Pre/Post Workout Protein Cookies


Like this recipe? Be sure to check out my recipe for No Bake Protein Bars! They contain no cereal fillers and have flax seed and dark chocolate for an extra boost! Only 200 calories each. They are by far Jon’s favorite!

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 egg,


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!

Pre/Post Workout Protein Cookies
Serves: 22
  • 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)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl stir together applesauce, honey, peanut butter, water, vanilla, egg, protein powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and flour.
  3. Toss in the oats, fruit, cereal, and flax seed.
  4. Drop onto a greased cookie sheet in ¼ scoops.
  5. Bake 11-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Drizzle with melted chocolate if desired.
  7. Enjoy!


  1. Jill says

    You mentioned the carb, protein, calorie count in the post – do you have those to share? Thanks!

    • Cara Hersey says

      Why yes I sure do! Here are the numbers per cookie!

      Calories- 124
      Carbs- 16
      Fat- 4
      Protein- 7 (almost as much as an egg!)
      Sodium- 58
      Sugar- 6

      I hope this helps!

  2. says

    Your photos are stunning and your recipes sound delectable. We would love for you to share them at The Feasting Eye is still a bit new, but I think you will like what you see :-).

  3. says

    I found you on Linkedin . Love your site. These sound like something I would love to try. They sound much healthier than the protein bars you buy in the store!

    • Cara Hersey says

      Thanks Tanya!! I love these cookies and the energy they give me! Be sure to take a peek at my recipe for protein bars as well! 2 winners!

  4. Julie says

    Have you ever tried these leaving out the 3 cups fiber cereal? Just wondering how they’d turn out that way! Thanks!

    • Cara Hersey says

      Julie I haven’t tried them without the cereal!! If you get brave enough to give it a go please come back and let us all know how it works out!!

  5. susan says

    My sons will love these but my daughter is not a fan of peanut butter. Can they be made without it or with a substitute?

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