Last night was everything someone who wants abs doesn’t do. We had dinner at 7PM, then I worked on a new recipe post, followed by Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives with everyone around me having snacks, then I went to bed and read a few food blogs. Needless to say, by 11PM I was falling asleep starving. Who does that?! A hint, don’t do that. But nothing happened. I didn’t binge, I didn’t die and fell asleep. Hear that?! A self-talk can do a lot.
While I was laying in bed and trying to reason with my 3 year old inner self, Alex showed up in the bedroom chewing on one of Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies. Thank goodness, sans a glass of milk in hand.
Um, excuse me?! It’s 10:30 PM. And he was already asleep on a couch at 9PM. This, my friends, I call unconscious binge eating. Who does that?! My husband. And then he drinks warm organic lemon water in the morning saying he is cleaning his digestive system. Well, you are lucky, my friend, there is not much to clean because last night you ate some protein cookie and not an Oreo.
Don’t be like my husband, be like me. Have this healthy chocolate chip protein cookie for a treat, not because you are bored.
How did I come up with these cookies? Well, I got a bunch of almond flour from Bob’s Red Mill (thank you and I will share some with you => stay tuned) and I’m still going through my ever lasting pea protein powder. If you missed that story, quick recap => yellow pea protein powder is nasty but I got 2 lbs of it to use. The good thing about it => it’s plant-based, non-GMO and cheap.
A word on protein powder. You could use any plant based protein powder. You might have to adjust the amount of vanilla extract and honey added. Pea protein is very plain. I had to mask that taste a lot. I also used a teaspoon of stevia to reduce amount of honey but at same time to avoid bitter stevia after taste (never use stevia only when baking => your cookies will be so bitter). For example, if using sweetened with stevia and vanilla flavoured powder, reduce honey to 3 tbsp, vanilla extract to 1/2 tsp and eliminate stevia. Use common sense.
So, here we go. Some almonds, that are high in protein and healthy fats to keep cookies moist + more protein from pea protein powder + a few eggs/egg whites to bind things together & add chewiness + almond milk to bring the dough together + some flavourings and finally chocolate chips.
Voila, you get moist, chewy, with a hint of lemon protein chocolate chip cookie. Even with pea protein powder the cookies came out delicious. They hit a spot when I have a dessert craving and don’t wreck my workout’s hard work. And let me tell you, I bust my butt with Shaun T these days. That guy is not joking but the results are OMG. Just wait.
These protein cookies are chewy and that’s how I like my cookies, but there is a trick. Please read => Do not store these cookies in an airtight container, fridge or a cookie jar. They will become moist, oil from the almonds will come through and you will end up with wet and not chewy cookies. They will taste good but not the same. Instead, place them in a bowl in a dark cool place, like a kitchen cupboard or pantry.
These chocolate chip protein cookies are no rocket science, trust me. Two bowls – one with wet ingredients, another one with dry. Mix together, scoop, do criss cross pattern, bake in a 350 degrees F oven for 14 minutes, cool off for 5 – 10 minutes and you are done.
You could also freeze the cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 months. When sugar craving strikes, take one out of the freezer, defrost in a microwave and enjoy.
The dough will be of smooth consistency, not pliable with hands. Use ice cream scoop – the best. Or a tablespoon and index finger method would work too. These protein cookies do not spread or rise much.
If you decide to skip criss-crossing with a fork, make sure to flatten the cookies with a wet back of a spoon or your wet hands.
A word on eggs and egg whites in this recipe. I made these cookies 2 ways: with 2 eggs and 1 egg + 1/4 cup or 2 egg whites. My gut feeling is you could make it with all egg whites and that’s what I’m going to try next time. If you decide to try it before I do, use 1/2 cup egg whites all together. To replace 1 large egg, it’s about 4 tbsp egg whites, and 1 egg white = 2 tbsp. I think the cookies won’t be too dry and still chewy because there is quite an amount of fat from almonds.
You could increase or reduce amount of chocolate chips. Depends how strict you are with your diet. I highly recommend to use healthy chocolate chips like Enjoy Life.
In any case, I’m sure your cookies will be delicious, with milk or without. And more importantly healthy.You might also like these Chocolate Protein Cookies, Whey Protein Cookie Recipe and No Bake Protein Cookies. Enjoy!
- 1 large egg*
- 1/4 cup or 2 egg whites*
- 1/4 cup almond milk, unsweetened
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 lemon, juice of
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 scoop (33g) plant based protein powder, unsweetened* (I used pea protein)
- 1 + 3/4 cup almond flour (meal)
- 1 tsp powder stevia
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together Wet Ingredients. In another medium bowl, mix to combine Dry Ingredients and transfer to the bowl with Wet Ingredients. Mix until smooth dough forms.
- Using small ice cream scoop, place 22 balls of dough, spacing 2" apart, on previously prepared baking sheets. Using fork, make criss cross pattern and at same time flattening the cookies to approximately 1/8" thickness.
- Bake for 14 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool off completely.
*You could use all egg whites and cookies won't be as moist. I liked adding the egg for extra moisture. I also tried the cookies with 2 eggs. Keep in mind 1 egg white = 2 tbsp when substituting. *Whey protein powder can't be used, only plant based. You might have to adjust the amount of vanilla extract and stevia added depending on how flavoured your protein powder is. I used unflavoured and unsweetened pea protein powder that is not that tasty. If you are using brown rice or hemp protein powder, add ingredients in exact amounts as listed. If using vanilla flavoured and/or sweetened protein powder, skip/reduce vanilla extract and stevia amounts. Taste and tell.
Servings Per Recipe: 22 cookies
Amount Per Serving = 1 cookie:
Total Fat: 4.7 g
Cholesterol: 8.5 mg
Sodium: 52.9 mg
Total Carbs: 6.9 g
Sugars: 4.8 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.2 g
Protein: 4.1 g
WW POints+: 2