Get your pumpkin fix in with these yummy and protein-packed Pumpkin Spice Protein Cookies!
Guys, I’ll be the first to say it, these cookies ain’t pretty. I mean, really. Look at them. I had a real rough time trying to shoot them and make them glam for the blog. It just didn’t work out, sometimes you get an ugly duckling. I was pretty discouraged and wasn’t sure if I should share them. But I’m sharing them, oh yes I am. Because THEY ARE SO FREAKING GOOD. I made these nine cookies two days ago and they are gone. They are GONE.
I couldn’t not, people. They’re ooey, gooey, pumpkin-y, protein-y, sweet, smooth. All of the good adjectives.
AND, they contain about five grams of protein in each cookie, depending on what kind of protein powder you use. I use Quest Nutrition’s Vanilla Milkshake Protein Powder, which contains 22 grams per scoop. What kind do you prefer?
If I had to choose one dessert recipe to eat the rest of my life, I’d have to say cookies. Wait…
There is just something about biting into a warm cookie with a crusty outside and moist, soft, inside. Oh my God I’m drooling. Just call me Cookie Monster, peeps.
And speaking of protein powder, it’s funny, to me, to think back when I had never even used protein powder. I remember scowling the internet trying to figure out which powder to buy. I started off with chocolate whey protein powder from Ultimate Nutrition, and let’s just say my stomach wasn’t too happy about it.
Since then, I tried a few plant-based powders that I just could not get on board with. Finally, I tried Quest Nutrition’s protein powder, and I love it. It’s my absolute favorite protein powder. Oddly enough, Quest protein bars make me feel crappy. But with Quest protein powder? I’m good! It’s bizarre, but I’ve got to say, it’s the best-tasting protein powder I can find.
These cookies are small-batch, and I made them in my toaster oven! I made them one night before plopping on the couch to watch The Real Housewives of Orange County. Yeah, that’s how I roll.
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- ½ cup quick-cooking oats
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup canned pumpkin
- 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp pumpkin spice
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- Turbinado/raw sugar to taste
- Preheat your oven/toaster oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine ingredients in a large bowl until well-mixed.
- Scoop onto a baking sheet about 1½ inches apart.
- Sprinkle each cookie with raw sugar.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center.
Join the conversation:
What’s your favorite protein powder?
If you could eat one dessert for the rest of your life, what would it be?
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