Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

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These peanut butter protein cookies are out of this world good! The best part is, they have the perfect ‘balance’ of healthy fat, protein, and complex carbohydrates, which makes them the perfect treat, snack, or even as a quick protein packed breakfast! These cookies are fun to make with kids… and they are guaranteed to pass the ‘picky’ kid or husband test every time! Enjoy!


The estimated total time to make this recipe is 15-20 minutes.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line sheet pan with foil, and spray with non-stick spray, (or line with parchment paper). 


Microwave peanut butter in for 30 seconds, or until softened, which will make it easier to mix. In a medium bowl, mix together the first four ingredients until smooth. In a separate bowl, mix together the rest of the dry ingredients. Combine the wet and dry ingredients together. (Add chocolate chips if desired).


Moisten hands (to prevent from sticking), and roll cookie dough into balls. Use a fork to press a criss-cross into each cookie. Bake 8-10 minutes. Let cookies cool, and enjoy! 


1 cupPeanut butter
1 Large egg
1 Egg white
2 tbsApplesauce
1/4 cupVanilla protein powder
1 cupOld fashioned oats (use gluten free if sensitive) 1
1/2 cupBaking stevia OR 1 cup sweetener of choice that measures like sugar 2
1/8 tsp Salt
1 tspBaking soda
Optional: 2 tbs mini chocolate chips

1 For a more 'smooth' batter, use 3/4 cup oat flour. Oats are easily ground into a flour in a blender or food processor.

2 I used NuNaturals More Fiber Stevia Baking Blend. If using packets of stevia, I recommend using about 8-12, or adjust according to taste.

Katie's Tip!

These cookies are so healthy they would even make a delicious breakfast cookie!

Nutrition Breakdown

24 Cookies (or 12 large cookies)
85 Calories per Cookie
6 g Fat per Cookie
7 g Carbohydrate per Cookie
1.5 g Fiber per Cookie
0.2 g Sugar per Cookie
7 g Protein per Cookie
3 WWP+*

*Weight Watchers Points per serving


Kayla McKinney said:

I can’t wait to make these! YUM!

September 13th, 2012 — 10:55am  |  Reply

Tara Jackson said:

Can’t wait to make these! Can you recommend a peanut butter that is low in sugar? Or did you use peanut butter powder?

September 13th, 2012 — 11:00am  |  Reply

Danielle said:

Tara, any peanut butter that is all natural should contain nothing but peanuts! Really easy to find. And WAY healthier.

September 13th, 2012 — 2:11pm  | 

Cerissa said:

I just use Adams. It has no sugar added :). It worked great!

September 13th, 2012 — 5:16pm  | 

Tara Jackson said:

I could only find maranatha peanut butter with the lowest grams of sugar. I might have to look online for Adams brand. Thanks for the tip. =)

September 16th, 2012 — 5:29pm  | 

Anna said:

I like to use Teddie’s All Natural Organic PB (available through OpenSky; does not require mixing) or Smucker’s All Natural PB (available at most grocery stores, must mix but if kept in the fridge doesn’t need remixing). Both contain only peanuts and 1% or less of salt (there’s also a Smucker’s No-Salt Added Creamy).

Both have 1g of sugar per serving (I’m guessing naturally occurring from the peanuts as there is no sugar added).

April 30th, 2013 — 11:54pm  | 

Kayla said:

I can’t wait to make these! I LOVE peanut butter cookies!

September 13th, 2012 — 11:06am  |  Reply

Julie VerHage said:

Is it ok to use PB2?

September 13th, 2012 — 11:16am  |  Reply

Julie VerHage said:

Nevermind! I just saw your post on Facebook saying you can’t use PB2.

September 13th, 2012 — 11:19am  | 

Val said:

Can’t wait to try these!

September 13th, 2012 — 12:36pm  |  Reply

Gretchen Schawe said:

i’ve got a pan in the oven right now and I’m excited to serve them to my daughter when she gets off the school bus. : )

September 13th, 2012 — 4:01pm  |  Reply

Gretchen Schawe said:

Yup — she loved them! (I did too!)

September 13th, 2012 — 4:51pm  | 

Katie Prucha said:

hmm wondering if they would taste good with chocolate protein powder? yummy! thanks!

September 13th, 2012 — 5:07pm  |  Reply

Ed said:

I made them with chocolate protein powder and they were great.

September 22nd, 2012 — 12:13pm  | 

Erin said:

Oh my, they look so delicious. I have a peanut butter addiction.

September 13th, 2012 — 7:01pm  |  Reply

katie said:

Why can’t one use PB2? I just bought some on Amazon but I haven’t used it yet, sorry I am a newbie! I’d love to cut the calories!

September 13th, 2012 — 7:49pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

Not on this one katie but I have tons of recipes where I use it on dd!

September 13th, 2012 — 10:03pm  | 

Tiffany Buss said:

so are the nutritional facts for one cookie if you make the 24 count size? So 3 WW points for 1? they look so good but I know that I will probably be able to eat 3 – easy! and that is a lot of points for a snack. :) excited to make them though!

