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Protein Cookies

5 from 108 votes

These protein cookies are soft, thick, and chewy, with 20 grams of protein packed into each cookie. The recipe can be sugar free and vegan, with no eggs required!

Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies

You only need four ingredients to make the protein cookies.

Yes seriously, just four ingredients.

I’ve gotten so many requests in the past year for a homemade Quest protein cookie recipe, and today it’s finally ready to share. The simple healthy snack recipe is super easy to whip up and even easier to customize.

Hopefully you will love the cookies as much as we do!

Also try these protein Black Bean Brownies

Watch the protein cookie recipe video, above

Protein Cookie Flavors

Chocolate Protein Cookies: Replace plain protein powder in the recipe below with an equal amount of your favorite chocolate protein powder.

Snickerdoodle: Use almond butter or cashew butter, and add half a teaspoon of cinnamon to the dough. If desired, roll in cinnamon sugar before shaping into cookies.

Nutella Protein Cookies: Try store bought or this vegan Homemade Nutella Recipe for the nut butter. Taste the dessert protein cookie dough, and omit the sweetener if it is already sweet enough for your tastes.

Coconut Cashew: Sprinkle up to a third cup of shredded coconut into the recipe before stirring. Crunchy or creamy cashew butter is great here as the nut butter.

Vanilla Almond: Stir a fourth of a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract into the cookie dough, made with either raw or roasted almond butter.

Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies: Stir in up to half a cup of large or mini chocolate chips before forming cookies. Or press chocolate chips into the finished cookies. Try dark chocolate, semi sweet chocolate, or white chocolate chips.

Readers also love this Almond Flour Banana Bread

Protein Cookie Ingredients

High protein cookie recipe ingredients

Here’s what you need to make the protein cookies: protein powder, nut butter, sweetener, and a pinch of salt to add depth of flavor.

The fat source: This can be almond butter, cashew butter, sunflower butter, macadamia nut butter, pumpkin seed butter or another allergy friendly nut free option. I like to make peanut butter protein cookies.

Chocolate chips: These are optional unless you are a chocoholic like I am. It’s also fine to substitute an equal amount of raisins, dried cranberries, or Peanut Butter Chips.

Sweetener of choice: Use any all purpose granulated sweetener, such as regular or unrefined sugar, date or coconut sugar, or erythritol or Lakanto monk fruit blend for sugar free protein cookies.

You can use a liquid sweetener like honey or pure maple syrup if you add more protein powder so the cookie dough is not too soft. Or add stevia to taste. Keep in mind that some stevia brands leave a strong aftertaste, so experiment to find one you like.

If using a sweetened protein powder and nut butter, you may not need as much (or any) additional sweetener. Taste the dough to decide.

There is also an oatmeal protein cookie recipe included in the box below.

What type of protein powder?

Look around at a local grocery store or health food store. You will likely find numerous types and flavors of protein powders for sale, including whey protein, brown rice protein, pea protein, egg white, hemp, casein, collagen, and soy protein.

Try out different brands to find your personal favorites. I find that some protein powder brands have a strong artificial aftertaste. Others are more neutral, which is ideal for baking with protein powder.

I prefer unflavored and unsweetened protein powder for cookies, to ensure the most natural taste. But if you have a flavored powder that you love, feel free to use it.

Protein Powder Cookies

Are protein cookies healthy?

The market is saturated with packaged protein cookies these days. Brands such as Lenny & Larry’s, Munk Pack, NuGo, Atkins, BHU Fit, and Quest come in an array of flavors like chocolate, lemon, oatmeal raisin, and birthday cake.

While the store bought cookies are packed with protein, that does not necessarily mean all of the options are good for you. Some cookies contain more added sugar than protein, and others include artificial sweeteners, palm oil, or white flour.

Making your own healthy protein cookies at home allows you to control what ingredients to include and lets you skip the processed ingredients or hard-to-digest gums or sugar alcohols.

The homemade protein cookie recipe has no flour, more than three grams of fiber, and up to twenty grams of protein (depending on the type of protein powder used) for just 200 calories in a large cookie.

Leftover protein powder? Add it to these Baked Oats

Protein Cookies

Are the protein cookies keto? Gluten free? Vegan?

For vegan protein cookies, simply choose a plant based protein powder and optional dairy free chocolate chips.

The high protein cookies are gluten free and naturally flourless as long as the protein powder you use does not contain gluten.

To make keto protein cookies, use a keto protein powder and low carb nut butter such as macadamia butter. Sweeten the cookies with granulated erythritol or stevia.

Protein Cookie Dough

How to make the best protein cookies

Gather all of your ingredients.

