Trail Mix Protein Cookies Recipe
Thin, crispy, and loaded with indulgent flavor. This protein cookies recipe has all the makings of fueling trail mix plus vegan protein powder! Without oats or bananas, these vegan cookies are based on protein and healthy fats. They make the perfect breakfast cookie or healthy snack. And with 10 grams of protein per serving, they're a sure-fire way to keep you full and fueled.
Need healthy snacks in a pinch? Or fast but healthy breakfast ideas?
These trail mix-based protein cookies fit into both categories!
Made with a combination of vegan protein powder and classic trail mix ingredients, they're a great high protein snack. Meaning that these cookies are both indulgent and fueling (similar to this double chocolate protein fluff!)
Grab them on your way out the door or as an afternoon indulgence. Either way they'll quickly become a staple in your fridge!
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Vegan Protein Powder Versus Whey Protein
These cookies have not been tested with whey protein.
In general, though, vegan protein powders tend to absorb more liquid which is much different than whey protein. And because each vegan protein powder is made with a different blend of plant-based proteins each one absorbs differently.
In the same way, each protein powder is sweetened slightly different than the next.
Thus, the protein powder you choose will affect both the taste as well as the texture of the cookies.
Choosing A Vegan Protein Powder
These cookies were made using Progessive’s Harmonized Fermented Vegan Protein Powder. This protein is a blend of five non-GMO legumes, grains and seeds.
It’s allergy-friendly (no dairy, gluten, nuts or soy) and is sweetened with only stevia and monk fruit.
But best of all is that this protein is fermented. This helps break down the “anti-nutrient” in grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes that often causes bloating.
So this protein powder not only contains 23g of protein per serving but it also aids digestion and helps keep you bloat-free!
Notes On Texture
As mentioned, each protein powder is unique and will slightly alter the texture and taste of the protein cookies.
Both of the fermented protein powders absorb slightly more and make the cookies more "substantial" or thick.
The Botanica protein powder absorbs slightly less and the cookies end up tasting more indulgent and crisp up more. This protein powder also makes the cookies taste even better out of the fridge the next day when they've had time to set!
Protein Powder And Kids
While some people don’t think kids should have protein powder, I think that as long as you have a quality protein powder and trust it’s the source, it’s okay.
In fact, this website says it’ best when they mention “I hardly think that protein powder is the biggest threat to our kids”.
By all means, I don’t think we need to go out of our way to boost protein intake with kiddos (mine are meat and egg eaters so I’m never concerned especially since Chana Davis dispelled some protein myths).
But since I personally use protein powder because it’s quick and easy, I don’t see any qualms with the girls having some too. Again, so long as you use a quality protein powder.
When checking out a new protein powder, look for the following points:
- no random flavored added
- low in sugar
- no carrageenan
- no processed oils
When To Use Them
Because these healthy protein cookies are trail mix based, you can use them for just about anything:
- a healthy breakfast paired with fruit
- a fueling snack
Not only do the cookies contain protein powder but also a lot of plant-based protein as well. Especially from the chia seeds.
The Benefits Of Chia Seeds
- Increase your fiber intake this helping out your gut
- Help combat diabetes by slowing down digestion
- Improve brain health through their omega three’s
- Improves bones and teeth by containing a hefty dose of calcium
- Help keep you full due to the blend of amino acids
All in just two tablespoons.
Yup, chia seeds are a powerful thing. They’re actually one of the foods I recommend most toddlers have in their diets.
Protein is used to rebuild tissue, boost your immune system and keep you full. Thus, increasing your protein intake can be a great way to stay healthy and get fit. Protein cookies make it easy to increase daily intake while still enjoying delicious foods.
Vegan protein powder absorbs liquid. Which means it can replace the flour in many recipes (though not in equal measurements). Adding protein powder to cookies can reduce their carbohydrate values while increasing the protein in the cookies.
Many times protein cookies are dry because they need more liquid. Vegan protein powder absorbs liquid which means the recipe needs to have extra in order to get the desired texture. If protein cookies are dry, try increasing the oil or a liquid sweetener in the recipe.
No. Baking protein powder does not destroy the properties or the benefits of the powder.
- Vanilla protein powder
- Almond butter
- Maple syrup
- Chia seeds
- Coconut milk powder
- Dried cranberries
- Pumpkin seeds
- Unsweetened, shredded coconut
- Baking powder
- Coconut oil measured solid
Differences In The Video
The protein cookies were originally made with more maple syrup and dried fruit. This made it so the batter was a bit more "runny" and spread out.
I revised the cookies to bring the carb count down slightly. With the revisions, the batter will not be as runny as you see in the video and you'll need to press the cookies down into circles.
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Easy Vegan Protein Cookies
Thin, crispy, and utterly decadent! These cookies will easily become a staple in your house be it for breakfast, snack, or dessert. I love how well balanced they are in terms of nutrition and truly... they're addictive.