Aug 1, 2016
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Healthy, flourless and full of amazing flavor, these oatmeal protein cookies are about to become your new favorite snack.
For days when you can’t decide between a cookie or a snack bar, this cookie is here to be the best of both and you can whip these up in about 15 minutes. Amazing, right?
Flourless Oatmeal Protein Cookie Ingredients
Do you ever look at a packed lunchbox and think to yourself: “I have to add something else in here” or, “I need to a small something for snack time.” And then, you proceed to head over to your pantry and eye the options.
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For this recipe, you just need a few ingredients and a big mixing bowl.
- Mashed bananas for some natural sweetness
- Peanut butter for flavor and to hold things together
- Vanilla for that extra boost of sweetness
- Baking powder for that little bit of lift
- Vanilla protein flavoring & protein all in one!
- Oats healthy, and delicious
- Hemp seed hearts packed with delicious nutrients
- Chia seeds full of iron and calcium
When I set out to make this protein cookie, I wanted it to be high in nutrition so it could be my new go-to office snack and lunchbox snack.
It’s so easy for all of us to gravitate towards a cookie instead of a healthier option, so I wanted to emphasize amazing flavor, but also give myself and my kids a nice boost of energy to get us through the day, instead of a sugar crash that most cookies will provide if you eat them in the middle of your day.
I have experimented with a few different protein powders and flavors for this cookie but ultimately you can’t beat the classic vanilla flavor (though chocolate is a close second place).
If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of protein powders and their uses, I’ve written extensively about them and linked a few of my favorites here.
How to Make High Protein Oatmeal Cookies
They are super simple to make, and they are high in protein, fiber, plant omega 3s, iron, vitamins, and minerals; so this is one cookie you can feel really good about sending in your kids’ lunchboxes or taking to work for your own 3pm snack.
The soft & chewy texture and vanilla flavor makes this cookie one your kids will ask in their lunchbox often.
You can print this protein cookie recipe below, but I wanted to show you just how easy these are to make in this quick recipe video. And yes, that’s my daughter baking with me when she was just a kid (she’s a teen now)!
This is a very fun kid-friendly recipe to bake.
What is your favorite nutritious baked snack?
Oatmeal Protein Cookie Recipe
- 1 ½ cups mashed bananas about 3 medium bananas
- ¼ cup peanut butter
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ cup vanilla protein
- 1 ¼ cups oats
- ¼ cup hemp seed hearts
- 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds
- Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine mashed banana, peanut butter, vanilla, and baking powder. Add protein powder, oats, hemp seed hearts, and chia until everything is combined and you have a thick batter.
- Scoop 1 tablespoon-sized mounds onto the lined baking sheet. Press down with your fingers or a fork to shape the dough into a cookie.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool down to room temperature. Refrigerate leftovers for up to 4 days.
This looks so healthy!! Would it be possible to sub out bananas for pumpkin?
How would this recipe do in the freezer? I’d like to make extra to have on hand.
I’ve frozen the dough many times. All you have to do is thaw, bake, and enjoy!
I make “toddler muffins” which have pureed fruit and veggies in them. They are low in sugar and just so darn delicious. I make 3 batches at a time and freeze them for the kids. So good!
Chocolate quinoa muffins
Homemade energy bars, oatmeal cookies, banana bread
Sorry it’s from a different site – Weelicious breakfast cookies & anything baked w/pumpkin!
I’ve been making my own granola. I use a combo of oatmeal, pecans, flax, honey and rasins. I bake at 340 degrees for 20 minutes. Flipping halfway through. I eat it as cereal with coconut almond milk just about EVERY morning. I still haven’t convinced the kids but, I love it.
Homemade granola bars!
My homemade granola is half nuts and seeds and half oats and I change up what I add for extras – so tasty and nutritious!
Homemade granola bars.
These look great! We eat black bean brownies for extra protein and deliciousness.
Oatmeal Flax Banana Muffins-in the blender so the kids don’t complain about the texture!
