I love to look for and to try new recipes for protein in bars, cookies, smoothies and etc. instead of the traditional store-bought versions, so that I know what exactly is going into them and eliminating things that may not be good for you like preservatives and excess sugars. A few weeks ago I came across a several recipes for pumpkin protein ideas. I really liked the Pumpkin Protein Cookie and decided to give it a try with a few minor tweaks to make it a better accommodating for me.

The original recipe that I used to model from yielded 14 cookies, but with my tweaks I was able to make 2 dozen cookies. I also eliminated the wheat and soy flour since it does not agree my digestive system. Switching the artificial sweetener option listed for sugar in the raw, also made me feel like it was a more natural product.

Ingredients ~

  • 3/4 cup Sugar in the Raw
  • 1 cup Rolled Oats
  • 1 1/2 cup organic Coconut Flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1 3/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher or Sea Salt
  • 2 tsp ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground Nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tsp Chai Seeds
  • 1 tbsp milled ground Flaxseed
  • 1 tsp molasses
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 1 tbsp extra light virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin purée
  • 1/4 cup chopped Pecans
  • 4 scoops Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 2 tbsp nonfat plain Greek Yogurt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)

In a large bowl or stand mixer combine sugar, oats, flour, protein powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir in pumpkin purée, olive oil, egg whites and molasses. Add in chai seeds, flaxseed, greek yogurt and pecans. Roll into 24 balls and flatten on a baking sheet (greased if you do not have a non-stick sheet).

Bake for 5 minutes in preheated oven. Do not overbake – the cookies will come out really dry if overbaked. After cooling on the rack I wrapped them in aluminum foil and placed them in the freezer to keep.

So how did they turn out? To me, they are a moist, dense and less guilty version of a piece of pumpkin pie at the holidays. Not overwhelmingly sweet and very satisfying as a snack or as pre-workout fuel.