High Protein Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

A few weeks ago, someone (I’m not pointing the finger, here! ;) ) got me craving oatmeal cookies. BIG TIME!

I had completely, well, ok, not quite completely… I had sort of forgotten that oatmeal cookies even existed before I saw THE PICTURES!

Then it all came back to me. The sweet chewyness, the moist tenderness, their distinct sugary and slightly cinnamony flavor, the aroma that just fills the room as they bake… There’s just something about them that takes you back. They’re like sooo comforting. Even more so than chocolate chip cookies. At least to me, they are.

Oh, to have only one!

High Protein Healthy Oatmeal Cookies | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

But I knew full well that if I was going to bake a few dozens, there’s no way I would’ve had only one. And oatmeal cookies HAVE to be home made. How else are you going to fill the room with their delightful aroma? So going out and buying one was not even an option.

You see, what makes oatmeal cookies so good and chewy and tender yet crispy and soft is that they are generally loaded with brown sugar and butter. There is no working around that, at least not that I know of…

But then I asked myself what it was that I was really craving. The taste or the texture? A little bit of both, probably, but mostly the taste! So I deciced to try and create a super heatlhy version, packed with all the wholesome goodness of standard oatmeal cookies, without all the added sugar and fat, plus, of course, a good dose of added protein to top it off.

High Protein Healthy Oatmeal Cookies | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

While the resulting cookies do not have the soft almost creamy texture of a classic oatmeal cookie, I am very satisfied with their flavour, which pretty much matches the real thing! As far as the texture is concerned, these cookies are EXTRELEMY dense, but if you’ve been reading me for a while, you know just how much I looooove dense.

Will I be making these again? You bet I will. I kept a few in the freezer to test their freezability factor, as well as their crumbability-over-some-good-healthy-goodie factor.

Not sure they will stay in the freezer for too long…

If you want to make recipes like this, look into culinary colleges!

High Protein Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

Yield: Makes 18 cookies

Nutritional Information is for 1 cookie

High Protein Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

INGREDIENTS

    Dry ingredients
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 3 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • Wet ingredients
  • 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • ¾ cup egg whites
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Extra Goodness
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F
  2. In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix all the wet ingredients together.
  4. Add wet to dry and mix delicately to combine. Fold in raisins, cranberries and walnuts.
  5. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  6. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the cookies start to turn golden brown
  7. Cool completely on a cooling rack, then transfer to refrigerator, where the cookies will keep for up to a week.
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High Protein Healthy Oatmeal Cookies | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

High Protein Healthy Oatmeal Cookies | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

 

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    • Maritza says

      Hi, I always try to eat healthy. Although these cookies I make exactly the way it read on the recipe, even added raisins It seems to lack in flavor. Came out like cake cookies. I’m not a cake person prefer chewy or crunchy healthy goods. Any recommendations for me as in healthy oatmeal cookies I so much crave:(

  1. Donna says

    They look YUM to the tenth power…and speaking of power, I’ll bet they’d be perfect for “powering” one through the morning for breakfast or on an afternoon hike!!! Your recipe “fertility” NEVER ceases to impress me!!!! By the way…do you recommend any particular protein powders? There are so many to choose from and I plan on purchasing a container or two on our triip to the U.S. this summer..Whey isolate or concentrate, egg white….casein…??

    • says

      Thank you Donna! :D I don’t recommend any type of protein in particular. I, myself, use whey isolate protein, and I use the brand that they carry at Costco, for it costs a fraction of the price and the “specs” are to my liking (high protein, low everything else…) I usually buy 2 containers, one plain and one vanilla and I mix them together, otherwise, I find the full power vanilla to be too sweet for my taste. I must go through a container per month… I tend to add protein powder to most of my bakes and breakfast creations… plus, I usually have a shake in the morning, after my workout. I say buy a container and see if you like it first. Not all protein powders are created equal. Some taste absolutely awful, or so I have heard… I guess your safest bet would be to go with plain and flavor it yourself! ;)

      • says

        Could you give more specifics about the whey protein you buy at Costco? I am looking for a good quality vanilla whey protein. I am a huge Costco fan and would love to which one you buy because mine offers several. Also, different Costcos carry different products. Thanks for all your great and healthy ideas.

