Oil free Protein Cookies

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…

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 tablespoon ground flax + 3 tablespoon water]
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon 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 coconut sugar or other sugars.

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

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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