Chocolate Chip Walnut Protein Cookies (no protein powder, gluten free, dairy free)

So my mission is to find or create a protein cookie recipe that 1. doesn’t suck and 2. doesn’t use that horrible processed protein powder.

One of my biggest pet peeves about diet websites is that they often promote protein powder supplements or prepackaged protein snacks and a multitude of low fat junk that is filled with all kinds of non-real food ingredients and sugars/fake sugars to make them edible (and that part is debatable). How anything so heavily processed and full of sugar going to make anyone skinny is beyond me. In all fairness, I used to be one of those people, but I guess that’s where the education part starts.

Ok, that’s my baby rant. Back to business.

So back in the day…let’s go back….7 years? Sure, 7 sounds good. I used to eat these horrible protein products because I thought that they would help me with my weight loss battle. And yes, back then it was a battle! It was tireless exercising with very little pay off. I know now that food is 80% of the weight loss equation, 10% being from exercise. I no longer battle with my weight (thank goodness) but I do miss some of those horrible convenience products because they are just that, convenient. My favorite was these White Chocolate Protein Cookies that they had recently (at the time) come out with. I’m sure if I tried it now, I wouldn’t be able to get it down, but that’s how our taste buds change. Thankfully mine changed for the better. However, I now have a hankering for protein cookies, which led to the creation of this recipe.

We are finishing week 7 of Insanity (and week 2 of my Bikram challenge) and being hungry all the time is definitely a problem. Especially being hungry at inconvenient times. Often trying to figure out a wholefood snack is a real pain in the you-know-what. I started wondering if there was a recipe out there that we could make that was entirely from (or mostly) from wholefoods. I couldn’t find any. So I figured, to hell with it, I’ll make up my own!

A warning, the batter is addictive…really addictive. Good thing I got 2 workouts in today! Needless to say, they turned out pretty darn awesome.

This is my first attempt at protein cookies since we have been only doing protein balls and bars up until now. I figured it’s time to change it up a bit! Click on the links in the ingredients below to find out more about the flours I chose to make these high protein, high fiber, powerhouse cookies!

Note: Gluten free rolled oats are available if you’re looking for a gluten free option.

Mounds and Mounds of yummy cookies.

Walnut Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies

    • 1 cup almond butter
    • 1/2 cup palm sugar plus 2 Tbsp
    • 1/4 cup honey
    • 3 eggs
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 1 cup rolled oats
    • 1/2 cup coconut flour
    • 1/2 cup almond flour or almond meal
    • 1/2 cup flax meal
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1 cup dark chocolate chips (70% or higher to minimize the amount of sugar)
    • 2/3 cup chopped walnuts or any kind you like (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 F. Place 1 cup of oats in the food processor and process until fairly fine, like flour and set aside. In a mixer blend the almond butter, sugar and honey until well combined. Add the eggs and vanilla, mix until well blended. Add the 3 kinds of flour (oat flour, coconut flour and almond flour/meal), flax meal, baking soda and salt. Blend until well incorporated. Fold in the remaining chocolate chips and nuts. On cookie sheets lined with parchment paper, scoop 1 Tbsp of batter per cookie. I used a 1 Tbsp cookie scoop that works like a charm, but use what you have. Using the back of a wet spoon (a cup of cold water nearby is handy), squish the cookies down to make a cookie shape.

The cookies baked on a regular baking sheet took 10 minutes, while those done on a stoneware baking sheet took 12 minutes. Adjust cooking time depending on the type of bake ware you’re using. It’s important to remember that these won’t bake up exactly like regular cookies because of the high content of nut butter, honey and the fact that there’s no gluten. Remember that the honey will cause them to brown faster on the under side.

Note : I think these cookies taste best a little on the soft side, but cook them according to your tastes.

Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.

Makes 54 cookies/ 120 calories per cookie (with walnuts), 90 calories (without)

Before the squishing

After the squishing

5 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber per serving of 2 cookies!


I’m sharing this with Lunch Box Love, Frugal Friday, Foodie Friday, Food Friday , Fresh Bite Fridays, Fight Back Friday and Fat Camp Friday.