      • says

        Actually Elizabeth, I no longer buy my whey protein at Costco, especially not the vanilla flavoured one, since the one they carry is sweetened with aspartame, which is something I have now completely banned from my diet. I now use whey protein that is sweetened exclusively with stevia… it’s so much better, so much healthier and much less sweet! I currently use Ergogenics’. Check it out here!

  2. julie winnington says

    These look and sound great, I am not sure about the protein powder though. I try to stay away from processed products, can I omit it?

    • says

      I wouldn’t see why not… if anything, it might make the cookies a little less dense. You might want to add a little bit of a sweetener, though, such as honey or agave nectar. I too, try to stay away from everything processed, but whey protein would be one of my exceptions. Since I don’t eat much meat, I tend to add it to almost all my snacks and breakfasts! Plus, from all the information that I read, whey protein is actually very good for you, so I guess not all processed products are created equal…

  3. Absinthe says

    Is it okay baking like that with protein powder? I am a Lapband patient and I have inquired about using my whey protein powder to cook with and was told that once you heat the whey, the proteins start to break down…

    • says

      There are those who say it does, and there are those who say it doesn’t. There are those who say it does but it doesn’t matter, really. It’s hard to know what’s what when it comes to baking with whey protein. I do it, and I enjoy it, and I believe it’s good for me… so I do it. That pretty much is my philosophy when it comes to eating in general… ;) Eat what works and what you feel is good for you!

      • Kaela says

        Hey guys,

        I am no expert, nor have I done any research on the matter… However protein is derived from milk. All pasteurized milk is heated to just about boiling so I can’t see how heating protein would break it down? Food for though! Pun intended! :)

  4. says

    Perfect!

    My girlfriend is super-focused on beating cholesterol through diet and these might be great for her to have an indulgence.

    Thanks again! Glad I came by your blog!

  5. Kevin Brown says

    Also I was wondering how you mix it? like with a wisk or fork? or beat it? for how long! thanks! im really looking forward to making these!

    • says

      I’m pretty sure it would, although I’ve never tried it. I’ve often added protein powder to existing recipes without affecting them much, so I guess removing it should have very similar results! Let me know how they turn out if you try! :D

  6. Earlyn says

    Sonia,
    I tried this recipe today. The flavor is wonderful and the nutritional information, which I calculated myself, allows me to eat as many of these without feeling guilty. Thanks for sharing :)

  7. Jean says

    Wow! This recipe is crazy good! I’m one of those people who are genetically incapable of following a recipe exactly, so I made these cookies with what I had on hand:: gluten-free baking mix, 1 scoop of vanilla egg protein powder, less cinnamon, and real eggs…before I put them in the oven I wondered what was supposed to make them sweet…tasted the batter and it was good…cookies turned out fluffy and delicious! So it seems you can easily go either way with the protein powder. :) This is a fantastic discovery, and it’s nice to know it isn’t one of those fussy recipes that the least little goof will wreck! Thanks so much !

    • says

      Oh thank YOU so much for your awesome feedback Jean! I always love it when people say my recipes work for them. I am so just like you, I have a hard time following a recipe to the tee. I always have to change something. Now, the way you described your version, I sort of wish I could give them a try! Fluffy and delicious, that sounds tempting. :D

  8. Cynthia says

    Wow – I must be the only one who thinks these cookies taste like cardboard. I made them for my grandaughter, who doesn’t get much protein in her diet. Sorry, but I just didn’t like the taste. Way to bland.

    • says

      Real sorry to hear the recipe didn’t work for you, Cynthia. Like I said, they’re not your typical super sweet, super moist oatmeal cookies. I’m real suprised that you would find them bland, though… Again, sorry to hear!

    • Dallas says

      I agree Cynthia!! I just finished making them. I even added dark chocolate and walnuts, and it was still bland. Followed the directions VERY closely. Not sure why they turned out so bland when everyone else loves them. Maybe just different taste buds.

