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Healthier, super easy, but oh-so-delicious, Peanut Butter Protein Chocolate Chip Cookies. These are some of the best cookies. Decadent, extra peanutty, and loaded with chocolate chunks, but made without any refined sugars or gluten. Every bite has a chewy, crisp edge with a soft and chocolatey center. They’re extra yummy and there’s absolutely nothing not to love about these salty, sweet peanut butter cookies.

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Is it too soon for cookies? I questioned sharing these today, the first Tuesday back after Christmas vacation and all the holiday festivities. My fear is that you are sugared out, cookied out, and possibly just looking to indulge in salads galore.

But, then I said that out loud and thought, no way. The first week back in January is always a tricky week adjusting to getting back to work, to real life, and the reality that cookies can’t be dinner.

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After two weeks of mostly chill days, the back-to-work, back-to-school daily schedule can feel daunting. But even if you’re working on eating more wholesomely this month, you can still enjoy cookies!

And I have just the recipe for you! A first for me too, protein cookies! But you’d never even guess that there are any healthy additions by the taste. Oh, and these cookies are Oslo-approved and very yummmmy.

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There’s nothing fancy about this cookie, that’s honestly part of the appeal. We love an easy, no-fuss cookie.

Beat the butter with real organic maple syrup. For the butter, I only use Straus Organic European style butter with 85% butterfat. It makes all the difference and actually has health benefits. And the flavor is far superior to any other butter. And no, this post is not sponsored, this is just what I use and love.

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Cream the butter with the maple syrup to sweeten these cookies. I use a small amount of maple, so be warned these are not overly sweet cookies. Next, add the peanut butter.

The secret to making this layer really delicious is to use a peanut butter with just peanuts and salt. Don’t use a no-stir peanut butter that contains oils and or sugar. You just want a natural peanut butter. This will give you the best flavor and texture.

Now add in a mix of almond flour, I usually buy Bob’s Red Mill Almond Four. And unflavored protein powder, I like to use Vital Proteins Unflavored Collagen. Though you can certainly use your favorite unflavored or vanilla protein.

You can find both in most major grocery stores, Whole Foods, Target, and I believe Trader Joe’s as well.

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Now stir in lots of chocolate chips (or chocolate chunks) and bake away. No chilling required! Simple. Simple.

What I love about these cookies is just how easy they are to make. They require no chilling, and take less than thirty minutes. And yes, they’re even pretty healthy too!

Peanut Butter Protein Chocolate Chip Cookies | halfbakedharvest.comThese cookies have perfectly crisp edges and oh-so-chewy centers. The best kind of cookie and they’ll stay that way over time too! These don’t get hard once cooled.

Above all, my best advice? Bake these protein cookies tonight…because everyone has thirty minutes to bake up cookies. Then eat a few warm and ease yourself through this first week of the year. I certainly can’t think of a better way to welcome in the New Year!

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Looking for other healthier dessert recipes? Here are my favorites: 

Homemade Vegan Peanut Butter Twix Bars

Chocolate Chunk Chai Banana Bread

Healthier Homemade Nutter Butter Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

Tahini Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Lastly, if you make these Peanut Butter Protein Chocolate Chip Cookies, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Peanut Butter Protein Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 18 cookies
Calories Per Serving: 181 kcal

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  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    2. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter. Slowly add the maple syrup, beating until whipped. Add the peanut butter and mix to combine. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Add the almond flour, protein powder, baking soda, and salt. Fold in the chocolate chips/chunks.
    3. Scoop the dough out into rounded 1 tablespoon size balls, the dough will be wet. Place 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.
    4. Bake 7 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and tap the baking sheet on the counter gently to deflate each cookie. Return to the oven and bake another 3-4 minutes, the cookies will be browning, but still doughy in the center. Remove from the oven and gently tap the baking sheet on the counter 1-2 times.
    5. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with flaky salt (if desired). Eat warm or let cool and store in an airtight container for up to 4 days. 


Alternate flour: if you prefer, you can bake these cookies using a total of 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour. The cookies will come out a little thicker, but be just as delicious! 
Freezing: the cookie dough balls can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw, then bake as directed. 
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  1. 5 stars
    I made these cookies today for a sweet treat. They’re DELICIOUS!! My kids devoured them & said they’re the best cookies they’ve ever had. Saving this recipe to my favourites.

  2. 5 stars
    These were absolutely delicious! Despite my gently tapping the sheet, mine didn’t deflate and I did have to increase the baking time by about four minutes due to their thickness (could be my oven too). Either way, they were absolutely delicious! It’s so nice to eat a dessert that tastes purely of the ingredients and not just… sugar. Thank you so much for giving us dessert (but not sweet tooth) lovers an option!

    1. Hey Amanda,
      Wonderful!! I appreciate you making this recipe and your comment, so glad to hear it was enjoyed! Have a great weekend:)

  3. I was so excited to make these, but for some reason my cookies did not deflate? What did I do wrong? Also, next time I will use a protein powder with out stevia since my cookies have a fake sugar after taste… If anyone knows how I can make my cookies flat & chewy (not thick and cake-like) please let me know 🙂

    1. Hi Kelly,
      Thanks for giving these cookies a try and sharing your feedback! Sorry to hear they were puffy! I would try tapping your baking sheet on the counter next time for a flatter cookie. I hope this helps! xx

  4. 5 stars
    These are delicious!! I agree about the syrup….it chilled the butter when I added it, but they still came out great. I don’t think they’ll make it 24 hours in my house with my husband and daughters! I’d love to try chocolate protein powder next time! I used vital proteins collagen.

    1. Hi Barb,
      Yes, the calorie count per serving is listed above the ingredient list:) Please let me know if you have any other questions! xT

  5. 5 stars
    These are so yummy!!! I had to use Jiff Natural PB bc that’s all I had, but it was the only substitution I had to make! For protein powder I used Vasayo vanilla protein powder and it worked wonderfully. So excited to have a *slightly* healthy indulgence.

  6. 5 stars
    I had chocolate protein powder, and PBfit powder, and used 1/8c of each and they came out so good! A great use for my chocolate protein powder

    1. Hey Hanna,
      Awesome! Thanks for sharing what worked well for you and giving these cookies a try, so glad to hear that they were enjoyed! xT

    1. Hey Angie,
      Thanks so much for trying these cookies! Sorry to hear they were soggy, it’s definitely normal for them to be soft due to the natural ingredients:) xx

    1. Hey Michelle,
      Happy Wednesday! Thanks so much for making this recipe and your comment, so glad to hear it turned out well for you! xx

  7. 5 stars
    Love these!! Only recommendation would be room temp maple syrup. The organic syrup we use requires refrigeration, and it didn’t mix well with the room temp butter. Still delicious!

  8. These are the best healthyish cookies I have ever had! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe. Happy New years!

    1. Hey Kerri,
      Amazing!! I appreciate you making this dish and sharing your review, so glad to hear it was a winner! xT