Healthy Eating

How to Make Post-Workout Protein Cookies

That taste so good, you’ll never know they’re healthy!

By: Lexy Parsons

If you spend your entire workout envisioning your delicious (and well deserved) post-workout snack or meal, you’re not alone! After a tough workout, it’s important to refuel with the proper nutrients to maximize the benefits of your hard work and speed recovery. But are you eating the right foods? What if we told you that a post-workout protein cookie might be exactly what you need. Store-bought protein cookies have become a popular post-workout treat — plus, they make for a yummy way to fuel up. But, most store-bought bars are filled with artificial ingredients and processed foods. So, skip the store-bought protein cookies and make your own!

Keep reading to find out what a protein cookie is, why it serves as a good post-workout snack, and how to make a homemade version (that’s healthier and even more delicious). 

What Are Protein Cookies?

A post-workout protein cookie is as simple as it sounds — it’s a healthy, protein-rich cookie! And, these yummy baked goods only require a few simple ingredients: protein powder, healthy carbs (such as oats or banana), a binder to hold it all together (such as eggs or chia eggs for a vegan option), and flavoring preferences of choice (think: melted peanut butter or sweet vanilla).

Why a Protein Cookie is a Good Post-Workout Snack

You may not associate the word “cookie” with a healthy post-workout snack, but we’re here to change your mind! A proper post-workout protein cookie contains all of the necessary nutrients to speed recovery and repair your muscles, most notably — carbs and protein. Carbs prevent muscle breakdown and increase protein synthesis, while protein provides your muscles with essential amino acids to assist the repairing and rebuilding phase. And, let’s face it. A cookie is a tasty, portable, and convenient way to repair your muscles with fast fuel once your workout is over! 

Ingredients to Avoid 

Processed Ingredients 

Read your labels! If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, it’s likely your body won’t know what it is either. 

Artificial Sugars

Did you know there are over 50 different names for sugar!? Watch out for sneaky artificial sugars, which can harm digestion and even cause weight gain.

High Sugar Content

Speaking of sugar, being mindful of how much sugar is in your post-workout protein cookie is just as important as the type of sugar. While a little sugar post-workout can help provide your muscles with the fuel it needs, too much can negatively impact the gains you worked so hard for. Always opt for natural sugar sources, such as bananas or honey, when possible! 

Ingredients to Add

Protein Powder

When making protein cookies, protein powder can make a simple addition to boost the protein content. Protein promotes satiety, helps to repair and rebuild muscles, and speeds the recovery time post-workout!

Banana 

Skip the artificial sweeteners and opt for a natural sugar straight from nature. Bananas are a clean carb source that helps to replenish muscle glycogen post-workout, thanks to their energy-rich nutrient profile.

Oats 

Another clean carb source that provides essential energy to your muscles to maximize recovery and repair. Plus, oats are rich in fiber and will keep you feeling fuller for longer, so you’re less tempted to make hangry post-workout meal decisions! 

Eggs (or a chia or flax egg alternative)

Regardless of whether you’re going plant-based or not, eggs (and their vegan alternative) are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, which has been shown to reduce inflammation, speed recovery, and even increase protein synthesis.

How to Make a Homemade Protein Cookie 

Now for the best part, the cookie recipes! Here are three post-workout protein cookie recipes to try. 

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Protein Cookie

Love banana bread as much as you love chocolate chip cookies? Why not fuse them together with a protein-rich boost! These protein cookies are easy to make, full of flavor, and totally guilt-free. 

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 scoops JS Health x FitOn protein powder
  • 1 cup quick or old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp almond butter, unsweetened and unsalted
  • 1-3 tbsp cacao nibs or chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract 

Instructions:

Step #1: Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step #2: Add all of the ingredients to a food processor, mixing until a smooth texture is achieved.

Step #3: Spoon dollop-sized balls of cookie batter onto the lined baking tray, evenly spreading to ensure the cookies don’t run together.

Step #4: Bake for 12-15 minutes, and enjoy!

Peanut Butter Protein Cookie

Who doesn’t love a Peanut Butter cookie? Try this JS Health Peanut Butter Protein Cookie recipe after your next workout. High in fiber and protein, this yummy treat is sure to keep you feeling fuller for longer while speeding your post-workout recovery! 

Ingredients:

  • 2 scoops JS Health x FitOn protein powder
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 eggs, beaten lightly (or vegan alternative)
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1½ tsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp baking powder

Directions:

Step #1: Preheat the oven to 320°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step #2: Add all of the ingredients to a food processor, mixing until a smooth texture is achieved. 

Step #3: Spoon dollop-sized balls of cookie batter onto the lined baking tray, and flatten slightly using a fork. Repeat this process with the remaining cookie batter. Add an extra teaspoon of nut butter or a small chunk of dark chocolate to the top of each cookie. 

Step #4: Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes, or until golden around the edges and cooked through.

Step #5: Store in an airtight container for 2-3 days.

Double Chocolate Protein Cookie 

Chocolate overload? No such thing. Get your sweet tooth fix with this double chocolate protein cookie. Rich in protein and clean carbs, this treat is the ultimate way to refuel. 

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 scoops JS Health x FitOn protein powder
  • 1 cup quick or old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp almond or peanut butter
  • ¼ – ½ cup cacao powder, unsweetened
  • ¼  -½  cup chocolate chips
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract 

Instructions:

Step #1: Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step #2: Add all of the ingredients to a food processor, mixing until a smooth texture is achieved.

Step #3: Spoon dollop-sized balls of cookie batter onto the lined baking tray, evenly spreading to ensure the cookies don’t run together.

Step #4: Bake for 12-15 minutes, and enjoy!

Treat Yourself, Without the Guilt 

With these yummy protein cookie recipes, treat yourself to a post-workout cookie — no guilt attached. These healthy, filling, and sweet-tooth-approved cookies will help you refuel after a tough workout, supplying your body with the proper nutrients it needs. Who knew post-workout recovery could taste so good!  

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