It’s back to basic no-bake recipes today with some easy and delicious, chocolate coconut protein cookies! These things are addicting, so just be careful. They’re amazing straight from the freezer and at 123 calories each with just 10 grams of carbs, 7 grams of fat and 4 grams of protein, you can quite easily fit them into your nutrition plan.
Fitting in Treats
I go back and forth with fitting treats like this into my diet. I’ll go for months without anything then my sweet tooth eventually gets the best of me. I struggle with balance so I try not to make cookies very often. Since it’s just my husband and I, I’ll eat my way through a batch of cookies a little too fast, which is why I don’t like making entire batches of cookies! Out of sight, out of mind. However, sometimes it’s nice to have a special treat. These cookies are really tasty and still a healthier alternative to a lot of other desserts.
I always eat a healthy diet but sometimes I go overboard with “healthy” treats. Even though these cookies are made with healthier ingredients, sugar is still sugar and fat is still fat, so they should definitely be eaten in moderation.
I’ve been reading a lot about the negative effects of sugar on our health and have been trying to cut back on the amount I consume. I don’t eat any refined sugar but I do eat a lot of fruit and other naturally-sweet foods, as well as use more stevia than I probably should, which even though is technically sugar-free, having that sweetness in my diet just makes me crave sugar!
Veggies For Breakfast
One step I’ve taken that has really helped is eating vegetables for breakfast instead of something on the sweeter side. I love oats, chia seed pudding and smoothies for breakfast, all of which satisfy my sweet tooth but I find when I eat a lower-sugar breakfast like a black bean and tofu veggie scramble I’m less hungry and have less sugar cravings throughout the day. When I start the day with something sweet, I find I want to keep that rolling through the day…and cookies for breakfast, lunch and dinner probably ins’t going to help me reach my goals. Another reason to save one of these cookies for the end of the day! Or before or after training, if I really want one.
Baby steps though, I will never stop eating smoothies, oats and chia seed pudding…or cookies…because I love them all!
I’m working on being okay with eating 1 cookie and not feeling like I need to eat 7. The cookies will be there tomorrow. That’s a good place to start.
No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Protein Cookies
If you’re looking for a little pre-workout treat, these cookies are great. They have a nice balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat to fuel your hardest workouts. However, they’re also decadent enough to enjoy after dinner as an evening treat! Or really any time of day you need a little somethin’ somethin’.
They’re made with wholesome ingredients like coconut, maple syrup, peanut butter, vegan protein powder and oats, so you can indulge in these without indulging in the refined sugar, trans fats or preservatives you might find in a packaged cookie.
With coconut oil and unsweetened coconut in them they’re a bit higher in fat than some of my other cookie recipes but on the flip side they’re very low in carbs, just 10 grams per cookie! I love the texture of them when stored it the freezer, they don’t freeze completely solid and the chocolate chips add a nice crunch to them!
No Baking Required
There’s no baking required but you will need to melt together some of the ingredients to make these. It only takes a minute though. Simply melt, mix, form into cookies then pop in the fridge or freezer and you’re done!
- ¼ cup (55 g) coconut oil
- ¼ cup (75 g) maple syrup
- ¼ cup (70 g) natural peanut butter
- 1 scoop (44 g) Vega Performance Protein in Chocolate
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- 1 cup (100 g) unsweetened fine coconut
- ½ cup (50 g) quick oats
- ¼ cup (45 g) dairy-free chocolate chips (optional)
- Melt the coconut oil, maple syrup, peanut butter, sea salt and protein together in a small sauce pan until it's completely melted and smooth.
- Mix the coconut, oats and chocolate chips together in a bowl.
- Pour the melted protein mixture over the coconut and oats and mix well.
- Form 14 cookies using your hands and place on a wax or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Sprinkle 1-2 tsp of water over the dough if it's not sticking together very well.
- Place in the fridge or freezer until hardened.
- Store in the fridge or freezer.