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Collagen Cookie Balls (Lemon & Pumpkin + Carrot!)

This recipe for collagen cookie balls was created in partnership with Nordic Naturals but all opinions are my own and I appreciate your support!

I’m excited to share this collagen cookie ball recipe with you because it’s packed with nutrition and easy to make! You know the feeling after lunch when you need a little something extra but don’t want it be a candy bar? That’s where these come in!

Collagen cookie balls are a great snack that allow you to reap the benefits of Nordic Naturals’ Marine Collagen that is expertly formulated with vitamin C to help your body stimulate and maintain collagen production. Curious about marine collagen? Read for the recipe for these collagen cookie balls (made two ways!) on to see if it’s right for you!

Collagen production slows down after the age of 25, (I’m two years past that!), which is why I like using it on a daily basis as an “insurance policy” to support all of the other things I do for the health of my hair, skin, nails and body. I’ve been using collagen (both marine and bovine)  consistently for about two years now and have never had any joint pain or issues, which is good because I frequent HIIT style workouts and run a lot, all things that I know put pressure on my joints.

As a woman, the health of my hair, skin and nails is a major priority, so if there is something that I can simply add to my diet to further help them look and feel the best they can, I’m all for it! That’s where collagen comes in!

What is marine collagen?

Simply put marine collagen is collagen peptides derived from fish, and has the most efficient absorption of all collagen types. It’s environmentally friendly and sustainable as it uses parts of the fish that are normally thrown away. Nordic Naturals’ Marine Collagen comes from sustainably wild-caught Arctic cod and contains vitamin C for maximum absorption.

Your body needs vitamin C to form and store collagen. Vitamin C is a cofactor in collagen synthesis so the addition of vitamin C in Nordic Natural marine collagen adds to its effectiveness.

Marine collagen is also a great option for non-meat eaters because it doesn’t contain bovine or gelatin.

What are the benefits of collagen?

Collagen, specifically marine collagen is rich in a specific type of collagen that’s commonly found in our own bodies: Type I collagen. Type I collagen, specifically, is found all over the body (except for cartilage) and is most highly concentrated in bone, ligaments, tendons, skin, hair, nails, and the gut lining. Gut lining you say? Yes, that’s right! Collagen is in the gut’s connective tissue and can help support the protective lining of your digestive tract.

Current research is limited on the direct effects of collagen supplementation on the digestive system, however a study found that concentrations of collagen were lower in people with inflammatory bowel disease. I geek out when it comes to gut health, so this is definitely a topic I will be keeping a pulse on as new research emerges.

How do you use collagen?

Collagen can be used in a variety of ways and you will barely be able to tell it is there. This Nordic Naturals Marine Collagen has a mild strawberry taste that doesn’t negatively affect the taste of anything you put it in. I like adding it to my coffee, blending it into smoothies, baking it into bars, cookies and breads and adding it to oatmeal and cookie balls or energy bites like I’ve done below! Nordic Naturals Marine Collagen adds protein and vitamin C into anything you put it in, helping your body to stimulate the body’s own collagen producing cells.

It’s important to note that marine collagen is not a complete source of protein, so as always focusing on a diet that is rich in a variety of proteins, fruits and vegetables and good sources of carbohydrates is what I advocate for! It’s always important to do your research when adding any supplement to your diet, but this one has my seal of approval.

If you’re looking for more recipes you can infuse collagen into, be sure to check out this one for pumpkin chickpea blondies and gluten and dairy free pumpkin cookies!

collagen cookie balls

Collagen Cookie Balls

  • Author: Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 18 balls (2 batches) 1x
  • Category: snack
  • Method: no bake


These collagen cookies are the perfect little sweet treat when you need something after lunch or dinner! Packed with nutrition and the benefits of collagen for a smart snack!



1 cup raw cashews

¾ cup almond flour

4 tsp. Nordic Naturals Marine Collagen

2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted

2-3 tbsp. maple syrup

1 tsp. vanilla extract

½ tsp. salt


For lemon cookie balls:

1 tbsp lemon zest

2 tbsp. poppy seeds (optional)


For pumpkin carrot cookie balls:

¼ cup pumpkin puree

1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice

Pinch of nutmeg

¼ cup grated carrot

1-2 tbsp. walnuts, finely chopped, optional


  1. Add cashews to a food processor and pulse until tiny pieces remain. Transfer to a small bowl and add almond flour, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract and salt.
  2. Mix together until well combined and add desired ingredients for lemon or pumpkin and carrot. Roll into 2-inch balls and enjoy!

  3. Store in a airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

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