Guilt-Free, Protein Packed Chocolate Chip Cookies


Jun 29

These guilt-free, protein packed chocolate chip cookies are so delicious you’d have no idea they’re actually good for you!

After a week of vacation and then jumping into two new cakes (which means a lot of taste testing), I’m feeling like I need to tone down the sugar for a second. I’ll be honest, though, that’s not easy for me to do! Even when I’m “trying to be good,” my sweet tooth is still looking for something sweet. And while I love myself some cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it’s nice to have a few healthy-ish treats every now and then.

But, I won’t eat just any healthy treat. It needs to taste good or it’s not worth the calories, no matter how healthy it is. With that goal in mind, I turned one of my favorite treats into something I could feel good about eating.

The recipe is pretty simple and doesn’t require you to get anything out of the ordinary. I use blanched almond flour in place of white flour, coconut sugar in place of white sugar, just a small amount of brown sugar to keep the cookies chewy, and then coconut oil in place of butter. I also add a couple scoops of vanilla protein powder by Ideal Fit. The protein powder helps to give the cookie a little flavor and sweetness, but you can’t even tell it’s there.

Ideal Fit’s French Vanilla protein powder is also my go-to for smoothies and protein bites. This brand actually tastes good and is kid-approved in my house (which is a huge stamp of approval because I have picky eaters!). And for my readers, Ideal Fit is offering 10% off your next purchase with code “CAKE.”

For a “healthy” treat, I think you’ll really enjoy these cookies!

Happy baking!

 

 

Guilt-Free, Protein Packed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield 20-22 cookies

Protein packed chocolate chip cookies.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, solid not melted
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large or extra large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups blanched almond flour (I liked Honeyville or Bob's Red Mill)
  • 2 scoops IdealFit French Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the solid coconut oil to soften it up a bit. Add the coconut sugar and brown sugar and mix on medium speed until well-blended and smooth.
  3. With the mixer on medium, add the egg and vanilla. Mix until well-blended.
  4. With the mixer on low, add the almond flower, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and vanilla protein powder. Mix until the dry ingredients are incorporated.
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  6. Use a cookie scoop (mine is about 1 tablespoon), divide the cookie batter into 20 to 22 and place on cookie sheets. Bake each pan of cookies for 9 minutes. Let cool for about 15 to 20 minutes before eating. 

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