Healthy No Bake Cookies with Protein

Healthy no bake cookies with protein powder. Made with 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.
4.45 from 9 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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    46 comments
    1. 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.

    2. 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

    3. 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.

    4. Carly Sears
      December 13, 2017 AT 11:35 pm

      Can you leave out the protein powder in this recipe? Looks so good btw <3

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 14, 2017 AT 11:31 am

        I use vanilla protein powder which gives the cookies a boost of protein (most cookies are low in the protein department) and also adds a hint of vanilla sweetness. If you don’t have any on hand you can always leave it out! If the batter seems too thin without it, just add a couple additional Tablespoons of oats.

    5. tom
      February 19, 2017 AT 11:30 pm

      5 stars
      hey, which protein powder did you use?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 20, 2017 AT 9:26 am

        I really like Sunwarrior Vanilla Warrior Blend. It’s a plant-based protein powder.

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