Your oatmeal breakfast cookies, my kids love them!
Pumpkin muffins, zucchini bread, energy bites, breakfast cookies
My whole family loves Morning Glory muffins–with all the shredded carrots & apples, raisins & dates! Yum!
I love to make these no bake energy bites that you roll into little balls and fit perfectly in my boys’ lunch bag. I make Theses tasty bites with oatmeal, almond butter, flax seeds ( Bobs Red Mill of course), shredded coconut, honey, and of course a few tbsp of chocolate chips.
Hi, i’m still working on how to make my son’s snacks nutritious, so i really appreciate rhis recipe. It looks really tasty. For a baked snack i take a bixed muffin mix and grate in apple or zuchini, i use free range eggs, add a little ground flax seed, sometimes substitute apple sauce for oil, and sometimes use coconut oil when oil is required
Muffins loaded with whole grains, flax and fruit and veggies!
I love making homemade granola bars! These cookies look like they will be making an addition into our lunch boxes!
Whole wheat banana muffins made with greek yogurt
We like egg muffins for a quick out the door breakfast.
Granola bars with dried cranberries and Bob’s Gluten Free Oats!!
I have an awesome carrot “cake” that we love for breakfast.
My kids love grape/cheese kebabs, veggie kebabs with dip, ham/mozzarella kebab, and strawberry/banana kebabs. We usually just use from frilly toothpicks, and my kids love making it themselves (bonus)!
I like to make muffins and bread for snacks.
Banana oatmeal bars and your 3 ingredient banana oatmeal cookies are 2 favorites in this house. We love Bob’s Red Mill!
Baked apples (cut in half) stuffed with walnuts, dried cranberries and dark chocolate!
Homemade sugar free oatmeal raisin cookies for my hungry little crew who love snacks. I like Bobs Red Mill flours!!!
Baked zuchini crisps make me so happy; crispy and lightly salted, they keep me away from potato chips.
Little pancake puffs using a mini muffin pan! They are quick and easy, yummy, and I can add things like wheat germ and flaxseed to them and my kiddos are none the wiser-they gobble them up!
Homemade granola bars.
HI! I love dipping blueberries in yogurt and freezing them, yum!
I need to make more healthy baked treats…keep the recipes coming!
Carrot Bran muffins sweetened with applesauce and
Pumpkin choc chip muffins.
Can be done both regular and gluten-free easily as they are both low on flour.
Crazy Joyful Mama
I make a nut butter brownie with zuchinni and lots of protein.
Muffins and granola bars are the lunch box and home favorites. This will be a good addition to our recipes.
Banana bread and banana muffins. We love the sweet simple treat and it is a great way to use up the brown bananas.
Your breakfast cookie recipe is one of our favorites. To meet my dietary restrictions I change out the banana for pumpkin then add in some chia seeds. They are delicious and filling!
Peanut butter protein balls with oats, honey, flax seeds, peanut butter and chocolate chips.
Muffins and quick breads with Bobs Red Mill ground flaxseed and Whole Wheat Pastry Flour!
Peanut Butter cookies!
Peanut butter energy balls!
I love your breakfast cookies. Simple and everyone likes them.
I love to make morning glory muffins apples, raisins, carrots, use honey instead of sugar yum
Banana nut muffins
Baked apples with cinnamon and raisins!
These cookies look yummy, thank you! I really like baking chocolate chip cookies or any cookie 🙂
We love no bake energy balls! It’s like eating raw chocolate chip cookie dough, but much better for you!
Almond allergy in the family, but will try with Sunbutter.
We LOVE Bob’s Red Mill! Our favorite healthy baked good is a breakfast bread I make that’s made with all kinds of nuts & dried fruit, held together with bananas, eggs, psyllium husks, and chia seeds. So yummy & healthy!
Love flourless blueberry muffins from the freezer!
GF banana bread or monkey bars are great options for us.
Coconut peanut butter protein bites. Yum!
My kids love your breakfast cookies! Gonna have to try these next!
I love to bake pumpkin bread and my kids and I make our own bread!