      • says

        I think this has a lot to do with sweetness, Dallas. If one is accustomed to or excepting to get the same level of sweetness that they would find in a standard, sugar loaded oatmeal cookie, they will indeed find that these ones lack a little bit in the flavor department. Plus, all protein powders aren’t created equal, I guess. Some are a lot tastier / sweeter than others. That too, probably has a role to play…

  9. Melanie says

    MMMMM! My hubby and I are craving a healthy oatmeal cookie. I will make this recipie today! Thank you:-) Let you know how they turn out!

  10. Lana says

    Well this was my first try at healthy oatmeal cookies. I followed the directions exactly but they were not very sweet and the kids, husband and myself did not really care for them. Maybe it had to do with the type of protein powder used but not a repeat for us. The dogs like them :).

  11. margaret says

    crap now im even more anxious to get my check and buy vanilla protein powder…. silly me bought chocolate before i discovered everyone freaking bakes with the vanilla stuff who knew? bookmarked this so i can make these soon (:

    • says

      You’re in luck, Margaret! I just created another oatmeal cookie recipe, which I will be posting today. Not quite as high in protein, but just as healthy. And it doesn’t require the protein powder… so I’m pretty sure you’d be able to whip them up this week-end, if you wanted!

      And just between you and me, they are MUCH, MUCH better! ;)

  12. Scott says

    Sounds great! I have two suggestions … use hemp protein and for more sweetness add truvia. If they are too dry, wouldnt adding more apple up the moistness?

    • says

      You think that hemp protein would help with the dryness issue? Why do you think that is? I’ve never worked with hemp protein before… only hemp seeds. And I hear you shouldn’t cook hemp at temperatures exceeding 350F… so not sure that it would be an option after all. Still, I’ll have to investigate that possibility. Thanks for the suggestions, I really appreciate that! :)

  13. Elle says

    I made these last night and they were great! Thanks so much! Added a few chocolate chips to part of the batch – that was good too. A challenge I find with healthy recipes is a bit of “sponginess” (but not really in a good way) – can you tell me how to get less sponginess? Is this from cooking with applesauce instead of shortening?

    • says

      Glad you liked the cookies, Elle. Not too sure what you mean by sponginess, though, so I’m afraid I can’t be of much help here… If what you are saying is that you would like your cookies to be a tad more crispy, then definitely, you would need to add some kind of fat. Try adding a few tablespoons of coconut oil, maybe?

      • Elle says

        Sonia,
        Thanks, I will try that. I wasn’t sure if it was omitting the fat or the sugar that makes them – I guess you’d say – less crispy. Great blog! Thanks for sharing with all of us out on the internet!

  14. Michelle says

    I just made these for my daughter as she is a competitive swimmer and needed something to give her for the meet…I made two changes for the kids taste which were to omit the raisins and increase the cranberries to one cup and added a couple teaspoons of orange zest (as we live in Florida). Baked as you said and they kids just ate one each and gave two thumbs up! Thanks for the healthy high protein snack for our swim meet this weekend!

    • says

      AWESOME! That’s really great news. I really love it when kids dig healthy versions of their traditional treats. Thank you so much for sharing this great feedback with me. This truly made my day! Really appreciate that! :D

  15. Melissa says

    I made these last night and unfortunately they were not very good! I think that maybe I used too much protein powder??? Can you specify how many grams each scoop of the protein powder should be? I used three 30 gram scoops and maybe that was too much?

    They ended up tasting quite bland and spongy!!!

    • says

      Well, the thing is not all protein powders are created equal, so that might sometimes create problems… 30 grams is about right for a scoop. Mine are actually 40g, so you definitely didn’t use too much. Funny, though. Mine weren’t spongy at all, quite the contrary. I found them to be really, really dense. I think I need to revisit this recipe! ;)

      Thanks for sharing your impressions, Melissa. I truly appreciate!

