Pumpkin Pie Protein Cookies
Yields: 12 cookies
 
These fun cookies are packed with protein and practically healthy enough for breakfast! Leftovers will stay soft and chewy for at least 5 days if stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator—if they last that long!
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut flour, protein powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, xanthan gum, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the coconut oil and vanilla. Stir in the pumpkin purée. Stir in the agave. Mix in the Swerve and Truvia until completely dissolved. Stir in the coconut flour mixture until completely incorporated. 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.

Maple syrup or 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/2015/09/09/pumpkin-pie-protein-cookies/