Pumpkin, banana muffins – my boys love them
Love granola bars
I love oatmeal breakfast cookies. I normally make a batch every other week!! My kids cant get enough!!!
Pancakes with fruit that we make on the weekend for breakfast. I then freeze a bunch of them, toast in the toaster and toss in with lunch!
I love making healthier muffin and cookie options. Using Greek yogurt or almond butter and flax and applesauce or bananas. I have a few go to recipes 🙂 my hubby loves protein powder but I have never cooked with it. Will have to try
Black Bean Brownies
I like to make granola for breakfasts and snacks – mine has so much less sweetener and more protein (nuts and seeds) than the store-bought varieties!
Protein packed energy balls w/oats, peanut butter, chia seeds
Blueberry oatmeal and bobs red Mill hemp seed hearts! Omg! Omg! I need this in my life. Thank you for opening up new products to me!
I just made some similar to these but they were rolled up into bite size balls. The kids love it!!
I love to make the energy bars with peanut butter and oats!!
Muffins or cookies!
I love making chocolate chip oatmeal cookies!
Our favorite snack is power balls with peanut butter and chocolate chips that add some sweetness
Zuccini carrot bread, with baby cearl.
zucchini-banana-almond butter-cocoa muffins. sounds gross but they are amazing!
We are trying to get more iron for our toddler, so I’m trying all recipes that use baby cereal–so far muffins are the big winner!
I will definitely be making these cookies and muffins and energy bites. All are quick and easy for me to make and my kids to grab on the go.
Oatmeal Raisin cookies!
I make waffles to stick in the freezer for quick breakfasts for my kiddos. 🙂
Chocolate chip pancakes with chia, walnuts, and sesame seeds.
Chocolate banana muffins!
blueberry oatmeal muffins
Energy bites and granola bars … there’s a lot more I’d like to make but these are the ones I can get my kids to eat!
granola bars and banana-oatmeal-choc chip cookies
Leftover oatmeal cookies, soft and nutritious!
Spinach cake muffins, the kids love them!
I like a healthy”cookie.”
Homemade granola bars or your morning glory muffins!
I like to make applesauce cinnamon muffins
Baked oatmeal (in muffin tins). Great for breakfast or a snack.
My kids like bran muffins. 🙂
Energy bites with cocounut
I make Banana Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins for my kids and they love them. Using healthy ingredients like yogurt, quick oats, bananas and low fat or almond milk, insures that they are both delicious and good for you! I always see Bob’s Red Mill products at my local supermarket and think about trying them. This would be a great way to start! 🙂
Zucchini bread is the favorite in our house!
Banana muffins/bread, or blueberry muffins
Banana bread or healthy oatmeal raisin cookies ( with not too much sugar, coconut oil, and ground flax seed).
My favorite to pack for the little ones is homemade granola bars (usually w/ almond butter and non-dairy choco chips)
I love making healthy cookies like these!
Muffins and fruit smoothies!
Almond and Flax Breakfast Cookies are our favorite nutritious baked snack for sure! Can’t wait to try this one.
I love homemade whole nut granola but I think these are going to become my new favorite.
Banana or zucchini bread as family favorites but I think everyone would love this recipe. I’ll have to try it out. Thanks Laura as usual.
Dark chocolate zucchini muffins
veggies and hummus.
Banana bread and granola bars
I make a lot of whole wheat muffins with nuts and fruit for my lunch.
We love your breakfast cookies and your granola bars! Excited to try these!
Banana bread and protein bars!
I like baking granola bars.
SherI Lyn Mix
Double chocolate muffins (is what my 5 year old thinks they are) packed with zucchini, carrots, yogurt, chia seeds, flax, and applesauce.
Those sound great!
We love to make muffins
Banana muffins are our favorite made with almond flour for my gluten sensitive son. Bob’s Red Mill is great.
I love to make my secretly green (it’s spinach/kale) double chocolate muffins. My daughter thinks they are dessert lol
Five spice and sweet potato muffins! They are good for a snack or a quick breakfast.