  16. Ally says

    I made these tonight and they were delicious! I’m a little surprised that anyone could find these bland. I found the measure of dried fruit to be so generous for the amount of batter… every bite had a ton of raisins and cranberries in them. How can that possibly be bland?

    I had to do a little improvising. I had forgotten to buy applesauce, but then I remembered I had some glasses of baby food, so I “borrowed” some sugarless apple/banana puree from my son. Yum! Oh, I also discovered that my husband accidentally bought “rum” instead of vanilla, so inspired by a comment above I went with orange extract. It worked SUPER well with the cranberries. The protein is so great. I need more cookie recipes that actually give me a sensation of fullness.

    • says

      OMG, Ally, thank you so much for that! Your comment is music to my ears! You have seriously made my day just now. :D

      I really like the sound of apple banana purée! Makes me wonder why I never thought of adding a mashed banana or two to my oatmeal cookie batter. Must be reeeeeally good. I feel a batch of this new and improved version will be happening real soon… with the orange extract also! Oh my! I can’t wait to try this! Kudos to you on a GREAT improvisation! :)

      Again, thank you so very much for this awesome comment. You ROCK! :D

  17. Tamara says

    Hi Sonia,

    I am so glad that I stumbled across your blog! I made these cookies tonight and I can’t believe how good they are!!! I didn’t have vanilla protein powder on hand so I used chocolate and it’s incredible how close to the real thing they taste. Thank you so much for sharing! This will for sure be one of my go to receipes for post or pre work out snacks. :)

    • says

      So glad to hear Tamara, and thank you so much for taking the time to leave your feedback. I truly appreciate! Chocolate protein powder has to make for a very interesting variation. I’ll make sure to give it a try! :)

  18. Cropper423 says

    Saw this on pinterest. Very curious to try, but I am curious where the “sweet” is suppose to come from. We aren’t an “all organic” kind of family. Maybe just add a bit of brown sugar? I like the idea of the protein powder. Have never used it, but would love trying to boost the level in certain foods, since we have 2 highly althletic boys and are always needing things to eat on the run between games.

    • says

      You’d be surprised at the amount of sweetness that you get from unsweetened applesauce and dried fruit alone… but the flavored protein powder also brings that level up a bit, as it also contains a certain amount of sweetener (hopefully Stevia!) I definitely wouldn’t add brown sugar, but, if you really wanted more sweetness, a little bit of honey, or black strap molasses should do the trick… ;)

  19. says

    I was desperately craving healthy oatmeal cookies, so a quick Google search led me here. I didn’t have a few of the ingredients (and was REALLY desperate!), so I substituted the following:
    -gluten-free flour and gluten-free oats (attempting to decrease my gluten intake)
    -banana whey protein (it tastes better with my tropical juice post-workouts!)
    -for the wet ingredients, I mashed up 2 medium sized bananas and 1 over-ripe pear. Combined with 3 full eggs, that didn’t give me quite enough wet:dry ingredients, so I added 1/4 cup molasses.
    -I upped the cranberries to 1 full cup and added a 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds. No walnuts.
    I’m happy to say that my strange alterations worked! My craving is satisfied and I can’t wait to eat a couple of these every morning with my tea.
    I’m glad I stumbled upon you! Looking forward to more :)

    • says

      Real happy to hear you liked the cookies! Your substitutions sound very tasty, too! I’m really curious about the banana whey protein. Must be very interesting!

      Oh, and thanks a bunch for sharing your impressions, I truly appreciate! :D

  20. Christina says

    Just made these tonight, they are absolutely delish!! such a perfect healthy treat. I find them really dense which left me feeling satisfied after having only one but because they were so tasty I admit I had an extra half of one :) The only thing I did differently was add a mashed banana and some orange zest! I find the zest really adds to the flavour! New fav cookie recipe, thank you so much!

