Holiday Protein Cookies for the Festive Season

Holiday Protein Cookies for the Festive Season

On the 7th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

7 protein-packed cookies full of Christmas flavours.

Mmmm. Cookies. There’s nothing quite like the smell and flavour of freshly baked cookies.

But if you’re trying to live a healthy lifestyle and stay in shape, they may seem like a big no-no. Maybe just an occasional treat, but certainly not something you can eat regularly.

What if I was to tell you there was a way to cook healthier cookies that include a protein kick, helping you to gain muscle rather fat?

You’d be interested right? Especially during the holiday season.

Well, look no further. We’ve got over a half a dozen (not a baker’s dozen) recipes for you today that will tickle your taste buds and fill you with protein goodness.

Cinnamon Roll Protein Oat Cookies (No-bake)

Cinnamon Roll Protein Oat Cookies (No-bake)

Let’s start with some great Christmas-y flavours. The perfect complement to a glass of mulled wine, these cookies are much healthier than a mince pie and taste just as good, if not better. Oh, and they don’t require any baking, so you can make them in a matter of minutes too. Result!

Ingredients

  • 75g smooth, natural peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 to 3 tbsp protein vanilla or plain powder
  • 75g rolled porridge oats
  • 40g Rice Krispies cereal or similar

Directions

  1. Mix the peanut butter and honey in a small microwaveable bowl
  2. Cook in the microwave for 30 seconds on full power. Remove and stir until combined.
  3. Thoroughly stir in the protein powder, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and salt.
  4. Mix in the oats and Rice Krispies until everything is combined fully.
  5. Spoon out the mixture into small cookie shapes and place in the fridge to set if required.

    Spicy Protein Cookies

    The good thing about these spicy Christmas cookies is that their sweetness comes mainly from the molasses, which is actually good for you compared to refined sugar. It contains a wealth of vitamins and minerals including iron, magnesium, vitamin B6, calcium and selenium to name a few. So, in moderation, you can eat these relatively guilt-free. Happy Christmas!

    Ingredients

    • 130g ground almonds
    • 30g protein powder – plain or vanilla
    • 2 tbsp blackstrap molasses
    • 3 tbsp melted coconut oil
    • 1.5 tsp vanilla essence (if you use vanilla protein powder ½ tsp will do)
    • 1 tsp nutmeg
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1 tsp allspice
    • ½ tsp ground cloves
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1 pinch of salt

    Directions

    1. Preheat an oven to 180C (gas mark 4)
    2. Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper.
    3. Mix the almonds, spices, baking powder and salt thoroughly in a bowl.
    4. In a separate smaller bowl, stir together the molasses, vanilla essence and coconut oil until combined.
    5. Pour the liquid into the larger bowl and mix everything together into a ball of cookie dough.
    6. Take a tablespoon of the dough, roll it into a ball and press your palm on top to create a cookie shape.
    7. Repeat for the remaining dough. This should make around 8 to 12 cookies.
    8. Bake them in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes.
    9. Remove and cool for at least 15 minutes before tasting.

      Christmas Cranberry Chocolate Protein Cookies

      Christmas Cranberry Chocolate Protein Cookies

      Cranberry sauce is a Christmas favourite. Now you get to enjoy a healthy cranberry treat with some chocolatey protein goodness.

      Ingredients

      • 2 bananas, mashed
      • 75g rolled porridge oats
      • 75g ground almonds
      • 75g protein powder – chocolate or vanilla flavour
      • 2-3 tbsp small chocolate chips or cacao nibs
      • 50g cranberries (frozen or fresh)

      Instructions

      1. Preheat an oven to 180C or gas mark 4.
      2. Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper.
      3. In a medium to large bowl, mash up the bananas and add the oats, ground almonds and protein powder. Stir until fully mixed.
      4. Add the chocolate chips and cranberries and stir in.
      5. Wet your hands and roll out the mixture into small balls and flatten into cookie shapes (about a dozen or so).
      6. Bake for 15 minutes until set.
      7. Place the cookies on a cooling rack for 15 to 20 minutes to cool down.

        Coco-nutty Christmas Protein Cookies

        If you like coconut and Christmas flavours, you’ll love these cookies. Incredibly easy to prepare and cook, with only 3 ingredients, they make a quick and delicious treat for the festive season. Make them with or without the frosting, as you prefer.

