Healthy No Bake Protein Cookies (Peanut Butter)

These healthy peanut butter no bake cookies are protein packed and have a delicious nutty flavor. They’re also made with wholesome ingredients making them the perfect choice for a healthy snack in a cookie shape!

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Healthy No Bake Protein Cookies (Peanut Butter)

This quick no bake cookies recipe results in a chewy texture and satisfying taste without the need for lots of added sugar and each serving provides 15 grams of protein. In just a short 15 minutes of prep time (plus a bit of patience while they set in the fridge), you’ll have a batch of delicious, nutritious cookies ready to enjoy.

If you’re a fan of peanut butter, this may become one of your favorite recipes! These cookies have the taste of peanut butter with a hint of sweetness from wholesome ingredients. 

The combination of almond flour, oat flour, and rich, warmed peanut butter blended with a touch of sweetener. It tastes similar to cookie dough or no bake protein powder oatmeal cookies and the best part is you can eat it straight from the bowl if you’re impatient like me!  

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Why You’ll Love these Healthy Peanut Butter No Bake Protein Cookies:

High Protein Content: These cookies are loaded with protein, making them an excellent post-workout snack to help with muscle recovery and refueling energy levels. They’re also a convenient on-the-go breakfast option for busy mornings when you need a nutritious boost to start your day.

Wholesome Ingredients: Each ingredient in this recipe is chosen for its nutritional benefits and ones I consider a health food. From almond flour and oat flour to natural peanut butter, these cookies are a nutritious choice for satisfying your sweet cravings. This no bake protein cookie recipe has healthy ingredients like peanut butter which are healthy fats and they also add additional g protein. 

Easy Pantry Staples: You likely already have most, if not all, of the ingredients for these cookies in your pantry. With simple and common ingredients like almond flour, oat flour, and peanut butter, you can whip up a batch of these cookies in no time whenever the craving strikes.

Quick and Easy: Not only are these cookies no-bake, but they’re also incredibly quick and easy to prepare. With just a few simple steps and minimal prep time, you can have delicious homemade cookies ready to enjoy in under 30 minutes. It’s the perfect recipe for when you need a sweet treat in a hurry.

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Ingredients You’ll Need to make this protein no bake cookie recipe

For the Base

Almond Flour: Provides a nutty flavor and serves as the main dry ingredient for the cookie dough.

Oat Flour: Adds texture and helps bind the ingredients together. It’s also a great source of fiber and it is so easy to make your own oat flour. It also makes these cookies taste like a peanut butter oatmeal cookie. Yum!

Natural Peanut Butter: The star ingredient that gives these cookies their delicious peanut flavor and creamy texture.

Protein Powder: Offers an extra protein boost, making these cookies a satisfying and nourishing snack option. You can use any protein powder you prefer. My favorites for this recipe are either a chocolate protein powder, vanilla protein powder or a plant based protein powder.

Pure Vanilla Extract: Adds a touch of sweetness and enhances the overall flavor profile of the cookies.

For Binding and Flavor

Salt: A pinch of salt balances the sweetness and enhances the flavors of the other ingredients.

Maple Syrup: Provides natural sweetness without refined sugars, adding a rich and indulgent flavor to the cookies.

Optional Toppings:

Melted Dark Chocolate: For drizzling or dipping. This recipe is so versatile that you can change up the flavor completely.

Chopped Nuts, Shredded Coconut, or any other desired toppings: Add extra texture and flavor for a customizable treat.

