This whey protein cookie recipe is perfect for ice cream sandwiches or served with a little nut butter. It's a softer, thinner cookie, so not as hearty as an oatmeal-based recipe, but so good!
One of the best nutrition moves I've made in the past 8 years is starting to supplement my diet with protein powder. I know that's not everyone's favorite choice, but for me (because I don't eat most meats), it has resulted in more energy, fewer food cravings, better body composition.
Protein Makes Lean Long Muscles
Whether you get it from whole foods (which is always a great choice) or with protein powder, protein is critical for the development of lean muscle mass. Muscle is something near and dear to my heart these days, not just for aesthetic reasons, but also because we lose muscle mass we age. This is why older folks have bent over posture or easily fall down and break a hip.
I don't know about you, but I want a body that won't stop - now and well into in my 90s!
Whey Protein Cookies: The Perfect Grab-and-go Snack
Given that my protein sources are limited, I've learned to get creative with adding it to my cooking and baking, mostly because I don't want to drink smoothies all the time. And… since my sweet tooth is the size of a bus, I luuuurve to indulge in sweet grab and go options.
Whey Protein is the Best Choice for Baking
As someone who bakes with protein quite a bit, I've come to learn that whey protein produces the best results every time. Whey is a dairy-based protein and it melts well into other ingredients when baked. I have yet to find a plant-based protein that provides the same consistency and texture. They tend to come out grainy and hard.
My Favorite Whey Protein Choices for Cookie Recipes
There's a TON of protein options out there, but not all are created equal. I recommend staying away from protein that has a ton of additives or preservatives. Most definitely avoid proteins with added sugar! Here's a few of my personal favorites:
- Trutein is one of my favorites based on the texture and protein profile. They also have a ton of interesting flavors!
- Designer Whey is a popular brand, available at Trader Joes if you're here in the US. It's both affordable and has a great texture.
- IsoPure is a great clean option. They have an unflavored protein if you prefer not to use vanilla flavor.
The Best Whey Protein Cookie Recipe for Ice Cream Sandwiches
I think it's worth pointing out that these are not big thick cookies. They're a soft cookie, almost like a biscuit. This makes them ideal as a breakfast food - especially with a little salted peanut butter on top, or better yet, sandwiching a generous portion of Halo Ice Cream 🙂
Just try not to eat them all in one day.
I double dog dare you.
- 1/2 cup vanilla or plain protein powder
- 1/4 c gluten-free baking flour, I use Bob’s Red Mill
- 1/2 c coconut flour, also Bob’s
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tsp of stevia, I use the loose stevia from Trader Joes. Please sweeten to your own taste
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 banana, mashed
- 1 tablespoon oil, I used coconut
- 1/2 cup lite coconut milk
- 1/2 c egg whites
- Preheat oven to 425.
- Mix the dry and wet ingredients separately, then add the wet stuff to the dry and mix well.
- Portion into 6 or more dollops (depending on how big you want them) on a well-greased cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
- Try to restrain yourself from eating them all.
Nutrition InformationYield 12 Serving Size 12 Cookies (6 sandwiches)
Amount Per Serving Calories 88
Caren is a certified yoga teacher, fitness instructor and author of The Fit Habit. Here she shares simple, low carb recipes, quick home workout ideas and practical ways to foster mind + body wellness.