These Double Chocolate Protein Cookies are soft and fudgy with rich, deep dark chocolate flavor. They are full of lots of delicious and nutritious ingredients like cocoa powder, almond flour, avocado, maple syrup and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Plus, they’re gluten-free, paleo friendly, low calorie, low in saturated fat, with 8 grams of protein and yummy chocolatey flavor!
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The only thing better than chocolate is more chocolate – right!?? Well, that’s what the hubs would say anyway. He’s kind of a chocolate consuming machine. Like he was created to eat chocolate. And if it’s a dark chocolate hazelnut tart – get out the way! Not kidding. He loves his dark chocolate.
Something else to note about the B man is that he LOVES to work out. ADORES IT. But don’t get me wrong he is not all big and muscly. Oh no, lean and mean is more his lane. Well, not really lean and mean, more lean and tall. And real nice.
But again, the guy loves the gym. So much so that he even got certified as a personal fitness trainer a few years ago – for fun. Are you picking up what I’m laying down?
So, as the Chief Procurement Officer of my house I’m always picking up dark chocolate, and all things related to working out like protein powder and protein bars... while exploring new healthy-ish dessert recipes! Recently, I was at the vitamin store picking up all the regular stuff and I happen to see some protein cookies. Hmm, what a fun concept – right!? I mean who doesn’t like cookies!??
Allow me to take a quick second and just mention that I’m all about getting a sufficient amount of protein, but I really don’t like protein powder and bars with a bunch of strange ingredients in them. I’m a “less is more girl” when it comes to chemicals and processed items in my food.
For example, I love Lara bars. There are only a few ingredients in each bar and they are all naturally occurring real food items. I also like unflavored collagen protein powder. There’s literally one ingredient and that’s the collagen. Plus, there’s so many amazing benefits from using it…
My favorite is a collagen protein from Great Lakes, and I like it for several reasons.
Why I use collagen in my protein cookie recipe:
- First, there’s no natural or artificial sugar. That way I have complete control over the level of sweetness.
- Next, collagen protein contains amino acids like glycine, lysine and proline, which can be used by the body to build muscle and connective tissue structures like bone, tendons ligaments, cartilage, skin, hair and nails.
- It’s easily digested and supports the body’s natural healing.
- It does not congeal and will dissolve in hot, warm, or cold liquids. (Perfect for smoothies!)
- It’s helpful in regulating the body’s metabolism and can curb your appetite.
- And finally, it can also promote deeper sleep and improve gut health.
Ok public service announcement over… moving on to those protein cookies.
So, there I was in the middle of the vitamin store staring at all these shelves and shelves of protein cookies. There were so many different flavor options to choose from: chocolate chip, lemon poppy seed, peanut butter chip, chocolate mint… lots of yummy favors. And although they listed a bunch of great facts about the cookie (non GMO, 0g Trans Fat, no soy, no dairy, no high fructose corn syrup, etc.), there were still plenty of strange sounding ingredients that I did not recognize.
Plus, they were kind of expensive for just one cookie. I still went ahead and grabbed one for the B man to try out. But in the back of my head I was thinking, “I could make these myself with identifiable ingredients and for much less cost.”
So that’s just what I did!
I whipped up my own Chocolate Protein Cookies! And they turned out amazing!
They’re sooo soft and moist, almost like eating chocolate cake. They are brimming with deep rich chocolatey flavor. Plus, they contain 8 grams of protein per cookie, under 150 calories, loads of antioxidants, with only 10 ingredients – ingredients that you can actually pronounce, and feel good about eating.
I have to tell you these are not super-sweet cookies. I intentionally made them low in sugar to keep them healthier and reduce the carbs. Think rich deep dark chocolate flavor with some semi-sweet chocolate chips mixed in. Mmmm.
They make a great snack when you’re having a chocolate craving. Or a yummy on-the-go breakfast with a glass of coconut milk or a cup of coffee. The B man likes to eat them pre- or post-workout. With the added protein, they’re just what he needs to get him ready for his beloved gym time.
To add to their healthiness, I swapped out an avocado for the fat in these cookies. So, there’s very little saturated fat at all – just one more reason these cookies are the perfect fudgy sweet treat.
I could go on and on about these black beauties but let’s talk about how easy it is to whip up a batch.
How to make chocolate protein cookies:
First, add an avocado and a large egg to your trusty standing mixer and whisk together until they come together. Next add the maple syrup and vanilla extract and mix until blended.
In a separate bowl add all your dry ingredients: cocoa powder, almond flour, protein powder, baking soda and salt. Stir them together then add them to the wet ingredients in the mixer and blend.
