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Chocolate Coconut Protein Cookies

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

These Chocolate Coconut Protein Cookies are a healthy, nutritious way to satisfy that sweet tooth. Naturally gluten-free and vegan, they're also full of healthy fats and fiber too!

chocolate coconut protein cookies for a healthy dessert

When it comes to cookies, I'm definitely on the flat and chewy side of things. Some people like cakey cookies, other people like thing and crispy. Me? It's all about the gooeyness.

So when these Chocolate Coconut Protein Cookies came out of the oven looking like the perfect texture, I knew we had a winner. And boy, was I right.

These might just be my favorite cookies to date!

how to make vegan protein cookies with almond butter

The base is almond butter, which gives these cookies a really amazing nutty flavor (obvi) and helps with that nice gooey texture.

I also wanted to make sure these cookies were healthy and could double as an afternoon snack, so I decided to turn them into protein cookies. Similar to my healthy peanut butter blossoms (which this recipe is semi-based upon), I used one scoop of my favorite grain-free protein powder.

I know not everyone is a fan of protein powder, so if you want to leave that out, I think you could substitute 2 tablespoons of quinoa flour instead and it should work out just fine. You just won't have quite as much protein.

But that didn't feel like enough to me, so I also threw in a few extra goodies.

healthy protein cookies with chocolate chips and flaked coconut

How to add more protein to your cookies

Hemp is awesome because they're very high in protein, as well as soluble and insoluble fiber making them awesome for your gut.

Chia, which is also high in protein, contains omega-3 fatty acids which are critical to our health but aren't something our body naturally produces.

Flax (which is what we're using for our egg replacer), is another seed that is high in protein and good for gut health, and just like chia, it contains omega-3s, fiber and tons of trace minerals.

And then to round it all out, we had to have a little fun, right? We're folding in some flaked coconut and chocolate chips!

high protein cookies that are vegan and gluten-free

vegan and gluten-free protein cookies with chocolate and coocnut

Let's also chat about the nutrition breakdown of these protein cookies quickly.

They've got about 150 calories, 10 grams of healthy fats (all from our nuts and seeds), as well as just 11 grams of carbs and 5 grams of protein.

Compare that to a traditional chocolate chip cookie and we're looking real good 👌🏻

vegan protein cookies with coconut and chocolate

healthy protein cookies with chocolate and coconut

I'd say these cookies definitely pass the test. They're sweet and decadent, perfect for dessert, but also healthy, low in sugar and make and excellent afternoon treat.

So next time you're craving a classic chocolate chip cookie, whip up a batch of these babies instead. They're super easy to make – did I mention they use just one bowl and 10 ingredients?! – and they will make your house smell seriously amazing!

vegan high protein cookies with chocolate and coconut

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Chocolate Coconut Protein Cookies

These chocolate coconut protein cookies are naturally gluten-free and vegan, packed with healthy ingredients and taste amazing!

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate, coconut, healthy cookies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Servings 12 cookies
Calories 145 kcal
Author Alyssa

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Beat together the almond butter, syrup and flax egg until smooth and creamy. Beat in the protein powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Fold in the coconut flakes, chocolate chips, chia and hemp seeds.
  4. Scoop about one tablespoon of dough onto the baking sheet and gently flatten with your hands. Repeat until all dough has been used.
  5. Bake for 13 – 14 minutes until the cookies are lightly golden brown. Cool on the pan for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Coconut Protein Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 145 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 81mg4%
Potassium 122mg3%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 20IU0%
Calcium 71mg7%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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  1. Quick question is it baking powder or baking soda? The link on the ingredient list takes me to baking powder. Can I use that instead? Thank you!

  2. Love this recipe! I love to use the flax egg as a substitute, but for my husband, would it be equivalent to just use one regular egg? Thanks so much!

  3. Can you add quantity information to your nutrition information? Is this 145 calories per cookie? We are on a very strict daily calorie count per day.

  4. I was wondering if you can double the recipe, or even triple the recipe for the Chocolate Coconut Protein Cookies without affecting the original textures and taste?

  5. Was having such a bad craving for chocolate this week. I stumbled upon this recipe and thank God because these cookies are amazing! Just what I needed. Also thank you SQ.

    I love peanut butter so I made it with PB instead, didn’t have vanilla protein powder but I have Bob’s red mills chocolate protein powder so i used that, didn’t have help hearts so left it out and didn’t have coconut flakes but had sliced almonds so i used those.

    The cookies came out soooo good! Had a couple for breakfast and I am satisfied! My baby and fiance loved them. So 2 thumbs up!
    Thank you sq!

  6. I just made these last night. OMG are they good. We only had cookies and cream protein powder but it worked. And I used sunflower seed butter as I am allergic to nuts. And they are still amazing. Will be hard not to eat these all in one go haha

  7. Hi Alyssa, I hope to try this recipe. Although I am curious what chocolate chips did you use in order to say that this recipe is vegan?

  8. Absolutely delicious! I made them to take on the plane. A healthy alternative to a muffin at the airport. I folded the chia and hemp in with the coconut and chocolate. My family loved them.

  9. These were okay. But I did use hemp protein powder because that’s all I had. May have made a difference. Directions don’t say when to add the chia seeds and hemp hearts. Also how many cookies is the nutrition count based on? I got twelve cookies.

    • I think the hemp powders don’t have any sweetness or flavor to them which might make the cookies taste a bit blah and borning. I’ll make sure to update the ingredients! And yes, nutrition is for 12 cookies (1 cookie each).

  10. Protein cookies from Lenny and Larry’s, Bhu Foods, and Munk Pack are always my favorites. These homemade bad boys look wonderful! So easy to make, and you can add whatever you want. BONUS!

  11. Hey Alyssa! I have these baking in the oven! I just wanted to let you know that there are no directions for the hemp hearts and chia seeds in the recipe. 🙂

  12. These look delish! I never think about putting protein powder in my cookie recipes but I love how I feel when I’ve had enough protein so I should give it a try! Pinning 🙂

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