Strawberry Lemonade Protein Cookies
Yields: 12 cookies
 
These chewy cookies are full of sweet sunshiny lemon flavor and fresh juicy strawberries. They’re even healthy enough for breakfast with their protein boost! Leftovers will stay fresh if stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for at least 5 days—if they last that long!
  • ¼ c (28g) coconut flour (measured correctly)
  • 2 scoops (84g) vanilla protein powder (I used Jamie Eason's Lean Body for Her)
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp xanthan gum
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp (3g) lemon zest (about 1 medium)
  • 1 ½ tbsp (21g) coconut oil or unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 large egg white, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp (45mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 1 medium)
  • ¼ c (60mL) agave
  • 2 tbsp granulated Swerve
  • 2 tbsp Truvia
  • ½ cup (80g) diced fresh strawberries
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut flour, protein powder, baking powder, xanthan gum, salt, and zest. In a separate bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, egg, and vanilla. Stir in the lemon juice and agave. Mix in the Swerve and Truvia until completely dissolved. Stir in the coconut flour mixture until completely incorporated. Gently fold in the strawberries. Let the cookie dough rest for at least 10 minutes.
  2. While the cookie dough rests, preheat the oven to 325°F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  3. Drop the cookie dough into 12 rounded scoops onto the prepared baking sheet, and flatten to the desired thickness and width using a spatula. (Between ¼” to ½” is best.) Bake at 325°F for 11-13 minutes. Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for at least 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.
Notes: This recipe was specifically designed for whey protein powder. Most protein powders behave differently, especially when it comes to absorbing moisture. If you substitute a different whey-based protein powder than the one linked to in the recipe above, you may need to add more protein powder if the dough is too wet OR a tiny bit of milk if the dough is too dry. Do not substitute plant-based protein powder; it tends to be much more absorbent and will most likely result in dry, cakey cookies.

If the cookie dough looks too dry, add 2 teaspoons of milk at a time until everything comes together. If it looks too wet after letting it rest, add 1 teaspoon of coconut flour at a time until the texture is thicker.

Xanthan gum helps hold the cookies together and make them chewy.

Honey may be substituted in place of the agave.

Swerve and Truvia are both no-calorie, Stevia-based sweeteners. You may use all of one or the other, or you may substitute your preferred granulated sweetener instead.

For more tips and answers to all other questions, including substitutions, see my Protein Powder Recipes: Tips & FAQ page.

{gluten-free, clean eating, low fat, low calorie, lower carb, high protein}
Recipe by Amy's Healthy Baking at https://amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2015/08/22/strawberry-lemonade-protein-cookies/