How to Make No Bake Protein Cookies

  1. Gather Your Ingredients: Start by assembling all your ingredients. In a large bowl, combine almond flour, quick oats (try to not use rolled oats because they may still be crunchy), vanilla protein powder (or unflavored) and a pinch of sea salt. Mix well to ensure even distribution of the dry ingredients.
  2. Prepare the Wet Ingredients: Warm the peanut butter until it becomes smoother and easier to mix. You can do this in a small saucepan over low heat or in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
  3. Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients: Add the warmed peanut butter, maple syrup vanilla extract to the dry ingredients. Stir until everything is thoroughly combined and forms a dough-like consistency. If the mixture seems too dry, you can add a little more peanut butter until it comes together.
  4. Form the Cookies: Using a small scoop or cookie scoop, portion out the dough and roll it into balls. Place the balls onto a parchment-lined baking sheet or a cookie sheet, leaving some space between each cookie.
  5. Optional Toppings: For an extra boost of flavor and nutrition, consider rolling the cookies in additional toppings such as chopped nuts, chia seeds, or coconut sugar before placing them on the baking sheet.
  6. Chill and Set: Once all the cookies are formed, transfer the baking sheet to the refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes. This will allow the cookies to firm up and set properly.
  7. Enjoy Your Healthy Treats: Once chilled, your Healthy Peanut Butter No Bake Protein Cookies are ready to enjoy! Store any leftovers in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to one week, or in the refrigerator for longer shelf life. These cookies make a perfect on-the-go snack, post-workout refuel, or satisfying dessert option. With their delicious flavor, wholesome ingredients, and protein-packed goodness, they’re sure to become a favorite in your household all year round!
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Popular Substitutions & Additions

  • Flavor Variations: Because this recipe is so versatile, you can change the flavor of these healthy protein cookies. You can add chocolate protein powder or cocoa powder to turn these into chocolate protein cookies instead of peanut butter cookies. You can also add any overripe bananas you have on hand to reduce food waste. Or if you love protein balls or protein bars, you can simply change the shape. This recipe is a really great way to switch it up! 
  • Sweetener Alternatives: Customize your cookies with alternative sweeteners! Swap out honey for pure maple syrup or agave nectar. This adds a unique sweetness or to cater to vegan preferences, ensuring your cookies are suited to your taste and dietary needs.
  • Peanut Butter Alternatives: If you have a nut allergy or you don’t like the taste of peanut butter, you can easily use any other nut butter of your choice. Also if you do not like peanut butter, you can use cashew butter or sunflower seed butter. 
  • Crust Options: To make this a gluten-free cookie, you can use a gluten-free alternative. Use coconut flour or gluten-free graham crackers. 
  • Crunchy Texture: Enhance your cookies with textures! Sprinkle chopped nuts like almonds or pistachios on top for a satisfying crunch. Or add sweet bits like granola or dairy-free chocolate chips to make these a no bake chocolate cookie.

Tips for Making the Best Healthy Peanut Butter No Bake Protein Cookies 

  • Press Firmly. Ensure the cookie dough is firmly pressed into the desired shape to create a solid and stable base for the filling, enhancing both presentation and texture.
  • Allow to Set. Let the cookies chill in the refrigerator for best results, allowing the filling to firm up and the flavors to meld together for a satisfying bite.
  • Use Quality Ingredients. Opt for whole fat peanut butter and pure maple syrup for the best taste and texture, ensuring a rich and indulgent flavor experience with every bite.

For best results, store these high protein cookies in an airtight container. This helps to maintain their freshness and prevents them from becoming stale. Additionally, storing them in the refrigerator can help prolong their shelf life, especially in warmer climates or during hot seasons. By keeping them properly stored, you can ensure that these delicious and nutritious cookies retain their texture and flavor for longer, allowing you to enjoy them as a convenient and satisfying snack whenever you like.

How to Store Leftover Healthy No Bake Peanut Butter Protein Cookies 

To preserve the freshness of any leftover cookies, store them in an airtight container lined with parchment paper and place in the refrigerator. 

How long do protein cookies last in the fridge?

Enjoy within 3 to 5 days for the best taste and texture.

Can I freeze protein no bake cookies?

Yes, you can freeze no bake protein cookies by allowing them to cool completely, arranging them on a baking sheet in a single layer, and flash freezing them for 1-2 hours. Once firm, transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container, label, and store them in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. Thaw them at room temperature for 15-30 minutes or microwave them briefly before serving.

Frequently Asked Questions

How far ahead of time can you make these cookies?