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21 Responses to Chocolate Chip Walnut Protein Cookies (no protein powder, gluten free, dairy free)

  1. Koko October 21, 2011 at 5:47 am #

    Ooooh!! I am SO down with these….they looks delicious, and satisfying, and best of all, in a healthy way!! Great recipe that I would love to try!

  2. T. October 21, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    These look SO good! I must make them!

  3. Kim,USA October 21, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    Oh my this is yummy!! thanks for sharing the recipe.


  4. maiylah October 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

    oh my…one delicious and healthy snack! i just love that last shot, with bits of chocolates and nuts…

    thank you so much for sharing this deliciously healthy snack over at Food Friday, France
    happy weekend!

  5. Kelly October 22, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

    Oh, these look very yummy indeed – that last picture is simply awesome! I love the use of walnut and almond butter in these protein-rich cookies… sounds heavenly…. (including the dark chocolate! :)). No need to add powders when you’re working from gorgeous, whole food ingredients like these. I wish I could taste one right now! (also love the ‘before the squishing’ photo).

    • France Morissette October 23, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

      Thanks Kelly, I tried cooking them without the “squishing” process and they stayed quite bulbous. I’m so happy with the way they turned out, especially for my first try.

  6. Jennifer October 22, 2011 at 11:20 pm #

    These look so yummy! Wonderful ingredients.

    • France Morissette October 23, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

      Thanks Jennifer. I love using whole food ingredients that nourish the body.

  7. Linda October 24, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    These look delicious!! I too dislike those protein bars with endless ingredients – mostly that are non-food!! I will have to check out your bars as well, but this will be great for my pre-gym snack!

  8. Tessa@TessaDomesticDiva February 1, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    Yummy! I love the ingredient combo here! If you get some time, it would be great if you cold share some your recipes on our new blog hop! Thanks Francie!

    • France Morissette February 1, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

      Hi Tessa, Thanks for stopping by. I did not know you’re doing a blog hop. I’ll swing by.Thanks.

  9. Carolyn February 26, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

    Am about to make these delicious sounding cookies – but in reading the recipe there are a couple of things that I just need to make sure of, and that I am not seeing. I think I know the answer, but – when do you add back in the oats? And is this ground oats what you are considering the 3rd flour (as I only see 2 mentioned in the recipe)? Thanks!

    • France Morissette February 27, 2012 at 5:51 am #

      HI Carolyn, Thank you for your question. I made the changes in the directions to make it more clear. The ground oats are in fact the flour so your intuition was right.

  10. Carolyn March 2, 2012 at 5:37 am #

    Thanks France – I just made these little beauties without the walnuts (not a fan)…and my oh my, they are soooo good!!!! I’m just easing into this whole food thing…baby steps for now…but keep this up, and I’ll be converted in no time :) !

  11. Teresawhite July 18, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

    Hi there!
    I would love to try these. Do you think I could sub out the almond meal for walnut meal or more oat flour? What do you think? I have everything else.
    By the way I just watched your new video for the fudge – I love watching you in the kitchen- you are so down to earth but make amazing recipes. I think I might get your books but can’t pull up the sample on my iPad. I am challenged in this area – I think it is because I am 55 yrsold- my granddaughter knows more than me. Lol
    You are adorable and I enjoy your site- keep up informing about healthy eating!

    • France Morissette July 18, 2012 at 10:33 pm #

      Hi Teresa. Absolutely you could sub in the walnut meal or oat flour here. If you still need help opening up the sample on your Ipad, email us and Joshua can help you, he’s my software guru :)

  12. Xochitl Maiman May 3, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

    Your recipes look delicious – looking forward to trying some of the protein bars. In defense of protein powder, Growing Naturals Whole Grain Brown Rice Protein Powder is very popular among home bakers looking to add a wholesome, clean source of protein to their bars, cookies, pancakes and other baked snacks.

  13. Anne Wahl July 18, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    These taste really good!! I had just made peanut butter, so I used that instead of the almond butter, and I used 1/4 barley sugar instead of the palm sugar. I didn’t have coconut flour, so I ground 1/2 c additional oats. They are not as moist looking as yours, understandably, but just added the missing ing. to my shopping list for next weeks batch! Yummy! Thanks. I can see all the variations that can be made from this…..


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