Chocolate Walnut Protein Cookies

Some days you just need a little chocolate in your life! These cookies are the answer to chocolate cravings, but they also come packed with healthy fats and protein meaning you probably will be able to stop after just one… but maybe you won’t want to!

How do these cookies fit into a healthy diet? Simply think of them as a snack. Pair one or two cookies with a piece of fruit to satisfy your nutritional needs, as well as your palate, while keeping your blood sugar levels in check.

P.S. They keep for up to 1 week, and they freeze well.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1 scoop vanilla or chocolate protein powder (should be about 25g)
  • 1/4 cup raw cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder, aluminum-free
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup sugar-free, all-natural almond butter
  • 3 Tbsp almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract (don’t skip this)
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Crumple a sheet of parchment paper and lay it out on a baking sheet. Crumpling the parchment paper keeps it lying flat.
  2. Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips and walnuts in a mixing bowl until smooth. Then, stir in chocolate chips and walnuts. You may need to add more almond flour if the batter is too wet.
  3. Use a small spoon to scoop out the dough, and use your hands to roll it into approximately 24 one-inch balls. Place cookies on the baking sheet. Flatten each cookie slightly using the tines of a small fork.
  4. Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes
  5. Remove cookies from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes before serving.