These are hands down the Best Healthy Protein Cookies recipe! These easy vegan protein cookies can be made with any protein powder and are so delicious! Gluten free, dairy free, easy to make and tasty – you will love this yummy treat!
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If you’re anything like me – you try to sneak in extra protein wherever/however you can. So many people under eat protein!
Why you’ll love this Protein Cookie Recipe
This recipe is our favorite for so many reasons
- Easy to make
- Soft & fudgy! These cookies are soft, chewy and delicious – we love them!
- Great for meal prep – If you have a sweet tooth, these are awesome to prep and have on hand for when the dessert craving strikes!
There are a lot of different protein cookies on the shelves of supplement/health food stores – but honestly… those aren’t exactly healthy. Here’s what we think about them…
Are protein cookies good for you?
These protein cookies have a pretty good balance of protein, fat, and carbs. Each cookie has 90 calories, 8g carbs, 6g fat, and 5g protein. They’re a better alternative to a regular chocolate chip cookie, but should still be treated as a treat.
These cookies are much better for you than a Lenny & Larry’s cookie or even a Quest cookie. This protein cookie recipe is also much smaller, so you’d need about 4 cookies to stack up to eating to 1 Lenny Larry’s Cookie.
Are Lenny & Larry’s Cookies Healthy?
Lenny & Larry’s Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies: 420 calories, 12g fat, 59g carbs, and 16g of protein (per serving)
Quest Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies: 250 calories, 17g fat, 19g carbs, 15g protein (per serving)
4 of our protein cookies: 360 calories, 24g fat, 32g carbs, 20g of protein
Pre-made protein cookies have on average 20 ingredients, whereas our homemade protein cookies only have 6 ingredients. The ingredients in pre-made protein cookies are less than stellar and often loaded with gums, thickeners, and sugar.
In our opinion, Lenny & Larry’s or Quest Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies aren’t really healthy for you. They should be considered a treat.. not post workout nutrition.
The same goes for our protein cookies. A cookie is a cookie, but these have minimal ingredients, no preservatives, and are much lower in sugar!
Here’s what you’ll need to make them:
Protein Powder Cookies ingredients
These cookies only require 6 simple ingredients:
P.S. We have a Healthy No Bake Protein Balls recipe that you’ll absolutely love if you like our protein cookies!
How to pick the best healthy peanut butter:
- That the ingredients contain just nuts (and maybe some salt).
- That there are no added sugars. There is no need for added sugar in nut butter.
- That there is no added oil. Added oils are unnecessary, and usually used as a filler to mimic the taste/texture of nuts instead of using them (it saves manufacturers $$!)
Some of our favorite places/brands of peanut butter are Costco (They have a 2 pack of organic creamy peanut butter. It’s cheaper to buy in store), Crazy Richard’s, Spread the Love, Whole Foods Brand, and Trader Joe’s
Protein Cookie Recipe Substitutions & Variations
There aren’t a ton of substitutions for this recipe, but here are some that you can make!
Coconut Flour: You can not substitute coconut flour. I tried to make these cookies without coconut flour multiple times and it did not work with white flour, whole wheat flour or oat flour. The cookies were dry, hard, and nearly inedible. Baking with protein powder is difficult, and the coconut flour + protein combo is the best way to ensure you get a cookie with the right consistency. Trust me on this! You can get coconut flour on amazon here. It also makes the cookies gluten free!
Protein Powder: I tested this recipe with vanilla whey, vegan, and egg white protein powder. I would not recommend using egg white protein powder as it made the cookies very dry. Whey and vegan protein powder both worked well in the cookies.
Applesauce: We don’t recommend any substitutions for applesauce.
How to make Protein Cookies
Making these cookies is SO easy.
- Just combine your protein powder, peanut butter, coconut flour, baking soda, and applesauce together until combined.
- The protein cookie dough will be sticky and wet, it’s not your typical cookie dough.
- Once combined, fold in your chocolate chips.
- Roll the dough into 2 tablespoon balls and press down to flatten on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. (We love this cookie scoop!) The cookies will not spread on their own, so flattening them is necessary!
- Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes and enjoy.
If you want, you can double the cookie size and make each cookie 4 tablespoons. This will make them closer in size to a Lenny & Larry’s or Quest cookie. They may need to bake for about 1 minute more.
These cookies are just a little bit crispy on the outside, and perfectly soft on the inside while having delicious chocolate chips throughout. They’re seriously SO yummy. We like to eat them right out of the oven!
Healthy Protein Cookies Recipe FAQs
Adding protein powder to baking is a science! You need to make sure you have enough fat or liquid to compensate for the protein powder being added. Protein powder can make baked goods very dry!
No, protein powder can’t replace flour. It’s very different than flour. It has no gluten in it compared to regular flour which does have gluten in it. Flour gives baked goods a light, fluffy texture, while protein powder can give baked goods a dense, dry texture.
No, a protein cookie is not a meal replacement. Most do not have enough protein, calories or carbs to replace a meal.
No, heat doesn’t destroy whey protein. It’s fine to bake with whey protein. If you were cooking it at excessively high heat it could cause damage, but it’s otherwise fine.
How to store Vegan Protein Cookies
Storing: We recommend storing these cookies in the refrigerator. They will last up to 1 week in an airtight container. You can store the cookies at room temperature, but they are relatively moist and more apt to get moldy because there are no preservatives.
Freezing: These cookies freeze SO well. Let them cool completely, place them in a bag or container and freeze. When ready to eat, simply pop them in the microwave for 15-20 seconds until they are warm.
We don’t recommend freezing unbaked dough. I would bake the cookies and then freeze them.
- Preheat oven to 350 and prepare a parchment lined baking sheet
- In a bowl mix together coconut flour, protein powder, peanut butter, applesauce and baking soda.
- Once combined, fold in chocolate chips.
- Drop cookies by 2 tablespoon balls. Flatten with the palm of your hand just slightly.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes until edges/bottom are browned.