Almond Butter Oatmeal bites. Oats, pumpkin seeds, almond flour, almond butter, pure maple syrup and coconut oil.
We love packing mini muffins- blueberry oatmeal, banana nut, cinnamon, zucchini. So many good ones!
Peanut butter oatmeal granola bars 🙂
Banana chocolate chip muffins or paleo zucchini-almond buttern”brownies”.
2 ingredient magic cookies and zucchini bread muffins.
My kids and I like to use the flax seed and oatmeal to make apple cinnamon energy bites and chocolate chip energy bites!
I had no idea BRM makes vanilla protein powder! I can’t wait to try this recipe to take to the school bus stop with us!!
I would love to win this! My husband just got diagnosed with a wheat and corn allergy… So we have purchased so many new Bob’s red mill products!!
I like to make energy bites! Thanks for a great website!
Whole wheat Apple bread
Pumpkin chocolate chip oatmeal raisin coconut granola
Some of our faves are protein bars/cookies, oatmeal with fresh blueberries, or plain Greek yogurt with Apple slices and cinnamon.
High Protein, Low fat muffins are such a delicious treat to pack in my kids’ lunch box. Our favorite is blueberry. 2nd fave is cranberry orange. Yum!
We love love banana bread!!
Can’t wait for the kiddos to try these!
We love to make healthy oatmeal raisin cookies. So yummy 🙂
Energy bites or quick breads like banana or zucchini…
My favorite to make lately is a variety of lactation treats (since having my 4 week old), blueberry muffins, cookies, “boobie bites”. My 4 & 5 year olds love them too, and so does my husband.
Banana chocolate chip muffins.
Love making no bake oatmeal peanut butter Balls! My 5 year old loves them and they make a great snack and are fun to eat!
Red&Honey’s BLUEBERRY SPINACH MUFFIN!
I love Bobs Red Mill products. I think these cookies will be going in my lunch too!
My kids LOVE when I make muffins! They love chocolate chip, blueberry, and banana muffins the most. They love a banana cream cheese cake I make as well. And, of course, who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies!!!
Oatmeal Almond Protein Balls coated with flax seed, chia seeds or unsweetened shredded coconut..Thanks for the recipe and giveaway!
Zucchini bread and homemade granola bars are a favorite!
I love packing kitchen sink muffins as well as carrot sticks with our homemade honey-mustard dressing as snacks in my kids lunch 🙂
These cookies look great. My daughter and I have a delicious breakfast cookie recipe that we like to make. And muffins! We love to make muffins of any kind.
Granola Bars, and homemade granola
Zucchini bread, banana bread or carrot muffins
Banana/oatmeal/almond butter/walnut cookies are my daughter’s favorite! Can’t wait to make these – thanks for the great recipe!
Any kind of baked bread like zucchini or banana
Pumpkin muffins for snack time.
Any kind of muffin!
Banana bread with slivered almonds and chocolate chips! Yummy!
Chewy Granola Bars with mini chocolate chips instead of raisins. Courtesy of you! The kids won’t eat them with raisins, but think the homemade are far better than store bought with chocolate chips!
Banana bread is a popular lunchbox treat or mid morning school snack at our house.
Lactation cookies (but hopefully I won’t be nursing too much longer)! This recipe looks great!
Black bean brownies! Nobody even knows they’re made with black beans!
I love making banana bread with Pamela’s pancake and baking mix! We also love Bob’s red mill products for baking!
Our favorite nutritious baked snack are our unsweetened granola bars!
Pumpkin muffins! Looking forward to fall and pumpkin season!
energy bites are a favorite, along with homemade granola bars and apple muffins
We love homemade larabars!
Whole wheat muffins…with any fruit on hand!
Have to be honest and say I haven’t been making any snacks. Just started a job a couple months ago and need to get back to doing so….. Thanks for the recipe! A Great place to start!!
Banana nut bread
Black bean brownies and energy bites!!
