When life gives you a lemons, make protein cookies! At least that’s what we’re doing today with this Lemon Chia Protein Cookies recipe! These cookies are super easy to make, low calorie, and absolutely delicious.
First off, you’ve never had a lemon dessert…you’re missing out! There’s just something amazing about the flavor of lemon combined with sweetness.
The best part about baking with lemon? It’s easy to make almost anything taste good!
Start these lemon chia protein cookies by taking out 2 bowls. You’ll need a large one that’ll fit all of your ingredients and another smaller one.
Add into your large bowl, 4 tablespoons of coconut flour, 2 scoops of protein powder, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, 3/4 teaspoon of baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, around 1 tablespoon of lemon zest, and 1/2 teaspoon of xanthan gum which is used as a thickener to keep your cookies nice and chewy!
Lightly mix those ingredients together.
Use a complimenting protein powder flavor. I prefer vanilla but change it up and make your own variations here. Let me know what flavors you like in the comments below!
Add into your smaller bowl, 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil, 1 large egg, 1 or 2 tablespoons of your choice sweetener, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, 2 tablespoons of honey, and 1/4 cup of lemon juice.
Mix those ingredients together.
Last, slowly mix both sets of your ingredients together in the larger bowl until you have your protein cookie dough. I like using a hand mixer to do this step but use whatever you have!
This next step is optional but to make shaping your cookies as easy as possible, cover and put your dough in the fridge for 20-30 minutes. When your protein cookie dough is cold, it’ll be WAY less sticky!
Baked Lemon Chia Protein Cookies
Line a baking pan with either some parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. These silicone baking mats are an awesome investment that’ll last you way longer than a roll of parchment paper.
Use your hands or a cookie scooper and place your dough onto your pan. Repeat until you’ve evenly distributed all of your mix and then shape your lemon chia protein cookies! I use my hands to do this but the back of a spoon works great too.
Pro tip? Using a cookie scooper will help make all of your cookies the same size!
Bake them on 325F/162C for 10-12 minutes depending on how big your cookies are.
What pairs well with lemon chia protein cookies? Our Protein Low Sugar Lemonade!
Lemon Chia Protein Cookies
What We Used
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- 4 Tablespoons Coconut Flour - or Oat Flour
- 1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
- ¾ Teaspoon Baking Powder
- 2 Scoops Protein Powder - Vanilla works great!
- ¼ Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Tablespoon Lemon Zest
- ½ Teaspoon Xanthan Gum
- 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
- 1 Large Whole Egg
- 1-2 Tablespoons Sweetener - Your Choice
- 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- 2 Tablespoons Honey
- 2 Ounces Lemon Juice
- Take out 2 bowls (make sure one of them is large)
- Put your Sweetener off to the side, zest your Lemon, and add in all of your dry ingredients into one bowl
- Lightly mix those together
- Add your Sweetener and all of your wet ingredients into your other bowl
- Mix those together
- Slowly add your dry ingredients into your wet ingredients and mix everything together until it looks like cookie dough
- Take out a baking pan, line it with some parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, and shape your dough into cookies
- Baking on 325F/162C for 10-12 minutes
- Calories: 857
- Fat: 41g
- Saturated Fat: 31g
- Sodium: 405mg
- Carbs: 64g
- Fiber: 16g
- Sugar: 34g
- Protein: 58g
- Calories: 85
- Fat: 4.1g
- Saturated Fat: 3.1g
- Sodium: 40.5mg
- Carbs: 6.4g
- Fiber: 1.6g
- Sugar: 3.4g
- Protein: 5.8g
is the honey essential as I am trying to reduce the carbs?
How about an alternative like brown rice syrup? This should help a bit while keeping the taste/texture.
I made these tonight and yes, they were absolutely delicious! Love the baking protein powder, too. Can you make a recipe for protein peanut butter cookies???? 😀
Do I have to use protein powder in this recipe? If not what could I use instead while keeping the calories down?
Any protein powder will work but use one with no or little artificial ingredients/filler if you can (which is why I suggest mine)! Thanks Ben
I am so excited to try out your protein baking powder. This one the Lemon Chai Cookies in one of the ones I would like to try. I was curious though if I can swap the coconut floor with almond flour?
Hi Ashley! Yes, you definitely can. You can also omit the xanthan gum as well if you’re using almond flour.
For this and the other cookie recipes, how do you store them. Room temp or refrigerated?
These are really, really good. I keep just making two at a time because I know I would eat them all if I made the whole batch. Thanks again for another reliable recipe!
These are absolutely fantastic. I haven’t tried many of the desserts since I am on a cut right now, but these hit the spot. The wife and I are both big fans!