    • says

      So glad you liked them Christina! Thanks for letting me know. LOOOVE the addition of banana and orange zest. Must add a lot of extra flavor, sweetness and moisture. I will definitely have to give it a try! Thanks for the inspiration! :D

  21. Sarah says

    I was perusing the internet for healthy oatmeal cookie recipes and found yours on Google. I’m so happy I decided to try to make them because they are wonderfully delicious and seem to have low enough carbohydrates that they are good for my Dad, who is a diabetic. They are also just wonderful for a snack or breakfast on the run, which I am always due to being a college student. Thanks so much for the wonderful recipe!!! I will pass it on to all my friends!

  22. Starla says

    thank you for this recipe! Can’t wait to make them for a pre-workout snack. I will be adding the 2 bananas, molasses, 1/4c unsweetened cocoa powder, maybe some peanut butter chips, and omitting the walnuts.

    I entered ALL ingredients as in your recipe, minus walnuts and adding the above mentioned things and here is the nurtitional information from a recipe calculator (by the way, myfitnesspal.com is a free food diary website that I use, it has a recipe calculator and a huge food database- great tool)

    174 cal, 29g carbs, 3g fat, 10g protein, 3g fiber, 123mg sodium each

    Now those are some healthy cookies and a PERFECT pre-workout mix of carbs and protein. THanks!

  23. Katherine R. says

    Just made these for a healthy treat for my 19 month old son and myself. Didn’t have protein powder and used chopped up mixed fruit (regular and golden raisins, dried apricots, dried apples, and dried cranberries) and no nuts. They are good, but aren’t the usual “sweet oatmeal cookie.” I think up-ing the sweeter dried fruit like the cranberries and raisins would make it “sweeter.” Every bite with them tastes so much better than the other bites. But, honestly, my son loved them, which is a great treat, especially with milk for him. He kept yelling “cookie cookie!” I think perhaps I’m the only one who wants them “sweeter” because he doesn’t have the same sweet cravings as me!

    • says

      YAY! So happy to hear your 19 month old loved them! I guess it’s easier for him to get acclimated to treats that aren’t all that sweet, since, at such a tender age, he will not yet have been introduced to many of the overly sweet treats that we tend to have as adults. But even for us grown-ups, it’s quite easy to reverse that process by slowly cutting down on refined sugar and replacing with sugars from natural sources. Eventually, our taste buds get used to it and our treats don’t need to be quite as sweet for us to enjoy, and even crave just as much.

      Oh, and thank you so much for leaving that awesome feedback! I truly appreciate your taking the time to do that! :D

  24. kristi says

    I am an instructor for Golds Gym, I made these for my body pump class last week and they loved them! what a great hit. Tweaking them a bit this week, thanks for the recipe.

  25. says

    These look yummy! I’m going to try them soon – I love the fact that they don’t contain any milk or butter (my husband is casein intolerant, so I’m always searching for dairy free recipes).

  26. Stacy says

    I made these with a few changes. They were INCREDIBLE.

    I didn’t have nutmeg so i left that out. I used a cup of cinnamon applesauce but also added the cinnamon called for . I used almond extract instead of vanilla. I used two egg whites and one whole egg to make 3/4 cup. I added 1/2 a cup of mini chocolate chips.

    The best addition was I coarsely ground 6 tbsp of whole flaxseeds. Really gave it a nutty, crunchy taste. Because the flaxseed made it a little dry, I added two tablespoons of honey and baked them at 350 for 12 minutes.

    They are softer than i like them but they were so dark they started to look burned. That’s just the color. Next time I’ll bake them until they get a little harder.

    Less like a cookie and more like a chewy fiber bar but my 2 year old LOVES them.

    • says

      Thanks so much for the great feedback Stacy, I truly appreciate that! Real glad to hear the cookies were a hit and love the substitutions that you made. I’ll definitely have to try adding flax seeds, too. They must indeed add a very interesting little crunch. :)

  27. Stacy says

    since I left that comment on December 8th, i’ve made 6 batches of these cookies trying to achieve crunch and eliminate sponginess (although many people like that). the original recipe was great so i hope you aren’t offended but I have achieved crunch!

    I followed the recipe except for the following:

    1. instead of whole wheat flour i ground a cup of whole flaxseeds and substituted that.

