Cookies have a bad rap, but if we’re honest with ourselves not every day is going to be filled with celery sticks and raw kale. Sometimes you just need a little sweet, gooey goodness to jump start your day or to get you through a grueling workout. Even the most serious dieters and athletes need to indulge from time to time and what better way than an oh-so-sweet, satisfying cookie. When the cookie craving takes over, skip the box of Oreos and opt for a cookie that does more than just taste good. With the right ingredients cookies can be filling and nutritious, as well as delicious. Not only will you need to eat fewer cookies to feel satisfied, but your body won’t be subjected to the preservatives and sugar overload that comes when you delve into a box of Chips Ahoys.
When you just need a cookie or want a transportable protein packed snack for that mid-afternoon slump or a post-gym pick-me-up, give one of these cookie recipes a try. Since many of the recipes call for protein powder, make sure you have some on hand. If not, check out some of the Cheat Sheet’s highest rated whey protein powders.
1. Fudgy Chocolate Black Bean Cookies
If you want more than just a protein-packed cookie, this double dark chocolate cookie is also vegan, gluten free, and nut free. It’s perfect for heath nuts and those who are more interested in its 8.6 grams of protein per cookie. For some added texture throw in some chopped up nuts.
- 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 tablespoons olive or melted coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons brown rice flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 4 tablespoons coconut sugar (or another natural granulated sweetener)
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
- 1 tablespoon milk or any nut milk
- ¼ teaspoon (scant) powdered stevia extract
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- ¼ cup chopped dark chocolate
Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Put all of the ingredients into a food processor in the order listed (except for the chopped chocolate). Process until smooth and well combined, scraping down the sides as needed.
Using a spoon, scoop the dough out onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Top each cookie with a sprinkle of the chopped dark chocolate.
Bake the cookies for 19 to 21 minutes and make sure to cool completely.