Oil free Protein Cookies

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on August 7, 2011

Our day of disconnecting was absolutely awesome.

I managed to read through Tosca’s entire cookbook, placing post-it tabs on the recipes I want to make first – there are over 50 colorful tabs jutting out of the book now.

I made endless batches of healthy doughnuts. They didn’t taste perfect and they didn’t look perfect either, so I wrapped them up and decided to freeze them for my trip to the ashram in less than 3 weeks. No gluten-free doughnut recipes for the blog just yet :)

Later in the afternoon Kevin and I decided to go to the movie theater. Being the major Planet of the Apes fans that we are, it didn’t surprise me when we chose to watch The Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Holy man, was that an awesome movie.

The day wrapped up with us cuddling up under a blanket on the patio enjoying a plate of turkey burgers and fries.

Oh, and I made protein cookies…

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Carob Chip Protein Cookies

Vegan [option], Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free

I’ll enjoy packing these in my lunch as an afternoon snack during the work week. They freeze well, and each cookie is loaded with over 10grams of protein.

Lightly adapted from Spoonful of Sugar-free

Yield: 10 cookies

Ingredient

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1 scoop (serving) protein powder *see note
  • 1 large organic egg or 1 flax egg [1 tbsp ground flax + 3 tbsp water]
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp powdered white stevia *see note
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened carob chips or chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with a silicon baking mat or parchment paper.
  2. Place all ingredients but carob chips in your food processor and pulse with the “S” blade.
  3. Remove bowl from machine and add in carob chips. Mix with hands and form into balls, and place on prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until they start to crackle.

note: I used a combination of vanilla rice + plain hemp protein powders.

note: How much stevia you need is dependent on what type you’re using. Start with a couple of pinches, taste before the egg is added to the mix, then add a bit more. Alternatively, you could use 1/3 cup palm sugar or other sugars.

Nutrition stats [1 cookie]: calories 180, fat 7g, sodium 39mg, carbohydrates 22g, dietary fiber 6g, sugars 5.4g, protein 10g

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We have one busy day ahead of us, another reason why yesterday was so needed.

I need to head out for my 18km run this morning, tidy the house, do laundry, and prepare for dinner. We’re having my little sister; Christina, and her boyfriend over for dinner tonight.

We have an awesome menu planned – slow roasted yams, spice rub chicken, coleslaw, bean salad, maple balsamic dijon salad and BBQ beans.

Okay, time to get this show on the road!

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Aine @ Something to Chew Over

Yum I’d love to come to your house for dinner! :)

I don’t have any protein powder – any ideas for a substitution? Ground flax maybe?

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

That would be awesome :)
Any ground seed or nut should do the trick!

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Holly @ The Runny Egg

Those cookies look great!

Nice to know the new Apes movie is good — Jason and I watched most of Planet of the Apes yesterday.

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Jen @familyfoodfitnessandfun

Those cookies look yummy!
I love Tosca’s cookbooks…they are a staple in our house :)

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Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles

Sounds like you had a great day yesterday, and another one planned for today! How could it not have been great with those yummy looking cookies?

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Stephanie

I’ve never thought of making my own protein cookies. It makes so much sense though! The bars that I get at the store are overly sweet and very expensive. Your recipe is intriguing…I might try it out!

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Clarkie @ Beloved Green

It is so wonderful that you were product when you disconnected from everything. I hope your day was inspiring!

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Nicola Franta

Hi Leanne!

I’ve been following your blog for quite some time now and finally decided to post a comment because I saw Rise of the Planet of the Apes last night too. I completely agree- it was phenomenal!! I’m a huge fan of yours and can’t wait to try this recipe out! I love reading your blog- everything from the recipes to running! I’m majoring in dietetics and am also runner (minus the fact that I’m injured right now). I don’t have a bog (yet), but I’m in the process of making one :) Hope your run went well today, and I’m looking forward to your upcoming recipes and posts!

Nicola

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I’m glad you liked the movie! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. It’s amazing how movies can get us cheering for the humans to lose.
I hope you heal up from your injury quickly so you can get back on the road :)

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Kristina @ spabettie

aw, I was hoping today’s post would be some amazing donut! :)

these cookies look fabulous, though – and now I’m thinking it’s been TOO long since I’ve made any bean cookies, especially with carob!

Happy Sunday!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Sorry to disappoint :( My donuts didn’t look like donuts at all.. more like… bundts. The darn stuff rose too much every single time. Not blog worthy at all hahaha

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Angela @ Vegangela.com

These look/sound amazing and I love how healthy they are. I will very likely make them in the next couple weeks. Thanks!

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Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free

Oh! They look wonderful! So glad you made them, and your substitutions look wonderful :D I a going to have to get some carob chips and make some now!

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Rachel @ Eat, Learn, Discover!

I may actually be making those tonight…

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

Wow, great job on the cookies, Leanne! I’m still the only blogger who hasnt yet used beans in any sweet recipes but clearly I need to just get on board!

