Chocolate Protein Cookies made with six healthy ingredients! Layered with chia, flax, peanut butter and banana, these scrumptious snacks are gluten free, dairy free, low calorie, Paleo and vegan. A simple post workout snack! Gluten Free + Paleo + Vegan + Low Calorie
Chocolate Cookies!!! Need I say more?
And these aren't just any cookies, these are YUMMY Chocolate Protein Cookies!
Once upon a time, I deprived my body of protein. I would workout, workout, workout then I would feed my body one egg white. But truthfully, I didn't know better.
Of the three macronutrients, protein is commonly the one most are not getting enough of, particularly women and those who are fitness newbies. Personally I think macro nutrition should be part of standard education because it's so important for everyone to understand and even more now with the obesity epidemic.
Eventually I realized through tracking my calories the errors of my ways and that I needed a lot more protein to recover, restore and rebuild muscle tissue from my workouts. Once I tweaked my diet, not only did I recover faster but I also saw better results from my workouts. Not to mention protein is a great way to tame the hunger monster. Cookies are too...hint...hint!
But I didn't add just any protein because quality matters and when it comes to protein powders, I'm very picky. I will only do plant-based ones that are low in sugar, are gluten and lactose free with minimal ingredients.
I know! It's a lot to ask for and it's probably why it took me so long to find one, but Vega was worth the wait! Now it's been in my life a couple years and I couldn't imagine life without it.
Awhile back Vega sent me their new Vega Sport Performance Protein. I loved it so much I put it in a Chocolate Protein Cookie. And this isn't just any chocolate cookie either. For only having 6 ingredients, this cookie's got game. Made with banana, chia, flaxseed, peanut butter and chocolate it's the perfect balance of carbs, protein and healthy fat!
Now I know what you're thinking. Protein? Why protein in a cookie?
One of the simplest baking hacks is swapping flour for protein powder (for those who didn't know that). The KEY is making sure it's a protein powder you like because no cookie is going to cover up a bad protein powder. Just sayin'.
Protein aside, who's going to say no to a CHOCOLATE cookie? I don't know about you, but I could eat a cookie any time of day. Morning, noon or night.
Chocolate Protein Cookies
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a standing or hand mixer, mash the banana until creamy. Then add the chia and flax seeds and blend until well combined.
- To the batter, add protein powder and peanut flour (measured the right way) and mix until just combined. Do not over mix or it will become firm and hard.
- Fold in chocolate chips to the batter by hand.
- Use a small ice cream scoop to measure 6 cookies onto the baking sheet. With the palm of your hand, spread them into a circular shape as these will not spread or rise on their own.
- Bake cookies 8-9 minutes until firm and edges are browned.
- Remove cookies from the baking sheet with a spatula and place on a wire rack to cool 10 minutes prior to devouring.
- Use a good protein powder that's low sugar, that you like and tastes good to give the cookies flavor.
- The banana must be very ripe in order to absorb the flours.
- For Paleo, substitute almond, sunflower or cashew flour for the peanut flour.
- Measure the flour and protein powder the right way to avoid dry and crumbly cookies.
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