        Ingredients

        • 3 small (or 2 medium-sized) bananas – mashed
        • 100g sweetened coconut flakes
        • 80g vanilla protein powder

        For the optional frosting:

        • 35g vanilla protein powder
        • 1 tsp stevia (or other zero calorie sweetener)
        • 2 to 3 tsp almond or cashew milk, or water
        • A very small drop of peppermint extract (optional)

        Directions

        1. Preheat an oven to 180C (gas mark 4).
        2. Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper.
        3. In a mixing bowl, mash the bananas and mix in the protein powder and coconut flakes.
        4. Stir until smooth.
        5. Scoop out approx. 2 tablespoons of the mixture onto the baking sheet and spread into a small circle.
        6. Repeat for the rest of the mixture, which should make around 12 cookies.
        7. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes, then remove and allow to cool for at least 15 minutes.

          For the optional frosting:

          1. Mix the stevia, protein powder and milk or water together in a small bowl.
          2. If you want a minty flavour, put in a tiny drop of peppermint extract, but don’t overdo it, as it’s very strong.
          3. Wait for cookies to cool, then pour frosting on top and allow to set.

            Pre or Post-workout Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

            Pre or Post-workout Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

            Chocolate peanut butter cookies don’t seem like the natural choice for a healthy workout snack, but these bad boys aren’t too bad, especially if you use organic sugar rather than refined sugar or even a sweetener like stevia.

            Ingredients

            • 1 large egg
            • 75g organic cane sugar (or stevia)
            • 150g smooth peanut butter
            • 2 scoops (approx. 75g) of vanilla protein powder
            • 30g small dark chocolate chips
            • Pinch of salt

            Directions

            1. Preheat an oven to 180C or gas mark 4.
            2. Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper.
            3. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until a smooth cookie dough is formed.
            4. Scoop out 2 to 3 tablespoons of the mixture and roll into a ball.
            5. Flatten into a cookie shape, then place on the baking tray. Repeat for the remaining mixture. This recipe should make around 10-14 cookies.
            6. Sprinkle on a tablespoon of cane sugar and a pinch of salt.
            7. Bake in the middle of the oven for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown.
            8. Remove from the oven and cool on a rack for at least 15 minutes, until hardened.
            9. Store in an airtight container in a cool place or freeze them.

              Mince Pie Protein Cookies (no bake)

              Let’s finish with an all-time Christmas favourite – mince pies. What could be better than a protein-filled mince pie cookie to celebrate before or after a workout? Some more good news and festive cheer - these delicious cookies are really simple to make.

              Ingredients

              • 150g almond or oat flour
              • 2 tbsp mincemeat
              • 2 tbsp natural smooth peanut butter
              • 3 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
              • 2 to 3 scoops protein powder – plain, chocolate or vanilla flavour
              • 100g melted dark chocolate (at least 90%)
              • Pinch of salt

              Directions

              1. Mix the coconut oil, peanut butter, and mincemeat thoroughly, until smooth.
              2. Gradually mix in the protein powder and flour.
              3. Take a tablespoon of the dough and place on a tray lined with greaseproof paper.
              4. Roll into a ball, then press down with your palm to form a cookie shape. Alternatively, use Christmas themed cookie cutters.
              5. Repeat for the rest of the dough, then place the cookies in the fridge for at least 7 hours to set.

                Christmas Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

                Christmas Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

                Ok, so it’s another peanut butter cookie recipe, but this one has more Christmas-y flavours, perfect for a holiday treat that will help you get in the mood for a festive workout.

                Ingredients

                • 40g ground almonds
                • 3 tbsp natural smooth peanut butter
                • 20g protein powder – natural or vanilla flavour
                • 1 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
                • 1 tbsp agave syrup (or alternative sweetener)
                • 1 tsp ground ginger
                • ½ tsp ground allspice

                Directions

                1. Preheat an oven to 180C or gas mark 4.
                2. Mix all the ingredient in a bowl, until it forms a thick cookie dough.
                3. Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper.
                4. Roll out a dozen or so balls of the dough and flatten with your palm into cookie shapes, or roll out flat and use Christmas-themed cookie cutters if you prefer.
                5. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes in the oven, until golden brown.
                6. Remove the cookies from the oven and place on a cooling rack for at least 20 minutes, or until hardened.
                7. Enjoy!
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