You can stop your search; this is the best protein cookie recipe out there! Made with vanilla protein powder and keto chocolate chips, these protein chocolate chip cookies are as nutrient-dense as they are delicious. They're even naturally gluten-free and keto, so you can enjoy them no matter your dietary restrictions.
Why You Need These Cookies
There's room for dessert in every diet; keto is no exception!
These protein chocolate chip cookies will satisfy your sweet tooth while simultaneously giving you a boost of protein to your daily macronutrients.
I love recipes that serve double duty; just because something is considered a treat doesn't mean it can't do good for your body.
You can feel good about adding these naturally sweetened keto protein cookies to your diet.
The Cookie's Ingredients
These chocolate chip protein cookies aren't complicated – here are the ingredients I used to create this easy recipe.
I love almond flour as a wheat flour substitute because it is keto-friendly, naturally gluten-free, and provides a super satisfying texture to baked goods.
Almond flour can be slightly chewy depending on how finely it is milled (which perfectly suits cookies!). It's the obvious choice for protein cookies because it has 7 grams of protein per ¼ cup.
You could also use coconut flour in this recipe, though it wouldn't have the same protein content.
Vanilla Protein Powder
To give these healthy protein cookies some extra macronutrients, I add vanilla protein powder to the mix.
You can use your protein powder of choice, whether that be a whey protein, pea protein, or another plant-based protein powder – just make sure it is keto-approved!
If you need a recommendation, the KOS vanilla protein powder is one of the best plant-based protein powders on the market; it's keto, vegan, and soy-free.
On the keto diet, we avoid refined sugars. Luckily, there are clever solutions to sweeten our baked goods.
For added protein and binding powder, this recipe uses two large eggs.
Melted butter makes these chocolate chip protein cookies super decadent; it also adds some fat content making them even more appropriate for a keto diet.
Xanthan gum and baking powder are added to this protein cookie dough.
The xanthan gum helps to stabilize and bind, and the baking powder adds leavening to the mix.
For an extra burst of vanilla flavor, I add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to my protein cookie recipe (feel free to measure with your heart).
The star of this recipe is the keto chocolate chips!
Sugar-free chocolate chips are just as tasty as your traditional variety without risking your ketosis.
Try breaking up this Good Milk Chocolate bar into chips as your keto alternative.
For the perfect protein cookies every time, follow these simple baking tips:
- Don't overmix your batter - this results in dense cookies.
- Use parchment paper or cooking spray to avoid sticking.
- Add a splash of almond milk if the batter is too dry.
These protein chocolate chip cookies are quick and easy to make! Here are the steps:
Prep for Baking
Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F.
You can also prep your baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine all of your ingredients except for your chocolate chips (those come later!).
Blend your ingredients with a wooden spoon or hand mixer until you achieve a fully-combined, smooth cookie dough.
Next, gently fold your chocolate chips into the cookie batter.
Time to Bake
Drop your batter by the spoonful onto your prepared baking sheet; this recipe should make 16 protein cookies.
Bake for 15 minutes and let cool before chowing down!
These healthy protein cookies make an excellent grab-and-go snack! Eat one, along with some crispy radish chips to satisfy your hunger.
Feel free to customize your protein chocolate chip cookies however you'd like! Here are just a few variation examples:
- Use half almond butter, cashew butter, or peanut butter and half regular butter for even more protein!
- Try chocolate protein powder instead of vanilla for more chocolatey goodness.
- Mix in shredded coconut for amazing texture and flavor.
Protein Cookie FAQs
These are a few common questions I get about my keto protein chocolate chip cookies. If you don't see your question answered, please leave it for me in the comments down below.
Traditional chocolate chips are filled with added sugar and are far from keto-approved. Thankfully, there are several sugar-free varieties like Good Chocolate on the market that you can purchase and enjoy. Or, you could make your own.
Almond flour is a naturally gluten-free wheat flour alternative. If you're celiac, ensure that the almonds you purchase are processed in a gluten-free certified facility to avoid cross-contamination.
You can even grind your own using whole, blanched almonds.
While protein is a necessary macronutrient, some keto dieters make the mistake of eating too much of it. To follow the standard ketogenic diet, it's recommended that you eat around 75 grams of protein a day (or 10-20% of your daily macros).
You can find out more about keto macros here!
Inspired by these chocolate chip protein cookies? I have a plethora of keto-friendly cookie recipes. Here is a small sampling to get you started:
- Keto Snowball Cookies are sweet and delicious; bake them for a festive touch to your holiday cookie display.
- White Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies contain just four ingredients to create cookie heaven!
- Keto Gingerbread Cookies are a Christmas must with fragrant holiday spices that your taste buds will love.
- Almond Flour Cookies have a tasty, nutty crunch; they're perfect for dessert or a snack.
- Keto Pumpkin Cookies combine a tasty pumpkin base with a sweet glaze. Plus, they're dairy-free!
Protein Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the chocolate chips. Beat until smooth.
- Fold the chocolate chips into the batter.
- Drop the batter by the spoonful onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
Notes on Nutritional Information
Nutritional information for the recipe is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs are not included in carb counts as it has been shown not to impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.
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