This weekend, I’ve been on a cookie baking binge. I’ve been a bit obsessed with trying to get the perfect cookie texture with protein powder that I think I was successful and reworked a few cookie recipes that I’ve tried and failed miserably. Not that the flavor was off – for some reason, my cookies ended up looking like scones rather than cookies, and I wanted to at least mimic that flat, slightly chewy, dense texture without using all the fat and sugar that typically show up in traditional cookie recipes.
After seven batches of cookies, I think I’ve been able to find that texture I’ve been looking for – and I was so overjoyed! It got me even more motivated to try out a few more recipes with this similar cookie formula, and the results turned out pretty spectacular.
The Oatmeal Raisin Cookie was actually the first recipe that I tried to make in 40/30/30 macros – the calculations seemed right, but when it came to execution, I didn’t realize how many cookies you could make with 10 scoops of protein powder, 1 cup of brown sugar, and 1 cup of oat flour! The cookies turned into huge oatmeal bread scones that racked up to 120 calories each, and I was unfortunately eating these for weeks.
After playing around with a few more recipes, reading articles on cookie making on Pinterest, trying new ingredients to cut down on the calories, and making a few more failed batches, I’ve been able to rework my first cookie recipe and create a cookie that I can be proud of.
The great thing about these cookies is that each one is only 80 calories, has only 2g of sugar, and racks 5g of protein!
Eat your cookies – it does the body good. 🙂
(makes 26 cookies)
6 scoops vanilla-flavored protein powder (Quest-brand recommended)
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup oat bran
1/2 cup Truvia Baking Blend
3/4 cup Smart Balance Light butter spread
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/4 cup egg replacement (Egg Beaters or similar brand recommended)
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup raisins, unpacked
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1 cup water
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a large mixing bowl, sift protein powder, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg and mix until well-combined.
3. Add oats and oat bran into the bowl with the other dry ingredients and mix until well-combined.
3. In a separate bowl, combine butter spread and Truvia baking blend until well-combined, then add apple sauce, vanilla extract, and egg replacement. Mix until well-combined.
4. Add wet ingredients into the bowl with dry ingredients and combine.
5. Add raisins, walnuts and water in bowl and mix until well-combined (the final consistency should look like melted ice cream).
6. On two baking sheets that are lightly sprayed with oil, use a medium-sized cookie scoop and space each cookie approximately 2 inches away from each other.
7. Bake for 12–15 minutes or until golden brown.