If you’re on a low carb – high protein diet, then you might be a bit fed up with all the eggs, chicken, fish and veggies. How about some cookies?
Seriously, with a very simple recipe and some chocolate flavoured protein powder you can actually have some delicious cookies and not feel even slightly guilty!
- Low in sugar
- Low in carbohydrates
- High in protein
- Moderate amounts of healthy natural fats
- Pretty darned tasty
Eating a strict low carbohydrate diet can lead to some serious cravings for sweet foods. Sweets and desserts are generally full of sugar which is a big no-no on your kind of diet. This ultra-easy recipe for chocolate protein cookies is a great way to curb your cravings.
What You Actually Need
You will need 125g of chocolate flavoured protein powder; this is a substitute for the flour in ordinary cookies which would be a big heap of carbohydrates.
You could actually use whatever flavour of protein powder you have, but chocolate probably works best.
You’ll also need one medium egg, a splash of milk, ten teaspoons of caster sugar and five tablespoons of butter.
Is So Much Butter Necessary?
You might be thinking that this is too much butter for your diet, but there are many benefits. Butter is high in nutrients that are found in low quantities in other foods, for example:
- vitamin A
- vitamin E
- vitamin K2
- omega 3 & 6 and beta-carotenes
Butter is also an excellent source of energy. Carohydrates, such as bread and pasta, are high in energy but low in nutrients whereas butter is high in energy and is nutrient dense. Furthermore, it is full of natural fats which are really healthy and give you a good source of energy.
As your main aim is to reduce the carbohydrates as much as possible, butter is an excellent way to make these cookies extra tasty.
To prepare the mixture of your cookies you will need a mixing bowl and a large metal or wooden spoon. Soften up the butter in the mixing bowl and slowly add the protein powder. This can create quite a stiff mixture so adding the powder slowly is best.
Next you’ll want to add the egg. Make a small impression in the middle of your mixture and mix the egg into the mixture evenly. You can now add you small amount of sugar. The ten teaspoons of sugar is just a guide, this recipe works well with less sugar too as the protein powder tends to be slightly sweetened anyway.
As the mixture is generally quite stiff, the splash of milk is simply added if required to loosen it up a bit and make it easier to mix. If you have used more butter then you might find that the mixture is fine and you don’t require any milk. Alternatively, you can use a splash of water.
Turn Up The Heat
Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees and get out a flat baking tray. Using a teaspoon, spoon a ball of mixture into your hands and roll into a ball. Using your palms, flatten out the ball into a cookie shape. The mixture is very malleable so this part is quite easy. Continue with this method until your mixture is used up and you have 12-ish cookies on your tray ready to go in the oven.
If your will power is at an all-time low, consider putting some smiley faces on your cookies as everyone knows this will make them taste better! This part of the recipe is most definitely optional.
Bake in the middle of the oven for 12-15 minutes.
The End Result
Hopefully you’ll find that these cookies hit the spot. This recipe makes approximately 12 cookies, the following nutritional information is an approximation per cookie:
- Each cookie contains a lovely 76 calories
- 7.6 grams of wonderful protein
- 3.6 grams of good fats and…
- Only 3.3 grams of carbohydrates
That’s compared to an average of 16 grams of carbs in a regular chocolate cookie of similar size. Enjoy!
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