High Protein Pumpkin Cookies
It’s high time to bust out a couple of new Halloween recipes since October is my favorite time of year and Halloween is my favorite holiday. These nice high-protein pumpkin cookies are perfect for breakfast, brunch, post-workout, or any time you might need a snack.
Down below I mention a couple of ways you can make the recipe healthier or tastier; for example, swapping applesauce for oil and egg whites for eggs.
Generally, though, this is a pretty healthy recipe without changing anything.
The original recipe called for 1/2 cup of soy flour instead of protein powder, so if you find the protein powder ruins the recipe, you can back out and just use the soy flour. Of course, that will decrease the protein content in each cookie. 🙁
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup protein powder
- 1 3/4 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 2 teaspoons water
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon molasses
Don’t overcook these cookies or you will end up with pumpkin bricks.
As an afterthought, I bet you could make these cookies in Halloween shaped molds and them decorate to make them scarier if that’s your prerogative.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- In a large bowl, whisk together honey, oats, wheat flour, protein powder, baking soda, baking powder, sea salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- Stir in pumpkin, canola oil, water, eggs, and molasses.
- Stir in softened flax seeds if desired. (see optional ingredients below)
- Roll into 20 large balls and flatten on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes in preheated oven. DO NOT OVERBAKE: the cookies will come out really dry if overbaked.
Optional Ingredients and Substitutions
- Use 3/4 cup of Splenda instead of honey
- Add 1 tbsp ground flax seeds (let soak in water 3-5 mins before adding to mixture)
- Use 1 tbsp applesauce instead of canola oil
- Add 1/4 cups of walnuts
- Use 4 egg whites or egg substitute instead of 2 eggs
- Use 1/2 cup of soy flour instead of protein powder.
These nutrition facts are estimated based on the above ingredients. Making substitutions and adding ingredients will obviously change the numbers slightly.
Serving Size: 1 cookie