The Best Protein Cookies

10 Cookies163 cals

It’s time to beat your cookie cravings with The Best Protein Cookies you’ll ever have and the only protein cookie recipe you’ll EVER need! This baked cookie recipe has the perfect texture, is packed with protein, healthy, absolutely delicious, and diet friendly.

Start this one by turning your rolled oats into oat flour. If you already have oat flour, you can skip this step.

To turn your rolled oats into oat flour you’ll need 1 1/2 cups of rolled oats and either a good blender or food processor. I like to use a food processor.

All you need to do? Add your rolled into whatever you’re using and blend or process until they look like flour!

How To Make Protein Cookies

Take out a large bowl for your dry ingredients. Add into it the oat flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 2 scoops of your choice flavor protein powder, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.

Use a complimenting protein powder flavor. Adding chocolate chips? Use a vanilla protein powder. Want chocolate cookies? Use chocolate protein powder. Think outside the box and beat all of your cookie cravings!

Remember, the more protein powder you use the “fluffier” they’ll be.

Mix those dry ingredients together.

Take out another bowl for your wet ingredients. Add into it 1 large whole egg, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, 10 teaspoon of light brown sugar or brown sugar substitute, 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce, and 4 tablespoons of melted coconut oil.

Mix those wet ingredients together.

With a hand mixer, slowly mix together your dry ingredients into your wet ingredients.

Once mixed, add in whatever you want like some sugar free chocolate chips, sprinkle, chunks, and so on. Lightly mix those in.

Cover your protein cookie dough and place it into the fridge for a couple hours or until it hardens up/is cold.

Take out a cookie sheet, line it with some parchment paper, and shape your protein cookie dough up until balls. The bigger your cookie balls are, the bigger your protein cookies will be!

At this stage before the oven you could also top them, just make sure to incorporate your topping into the overall macros.

Bake your protein cookies on 350F/176C for around 8-10 minutes.

Pro tip? Baking them too long or on too high of a temperature will result in more fluffy and/or shiny cookies.

Like this protein dessert? Try The Best Protein Cheesecake recipe next!

The Best Protein Cookies Recipe

The Best Protein Cookies

Ready for The Best Protein Cookies you'll ever make? This baked protein cookie recipe is healthy, delicious, easy to make, and diet friendly!
4.64 from 19 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies, protein cookies, protein powder
Servings: 10 Cookies
Calories: 163kcal
Cost: $2.50

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  • 1 ½ Cups Rolled Oats - Turned into Oat Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 2 Scoops Protein Powder - Vanilla
  • ¼ Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Large Whole Egg
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 10 Teaspoons Light Brown Sugar
  • ½ Cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce - or 1 Banana
  • 4 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • Chocolate Chips - Or whatever you want to add into or on top of them!


  • Turn your Rolled Oats into oat flour by blending or processing them until they look like flour
  • Add your Oat Flour, Baking Powder, Protein Powder, Salt, and Ground Cinnamon into a bowl
  • Mix those together
  • Melt your Coconut Oil
  • Combine your Egg, Vanilla Extract, Brown Sugar, Apple Sauce, and melted Coconut Oil into a bowl
  • Mix those together
  • Slowly add your dry ingredients into your wet ingredients while mixing everything together
  • Lightly mix in sprinkles, chunks, chips, or anything else you want
  • Cover and put your dough in the fridge for around 1-2 hours or until it hardens up
  • Take out a baking pan and line it with parchment paper
  • Shape your mix into balls and put them onto your baking pan
  • Top them with whatever you want
  • Bake them for 8-10 minutes on 350F/176C



Calories in the WHOLE recipe:
  • Calories: 1639
  • Fat: 71
  • Saturated Fat: 57g
  • Sodium: 827mg
  • Carbs: 141g
  • Fiber: 17g
  • Sugar: 65g
  • Protein: 109g
Calories in each cookie (if you make 10):
  • Calories: 163
  • Fat: 7.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.7g
  • Sodium: 82.7mg
  • Carbs: 14.1g
  • Fiber: 1.7g
  • Sugar: 6.5g
  • Protein: 10.9g


Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 14.1g | Protein: 10.9g | Fat: 7.1g | Saturated Fat: 5.7g | Sodium: 82.7mg | Fiber: 1.7g | Sugar: 6.5g


  1. Kristy Jones on March 17, 2023 at 4:58 pm

    I started making these assuming we had vanilla protein powder just to find we only had chocolate. THEY TURNED OUT AMAZING!! Chocolate protein powder and dark chocolate chips. I had a hard time keeping the kids from eating them all immediately Thank, you for this!

  2. Stef on May 13, 2022 at 6:11 am

    Can I substitute the coconut oil for butter? If so, is it still 56grams of butter? Thank you 🙂

    • Derek Howes on May 26, 2022 at 9:14 am

      Hi Stef! Yes and yes! Hope you like them.

  3. Gia on February 20, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    Would leaving the banana or applesauce out make much difference? or is it necessary for texture?

    • Derek Howes on February 23, 2022 at 8:26 am

      Necessary for texture however you could substitute them. What’s your goal with the macros/recipe?

  4. Jordan on February 7, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Hey Derek I just made these with everything except I replaced the oats with kodiak protein oats and pes select protein (similar in protein and less calories) all my macros are similar but the protein is only 85 grams instead of what your breakdown says. Am I missing something?

  5. Vasco on May 22, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Just made them today and they are fantastic!
    Thanks!!!!! 🙂
    Can´t stop eating them!!

    • Derek Howes on May 22, 2016 at 12:00 am

      Woohoo! Glad you like them Vasco!

  6. Melissa Reddy on April 16, 2016 at 12:00 am

    I made them today. They are delicious! I love the taste of the oat flour- gives the cookie a sort of oatmeal taste. With the addition of the vanilla and cinnamon the cookie has an amazing all around flavor! I plan to make these cookies for a family gathering and see what people think and if they can tell that they are high protein. My husband and I couldn’t tell from the taste and absolutely loved them!

    • Derek Howes on April 19, 2016 at 12:00 am

      Love that Melissa! Thank you for the awesome feedback.

  7. philipp on March 18, 2016 at 12:00 am

    how can I substitute coconut oil?

    • Derek Howes on March 18, 2016 at 12:00 am

      What are you looking to do? Lower the fat? Less saturated fat?

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