Finally, mix in your chocolate chips, scoop out the protein cookie dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet (try to shape them into 2 ½ inch round discs) and bake for 10 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven. This recipe makes 10 protein cookies total. And since the cookies will spread a little be sure to give them plenty of room.
You can store them in the fridge, the freezer, or I even store mine on the counter in a container. Just be sure to layer parchment paper between each cookie so they don’t stick together.
And that’s my protein cookie! These Double Chocolate Protein Cookies are delicious and nutritious… The perfect no-guilt gluten-free chocolate protein packed snack! Pair these with some homemade butter coffee and you are good to go!
Double Chocolate Protein Cookies
Soft and fudgy double chocolate protein cookies with rich, deep dark chocolate flavor.
- 1 avocado
- 1 egg
- ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ½ cup almond flour
- 5 tablespoons collagen protein powder
- ⅓ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or dark chocolate if preferred)
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Add the avocado and a large egg to standing mixer and whisk until they come together, about 1 minute. Add maple syrup and vanilla extract and mix until blended.
- In a separate bowl add all dry ingredients: cocoa powder, almond flour, protein powder, baking soda and salt. Stir together, then add to the wet ingredients in the mixer and blend thoroughly. Next, add the chocolate chips and mix together.
- Form 10 cookies (2 ½ inch round discs) on a parchment-lined baking sheet. The cookies will spread a little so be sure to give them plenty of room. Bake for 10 minutes on 350 degrees.
- When completely cooled, store them in the fridge, freezer, or in a container at room temperature. Layer parchment paper between each cookie so they don’t stick together
Serving Size1 Cookie
Amount Per Serving Calories 150Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 16mgSodium 177mgCarbohydrates 15gNet Carbohydrates 12gFiber 3gSugar 9gProtein 8g
This nutrition card uses an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. This estimate is not a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice!
Hi I am getting ready to make these. Recipe states baking soda, but both directions state baking powder. Can you please tell me which it is. Thank you!!!
Hi Susan, the answer to your question is baking soda. I hope they turned out delicious.
can i add peanut butter to this? and how?
thank you 🙂
Hi Shana, this recipe already produces a pretty dense cookie so I'd be cautious about adding peanut butter. We'd need to do some testing to be able to advise you about the exact quantity and any adjustments to other ingredients. However, you may be able to get the same peanut butter + chocolate combination by adding some peanuts to the batter? 🙂
Hi, is there a different type of flour I could substitute for the almond flour? These look delicious, but my husband is allergic to almonds.
Hi Savannah, we have not used it but many people trying to stay low carb also like coconut flour as an alternative to regular flour. This site has a very in-depth article that offers several low-carb flour options, including coconut: https://www.ditchthecarbs.com/low-carb-flours/. If you try a different one, please let us know how it turns out! 🙂 - H&B
What can you substitute the avacado for? and do I need the maple syrup?
can I add an extra egg or oil? and if so, how much oil?
Hi there, you can swap out 1/2 cup of oil for the avocado. And you can skip the pure maple syrup but they won't have any sweetness to them. Or you could swap out the pure maple syrup for honey. I hope that helps!!
Can you taste the avocado? I'm attempting to find a replacement to Balance Bars Double chocolate (my husband loves) but he hates avocado! Thanks!
Hi Emily, you truly can't taste the avocado in these cookies. It doesn't make them really moist though. The chocolate is really all you can taste. My husband loves this protein cookies and I hope yours does too! You can also swap the avocado out for oil if you'd prefer.
Can you use whey protein powder?
Hey Shawna, my protein powder doesn't have any sugar or sugar substitutes in it. If yours does then I'm not sure how they would turn out. If it doesn't it should be just fine. If it's sweetened than maybe try eliminating the maple syrup in the recipe or at least reducing it. I would love to hear how they turn out with whey protein so please let me know. Take care!
Erin @ Suburban Simplicity
All smart and clean ingredients! Love it! They look so fudgy and good too! I'm pretty sure my family would gobble them up and wouldn't even know they were "healthy" 🙂
Thanks so much, Erin! You're right - they are super fudgy! I love that they are a sweet treat I can feel good about eating and serving my crew!
These look amazing!! I would LOVE to be munching on them NOW
Thanks so much, Kristen! That's a great point... why am I not eating one this very minute!?😝
Julie @ Running in a Skirt
These sound so amazing! I love the use of avocado in them and so much better than the packages stuff. They look SO fudgy and delish.
Your hubby is a lucky man to get these!
Thanks my friend! I agree - less ingredients that you can't pronounce is always better!
AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon
These look awesome! Even better that I have avocados that need to be used!
Thanks girl! I love it when things work out like that. Enjoy!