A (semi) sweet treat

Last night I ran 3.75 mi (11:33 avg pace) with dark storm clouds rolling in and lighting literally lighting up the sky. Of course the storm didn’t start showing it’s ugly little face until I was a mile into my run. Of course! I made it through unscathed — I just kept praying that I wouldn’t get struck by lightning (me=super worrier, not to be confused with warrior, which I am not) and that it wouldn’t rain and ruin my new iPhone. You will never be able to tell me prayers are not answered — it literally started down pouring 5 minutes after I got home.

Today I felt like baking, specifically something sweet that I know I should not be eating. SO, I compromised (with myself) and decided to make some Protein Cookies! The original recipe idea came from Watching What I Eat, but, like usual, I decided to be super crafty and alter it a bit.

PB Protein Cookies


I added a few chocolate chips to half of them by pressing the chips into them tip down when they first came out of the oven.


  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup flax seed meal
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Mix mashed bananas and peanut butter until creamy.
  2. Add unsalted butter, applesauce, vanilla extract & protein powder; Mix until combined.
  3. Add oats, flax seed meal, coconut flour and peanuts and mix.
  4. Let batter sit 10 minutes.
  5. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Use an ice cream scoop to drop batter onto sheet. I filled up the scoop about 3/4 of the way. Smash batter down with a fork.
  6. Bake 15 minutes or until edges start to brown and cookies get firm. Cool on baking sheet for 5 mins, then cool on cooling rack for another 10 minutes.

Nutrition: (entire batch — mine made 17, so divide it by however many your batch makes)

1685 calories // 153 g carbs // 43 g fiber // 93 g fat // 69 g protein

If you are lazy and me to do the math for you, a batch of 17 cookies makes each cookie…

99 calories // 9 g carbs // 2.5 g fiber // 5 g fat // 4 g protein

If you love chocolate like me, you can push little dark chocolate chips in the top for an extra sweet touch! The hubby doesn’t love chocolate like me, so I only added chips to half of them.

Side note: Things with banana in them go bad quickly! I plan on freezing most of these for later.


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