I live to make protein bites or cookies. But as soon as I can get some protein powder I will be making these!
I have a carrot cake cookie recipe that I got from another site that is great and healthy!
Apple and applesauce baked oatmeal bars.
I make homemade sour cream banana bread and everyone in our family loves it!
Our favorite are zucchini banana mini muffins! OR chocolate banana bread w spelt flour
A tried and true standard at my house is a vegetable bread recipe I scooped from Dinner A Love Story. Just about any root vegetable works but, zucchini and sweet potatoes are the favorites. Thanks !
My kids love banana or zucchini-carrot bread, in bread or muffin form, for their lunches! I’m excited to try these, as mine have already started school and I’m looking to fill that “extra” space again!
Baked oatmeal bars are always popular in our house. It is always a plus if the basic recipe, like that one, can be varied to make a lot of different flavors 🙂
Zucchini muffins with chia seeds! YUM!
We love old fashion rolled oats and unsweetened applesauce cookie! Can’t wait to try out your recipe above. Thank you!
Homemade granola, with a few dates
I have an oatmeal banana muffin recipe that is awesome.
Avocado chocolate cake!
Cookies, granola, granola bars, bread… Love baking!
Love this recipe. Would love to try Bob’s Red Mill products and try out this recipe.
My 3 boys can be a bit picky, but they love when I pack homemade anything. Their favorite is no-bakes, but I make sure to add chia seeds and flax to make them a bit more healthy.
I love Bob’s Red Mill products. I use them all the time! I usually make granola, muffins or cookies as a treat for the lunchboxes.
zucchini bread and energy bites. Delicious!
Those look pretty tasty. Some type of muffin that mixes fruits and veggies.
Granola bars and breakfast cookies!
Muffins, nutritious cookies (these sound great).
Sweet potato cookies!
Zucchini Carrot Apple muffins!
My kids love muffins and energy bites!
I love Bob’s Red Mill products! I have all of them in my pantry and will try these cookies for the lunchboxes.
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Energy bites! Love putting those in my son’s lunchbox.
granola and muffins.
Protein bites and granola
muffins, muffins, muffins!
Energy bites. Would love to try these treats too!
Yummy muffins with something nutritious hidden inside so my kids have no idea they are eating something healthy.
Raspberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies are my kids favorite!
Energy bites are great in the lunchbox!
Homemade granola bar!
Chocolate zucchini bread
Power balls, but not technically baked. Also love zucchini bread. So moist kids Donny even realize how many servings on veggies are in there!
I’ve got a banana peanut butter muffin recipe I like to make.
My 4yr old daughter loves the flax zucchini muffins and your breakfast cookies (from your first cookbook)
Banana chocolate chip cookies with oats!
Can I use sunflower butter instead of peanut butter to work around a nut allergy?
Yes! That’s what great about this recipe, a substitute is easy!
Carrot muffins 🙂 yum with raisins and pineapple
I’m a mom to twin girls that are going in to pre-k so I haven’t had the joy of putting baked goods in a lunchbox yet… Looks like this could be my favorite! I look forward to making it!
I love to make muffins of all types!
GF/Paleo Carrot cake cookies! We even manage to slip in some shredded zucchini most times. It’s “Hulk power” according to my little middle man.
protein bars or healthy muffins.
Peanut butter oat balls 🙂 but these look like they’ll be amazing!
I love cookies and also zuchinni bread. By the way, i love Bob’s red mill!!! I have them in my pantry as well…
Heidi @ Red Checkered Tablecloth
We just discovered almond cheese, and it’s one of our new favorite recipes. I had never thought of baking cheese before, but when you’re avoiding dairy, it’s the perfect snack, especially with crackers! 🙂
Black bean brownies!
Pancakes and cookies!
Muffins, granola, banana bread, and cookies!
We like cookies like these!
What can I substitute for the vanilla protein powder if I don’t have it?
Your Breakfast Cookies made with dries cherries and dark chocolate chips.
Zucchini bread! Banana bread! Frankly any quick bread.