September 13th, 2012 — 10:48pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

yeah..its per cookie, but they are high in protein and fiber which will keep you full for a long time!

September 14th, 2012 — 10:49am  | 

Heather Somerville said:

This picture made me gasp- my favorite combo and they look divine! Making these today for an after school treat for the kiddos and I.

September 14th, 2012 — 10:54am  |  Reply

Sue Graupmann said:

Oh my gosh…these cookies were amazing! I would never guess they were healthy! Can’t wait for my kids to try them.

September 14th, 2012 — 2:47pm  |  Reply

Amanda said:

Made these yesterday and they turned out great! Thanks for another wonderful recipe!! :)

September 17th, 2012 — 8:24am  |  Reply

Joanna said:

made these tonight and they just may be my new favorite! GREAT job!

September 17th, 2012 — 9:55pm  |  Reply

Angie said:

If I used oat flour, should I have cut back on the quantity a bit? Do you know how much I should use? (my first try at them was a tad dry – very yummy, though!). LOVE your site btw. I’ve been recommending it to everyone I know!!

September 18th, 2012 — 9:20pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

Yes less oat flour can’t say for sure but id say 1/4 cup less

September 19th, 2012 — 6:33am  | 

Traci Pareti said:

I wonder how this would taste with PB2 powdered Peanut butter?? Anyone try it?

September 23rd, 2012 — 10:43pm  |  Reply

Sabrina said:

What kind of protein do you use? Soy or Whey?
I used whey and I did everything else correctly…
but they came out looking like flat pancakes! =[
Or maybe my baking soda is too old?

October 3rd, 2012 — 8:38pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:


October 4th, 2012 — 12:53pm  | 

Jessica Davis said:

When using peanut butter in your recipes do you use all natural (such as Smucker’s) with no added sugar? Just making sure so that the texture comes out well :)

October 9th, 2012 — 7:24pm  |  Reply

jill said:

Can you use chocolate protein powder?

October 11th, 2012 — 11:37pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:


October 12th, 2012 — 8:16am  | 

Jasmine said:

Is it OK to skip the Stevia? I am not crazy about Stevia and my protein powder already has some without being overwhelming. Just wondering if the lack of sweetener will effect the texture of the cookie. Can’t wait to make these! Thanks.

November 3rd, 2012 — 3:04am  |  Reply

Ana said:

Is there an alternative to applesauce if I’m all out?

November 14th, 2012 — 7:29pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

try banana :)

November 15th, 2012 — 6:47pm  | 

Andrea Burgwin said:

Just made these and I pretty much scarfed the whole batch! Definitely a keeper!

December 1st, 2012 — 8:28pm  |  Reply

darcy said:

i am not a huge stevia fan–can you recommend anything else?

January 9th, 2013 — 9:56pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

splenda, xylitol, truvia, agave, sucanat

January 10th, 2013 — 10:09am  | 

Kristin said:

Just made these!! Yummy! But I had trouble with mine being a little goey in the middle?!

January 16th, 2013 — 10:28pm  |  Reply

Meagan said:

These are so yummy! I made them with chocolate protein powder and threw in 1/4 C Chia seeds for a little energy boost. Thank you for the recipe!

February 7th, 2013 — 3:48pm  |  Reply

Jessica said:

These turned out great! I used 1/2 cup sugar because I don’t have any sweeteners, and although I cut the sugar by half they still taste great! I used vanilla hemp protein which I was uneasy about and subbed apple sauce for banana. Yum!!!

February 17th, 2013 — 6:51pm  |  Reply

Allison said:

Jessica, did you use 1/4 of sugar in that case? I dont have sweeteners either!

February 18th, 2013 — 7:07pm  | 

Donna Phillips said:

Yumm! I added a little cinnamon and used butterscotch chips instead! Awesome :)

March 2nd, 2013 — 3:26pm  |  Reply

Tiffany said:

Double the whey protein to 1/2 cup to add more protein? Anyone try using more protein than recommended?

March 5th, 2013 — 1:03am  |  Reply

Brittany @ DulceVie said:

I just made these with almond butter and they were so good! Thanks for sharing this recipe with us :)

March 5th, 2013 — 9:27pm  |  Reply

Teresa said:

Just made these tonight! I used hemp protein powder which gave them a different coloring, but still tasty! 2 kid approved!

March 17th, 2013 — 8:42pm  |  Reply

tina said:

Mmm! Just got some “wow”-butter (soy based Peanut butter substitute) so I can take one to munch at school without worrying about allergies in the class!
Has anyone tried replacing with wow butter?
Can’t wait to have such an easy, healthy breakfast to enjoy with my morning latte!

March 31st, 2013 — 6:55pm  |  Reply

Shane said:

In the oven right now! Thx! The batter was delicious!!!