If the nut butter is not already easily stir-able (which is especially common if you are using natural peanut butter or almond butter), gently warm it to soften.

Combine the nut butter with all of the remaining ingredients, and stir to form a cookie dough texture.

Break into four pieces, and roll each piece into a ball. Then press into cookie shapes with your hands or the bottom of a spoon.

You can also press some chocolate chips into the unbaked cookies at this time.

Eat the no bake cookies as-is, or proceed to the next step for baking instructions.

Place on a cookie sheet, lined with parchment paper if desired, and bake for eight minutes on the oven center rack at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (preheated).

Let cool before handling, because they firm up as they cool. Store leftover cookies in an airtight covered container on the counter, in the refrigerator, or in the freezer.

Recipe tips and tricks

Because there are so many different types of protein powders and they do not all act the exact same way in recipes, some types of protein powder may require more nut butter if your dough is too dry or more protein powder if it’s too wet.

Don’t want to use protein powder for the cookies? Feel free to substitute an equal amount of oat flour for the protein powder. Or experiment to find the ideal amount of coconut flour or almond flour to use as a substitute. If using coconut flour, you will need much less.

If using honey, agave, or pure maple syrup instead of sugar, you may need to add more protein powder, a little at a time, to achieve a cookie dough texture.

Most importantly, be sure to use a protein powder that you already know you like!

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Protein Cookies

An easy recipe for protein cookies that are soft and chewy, with 20 grams of protein in each healthy cookie.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield 4 cookies
5 from 108 votes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup nut butter of choice
  • 1/2 cup protein powder (64g)
  • 2 tbsp sweetener of choice
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips, optional

Instructions

  • Before beginning, it's very important to read through the tips and tricks above for best results. To make the protein cookies, preheat the oven to 350 F. Stir all ingredients together to form a cookie dough texture. Break into four pieces, roll into balls, then press into cookie shapes with your hands. If you wish to bake the cookies, bake them on a cookie sheet, lined with parchment if desired, for 8 minutes. Let cool before handling, as the firm up while cooling.
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Notes

Be sure to also try these Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies.
 

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Published on June 19, 2022

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  1. Me says

    I’m guessing bake these at 350* for 8 minutes? Standard cookie-cooking temperature and time? There aren’t any directions in the recipe, just a heads up.

      • Mallory says

        5 stars
        These were AMAZING!

        I cannot believe how easy they were to make! And really appreciate that they are egg free because a lot of protein cookies contain eggs which we cannot have.

    • CCK Media Team says

      Hi! Each cookie has 5 Weight Watchers points based on the numbers in the nutrition facts. Just added that in 🙂

    • CCK Media Team says

      It can definitely be substituted with sunflower butter, pumpkin seed butter or another allergy friendly nut free option. We do not recommend omitting it, because the cookies will mostly just be powder then.

  2. Eddie says

    Same inquiry as Denise above. Looking for another ingredient that is lower in fat. Perhaps peanut or other nut powder?

    • CCK Media Team says

      Hmm we haven’t tried peanut flour (mixed with water to make a peanut butter-like paste) but please report back if you try it!

  3. Katie says

    5 stars
    These are great! I’ve recently started keto and I’ve found it quite difficult to find vegan keto dessert recipes – everything has eggs! So I’m so thankful for your vegan keto recipes! I’ve been working my way through them 😁 I just made these with 100% peanut butter, unflavoured soy protein powder & erythritol. I needed quite a lot of extra liquid (I guess because of my protein powder) so I increased the nut butter to 2/3 cup and added a few tablespoons of almond milk to hold it together, then pressed a couple of salted peanuts into the top of each cookie before baking. I made them small so I ended up with 20. They’re a great little protein packed keto snack!

  4. Harriet says

    Question…has anyone tried making this with peanut powder (not flour) and using something like applesauce in it? I like the protein, but NOT the calories!!

  5. Tascha says

    4 stars
    protein powders definitely aren’t created equal but the flavour was really good because i used Vega Sport peanut butter with it, so the taste was pretty spot on a normal peanut butter cookie. Just wish it didn’t have the dry protein consistency. will try again with more cashew milk!

  6. Irene Patrick says

    5 stars
    What brand of protein power do you like? I have never used any and don’t know what to buy. Thanks, Irene

    • CCK Media Team says

      Katie often uses this one, because it doesn’t have any artificial sweeteners or stevia (which can sometimes give protein powder a strange aftertaste) https://amzn.to/3OfGBbc
      It’s definitely not the only one that will work though!

  7. Karen Lomeli says

    5 stars
    I really enjoyed eating these. I love that each cookie has 20 grams of protein. It’s a fun way to increase my protein intake. I love Katie’s recipes.

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