5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

Peanut butter protein cookies made with just 5 simple ingredients: oats, protein powder, peanut butter, apple sauce and honey or maple syrup.  Each cookie has 4 grams of protein! Gluten-free and dairy-free.

Few things are better than when healthy treats are acceptable any time of day… am I right?! These cookies are super nutrient dense. I think they could pass as a breakfast and definitely pass as a snack! If you’re looking for a reason to have more cookies in your life and you love peanut butter, you’re going to go crazy for these easy, 5-ingredient cookies.

Two peanut butter protein cookies. One has a bite taken out of it.

Ingredients in Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

  • quick oats
  • vanilla protein powder – I share my favorite plant-based protein powders in that blog. If you prefer whey protein, that works too!
  • drippy natural peanut butter
  • unsweetened applesauce
  • honey or maple syrup

Stack of peanut butter protein cookies.

How to Make High Protein Cookies

In a large bowl, mix your dry ingredients (the protein powder and oats). In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients (the peanut butter, applesauce and honey or maple syrup). Add the wet to the dry ingredients and stir to combine. The consistency of your dough will depend on the protein powder and natural peanut butter you use. If needed, add an additional 1-2 Tablespoons of applesauce to moisten the dough. Form the dough into one inch balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Use a fork to press the ball down into a cookie shape and bake until golden brown!

Two peanut butter protein cookies, one laying on top of the other.

Storing Peanut Butter Cookies

These cookies are so delicious it’s almost not even necessary to share storage tips! If you have self control… these store well in an airtight container on the counter, in the fridge or in the freezer! If you plan on storing for longer than a week, I recommend storing in the freezer.

Stack of peanut butter protein cookies laying on a white surface.

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If you make these peanut butter protein cookies, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how they turned out. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers.

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Stack of peanut butter protein cookies.

Flourless Peanut Butter Protein Cookies


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 12

Description

Peanut butter protein cookies made with just 5 simple ingredients: oats, protein powder, peanut butter, apple sauce and honey or maple syrup.  Each cookie has 4 grams of protein! Gluten-free and dairy-free.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 2 scoops (50 grams) of vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup drippy natural peanut butter*
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce + 12 Tablespoons more, if needed
  • 2 Tablespoons honey or maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Place oats and protein powder into a small bowl and stir to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together the peanut butter, applesauce and honey or maple syrup. Pour the wet peanut butter mixture over the dry mixture and stir well. Combining this mixture will take a little stirring power and it may seem a little crumbly at first. I used my hands to knead the dough near the end and that seems to help. If it’s too crumbly, you can add an extra 1-2 Tablespoons of applesauce to moisten it.
  4. Once combined, start forming the the dough into one inch balls.
  5. Place balls on a parchment lined baking sheet, press the ball down into a cookie shape with a fork and bake for 12 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven, let cool and enjoy. Store any leftovers in a covered airtight container on the counter/in the fridge for immediate consumption or store in the freezer for later.

Notes

  • For the protein powder, I recommend measuring by grams instead of by the scoop.
  • The consistency of the dough may vary based on the brand of protein powder and peanut butter you use. If the dough seems too dry, add more applesauce as the recipe suggests or a splash of milk.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 80
  • Sugar: 3
  • Fat: 4
  • Carbohydrates: 8
  • Fiber: 1
  • Protein: 4

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    39 comments
  1. Hi Brittany, can I use unflavoured protein powder and add vanilla extract? If I can, how much vanilla would you suggest?

    Thanks!
    Patty

  2. Thank you so much for this recipe!!! I’ve been craving peanut butter cookies but didn’t want all the calories: these gave me my fix PLUS they’re so filling and delicious!

    • Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Hillary!! So glad you enjoyed these cookies. Thanks for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. It’s super helpful to other readers. 🙂

  3. Hello,
    Wondering if a drippy nut butter (mixture of various) would also work or if you’ve tried that? Love your recipes AND loving your cookbook!

  4. Yum! Made with a banana instead of applesauce and with almond butter instead of peanut (what I had) and delicious! Will freeze and keep them for quick snacks. 🙂

  5. I made these last night and they turned out really dry. Is it supposed to be like that or did I do something wrong?

  6. I am new to your blog, and look forward to enjoying your recipes. With all my traveling for work, these cookies would be a perfect snack. Your recipe sounds delicious! Take care, Terra

  7. I just made these with half pb and half almond butter and chocolate MRM protein powder instead of vanilla (what I had). Omg!!! Amazing. Thanks for a great recipe!!

  8. Do you know the ingredients in the perfectfit protein powder? Where do you buy it or does it have to be ordered? Thanks.

    • Hey Beth. The Perfect Fit website gives all the ingredients and an explanation of each but basically brown rice protein, vanilla, guar gum, stevia and sea salt. You have to order it online because it’s not in stores (at least not yet).

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