April 4th, 2013 — 6:36pm  |  Reply

Yana said:

Could you please tell me how many grams of those 6g of fat in your cookies is saturated please thanks

April 7th, 2013 — 5:52pm  |  Reply

Yasmine Gonzalez said:

Hi Katie, Im such a a huge fan of your site. I love your recipes!
I was just wondering, as I live in the UK, Apple sauce is very difficult if not impossible to come by. Is there any substitute you can recommend?

April 18th, 2013 — 8:49am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

baby food might work :) apple flavor! :)

April 18th, 2013 — 9:14am  | 

Anna said:

I’ve read some of the comments and see that you’ve said PB2 wouldn’t work. Might subbing in maybe 1/3 or 1/2 of the PB with PB2 possibly work?

These are delicious, by the way! I was only wondering as I wanted to cut down the calories since I already made 2 batches and also don’t want to use up all my PB, haha. Thanks!

April 30th, 2013 — 11:58pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

i guess according to the people that have tried it does work :) yeah!!!

May 1st, 2013 — 9:58am  | 

Jake said:

Was wondering if you put the oats in a good processor before mixing because the picture looks like a smooth batter and doesn’t look like ungrounded old fashioned oats were used in the batter.

May 3rd, 2013 — 4:59pm  |  Reply

Jack said:

Gaspari Nutrition has a Peanut Butter Cookie Dough flavored protein powder. I will be trying this and getting back to you all!

August 6th, 2013 — 4:46pm  |  Reply

Ali Q said:

I know I’m pretty late here… But i was wondering if I could add more protein powder. If so, would I need to adjust the recipe a little?

August 27th, 2013 — 3:49pm  |  Reply

Mimi Nguyen said:

You can use less oat flour to add more protein powder. It’s just as tasty! If you don’t adjust the oat flour, it could come out too dry.

September 17th, 2013 — 12:21am  | 

Dana said:

hey LOVE your site- is it okay for me to post my picture with this recipe on my instagram if I give you full credit and link you in it??
thanks SO much!!!

December 6th, 2013 — 5:59pm  |  Reply

Rachel said:

I am so glad I stumbled upon this amazing recipe. The cookies are tasty, filling and satisfying. I made a couple of changes to the original.
I blended the oats to make oat flour. Only a few oats were in pieces which made a nice nutty texture.
I halved the amount of oat flour to 1/2 cup and used only 3/4 tsp baking powder.
I also halved the amount of stevia to 1/4 cup. I never bothered with the chocolate chips.
The result was a richer, moist peanut butter tasting cookie with less carbs and calories. I am estimating 4g Carbs and 70 Cal each.

January 12th, 2014 — 4:48pm  |  Reply

Megan said:

I am not sure if I have posted something yet but I have to say, this recipe is absolutely perfect. I follow it to the letter and get perfect cookies every time, and I make them ALL the time. My family absolutely loves them. Thanks for this! And keep doing what you do :-)

January 20th, 2014 — 10:26am  |  Reply

Lisa Vasquez said:

I made these cookies and I only used 1/2 cup out flour and 3/4tsp of baking soda. They still came out on the dry side. Any suggestions as to what I may have done wrong or what can I adjust? Appreciate any help?
Thank you

January 27th, 2014 — 2:11pm  |  Reply

Alex said:

well, these looked delicious and I was super excited. I used oat flour instead of the old fashioned oats and they came out really dry. I scrolled down a long ways in the comments and saw where it was recommended to use less oat flour. really wish I would have seen that earlier or it was specified because I feel like this was a total waste. :( I will try it again another time and use less oat flour because nearly all of the comments are positive! They taste yummy, just almost to dry to swallow!!!

February 5th, 2014 — 12:11am  |  Reply

Lindsey Fanning said:

if you substitute agave for splenda, is it still 1 cup? thanks!

February 17th, 2014 — 3:59pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

no…it will vary…i use stevia so it is hard to say, but i would google it :)

February 25th, 2014 — 2:31pm  | 

shawna said:

Baking powder or soda?

March 11th, 2014 — 5:16pm  |  Reply

Lewis said:

Would coconut flour work with these instead of oats / oat flour?

April 16th, 2014 — 4:18am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

no :) it measures much different

April 16th, 2014 — 8:38am  | 

Lewis said:

Thanks. Saved me from making an error :)

Making these as an Easter treat for my girlfriend tonight. Biggest test will be not eating the dough…I gave up peanut butter for Lent!

April 16th, 2014 — 9:00am  |  Reply

Aaron Rector said:

ik would like to know more recipes for protein cookies

April 16th, 2014 — 12:39pm  |  Reply

Kaila said:

I tried these with the PB2 and it didn’t turn out bad at all.. they tasted like cookie cupcakes if that makes any sense.

May 30th, 2014 — 9:37pm  |  Reply

Emily said:

What brand of protein powder do you use?

September 30th, 2014 — 12:39pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

designer whey

September 30th, 2014 — 3:43pm  | 

Erin said:

Do you think cookie butter would work?

October 9th, 2014 — 5:13pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

yes :)

October 10th, 2014 — 8:28am  | 

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