend using a single scoop, which should only be about 30g.
- If you do not have chocolate protein powder, you can use vanilla protein powder and add a small amount of cocoa powder instead.
- This cookie dough tastes much better after it has been refrigerated. You can eat it right away if you’re impatient, but giving it at least an hour in the fridge really helps the taste (and makes it feel much more like real cookie dough).
- Coconut flour acts as a thickener in this recipe and you cannot taste the small amount used. If you need to substitute it, almond flour, or even powdered peanut butter, should also work, but they will change up the flavor.
- I do not count sugar substitutes in my carb totals because they contribute 0 calories. If you're strict about carbs, be sure to include those in your calculations.
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Nutrition InformationYield As many servings as you'd like Serving Size Entire Recipe
Amount Per Serving Calories 500Total Fat 20gCarbohydrates 38gProtein 40.5g