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Thursday, 7 May 2015

Test Kitchen: High Protein Cookies

I decided to try out a recipe I thought looked really interesting  on Spoonful of Sugarfree and to let you all know how I got on.  The High Protein Cookies recipe looked really interesting because, if they're nice, then they could be a great before/after event or long run option. 

They looked great coming out of the oven!

Read on for my version and verdict ...

High Protein Cookies

(adapted from Spoonful of Sugarfree)

A great thing about this website is that when you hit the print button you get a window with a super-print friendly recipe, without all the pages of gumph that often prints at the bottom of information you want.  Love this!

So, here's the recipe I worked from and I handwrote on my adjustments:

I used peanut butter for the nut butter (and I wonder if that didn't make it a little salty?).  Because I hate spooning peanut butter into a measuring cup and scraping it back out again, I wrote down how much the 1/2 cup is in heaped tablespoons for future!

The variations I made to the whole mixture were:
  • using coconut cream as the milk
  • adding a banana after tasting the mixture and finding it too on the savoury side - this is a recommended variation in the original recipe and I definitely wanted it.
  • using cocoa nibs in place of unsweetened chocolate (couldn't find in our supermarket and we already had cocoa nibs in the cupboard)
  • adding a good handful of date sugar bits (from a failed batch of date sugar that didn't grind to a powder, but the little chunks are quite good in things like this and just keep in the fridge)
Once I'd put half the mixture on the baking tray, I experimented with the other half adding:
  • chopped dried apricots
  • sunflower seeds
The recipe was easy and fast to make.  I found that they cooked quite quickly, so would advise checking from 10 minutes into the 15 minutes' cooking time.


After the first one, I wasn't sure if I liked them.  At the time of writing, I've eaten three ...
It might just be that they are a little more savoury than I'm used to in a cookie (even with my sugar free halo gleaming brightly!). 

Having eaten three of these with my morning cuppa - I'm really quite full.  This, I think is testament to the high-protein (and high fibre) content.  They would be excellent to grab and go for a busy day to keep you going.  They are not decadent bikkies - but they're not billed as such.  I think that they taste better than the standard bought muesli bar that you would have in their stead (if muesli bars weren't chocka full of sugar that is!)

The ones with the dried apricots are much nicer than without.

Future adventures ...

I'll definitely make them again.

I'm going to try:
  • chia seed for added umph for running (some of us need all the umph we can get!)
  • maybe 1 tablespoon of honey as well as the banana
  • more dried fruit of different kinds - raisins could be good
Thanks Spoonful of Sugarfree!  I'm definitely going to have a go at more of your recipes!

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