Healthy No Bake Protein Cookies pack in 12 grams of protein and are made with wholesome ingredients. Perfect for healthy snacks, naturally sweetened with dates, plus vegan, gluten free and nut optional.
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Not only are healthy no bake protein cookies incredibly simple to prepare but you don’t even have to turn on the oven.
With just a handful of pantry ingredients, one bowl, and a blender, these no bake chocolate protein peanut butter oatmeal cookies are prepped in just 20 minutes.
The result is soft, chewy cookie packed with a whopping 12g of protein each!
Ingredients You’ll Need
Just 6 simple ingredients make these no bake cookies good for you and packed with protein, fiber, healthy fats, and several micronutrients!
- Peanut butter: I recommend using organic, unsalted peanut butter with no added sugar. Use smooth or crunchy peanut butter.
- Oats: You can use old fashioned rolled oats for chewier results or quick oats for less texture. Use certified gluten free oats if necessary.
- Protein powder: I used plant based Orgain creamy chocolate fudge.
- Peanuts: Technically optional but great for added texture.
- Medjool dates: These will naturally sweeten your cookies.
- Coconut oil: Will add heart healthy fats and help the cookies to hold their shape once chilled.
- Water: To help achieve the correct batter consistency for the cookies.
Substitutions and Additions
- Other protein powder: Adapt the flavor of these easily with your choice of protein powder. AS long as it is plant-based protein powder.
- Salt: Just a pinch will enhance the flavor.
- Chocolate: Either add some chocolate chips into the cookie dough or melt some to drizzle over the no bake chocolate protein cookies.
- Coconut flakes: Will add flavor and texture. Add 2-3 tablespoons.
- Spices: Nutmeg, cinnamon, or chai spice could be added to increase flavor.
How to Make Healthy No Bake Protein Cookies
All you need are 20 minutes and a handful of simple ingredients to pull together these cookies with protein.
- The prep: First, line a large baking sheet or cooling rack with parchment paper and set it aside.
- Combine the ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the oats, protein powder, and peanuts. Meanwhile, in a high speed blender or food processor, process the peanut butter, coconut oil, dates, and water until smooth. Then transfer it to the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
The batter should be fairly thick. If you see any dry patches, add a little more water or almond milk, one tablespoon at a time, mixing in between.
- Shape the cookies: Using a small ice cream or cookie dough scoop, roll the cookie batter into golf ball sized balls, then flatten them with your hands. Place the cookies onto the prepared baking sheet, chill in the refrigerator for an hour uncovered, then enjoy!
What Protein Powder Should I Use?
You have to use plant-based protein powder. Not whey protein powder because the cookie dough will be too thin.
It can take some experimentation to find the perfect protein powder for different uses. Some come out a little chalky and bland. Others have an odd aftertaste.
For these vegan protein cookies, I recommend using a plant based chocolate protein powder like this Orgain creamy chocolate fudge. Ensure that it’s naturally sweetened.
It’s also easy to adjust the flavor of these no bake protein powder cookies with different protein powders. For example, swap out the chocolate protein powder with peanut butter, coffee, or vanilla options.
How To Store Healthy No Bake Protein Cookies?
Storing: Store the cookies in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. If you plan to stack them in the container, place them between layers of parchment paper to avoid sticking.
Freeze: These freeze for up to three months. First, flash freeze them on a baking tray until solid. Then transfer them to a Ziplock bag, squeezing out excess air.
Allow them to thaw at room temperature or in the fridge until soft enough to enjoy.
Unfortunately you have to use protein powder as these are protein cookies. You can try sugar free oatmeal cookies for healthy cookie version without protein powder.
While it is possible to use other types of dates, they’ll likely need soaking in hot water for 15-20 minutes to soften them. You may need more, too, as many other dates aren’t as sweet.
You could either add an extra date or add a small amount of other sweetener like honey. Slightly reduce the amount of water added when using a liquid sweetener.
I have not tested it but you can try quinoa flakes.
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Healthy No Bake Protein Cookies
- Line large baking sheet or a cooling rack with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together oats, protein powder and peanuts.
- In a powerful blender or food processor, add peanut butter, coconut oil, dates, water and process until smooth. Transfer to the bowl with dry ingredients and mix until combined. The batter will be quite thick. If you still see dry patches, add water by a tablespoon and keep mixing.
- Scoop the dough with a spoon or a small scoop, roll into golf size balls and flatten with your hands. Place on a prepared baking sheet and repeat this step until you run out of dough. Refrigerate uncovered for 1 hour and enjoy cold.
- Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
- Freeze: Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.