Chocolate chip cookies. Who doesn’t love them? I certainly do, but let’s face it – they are delicious, but don’t provide us with much nutrition. How about a low sugar, protein chocolate chip cookie? Now we are talking!
Grab a bowl, a sturdy spoon and let’s make some cookies! I don’t add sugar when I’m baking these cookies because I’ve become accustomed to less sweet. For me, the Jif peanut butter and the dark chocolate chips add enough sweetness). If you prefer to have the cookies a bit sweeter, add the optional 1/4 cup brown sugar.
If you are using natural peanut butter without any added sugar, you may need to add the sugar to this recipe. I use oat flour and I grind my own in my mini blender or food processer. I use Ghirardelli or Toll House dark chocolate morsels. Dark chocolate has less sugar and a deeper chocolate taste because they have more cacao. I like to use a digital scale to weigh out higher calorie ingredients such as peanut butter. The digital scale I use is a basic EatSmart scale.
- 1 cup (260 grams) peanut butter (or almond butter, cashew butter, etc.)
- 1/2 cup oat or almond flour (grind your own using 1/2 cup old fashioned oats or almonds)
- 1/2 cup protein powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 egg whites (or 1 whole egg)
- 1 TB vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup brown sugar, not packed (optional) *
- 1/3 -1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375. On a parchment lined cookie pan or a silicone mat, scoop out 12 cookie balls. I use a Pampered Chef cookie dough scoop. This recipe will make exactly 12 “normal size” cookies. Gently press down the dough ball with your fingers. Bake 8 – 12 minutes. Ovens vary. Don’t overbake. Your choices of ingredients/brands will change the macros, but each cookie will generally have 195 calories, 8.9 grams of protein, 2.3 grams of fiber, 12 grams of carbohydrate and 13 grams of fat. [Based on using Jif peanut butter, oat flour, no sugar, egg whites, Protizyme protein powder]. The macros of these cookies are a nice balance – I typically will eat one with some of my “homemade” chocolate milk before my morning walk or strength training session.
Pro tip: You can calculate the macros of any recipe by using a recipe builder in Apps such as LoseIt! or MyFitnessPal.
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