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.

More Healthy Cookie Recipes to Make:

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. Pamela
      March 10, 2020 AT 6:03 am

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

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 10, 2020 AT 10:41 pm

        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!!

    2. PAtty
      March 4, 2020 AT 4:38 pm

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

      Thanks!
      Patty

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 4, 2020 AT 6:21 pm

        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!

    3. Hillary
      March 3, 2020 AT 5:55 pm

      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. Brittany Mullins
        March 4, 2020 AT 6:25 pm

        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. 🙂

    4. Charlene
      March 1, 2020 AT 11:44 am

      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. Brittany Mullins
        March 2, 2020 AT 1:05 pm

        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.

    5. Julie
      February 29, 2020 AT 8:38 am

      Would these turn out with no protein powder?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 2, 2020 AT 1:07 pm

        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.

    6. Bailey
      February 28, 2020 AT 2:09 pm

      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. Brittany Mullins
        March 2, 2020 AT 1:07 pm

        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! 🙂

    7. Julia
      April 25, 2017 AT 9:52 am

      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. Rita
        March 1, 2020 AT 10:41 am

        Will these cookies still turn out Ok IF you do not have any protein powder on hand?

        1. Brittany Mullins
          March 2, 2020 AT 1:08 pm

          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.

    8. Shane
      August 28, 2014 AT 2:31 pm

      In the oven now!! Batter was delicious!!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 28, 2014 AT 9:22 pm

        Woo-hoo! Hope you loved the final product, Shane. 🙂

    9. Jessica @ Anchored in CLE
      March 12, 2014 AT 12:20 pm

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

    10. Terra
      March 9, 2014 AT 12:15 am

      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

    11. Kristi
      March 6, 2014 AT 8:49 pm

      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. Brittany Mullins
        March 7, 2014 AT 10:12 am

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

    12. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
      March 2, 2014 AT 11:42 am

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

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 2, 2014 AT 5:49 pm

        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. 🙂

        1. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
          March 4, 2014 AT 9:20 am

          I definitely will!

    13. Amy @ Cultivate Beauty
      March 1, 2014 AT 10:24 pm

      These look delicious! Anything with peanut butter and I’m in! :p

    14. Taylor
      March 1, 2014 AT 1:25 pm

      These look great! Just made them with sunwarrior vanilla protein and they are baking now 🙂

      1. Taylor
        March 2, 2014 AT 4:40 pm

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

        1. Brittany Mullins
          March 2, 2014 AT 5:51 pm

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

    15. Kira – The Healthable Old Soul
      March 1, 2014 AT 11:02 am

      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!

    16. mollie k
      March 1, 2014 AT 10:57 am

      holy cow these look amazing!!! i am loving you recipes lately 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 1, 2014 AT 11:09 am

        Aww thanks Mollie.

    17. Nicole @ Fruit n Fitness
      March 1, 2014 AT 10:40 am

      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!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 1, 2014 AT 11:10 am

        Your coworkers must love you!!

    18. Beth
      March 1, 2014 AT 10:21 am

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

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 1, 2014 AT 11:17 am

        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).

    19. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun
      March 1, 2014 AT 8:12 am

      Delicious! I am already hungry and it’s only 8:00 am! Look forward to make these.

    20. Christine
      March 1, 2014 AT 8:06 am

      I think I might have won? But I received no notification…In any case, those cookies are getting made!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 1, 2014 AT 8:33 am

        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. 🙂

    21. Shane
      August 28, 2014 AT 2:32 pm

      Also, I used a banana instead of applesauce. Really yummy!!!

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