This Oatmeal Protein Cookies recipe is loaded with nuts, seeds, gluten free oats and whole grains for a cookie that packs some serious health benefits. These are the best healthy protein cookies …ever!
This homemade protein cookie recipe is an absolute favourite in my house. I make them ALL the time for a quick breakfast or snack.
Whenever I get a little lazy to make breakfast or if I know I’m going to have a hectic week ahead of me, I whip up these guys. These easy protein cookies are gluten-free, refined-sugar free, dairy free and SO delicious!
I eat 2 or three of them for breakfast (okay, sometimes it’s 4) and I love snacking on them when I get that mid-afternoon dip. They are packed with protein so they really keep you feeling full and powered up.
Another delicious flavour would be oatmeal raisin protein cookies, which wouldn’t be too hard to adapt from this recipe!
The thing I love most about these superfood breakfast cookies (other than the fact that they only take 10 minutes to make) is that you can change them up all the time!
Sometimes I add only chocolate chips to them (I love dark chocolate chips). Other times I add some chopped almonds or some pecans.
The mix-in options are endless – my favourite add ins are pumpkin seeds, coconut and dark chocolate chips. Dried cranberries and flaxseeds are great options too!
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INGREDIENTS FOR THESE CHOCOLATE CHIP PROTEIN COOKIES
These healthy oatmeal cookies are easily made with every day ingredients you probably have on hand. You will need the following ingredients listed below to make them (the exact measurements are in the recipe card below):
- Old-fashioned oats – or quick oats. Both will work but stay away from steel cut oats.
- Homemade oat flour – you will use the oats you have on hand and blend them into oat flour.
- Baking powder
- Vanilla protein powder – depending on how many grams of protein you want in your cookies you can adjust the amount you add.
- Eggs – room temperature eggs
- Coconut oil
- Honey – or pure maple syrup or liquid sweetener of your choice
- Vanilla extract
- Dark chocolate chips – can also use dairy free chocolate chips if desired like Enjoy Life Foods. Peanut butter chips would also be delicious in this recipe.
- Shredded unsweetened coconut
- Pumpkin seeds
- Optional add ins – cocoa powder, peanut butter, sunflower seed butter, cashew butter or almond butter for different flavours.
HOW TO MAKE THE HIGH PROTEIN COOKIES
Preheat oven to 350F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a medium size bowl, mix together the gluten free oats, gluten free oat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and protein powder.
In a separate large mixing bowl combine the eggs, melted coconut oil, honey, and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients with wet ingredients.
Add in mix ins of your choice. I used dark chocolate chips, shredded unsweetened coconut and pumpkin seeds.
Using a tablespoon or cookie scoop, portion into 12 balls and flatten to the shape of the cookies you desire. Cookies will not expand during baking.
Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes. Tops should still be gooey, bottoms only barely browned. ENJOY!
Store breakfast cookies in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.
RECIPE ADAPTATIONS FOR THE PROTEIN POWDER OATMEAL COOKIES
This gluten free protein cookie recipe is an ideal way to enjoy more of the ingredients you love, or to make good use of the odd bits of leftover dried fruits, nuts, and chips lurking in your pantry. Here are a few of my favourites:
- Dark Chocolate Chips – Are protein chocolate chip cookies really even cookies without chocolate chips? Ideally these cookies are tastier with chocolate chips, but it’s not completely necessary in this recipe!
- Dried Fruit – I have added dried cranberries to these healthy cookies before and it was delicious! Raisins would also add a nice chewiness and would be a less sweet alternative to the chocolate chips.
- Whey Protein Powder – I love using PEScience Gourmet Vanilla protein powder in this recipe, use code “BAILEY” at checkout for discounted products! The protein powder largely plays a role in the flavour of these whey protein oatmeal cookies, so make sure it’s a good one!
- Nuts and seeds – I love using pumpkin seeds and shredded coconut! I have also added slivered almonds, and sunflower seeds in some batches!
MORE OPTIONAL MIX-IN’S FOR THE SUPERFOOD COOKIES
- Chocolate chips or cocoa powder for chocolate protein cookies
- Chopped almonds or pecans
- Dried cranberries
- Pumpkin seeds
- Protein powder or collagen
- Chia seeds
- Sunflower seeds
HOW TO STORE OATMEAL PROTEIN POWDER COOKIES
To store breakfast cookies, simply place in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator. The cookies will keep for up to 2 weeks if stored properly in the fridge.
You can also leave them out on the countertop in an airtight container and they will stay fresh for 3-4 days. I can guarantee they won’t last that long anyways.
CAN YOU FREEZE THE VANILLA PROTEIN COOKIES?
Yes, you can freeze these healthy breakfast cookies. I sometimes double the batch and stick half in the freezer to have on hand.
Simply store in a freezer-friendly container for up to 3 months.
TIPS FOR MAKING THIS RECIPE PERFECT EVERY TIME
- These cookies are very versatile. You can use any type of nuts or seeds you love or have on hand.
- Make sure to press these cookies down on the baking sheet with your hands. They won’t spread, so doing this will give you the cookie shape.
- Melt all of your liquid ingredients for easy mixing.
- Use parchment paper on your baking pan for easy cleanup.
- Use a delicious tasting protein powder. The protein powder will highly alter the flavour of the cookies, so make sure you like the flavour!
As much as I love the ritual and routine of preparing and sitting down to enjoy a leisurely breakfast, sometimes (i.e., Monday through Friday), a girl just needs to bust through her to-do list. That’s where having a healthy breakfast on hand, such as these Protein Cookies, can be your BFF.
No matter how big of a rush you are in, or how much time you’ve already piddled, your breakfast is ready the moment you are.
ARE PROTEIN COOKIES HEALTHY?
It depends what kind of protein cookie you’re talking about. If you’re meaning store bought, a lot of them contain more added sugar than protein.
I personally stay away from many of the vegan protein cookies on the market today.
These vanilla protein cookies however, are healthy for you. They contain many superfoods, are high in protein and lower in sugar.
The only sugar this oatmeal protein cookies recipe contains is from the honey. You can eat these for breakfast without any guilt at all!
Other Healthy Breakfast Cookies Recipes You May Want To Try
- Perfect Vegan & Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Healthy Banana Bread Cookies (Vegan & Gluten Free)
- Milk & Cookies Baked Oats
- Edible Cottage Cheese Cookie Dough
- Peanut Butter Cookie
- Protein Energy Bars
- 1 1/2 cups gluten free quick oats
- 1 cup gluten free oats, blended
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 cup vanilla protein powder
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a medium size bowl, mix together the gluten free oats, gluten free oat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and protein powder.
- In a separate bowl combine the eggs, melted coconut oil, honey, and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients with wet ingredients.
- Add in mix ins of your choice. I used dark chocolate chips, shredded unsweetened coconut and pumpkin seeds.
- Using a tablespoon, portion into 12 balls and flatten to the shape of the cookies you desire. Cookies will not expand during baking.
- Bake for 9-12 minutes. Tops should still be gooey, bottoms only barely browned. ENJOY!
- Store breakfast cookies in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Can use raisins or dried cranberries in place of chocolate chips.
I used Designs For Health protein powder - I recommend using a good tasting protein powder for this recipe.
Serving Size:1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 222Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 83mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 3gSugar: 12gProtein: 6g
The nutrition information provided is calculated based on industry-standard software and should be used as a general guide only. The information may vary depending on ingredient substitutions, cooking techniques, and individual serving sizes. It is the responsibility of the reader to ensure the accuracy and appropriateness of the nutritional information provided. Always consult a qualified healthcare provider for personalized medical or nutritional advice.
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