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)
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