Exercise has become a very important part of our lives lately. I run a little workout group in the mornings 5-6 days a week where I kick our butts for 40 minutes to an hour. I spend the rest of the day in my sweaty workout clothes and running shoes because Jon and I usually take the kids to the high school track in the evenings for running and bleacher drills. The kids run around the football field like wild animals that have been caged for years while Jon and I have our little “workout date”. Unfortunately we cannot always plan our workouts around meal times. I usually get my morning workout started 2-3 hours after eating breakfast so I am in desperate need of calories before beginning. Sometimes the opposite happens, I am able to workout 30 minutes after eating dinner and am in need of calories for recovery afterwards. I don’t have time to create a new and exciting gourmet snack every time I need one so I created these cookies. Packed with the carbs, calories, and protein I need to fuel a sweat session, or recover from one, and easy to grab n’ go!
Start by pouring a 1/2 cup of applesauce into a large mixing bowl. This is taking the place of butter which will give our cookies a cakey texture. If you absolutely need a chewy cookie use a 1/2 cup of softened butter instead.
To the mixing bowl add a 1/4 cup of honey,
a 1/2 cup of peanut butter,
1/4 cup of water,
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract,
1 teaspoon cinnamon,
4 scoops of vanilla protein powder,
1/2 teaspoon baking soda,
1/4 teaspoon salt,
and 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour.
Stir until smooth.
Another reason I love this recipe? Everything goes into the same bowl. One bowl, one spoon and you have some cookies!
Now throw in the goodies! 1/2 a cup of old fashioned oats,
1/2 cup of dried fruit,
3 cups of your favorite high fiber cereal,
and 1/4 cup ground flax seed.
Stir until well combined.
Drop batter onto a non stick cookie sheet about 2 inches apart using 1/4 cup of the batter per cookie.
Bake in a 375 degree oven for 11-12 minutes or until cookies are golden brown. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing.
Now we could leave them like this or…..
Ah heck! Let’s melt some chocolate!
I think we made the right choice. Don’t you?
Once the chocolate has set you can store these in an airtight container or in the freezer to save for later! I’ll workout just to have an excuse to eat one of these!
- ½ c. applesauce
- ¼ c. honey
- ½ c. peanut butter
- ¼ c. water
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- ½ c. whole wheat flour
- 4 scoops vanilla protein powder
- ½ c. old fashioned oats
- ½ c. dried fruit such as blueberries, cranberries, or raisins
- 3 c. high fiber cereal
- ¼ c. ground flax seed
- 4 oz. dark chocolate, melted (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl stir together applesauce, honey, peanut butter, water, vanilla, egg, protein powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and flour.
- Toss in the oats, fruit, cereal, and flax seed.
- Drop onto a greased cookie sheet in ¼ scoops.
- Bake 11-12 minutes or until golden brown.
- Drizzle with melted chocolate if desired.