5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Protein Cookies



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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 you definitely want to use fresh, drippy peanut butter for this recipe. Dense, thick or dry peanut butter will give you crumbly cookies.
  • unsweetened applesauce – use store-bought or make your own with my applesauce recipe.
  • 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.
4.02 from 83 votes

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.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 12


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


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Place oats and protein powder into a small bowl and stir to combine.
  • 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.
  • Once combined, start forming the the dough into one inch balls.
  • Place balls on a parchment lined baking sheet, press the ball down into a cookie shape with a fork and bake for 12 minutes.
  • 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.


  • 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.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 107kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 42mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: peanut butter protein cookies
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  1. I think I might have won? But I received no notification…In any case, those cookies are getting made!

    1. Hi Christine! Indeed – you are the winner. I picked the winner late last night and was going to email you this morning. Check your inbox. 🙂

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

    1. 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).

  3. Oh these sound really good! I typically bring cookies into my office on Mondays and I’m sure my coworkers would like these. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  4. I love incorporating a little extra protein in my little baked treats because sometimes life gets rushed around and a quick on-the-go protein snack does the trick to nourish our busy lives!

    1. 5 stars
      Had to let you know that they turned out great! So addicting but I feel good about eating these cookies 😉

      1. Hooray! Thank you so much for coming back to let me know how they turned out, Taylor. Enjoy!

  5. Thank you for sharing this recipe! Do you think they would be as good with other types of nut butter?

    1. I’m not 100% sure because I’ve only tried it with peanut butter. But if you try it with another nut butter, let me know. 🙂

  6. 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!!

    1. Yay! I’m so glad the cookies turned out well for you. Thanks for trying the recipe, Kristi.

  7. 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

  8. I’m curious – are the freeze-dried strawberries super important or can these be made without them?

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

      1. Hi Rita! They should still turn out. You might just need to add extra oats if the cookie dough seems to wet! Let me know if you try it.

  10. 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. 🙂

    1. Woo-hoo! So glad they turned out well with the subs. Thanks for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it! 🙂

    1. They should still turn out. You might just need to add extra oats if the cookie dough seems to wet! Let me know if you try it.

  11. 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!

    1. Yes! I have a feeling another type of drippy nut butter should work. Let me know if you try it! And yay… so pumped that you’re enjoying the meal plan and recipes.

  12. 5 stars
    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!

    1. 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. 🙂

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


    1. Hey Patty – I think that would be just fine!! I would maybe start with 1/4 or 1/2 tsp of vanilla and see how that works. Let me know they turn out!

  14. I’d love to try this recipe but I can’t find applesauce in my area. Can I replace it with anything?

    1. Hey Pamela! You could try mashed bananas instead of the applesauce. Let me know if you end up trying these and how they turn out for you!!

  15. 1 star
    unfortunately these turned out really dry and not really edible. I bake frequently and have made tones of cookies in my life. I’m sorry to say will have to throw these away.

  16. 5 stars
    These are so good! My family loved them. I made them yesterday and they are all gone. I used Orgain Protein Powder and Laura Scudders old fashioned peanut butter. Thanks for the recipe.

  17. 5 stars
    These are delicious, and I don’t even own drippy peanut butter! I used store brand pb and added a scoop of PB2 (dry) just for extra flavor. I also stirred in 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips. I used enough applesauce to get a cookie dough consistency and also underbaked them a little. Excellent recipe!!

    1. So glad these cookies turned out for you, Jeanna. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

  18. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! Thanks so much for sharing. I’m wondering if I calculated the macros wrong? Using the exact same ingredients, I’m seeing about double per cookie at 160 cal and 8p, 16c, 8f

    Should I be making 24 cookies instead? Maybe my math is off

    1. Hey Stacey – Nope, you should be getting 12 cookies out of this batter. What are you using to calculate your nutrition info?

  19. 4 stars
    I made these with chocolate protein powder, they taste amazing but are a little dry. Gonna add extra apple sauce next time.

    1. Sorry to hear that! Did you add extra protein powder? What kind of peanut butter did you use? If your pb was on the drier side that could have been the issue.

  20. 1 star
    I don’t know if it’a bcz I used powdered Pb (I mixed it with water until it reached the same consistency as normal Pb and used the correct amount as well) but those turnt out so dry and bland, the texture was rubbery and the flavor wasn’t good.
    Quite unfortunate as I was excited to see how those would turn out.

    1. Oh no! So sorry to hear that these cookies didn’t turn out for you, Lana. I haven’t tried these with powdered PB so I’m not sure if that would have been the reason for these cookies turning out rubbery and dry. Did you change anything else about the recipe?

  21. 3 stars
    I cooked these for my first time and they unfortunately burnt on the bottom. Unsure if it was the pan or I should have added more apple sauce. I’m gonna buy a new cookie sheet and see how the results turn out. However for the most part, the cookie was tasty.

  22. Wanted to try several your recipes but only gluten free oats I’ve been able to find is Quaker Oats gluten free.

    1. Hi Lillian – Those should work, or I know they also sell the Bobs Red Mill Gluten Free Oats on Amazon.