Oatmeal Protein Cookie Balls

My inner fat kid loves baked goods.

 

So does my outer fat kid.

I really could eat baked goods all day long.  Keep your Twizzlers and Sour Patch Kids, I’ll take the homemade oatmeal cookies.

Sadly, cookies aren’t exactly on my training plan.  Until now.  I strange’d it up in a storm of “use everything in my pantry.”

Oatmeal Protein Cookie Balls

 

I balled up a version of one of my favorite cookies because everything’s better as balls.  I also altered the ingredient list a bit so it can be eaten guilt-free.  Not that I feel guilty about eating dessert… but sometimes my abs do.

These chocolate chip-laced treats are just as good as the real thing.  Really!  My boss ate one and said “oh my god… these are good!” with a only slightly suppressed tone of  surprise.

Oatmeal Protein Cookie Balls

 

You could probably use any flour here – try coconut flour to make it gluten free.  They can easily be made vegan with a flax egg.  And, if you’re not ready to bring back pumpkin yet, try mashed sweet potato or banana!

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Oatmeal Protein Cookie Balls

Oatmeal Protein Cookie Balls

  • 1 C almond meal
  • 1 C rolled oats
  • 1/2 C spelt flour
  • 2 scoops (62 g) vanilla protein powder (I used Growing Naturals rice protein)
  • 2 T  brown sugar, packed
  • 2 T Stevia (or more brown sugar)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 C pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 C water
  • 3 T coconut oil
  • 3 T egg white (or flax egg)
  • 2 tsp NuNaturals simple syrup (or maple syrup)
  • 1/2 tsp maple pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 C sugar-free chocolate chips

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place dry ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine.

In a small bowl mix coconut oil (softened in micro if necessary), syrup, egg white, water, and extract.  Pour wet mixture into the dry.  Stir until well-combined (you can use your CLEAN hands).

Fold in the chocolate chips.  Make balls of ~2 T of dough, place on cookie sheet and and flatten with your palm.

Bake for 10-12 mins at 350 degrees.  Remove from oven and let cool.

Makes about 30 cookies.

*See notes in post above for gluten-free, vegan, and other options!

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I’m thinking I need to finally try a clean(er) cheesecake of my own next!

Baked goods or candy?

What childhood favorite would you like to health-ify?

 

Comments

  1. says

    I LOVE TRANSFORMING JUNK FOOD LOVERS into LOVERS OF healthy treats!!! TRYING SO HARD to transform a certain someone, who is addicted to that FU**IN’ CHICK FIL A, TACO BELL, and Kdawiuegfbdskfniaueifhneishkfiseruhfndejkdb — And lets just say, it’s probably easier to train a Rhino how to draw a picture of every single little detail of the villi inside a human’s small intestine.

  2. says

    Yum! I made my own stevia cinnamon syrup so will try baking with it! I got my iced coffees cinnamoned up but wanted to make a treat so this is a must! ♡ I am a home baked goods kinda gal candy used to be my favorite but now I love a warm fresh out of the oven cookie :)

  3. says

    I love chocolate, I love baked goods but I will definitely pass on sweets…just the idea of a Twizzler makes my teeth hurt! I like my balls so you know I’m digging this recipe :)!

  4. says

    I seriously need to put in another batch order of pumpkin puree from amazon… How about some candy in baked goods? JELLY BABY MUFFINS.

    Now that’s a strange but good to be working on… ;)

  5. says

    Yes to balls, tehehe.
    Baked goods!! I also love no bake stuff, but I ditched sour candy for good – after ruining the roof of my mouth (you know why that is an issue for me (omg haha)) – I swear I will never touch this shit again!
    These sound great – love almond meal!!

  6. says

    I love cookie balls and these sound so yummy! I’m glad I have everything on hand already to try these out. I definitely prefer baked goods over candy. Anything with chocolate chips has me interested :)

  7. says

    I’m going to make these for Kirk’s breakfast! I have him on a nutrition plan to build and he has to eat a TON of carbs. He’s already sick of extra oatmeal at breakfast and I was thinking of what should be next. Perfect!

  8. says

    Looks delish! And way to make those healthy! Although I have to say, I’m all for the fake stuff. I’d take candy and licorice over chocolate and pie any day – even though it’s so much less real! I am what I am. ;)

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