    2. instead of the egg whites, i used two large eggs.

    3. i used chocolate protein powder instead of vanilla (although i don’t think that made a difference but it eliminated the white specks i kept finding in the cookies)

    4. I added 1/2 cup of pecans and 1/2 cup of choc chips.

    They look like they were burning and several times i was tempted to take them out but i cooked them for the full 15 minutes on a pizza stone. As soon as they came out of the oven i used a metal spatula to move them to a cold cookie sheet. they were crispy and crunchy. This has become my new favorite oatmeal cookie. Thanks so much!!!!

    • says

      Offended? NOT AT ALL, Stacy? I am so happy that you played around with my recipe and made it into something that meets your idea of a perfect cookie. I must admit that your recipe sounds scrumptious and I might very well have to give it a try (minus the chocolate protein powder and chocolate chips…)

      Thanks a bunch for sharing the results of your experimentation. If I do give them a try, I will do the same! :)

  28. Myrna Gonzalez Childress says

    These were quite tasty. I did not have apple sauce so I used canned pumpkin. They came out delicious. If I had to describe them to someone would say they taste healthy, hearty, and delicious all in one, and they taste better than they look inside and out.

  29. Katie Miller says

    Hi Sonia,
    I’ve just had a go at baking these cookies- they didnt turn out quite like yours and i found that they didn’t have a whole lot of flavour- was wondering where i went wrong?? i decided to omit the protein powder because im not a huge fan and then somewhere along the way must have gone abit wrong because the flavour is quite bland?
    Just wondering for next time i try them!
    Such a fan of your recipes!
    Katie

    • says

      I don’t know Katie… maybe the protein powder played some sort of a role in conferring sweetness and flavor the the cookies? It has been a while since I made them, so I don’t remember exactly what they tasted like, but I remember really liking their flavor. Maybe next time you could try adding a little bit more cinnamon and nutmeg, and maybe throw in a few chopped dates for extra sweetness if you’re not going to use the protein powder?

      Or try one of my other oatmeal cookie recipes, maybe? The pumpkin ones are quite tasty! And I really liked the orange cranberry onestoo.

      Sorry the recipe did not meet your expectations. I truly hope that the next batch will make you happier! :)

  30. Kaela says

    Just wanted to say that the recipe turned out great. I added a couple TBS of organic coconut sugar, and a touch of organic maple syrup. Yummy. I also added some EVOO and it really gave the cookies some moisture (you could use any oil to your liking I woud think) Delicious. Thank you for the recipe.

  31. Nuno says

    Just tried these out! Didn’t have vanilla whey so I just used chocolate whey. They taste really healthy. Not too sweet. I will bring it to work to eat whit natural Greek yogurt. Yumm

  32. Jamie says

    Just made these because I was craving oatmeal cookies but wanted a healthier version. I will admit that these are bland for my sweet-tooth family but my 2 year old loves them. lol. I may put a little frosting on top for half the batch and leave the other half alone for me and my little one. :)

  33. Roberta Tam says

    I just made these, and they aren’t very good… I did everything as instructed and used Vega Protein Powder. I even added chocolate chips, but they turned out extremely bland. I don’t think I’d make this again.

  34. Tyler Scott says

    What can I substitute for apple sauce since im on a low sugar low fat diet. I cant have any lactose products either. HELP please:)

  35. Shuswap says

    I made these and as I’ve been cutting down on sugar, these were OK for me. My husband didn’t like them because they were not sweet enough, maybe a few T. of sugar, honey or maple syrup would have helped.

  36. Lisa says

    Just made these bad boys and they are delicious; thank you!!

    I’m not militant gluten-free, but generally avoid it, so I tend to switch out beans 1:1 for flour in recipes. Also ups the protein and fiber content :) Just substitute the flour with a cup of pureed northern beans (any beans will work, really–I just used these for their color). I don’t have a food processor, so I just threw the beans in my blender with the wet ingredients. Super tasty, even healthier, and keeps the texture nice and soft/chewy. Cheers!

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