Monday, November 11, 2013

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Cookies
For all of my workout buddies out there... I am sure most of you have spent time looking at all the labels on the back of protein bars in the grocery store, trying to make sense of the different options and reading all the finely printed ingredient lists.  Usually, when choosing a store bought brand, I stick with good old Clif bars, but I figured there had to be a more natural homemade version out there.  I am sure this recipe could be improved upon for nutritional quality (vitamins & minerals), and if anyone has any suggestions please let me know, but I made it up last spring and it is too yummy not to share.  It tastes like a dense chocolate cookie, but has high quality protein powder baked in, lots of whole grains, and the healthy fats found in nut butter.  You could use whatever brand of protein powder you prefer and like I did the second time around, substitute almond butter for the peanut butter.  It will fill you up without weighing you down and is the perfect before or after workout snack.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Cookies
wet and dry ingredients
1 C. organic whole wheat flour
1 C. organic whey protein powder
1 C. dark cocoa powder
1/2 C. wheat germ
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt

3/4 C. peanut butter
1/2 C. brown sugar
1/2 C. organic coconut nectar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 organic eggs

Sift together the flour, protein powder, cocoa powder, wheat germ, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, brown sugar, coconut nectar, vanilla and eggs.  Combine the dry and wet ingredients until a soft dough form.  Using a spoon, form the dough into 2 - 3 inch mounds and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350F for about 12- 15 minutes, depending on size.  I did mine for 14 minutes and they are about 3 inches in diameter.

ready to bake

ready to package up for after my next workout

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