Protein No Bake Cookies

No bake cookies with protein powder. Just 8 simple ingredients and without any butter or white sugar! They’re oil-free, vegan and gluten-free.

In hopes of making your week a bit merrier I bring you some healthy no bake cookies with protein powder. No bake cookies have always been my favorite and I LOVE these because they’re healthier and loaded with protein.

Striped rectangular green and red tin with a red bow on top filled with no bake cookies.

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If it feels like I post a new No Bake Cookie recipe every year around Christmas time, it’s because I do. The original version has always been one of my favorite holiday cookies (they rival these almond flour crescent cookies) so I like to play around with the recipe to see if I can make different and healthy versions of the original.
Stack of no bake protein cookies on parchment paper

No Bake Cookies Made Healthier

Traditional no bake cookies are made with butter, milk and refined sugar and have around 18 grams of sugar per cookie! This version only has 3 grams of sugar per cookie and we’re swapping the refined sugar for maple syrup. It also has no butter or oil and uses whole rolled oats instead of instant AND they still taste good. Like really good, and not just to people like me who like healthy food. Others have said they’re good too. 🙂

These cookies are perfect for your next holiday cookie platter (people won’t even notice that they’re healthy) but I’ve also deemed them a great snack option. With the protein powder, peanut butter and oats, they’re basically like a granola/protein bar. I’ve totally taken this idea to heart and have been eating them for a snack whenever possible. Cookies every day = awesome!

Red and green striped tin with no bake cookies inside.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make these cookies, plus some ideas for substitutions.

  • old fashioned rolled oats
  • vanilla protein powder – make sure to use plant-based protein powder to keep these cookies vegan.
  • creamy peanut butter – you can also use almond butter or any other nut/seed butter in place of the peanut butter.
  • unsweetened vanilla almond milk – any non-dairy milk option will work just fine.
  • maple syrup
  • cocoa powder
  • vanilla extract
  • sea salt
Red and green striped tin filled with healthy no bake cookies.

How to Make No Bake Cookies

Mix the oats and protein powder – Combine oatmeal and protein powder in a medium sized mixing bowl. Stir until there’s a nice dusting of protein powder over all the oatmeal.

Combine remaining ingredients – Place almond milk, peanut butter, maple syrup, cocoa powder and sea salt in a saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring often until cocoa powder is completely dissolved and the sauce has thickened. Take the pan off the heat and stir in vanilla.

Mix the dough – Pour peanut butter chocolate mixture over oats/protein powder and mix until all pieces of the oatmeal are covered.

Chill the dough – Place batter in the fridge for 10 minutes to let the batter set up – this step is optional, but the cookies will be cool and much easier to shape if you do it.

Scoop the dough – Drop chilled dough by spoonfuls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, using hands to work cookies into desired shape – I made these into little round cookies.

Set – Place baking sheet in fridge until cookies are set, then serve.

Two stacks of no bake cookies on the left with a green and red tin filled with cookies on the right.

How to Store These Cookies

Store these cookies in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to 1 week. These also freeze well if you need to keep them longer. Store cookies in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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If you make these no bake cookies with protein be sure to let me know how they turned out by leaving a comment and star rating below. Your feedback is so helpful for me and other EBF readers. 

No Bake Protein Cookies

Brittany Mullins
No bake protein cookies with protein powder. Made with just 8 simple ingredients and without any butter or white sugar! Oil-free, vegan and gluten-free.
3.93 from 14 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Calories 93 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 scoop 21 grams vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup creamy natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Combine oatmeal and protein powder in a medium sized mixing bowl. Stir until there’s a nice dusting of protein powder over all the oatmeal.
  • Place almond milk, peanut butter, maple syrup, cocoa powder and sea salt in a saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring often until cocoa powder is completely dissolved and the sauce has thickened. Take the pan off the heat and stir in vanilla.
  • Pour peanut butter chocolate mixture over oats/protein powder and mix until all pieces of the oatmeal are covered.
  • Place batter in the fridge for 10 minutes to let the batter set up – this step is optional, but the cookies will be cool and much easier to shape if you do it.
  • Drop chilled dough by spoonfuls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, using hands to work cookies into desired shape – I made these into little round cookies. At this point they’re ready to enjoy or you can place them in the fridge if you’re serving them later. Store any leftover cookies in the fridge.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 93kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 3gFat: 4gFiber: 2gSugar: 3g
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    53 comments
    1. Jillian
      May 31, 2021 AT 9:42 pm

      Making these now! I see the nutrition information, but I can’t find how big each cookie is supposed to be, or (relatedly) how many cookies one batch is supposed to make. I am not a regular cookie-maker, maybe that knowledge is assumed, but I don’t know it!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 2, 2021 AT 1:34 pm

        Shoot, I don’t remember! This is an older recipe. I need to actually retest it! But I usually use a Tablespoon when scooping dough for cookies and then roll them into balls from there. Let me know how they turn out for you!

    2. Adam
      May 27, 2021 AT 7:56 am

      4 stars
      Hey it looks like you changed this recipe? Or the link I was using before got redirected. There was a no-bake recipe with coconut oil and coconut brown sugar that I was using before… does that still exist somewhere or could you email that recipe to me? Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 27, 2021 AT 8:59 am

        Hi Adam. Good catch, for some reason my traditional no bake cookie recipe was getting redirected to this one with the protein powder. Here’s the recipe you’re looking for: healthy no bake cookies.

        1. Adam Ming
          May 28, 2021 AT 8:12 pm

          Brittany I’m getting the same link, it’s a time loop! Browser issue? Email is listed if you want to send the direct link. If I hadn’t just bought the extra coconut oil I would try this one but I have a whole tub to use up! Thank youuuuu

          1. Brittany Mullins
            May 29, 2021 AT 12:44 pm

            It must be a browser cache issue. Can you clear your cookies? If not, I can send you a direct link via email. I’m so sorry for the inconvenience.

    3. Leslie Raab
      May 14, 2021 AT 4:07 pm

      1 star
      I have had these before but never with the protein powder. The protein powder ruined them. I realize it depends on the brand, how that is going to change the flavor but I don’t think I’ll do that again.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 17, 2021 AT 1:02 pm

        Sorry to hear you didn’t like these with the protein powder, Leslie. What brand of protein powder did you use?

    4. Amy
      January 18, 2020 AT 9:13 am

      5 stars
      I substitute 1/8 cup of raw honey for the syrup. They’re delicious!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 18, 2020 AT 5:34 pm

        I’m so glad these cookies turned out well for you, Amy! Thanks for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I really appreciate it. <3

    5. Kristin
      March 10, 2019 AT 6:06 pm

      4 stars
      Good cookies but they still have A LOT of sugar in them. 1/4 cup maple syrup has 51 grams of sugar in it and 210 calories.

      1. Tamara Elders
        June 17, 2019 AT 4:33 pm

        5 stars
        Ummm…use sugar free maple syrup.

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