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Jacqui

I actually just made these.. and they turned out great! The only change I made was to use a flax egg made with only 2 Tbs of water, and used 3 Tbs of xylitol syrup for sweetener, so they were probably a bit higher on the liquid side, but that didn’t seem to affect them at all. My husband, who isn’t a fan of “healthy” food said that they actually weren’t bad.. then proceeded to eat 3 of them! From him, that’s pretty good! My almost 3 year old is chowing down on one right now.. great for a snack!

These will be perfect to pack in our snack bags on our trip in a couple weeks.. something that is healthy, fits our allergy needs, and everyone likes them.. win win situation!

Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I love the changes you made! I’m so happy your whole family enjoyed them :)

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Frugal Jen | Frugal, Freebies and Deals

yum- these will be going in the girls lunches- school starts in 1 week!!!

jen

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Frugal Jen | Frugal, Freebies and Deals

Did you do the doughnuts fried or baked in a doughnut pan?

jen

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

In a doughnut pan :) I wanted to try something different but it was just bad… all bad.

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Frugal Jen | Frugal, Freebies and Deals

did you start with the batter for this recipe?:

http://www.healthfulpursuit.com/2011/05/blueberry-banana-cake-bars/

Omit blueberries and go from there- we thought they were pretty successful. They definitely looked like donuts (although a little flatter on the bottom.)

jenetta

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Jess @ littlegirlbigappetite

I have to say your cookie look so perfect! Thanks for the recipe sounds easy and delicious! Will link back to you after I bake these up!

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Steph@stephsbitebybite

I love disconnect days!! I need to schedule one a month!

I think I have all of these ingredients!! So excited to be able to make them!!

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Lindsey@Lindselicious

I love the Protein Bakeries cookies and now i can make my own! bookmarking and hoping to make this soon!!!

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Kelly

Leanne I love these! Brilliant that you kept these oil free, they look delicious :)

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Frugal Jen | Frugal, Freebies and Deals

OK- just make the cookies. Pretty good- you would not mistake them for “regular” chocolate chip cookies- but it is a great way to get some extra protein in a way that is different that a shake or smoothie!!

The girls can’t wait to have them in their school lunches.

How did you come to your protein calculations? I am at around 53 grams for the whole recipe. 21 for the chick peas, 16 for the almond butter, 6 for the egg and 10 for the protein powder. Making it around 5 grams a cookie.

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leslie

These cookies sound amazing with the chickpeas!

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

What a yummy treat to get your protein in!

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Caroline @ chocolate and carrots

What a perfect little cookie! :-)

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Peggy

Hi Leanne!
I saw these cookies and made them immediately. I modified them to fit my super rigid allergy free diet, and they worked perfectly. I had to omit the chocolate and the egg, so I used a tsp of baking powder for a leavening, a la spoonful of sugar free. I had some peanut butter flavored pre sweetened rice protein that worked perfectly with a dash of Splenda, and then I used natural peanut butter as well. My cookies came out really yummy! Nutty and cracked on the outside, and still doughy on the inside. So good. Thanks for a wonderful recipe!
P.S. If you want my nutrition facts for the “plain” version, let me know ;)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Wow, that sounds delicious! I’d love for you to share the nutrition facts!

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Julie Bates

Love these! I just made them this afternoon – I thought they’d be the perfect post-workout snack. I did a chocolate version, since I have the Nutiva Chocolate HempShake protein powder right now. I switched the beans from garbanzos to black beans, added some chocolate-flavored stevia and some shredded coconut – delish!! Thanks for the great recipe, I can tell I’ll be making these frequently.

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Lee

I made this last night and they were really good. My husband liked them too!

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chinmayie @ love food eat

Very interesting recipe! Chickpeas in cookies is something i haven’t heard of!

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Juliette

Any suggestions for a substitute for stevia?

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Sure thing! Alternatively, you could use 1/3 cup palm sugar or other dried sugar.

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Fosco

Couldn’t believe how tasty these turned out! Quick question for you on the flax egg — is that kind of substitution (flax egg instead of a regular egg) only good for the cookie recipe? Or would it work for most of your baking recipes that use eggs? Just asking because I’m trying to avoid eggs and there are a HOST of other HP recipes that I want to try. :-P

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Hi Fosco – I’m glad you liked the cookies! You could try flax eggs in most baked goods. Where I’ve found they really don’t work is recipes that call for more than 2 eggs, or ones made with coconut flour. Good luck!

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KateBrock

Leanne!
I just made these and they’re delicious! I added almond extract and dried cherries which worked too. I’m also a competitive runner so I’m constantly trying to find ways to get more protein in my diet. So fun to get protein from a cookie ; )

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I’m happy you liked them, Kate! Love the addition of cherries. Have you checked out my runners repair bars? They’re pretty loaded with protein, too! I loved them when I was training!

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Sadie

These look so yummy! Do you think I could use raw cacao nibs instead of carob chips?

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

For sure you could, that would be really good actually. Enjoy!

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