Healthy Holiday Dessert! Hi-Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Healthy Holiday Dessert! Hi-Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
By Johnathan Zamora

With Christmas around the corner, the timing couldn’t be better for a physique-friendly high protein cookie recipe that satisfies your sweet tooth.

When making these cookies, it’s important to follow the directions exactly, as we have made ingredient substitutions that help improve the nutritional qualities of this recipe while not sacrificing taste and enhancing visual appeal.  At 60 calories per cookie and with 5g of protein these treats are delicious eaten alone, with milk or dipped into coffee!

Delightfully simple to make, this recipe is perfect for sharing at the office or to bring to a holiday party.  I suggest storing these cookies in an airtight container as this will extend the shelf-life while preserving freshness.  The pictures below illustrate the cooking method step by step with the finished product presented at the end.

Hi-Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Yield: 40 Cookies

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups  All Purpose Flour
3 scoops Lean Pro 8 – Chocolate
½ cup  Peanut butter
½ cup   Brown sugar
6 each  Egg whites
1 tsp.   Baking powder
1 tsp.   Salt

To make the Glaze:
¼ cup   Water
1 Tbs.   Corn Syrup
1 cup  Confectioners sugar
½ oz.   Unsweetened chocolate, grated or chopped into thin pieces
1 Tbs.   Peanut Butter

Method of Preparation:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a glass bowl, combine the flour, protein powder, baking soda and salt.  Mix well.

2. Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, add the peanut butter and brown sugar together and mix on low speed until well incorporated, about 1 minute.

3. When adding the egg whites and flour mixture to the mixer bowl, be sure the mixer is on low speed.  Proceed by first adding a bit of egg whites to the bowl, then stopping to add a bit of the flour mixture.  Repeat this alternating process until both mixtures have been completely added to the mixer.

4. After the ingredients have incorporated well, about 3 minutes, turn the mixer off.

5. Line a ½ size baking sheet with foil and set aside.  Using a 1 Tbs. measuring spoon, spoon out each cookie and form into dough balls.  Place each ball on the foil pan and press slightly with your thumb to flatten the dough.

6. Place the cookies in the oven for 6-8 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow the cookies to cool on a wire cooling rack.

To Make the Glaze –

1. In a small saucepan, combine the water and corn syrup and bring to a boil.  Divide the glaze into two glass bowls – one for the chocolate glaze, the otherfor the peanut butter glaze.

2. In one of the bowls, add the chopped chocolate and blend well.  Using a fork, dip into the chocolate and drizzle the glaze over the cooled cookies.

3. In the remaining bowl of glaze, add the peanut butter and blend well. If this glaze is a bit too thick, add 1 Tbs. water and mix together.  The water will help thin out the glaze.  Using a fork, dip into the peanut butter mixture and drizzle over cooled cookies.  The holidays are a time to reflect on all the blessings we’ve received throughout the year and to enjoy the company of family and friends.  What better way to share your passion for fitness and clean eating than by preparing a batch of these delicious cookies for those closest to you.  After all, the best things in life are shared.
Happy Holidays!

 

Johnathan Zamora
The Fit Chef

3 Responses for Healthy Holiday Dessert! Hi-Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

  1. Lauren

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    December 17, 2010 6:10 pm

    Thank you, Johnathan! Great post–I can’t wait to try out the recipe!

  2. Gavin Forbis

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    December 22, 2010 2:01 pm

    I hate to give away free info, but alas I have a masters in sport nutrition and cannot let this go without some improvements. Above should have some replacements:
    Peanut Butter should be Smart balance, no trans fats, uses flax. Brown sugar should be turbinado sugar, better GI. Salt should be replaced by Sea Salt. Replace Corn Syrup with Apple Sauce, or evaporated cane sugar. Don’t use confectioners sugar, no place for that in healthy eating. include some oatmeal to contro insulin spikes unless using these post-workout becasue I’m sure you are like me, Christmas isn’t a day off, there are no holidays to health.

  3. Johnathan

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    September 29, 2011 5:17 pm

    Thanks for the kind words! I’m glad you found what you’re looking for. Be sure to check back…as we have more great recipes and healthy eating tips on the way!