These cookies can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to one week, making them a convenient option for meal prep or satisfying snack cravings throughout the week.

My cookies didn’t set properly, what can I do?

If your cookies didn’t set properly, try refrigerating them for a longer period to allow the filling to firm up. Additionally, double-check the ratios of ingredients to ensure the proper balance of texture and consistency.

Why use maple syrup in these cookies?

Maple syrup adds natural sweetness and depth of flavor to the cookies, enhancing their overall taste profile while providing essential moisture and binding properties to the dough.

Are protein cookies a healthy snack?

No bake protein cookies can definitely be a healthy snack depending on what you are adding to them. Protein cookies, as the name suggests, are typically made with protein from ingredients like protein powder, nuts, seeds, and nut butters. They also include sources of healthy fats, such as nuts, seeds, and coconut oil. 

How much protein is in a no bake cookie?

The protein content in a no-bake cookie can vary depending on the specific recipe and ingredients used. No-bake cookies can contain protein from sources such as oats, nut butter, protein powder, nuts, seeds, and other add-ins.

Protein No Bake Cookies

This recipe for Healthy Peanut Butter No Bake Protein Cookies is a versatile and nutritious option that moms and their children will love. With its high protein content, it’s perfect for providing sustained energy throughout the day without the sugar crash.

You can easily substitute ingredients to make this recipe gluten free dairy free if you have allergies, making them suitable for families with dietary restrictions. If you’re a mom, you will appreciate the convenience of this recipe as it can be made quickly, perfect for busy mornings or as an after-school snack. 

Plus, with the option to customize the cookies by adding your favorite protein powder or peanut butter powder, moms can cater to their children’s taste preferences while ensuring they’re getting the nutrients they need.

Whether it’s a big batch for storing or small cookies for portion control, this recipe offers flexibility for any occasion, so make sure to add it to your list of favorites. 

With its delicious flavor and wholesome ingredients, these no bake protein cookies are the perfect treat for any time of year, whether enjoyed as a healthy dessert, energy-boosting snack, or packed into lunchboxes as a school snack.

Moms can feel good knowing they’re providing their children with a nutritious and delicious option that’s free from artificial sweeteners and packed with healthful ingredients.

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Healthy Peanut Butter No Bake Protein Cookies (Quick)

This no bake protein cookies recipe is a nutritious and convenient snack option that requires no baking. Made with wholesome ingredients such as almond flour, oats, natural peanut butter, and protein powder, these cookies are packed with protein, healthy fats, and fiber. They are a satisfying and delicious treat perfect for those looking for a healthier dessert or snack alternative. With their simple preparation and delicious flavor, these cookies are perfect for satisfying cravings on the go or as a post-workout snack.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 325 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup oats instant or quick
  • 1/4 cup protein powder vanilla or unflavored
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter creamy or crunchy
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, combine almond flour, oats, protein powder, and salt. Mix well to ensure even distribution of the dry ingredients.
  • Warm the peanut butter until it becomes smoother and easier to mix. You can do this in a small saucepan over low heat or in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
  • Add the warmed peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients. Stir until everything is thoroughly combined and forms a dough-like consistency. If the mixture seems too dry, you can add a little more peanut butter until it comes together.
  • Using your hands, scoop out portions of the dough and roll them into balls. Place each ball onto a lined baking sheet or plate.
  • Flatten each ball slightly with the palm of your hand to form a cookie shape. If desired, you can press a fork into the top of each cookie to create a traditional crisscross pattern.
  • Once all cookies are shaped, place the baking sheet or plate in the refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes, or until firm.

Notes

  • If desired, melt some dark chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until smooth. Drizzle or dip each cookie into the melted chocolate, then return them to the refrigerator to allow the chocolate to set. Once the chocolate has hardened, your Healthy Peanut Butter No Bake Protein Cookies are ready to enjoy!
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Nutrition

Calories: 325kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 20gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 163mgPotassium: 284mgFiber: 6gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 18IUCalcium: 124mgIron: 3mg
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