You know, there is an alternative to those protein smoothies after your training session. In fact, this option is a healthy, high protein meal – it is a cookie. Confused? Why eat a sugar and carb loaded treat just after you spent an hour trying to work off those extra kilos you put on last season?
Let us explain. Yes, you can indulge in a peanut buttery goodness and have no guilt about biting into one. Simply put, these cookies are packed with protein, and made from ingredients such as oatmeal, almond butter and protein powder. Oatmeal is secretly full of protein, so it will be well worth it to add some to your baking ingredient arsenal.
Protein and carbs are the key here.
In actual fact, it is recommended to eat carbs and protein after you have completed your training session. Not only will they give you the energy you need till, your next proper meal, but also they are delicious.
Take for instance the high protein chocolate peanut butter cookies. Not only do they combine the chocolate and peanut butter, but also they are a great grain-free protein filled healthy snack and a post work out snack. Made with cocoa powder and chocolate protein powder.
Protein chocolate peanut butter cookies
You can even play around with the type of peanut butter you can use. From almond, cashew to plain old peanut butter, you can use any of these. You can even add in some seeds or whole nuts if you like. But the recipe is easy as the prep will take you just 10 minutes and 11 minutes to cook.
The basics of these tasty cookies are that one cookie will contain a mere 1818 calories, 15 grams of crabs, 11 grams of fat and 8 grams. Oh yes, there is 10 grams of sugar.
• 1 cup peanut butter
• 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
• 1/2 cup chocolate protein powder – you can use whey protein
• 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, unsweetened
• 1 large egg
1. First, preheat oven to 350ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Place all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and mix until your consistency is like cookie dough. Depending on the thickness of your peanut butter, you may need to add a few more tablespoons of protein powder.
3. Spoon out 2 tablespoons of dough into your palms and roll into a ball. Flatten between your palms and place on a baking sheet. Use a fork to create classic peanut butter cookie crisscross marks on your cookie.
4. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes or until the edges begin to turn golden brown.
5. Let cool for 10-15 minutes so that the cookies can harden!
Coconut Oatmeal Protein Cookies
These cookies are packed with wholesome ingredients. They are more than just a snack, they will also satisfy your sweet tooth, but without the guilt.
Not only are these cookies great as a protein snack after gym, you can also have them with your morning coffee.
These cookies are done in the food processor so you can do it within five minutes. Then all you need to do is bake them for six minutes. Plus, as it is all done in the food processor bowl you can just put the bowl in the dishwasher so the mess is dealt with in seconds.
• 3 cups quick cooking oats
• ½ tsp baking powder
• ½ tsp salt
• ½ cup brown sugar
• ½ cup vanilla protein powder
• ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
• ¼ cup coconut oil
• ⅓ cup coconut milk (rice milk, soy milk, or cow milk will also work)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. In a food processor or blender, pulse the oats, baking soda, salt, brown sugar, and protein powder together until it has a semi-fine flour appearance to it. Add in the coconut milk and coconut oil. Pulse again until the mixture is moistened throughout. Remove the blade and fold in the coconut flakes.
3. Form the dough into 3 inch cookies and arrange on a greased baking sheet.
4. Bake for 6 minutes. Carefully move to a cooling rack to cool for at least five minutes before serving.
The great thing about these cookies are that they can be 100 percent vegan if you use rice or coconut milk instead of cow’s milk.
Let them cool down, then store in an airtight container.