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November 30, 2022
For many, the most difficult part of dieting is cutting out desserts and sweet treats. No matter how hard we work in the gym, giving up your favorite treats can be tough. But what if we told you that you no longer have to feel guilty about eating your favorite desserts?
Enter protein cookies, the high-protein treat that will satisfy any sweet tooth. Thanks to these recipes, we can enjoy one of our favorite desserts and be anabolic at the same time!
In this article, we will discuss:
Protein cookies are cookies that are made high in protein. Just to clarify, these are still cookies at the end of the day, as most have the same amount of sugar as a regular cookie. The addition of protein makes a protein cookie slightly healthier and a great way to help reach your macro goals.
Protein cookies are also a great option when determining what to eat after a workout, providing an infusion of protein and fast-acting carbs to feed the muscle. They also make for a great snack pretty much any time of day.
Baking cookies can be tricky so it's important to stick to the recipes, but there is plenty of room to customize most cookies. Store-bought protein cookies are often loaded with sugars (some more than regular cookies) and other chemicals we can avoid by making ourselves.
For the most part, these recipes include simple, healthy ingredients and provide healthier substitute options wherever possible.
Here we will show you how to make the most basic of protein cookies, which you can customize to your taste preferences. Use your favorite protein powder, and then elevate this recipe even further by including some delicious add-in ingredients.
This simple protein cookies recipe requires only 3 ingredients and delivers a great natural source of carbohydrates that are great pre or post-workout. After the recipe, look for the savable recipe card we've provided for you to save, share, and have for reference later.
This is a great recipe to personalize, but for those looking for more recipes to simply follow along with, don't worry! We've got 5 additional great protein cookie recipes to check out later on in this article, along with baking tips and the best ingredients to use.
This simple protein cookie recipe is the most basic and easy to make of your protein cookies and will help you hit the amount of protein you need per day. This recipe requires no sugar, egg, flour, or other additives.
And while this easy protein cookie recipe is for the most basic of cookies, you can add other ingredients to increase the flavor and nutrition. Some of our favorite options include sea salt, dried fruit of your choice (cranberries are great), cinnamon, chocolate chips, coconut, chia seeds, and chopped nuts.
Simple, sweet, and packed with protein - just the way we like our recipes!
We like to use this simple 3-ingredient recipe to make 10 cookies, which breaks down to the following macros: 66 calories, 4.5g protein, 6g carbs, and <1g fat per cookie!
If you want to increase the protein, feel free to add more powder to the recipe.
There are several different protein powder options that work great for protein cookies. Whey protein is the most commonly used protein powder for all baked goods. Whey will help make the cookies thin and crispy1.
Another great option is pea protein, which is the most commonly used plant-based protein powder for baking. Casein protein tends to be extremely dry and thick, so we wouldn't recommend this unless you prefer a much thicker cookie.
While we gave you an easy three-ingredient option above, we're about to show you how to make some additional flavor-packed, high-in-protein cookies. Keep in mind you can substitute the below ingredients with healthier options, which we will provide examples of.
A few basic ingredients that can be used include:
Satisfy your sweet tooth and hit your macro counting goals with these 5 delicious high protein cookies recipes.
We've provided macro counts for each recipe, but please keep in mind that if you use substitutions or switch up the ingredients, you will likely need to readjust the nutrition information for your cookies.
Quite possibly the best protein cookies recipe, this high protein treat won't disappoint. After all, who doesn’t love a warm chocolate chip cookie?
If you want to enjoy soft, chewy chocolate chip protein cookies and consume enough protein to build muscle, then you will love this protein cookie recipe.
The result will be eight chewy chocolate chip protein cookies. Each cookie's nutrition serving includes 143 calories, 8g fat, 10g carbs, and 7g protein.
Is there anything better than peanut butter? It is one of the most commonly used foods for weightlifters and athletes of all kinds. One of the true staples of most high-protein diets, we also love using it in baking.
Here is a simple 4 ingredient recipe for peanut butter protein cookies. Feel free to substitute with another nut butter or seed butter that utilizes high-protein nuts, like almond butter or sunflower seed butter, to switch things up with your cookie protein powder recipes.
These cookies are packed with protein, derived from peanut butter, egg, and whey.
For this recipe, 10 cookies will give you the following macros per cookie: 98 calories, 7g fat, 7g protein, and 2g carbs. Two cookies will provide 14 grams of protein at less than 200 total calories!
It doesn't have to be fall to enjoy pumpkin-flavored food items. So why wouldn’t we have a pumpkin-flavored protein cookie?
Lucky for you, we have a simple recipe for delicious pumpkin protein cookies. Imagine how satisfying these will taste after your next leg workout!
This recipe for protein cookies make a 10-cookie batch. Each cookie will have 70 calories, 6g carbs, 2g fat, and 7g protein.
Sweet and simple, one protein sugar cookie contains 7 grams of protein. We recommend using whey protein for this recipe, but for those with food allergies, lactose-free protein powder will also work.
Each of the eight cookies contains 108 calories, 6.5g fat, 6g carbs, and 7g protein.
Pro Tip: When making recipes for protein cookies, you can transform them into Funfetti protein cookies simply by adding rainbow sprinkles.
These healthy non-bake oatmeal protein cookies combine many of our favorite high-protein ingredients into one delicious treat.
These protein powder cookies are very simple to make and will not disappoint. And, if you're into protein cookie dough, this no-bake recipe checks that box too.
Looking to up your protein intake even more? Try pairing one of these cookies with a large mug of protein coffee!
This recipe yields 18 cookies and takes only 15 minutes to make! The serving size of one cookie has only 6g of sugar, giving us a macro breakdown of 108 calories, 4g fat, 14g carbs, and 5g protein per cookie.
One downside to protein cookies (and all protein goods) is how dry they are. Be careful not to overbake them, since the cookies will continue to bake while they cool down. The longer the cookies are in the oven, the drier they will be.
Another great tip that helps this is to refrigerate the dough for 30-60 minutes before putting it in the oven. Adding in some fats, such as peanut butter or coconut oil, will also help keep your cookies from drying out.
Once your cookies have cooled and are ready to enjoy, you are going to want to properly store them to keep them as fresh as possible. No one wants to eat a stale cookie after crushing their biceps workout. For short-term consumption, the cookies can be stored in an airtight container or ziplock bag.
These will last up to 14 days at room temperature and slightly longer if refrigerated. You can also freeze them, in which case they would last up to 6 months!
It's important to remember at the end of the day, a cookie is a cookie. Similar to using protein bars for weight loss, protein cookies are a great way to help reach your macro needs and an excellent source of protein pre and post-workout. In addition, you can make healthier ingredient swaps for many of these, ensuring they align with most diets, including the 80 20 Rule Diet and the Metabolic Confusion Diet.
Who says you need to feel guilty about having a cookie craving? With all the great recipes above, we hope you find the protein cookie that fits your taste buds and helps hit those macros! Just like everything in life, the key is moderation.
And as a bonus, most of these recipes are also for easy protein cookies recipes, meaning they're simple treats you can throw together.
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