It's Free Snack Friday at Orangetheory Fitness Waikiki! That means chocolate chip mac nut protein cookies and blueberry coconut energy balls are a post workout treat for the whole Orange Ohana. Every good workout should be followed by a good snack! Fueling up with complex carbs and proteins from whole food sources will help your body repair and recover from the workout you just crushed.
Those of you who have been following my blog posts know that snacks are essential to support my active and busy lifestyle. There are several energy ball and bar recipes already scattered throughout this site such as carob chip chewy bars, chai spiced fig balls, and chocolate cherry bombs, to name a few. But this is a first appearance for protein cookies! I have recently discovered Lenny & Larry's Complete Cookies which are vegan, non GMO, and have 8g of protein per serving! I'm addicted but, like anything I buy in a package, I wanted to make them at home.
I have loosely calculated the nutritional profile for these little morsels and if you make a batch of 20 small cookies each one comes out to roughly 160 kcals and 4-6g of protein depending on the variety of protein powder you used. Not bad! Feel free to try them with more protein powder, I am still experimenting as well!
- 1 flax egg (1 Tbsp flaxmeal + 3 Tbsp water)*
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup whole wheat white flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 scoops or 1/2 cup plant based protein powder (I have used Vega Protein & Greens vanilla protein powder and Orgain chocolate protein powder -- both worked great!)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line two large baking trays with parchment paper.
To prepare the flax egg replacer, whisk together the flaxmeal and water and set aside. In a small mixing bowl add the flour, baking soda and powder, and protein powder and combine well. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the maple syrup, coconut oil, peanut butter, and vanilla. Add the flax egg to the wet ingredients and whisk to combine. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and fold together to incorporate. Stirring gently, add the chocolate chunks and macadamia nuts, I like to chop both of these into smaller pieces first, so prepare accordingly. Stop stirring when just combined with no dry spots.
*If you are not vegan you can substitute 1 egg instead of a flax egg, it's up to you!