Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies [Gluten Free & Vegan]

After a failed attempt at quinoa cookies and many attempts at a protein cookie that doesn’t taste like you’re eating styrofoam, I’ve finally done it. I should have figured it out earlier since it’s really just a modified version of these breakfast cookies. But hey, sometimes the obvious things take awhile to notice. So let’s not wait any longer! Let’s get to the cookies. Did I mention that these protein cookies are vegan and gluten free? Yeah.

chocolate chip protein cookies vegan and gluten free

Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies
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To keep these vegan, use dairy free chocolate chips. Mine were the Enjoy Life brand which are dairy free. To keep these gluten free, use gluten free oats. Mine were Bob's Red Mill which are gluten free.
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 5
  • 1 large banana
  • ½ cup oats
  • 2 tbsp protein powder (I used vanilla)
  • 1 tbsp mini chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.'
  2. In a small bowl, mash the banana until it's just slightly lumpy.
  3. Stir in the oats and the protein powder. I recommend vanilla but if you use plain, just add a few drops of vanilla.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray and drop the cookies onto the sheet with a large spoon. It should make 5 cookies.
  6. Bake for 12 minutes or until set.

With the protein powder I used, mine had about 80 calories per cookie. Here are the full stats. Not bad for something that tastes like dessert! These have the ooey gooey texture of a banana based breakfast cookie (if you’ve never had one of those then you seriously need to try this recipe) so just a warning that this isn’t a crumbly type of cookie. Still, the chocolate chips make this feel like a sweet treat yet the protein powder means your stomach won’t be growling again in 10 minutes.

protein cookies that taste good

I’ve been packing these as a quick snack to tide be over between breakfast and lunch. It means my stomach isn’t totally growling by 11:00am! Does anyone else seem to get hungry long before lunch time?

I’m sure the rest of these will disappear over the weekend so I might have to make a second batch on Sunday. I’m excited for a packed weekend ahead!

Do you usually have a morning snack?


  1. I feel like I always have to have a morning snack to keep me going and fueled. I wake up pretty early to begin with so eating breakfast at 6, I’m not going to last until lunch time. These look great!

  2. I am always starving for a snack around 10 am! These sound really great. Pinning! 😉

  3. These cookies sound delicious! I would try it with instead of vanilla with hemp protein. I love the way that u only need 4 ingredients to make it, great recipe!

  4. These look delish! I usually workout during that morning time, so my snack ends up being my protein bar…but cookies would be better 😉

  5. I have to try these! I bet my kids would like them too!

  6. We make these all the time! I have tried other recipe creations–but these NEVER fail and are always loved by the whole family.

  7. Typically I would rather just have a “morning snack” and no breakfast…and one like this sounds simple and super yummy!

  8. Will have to try these soon! I usually don’t need a mid-morning snack, but a mid-afternoon one is always a must!

  9. I usually eat a pre-run snack, then a large-ish breakfast after, and sometimes a snack before lunch too – these look perfect for any of those!

  10. These look so darn good! I love Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips. These would be perfect to eat on the 21 day day fix and you aren’t even “cheating” 🙂

  11. I make something very similar every once in awhile to have for post workout or on the go snacks. My son loves them and they freeze really well 🙂

  12. I sometimes eat a morning snack, but usually always have one in the afternoon. Love that these cookies have protein!

  13. These sound so perfect and I love that there is only four ingredients!

  14. These look amazing! So delicious and healthy!! Gotta love that these are vegan!!

  15. A sweet treat that doesn’t kill the calorie bank? count me IN

  16. oh goodness, i just woke (it’s 6am) and now i’m craving these cookies to go with my coffee. lucky thing is — i have all the ingredients and le bebe will prob. sleep another hour or so… 🙂

  17. Yes I do but they’re not usually this healthy – Lol what do you eat this with in the morning? Or do you eat them alone? I would devour these alone for breakfast. How long do they keep for? I assume with the banana at most 2-3 days? Have a great one Liz!! -=Iva

  18. So simple, yet so delicious…my kind of snack 🙂 I feel like I”m always snacking…lately it’s been hummus and tortilla chips.

  19. Making healthy cookies that still taste good is a bit daunting. These look perfect! Saving and sharing 😉

  20. I love how simple this recipe is and I especially love that there’s no added sugar! Love, love, love!


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