Protein Cookie Recipe: Chocolate Chip Coconut Cheesecake Cookies
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A few hundred recipes in, and I’ve finally made a proper protein cookie. I say proper because my double chocolate protein cookies are delicious but kinda weak as a true cookie. These chocolate chip cheesecake cookies, on the other hand, are bonafide cookies. They’re soft without being too chewy and perfectly crumbly without falling apart. I can’t stress their level of deliciousness enough.
As far as protein cookie macros go, I’m rather pleased with how these turned out. As I was adding things like coconut oil and higher calorie ingredients, I worried they might turn out a little too high calorie. Each cookie ended up with 73 calories, 5.3 grams of protein, 7.3 grams of carbs, and 3.5 grams of fat.
I don’t want to name names, but a Benny and Harry’s Protein Cookie has 420 calories, 16 grams of protein, 66 grams of carbs, and 16 grams of fat. Granted, they’re a bit larger. So let’s say you ate three of my protein cookies to equal things out. That’s 219 calories, 15.9 grams of protein, 21.9 grams of carbs, and 10.5 grams of fat. Whew! That’s enough math for one day. Luckily, these protein donut holes are much easier to make than solving equations.
Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Protein Cookie Ingredients
This recipe has a bit more extensive ingredient list than most, but I don’t want you to think that means it’s difficult. If you have everything on hand, you can have these protein cookies prepped and in the oven in under 10 minutes. Below I’ll include a few notes on common ingredient questions or potential modifications.
Considering this is a coconut cheesecake protein cookie, I’d urge you to go with coconut flour. But if you have everything but and just want to give them a try, you could use another flour. If you’re using something like all purpose flour, you’ll want to use at least a 2:1 exchange ratio since coconut flour is so absorbent. That means you may need 1/2 cup of all purpose flour.
If you go this route and have a dough that’s too thick, you can add more fat or even a bit of liquid like a lower calorie milk or water at the end of mixing.
You can use any protein powder you’d like. I always use a whey concentrate or blend in my baked recipes, and the macros in my recipes are always with Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard or Dymatize 100% Whey.
I’ve found that whey isolates or other super lean protein powders (very little fat or carbs in their nutrient profile) can make recipes tough or dry. You can fix this by adding a bit more fat to the recipe. In this recipe, for example, that might look like an extra teaspoon or two of coconut oil.
If you’d like to learn more about finding the best protein powder for your goals and analyzing price and quality, check this article out.
This ingredient is readily found these days in most grocery stores. If you can’t find cheesecake specifically, the vanilla or white chocolate would work just fine. And if you’d like to go with something else, you could use corn starch, arrowroot powder, xantham gum, or another thickener.
I feel like I’m constantly talking about Swerve these days so if you’ve heard my spiel before, carry on. I’ve always used stevia and even turned stevia into a high protein powdered sugar in my crunch berries protein donuts recipe. But recently, I’ve been using Swerve in both granular and powdered forms. This protein cookie recipe calls for Swerve confectioners in the dough itself.
If you don’t have any on hand, you could try the protein powdered sugar I mentioned above or you could add a bit more pudding mix or other thickeners mixed with another low calorie sweetener.
It can be difficult to find fat-free cream cheese. Since this protein cookie recipe only calls for 2 ounces, it’s not a big deal if you roll with 1/3 fat instead. Actually, I just did the math and realized there’s a 10-calorie difference. I apologize for wasting your time with this ingredient note.
Protein Cookie: Chocolate Chip Coconut Cheesecake Cookies
A quick and easy protein cookie recipe with over 5 grams of protein and only 73 calories per cookie.
- 1 scoop (32g) Protein Powder vanilla
- 1/4 C (28g) Coconut Flour
- 2 2/3 Tbsp (24g) Swerve Confectioners or low cal powdered sugar
- 1 Tbsp (8g) Fat-Free Sugar-Free Cheesecake Pudding Mix
- 2 oz (56g) Fat-Free Cream Cheese room temp or softened
- 1 Tbsp (14g) Coconut Oil
- 1 Egg
- 1 Tbsp (14g) Dark Chocolate Chips
Preheat an oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Mix all dry ingredients except the chocolate chips in a large mixing bowl.
Add the coconut oil and cream cheese to a small bowl and microwave for 5-10 seconds or until you can mix both evenly with a spoon or whisk.
Gradually add the coconut oil and cream cheese mixture as well as the egg to the dry ingredients. Stir until you have a dough-like consistency.
Using your hands or a scooper of some sort, form 8 balls with the dough. Press the chocolate chips into the dough balls or place them on top once you flatten the dough balls into small circles with your hands.
Bake for 8 minutes. Enjoy!
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