No-Bake Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

Whether you’re looking to curl up with some coffee and something sweet or the kids are asking to make treats, it can be good to have a Primal cookie recipe on standby—preferably one that’s quick and simple. Four ingredients and fifteen minutes is all this one takes.

Here’s how you make them: Blending together peanut butter and whey protein (or egg protein) powder makes a cookie-dough like batter. Date paste gives the batter a hint of sweetness. And there’s no need to bake the batter. When these delicious little morsels are chilled, they become slightly firm and taste just like real cookies. But if you (or your kids) prefer the warm, just-out-of-the-oven experience, simply bake for 10 minutes at 350 ºF/177 ºC.

Servings: 12 cookies (32 grams each)

Time in the Kitchen: 15 minutes


  • 1 cup unsalted, unsweetened peanut butter (256 grams)
  • 1/3 cup date paste (96 grams)
  • 1/2 cup Primal Fuel Whey Protein (or other whey powder or egg white protein)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt



In a food processor, blend the peanut butter and date paste until smooth.

Add the protein powder in spoonfuls, while running the blade and stopping once or twice to scrape down the sides of the food processor bowl.

When the protein powder is completely combined, use a rubber spatula to scrape the batter into a bowl.

Use your hands to roll the dough into 12 balls. If the dough is too sticky to roll into balls, refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes first. If it’s still too sticky, mix in more protein powder.

Place the balls on a plate and press down with a fork twice to flatten and make a crisscross pattern.

These no-bake peanut butter protein cookies taste best and have the best texture when they are cold and refrigerated. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before eating. Alternatively, if you prefer warm cookies, bake on a parchment lined sheet pan for 10 minutes at 350 ºF/177 ºC.

Stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, the cookies will stay fresh for about a week.

Nutritional Info (for full recipe and one cookie)

  • Calories: 1760 (full recipe); 147 (per cookie)
  • Carbs: 81 total grams or 59 net carb grams; 6.75 total grams or 5 net carb grams
  • Fat: 136 grams; 11 grams
  • Protein: 83 grams; 7 grams

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  1. I do something even simpler when I’m craving a sweet snack…I just stir a scoop of Vanilla Collagen Fuel into a few spoonfuls of peanut or cashew. Tastes like a treat and holds me for hours. Of course it’s not as cute as these cookies!

  2. Ohhhh boy this is awesome!! I used promasil vanilla protein powder and crunchy Santa Cruz PB – and then cut up some dark chocolate and folded the chunks in. Rolled the mix in some parchment paper into a log form so I can slice off rounds for baking. That’s in the freezer now and i plan to bake with some sea salt sprinkled on top once it’s firmed up! Your recipe is a great idea for primal(ish) cookies!!

  3. I thought peanut butter was not Primal? These look amazing, though….

    1. Mark updated his stance on legumes. Basically, if they don’t cause you intestinal discomfort, they’re OK in moderation and even beneficial given all the minerals they (beans and peanuts) contain.

    1. Although, now that I’m looking at it, the 96 grams of date paste alone has 74g of carbs, with only 8g of fiber to subtract. Something seems off.

  4. I’d add whole eggs and butter and almond flour. Too much nutrition in egg yolks to leave them out. Also almond flour is very nutritious. And butter… well, butter is great and makes the cookie more cookier.

  5. My entire family loved these (wife and three kids)! These cookies disappeared. This was a great idea and I intend to make these all the time.


  6. Any suggestions for substituting date paste, I cannot have dates due to ab intolerance. Maybe coconut flour?

  7. Is there a more keto-friendly version? Date paste is extremely high in carbohydrates.