3-Ingredient High Protein Christmas Cookies
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Every once in a while I make a recipe that I want to climb to the rooftops and shout about how great it is. And that’s the case with the high protein Christmas cookies. Even more so when you consider the calorie and macronutrient content. Cookies with 8 grams of protein and fewer than 100 calories aren’t supposed to taste good, right? Wrong. These Christmas cookies are the perfect combination of sweet and almost savory thanks to a core ingredient.
I haven’t even mentioned the part about the possibility for peppermint protein frosting. That’s right, you can customize your high protein Christmas cookies with either of the frosted sugar cookie or candy cane variations.
And if you’re reading this outside the month of December, the base recipe can be used year round to make delicious 3-ingredient cookies for any occasion.
Ingredients for High Protein Christmas Cookies
With 3 core ingredients, this should be a quick ingredient run down. You’ll need bananas, coconut flakes, and protein powder. Das it mane.
For the bananas, I mention in the recipe to use small bananas but also give the weight in grams for precision. If you don’t have a food scale, the bananas I used were around 6 inches in length.
P.S. Get a food scale. It’ll make your life a lot easier. This is the ultra-super-duper-elite ($9) scale I use.
I used Baker’s sweetened coconut flakes, and I must say, this stuff is gooood. I can’t wait to try more recipes with this ingredient.
That’s it for the core ingredients outside of protein, which I’ll touch on below. You will, however, have to decide whether you want your high protein Christmas cookies to be a candy cane or frosted sugar cookie flavor. You could always do both, and I give instructions on how to make the candy cane version with peppermint extract in the recipe.
One thing I don’t mention would be including crushed candy canes on top of the protein frosting. This gives your Christmas cookies a crunch factor that puts them over the top. Highly recommend picking up some candy canes if you plan on making the peppermint or candy cane variation.
And like I mention in my Christmas Cake Donuts recipe, you can be as festive as you like with the sprinkles, just be sure to account for them in your macro calculations. I used a Christmas-themed combo pack from Amazon.
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The macros are with Gold Standard Whey.
3-Ingredient High Protein Christmas Cookies
A super simple recipe for high protein Christmas cookies that will blow you away.
- 3 small (270g) Bananas mashed
- 3/4 C (90g) Sweetened Coconut Flakes
- 2 2/3 scoops (80g) Protein Powder vanilla
- 1 scoop Protein Powder vanilla
- 1 tsp Stevia or 0-Calorie Sweetener optional
- 1-2 tsp Almond, Cashew, or Low-Cal Milk add slowly to desired consistency
- 1 tiny drop Peppermint Extract optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Peel bananas and mash with a fork or spoon before adding coconut flakes and protein. Mix until smooth.
Spoon (roughly 2 Tbsp) mixture onto baking sheet in 12 small circles. Leave enough space between for some expansion during bake time. If you need to use two baking sheets to spread them out, that's fine.
Bake for 7-8 minutes or until the tops are no longer mushy or moist. Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool briefly before adding frosting.
While the cookies are in the oven, mix protein powder, stevia, and a low-cal liquid of your choice (water works as well) in a small bowl. If you'd like to have a peppermint flavored cookie, add a tiny drop of peppermint extract. (Be careful with this as a little goes a long way and once you're too minty, it's too late.)
Add frosting and sprinkles if you'd like and enjoy!
Per cookie (recipe makes 12): 95 Calories | 8P | 9.5C | 2.8F
If you like these cookies and want more Christmas-themed macro miracles, check out my Christmas Cake Donuts recipe (pictured above). And as always, I want to see your re-creations on Instagram. Be sure to tag me if you try any of my recipes and I’ll be sure to share it with everyone!
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