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Banana Nut Protein Cookies

These cookies are great for a post-workout snack, at night when you get the munchies, and even for breakfast! Cookies for breakfast?!? Oh yes!!! They are dense cookies due to the protein powder but if you want them to be lighter, simply fold in some whisked egg whites right before baking (approx. 2).

  • 1/2 cup of non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening (or you can sub-butter) 
  • 1 cup of zero-calorie sweetener (I use erythritol)
  • 1 egg at room temp. (whole)
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups of mashed bananas (approx. 3 medium)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups of flour (I used gluten free all-purpose baking flour)
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (I use complete nutrition)
  • 1/4 cup of oats
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  •  Cream sugar, shortening (butter), and egg in a bowl until fluffy

  • In another bowl, mix the mashed bananas with the baking soda and allow it to sit for 2 minutes. The baking soda lifts the cookies as they bake when it is mixed with the acidic bananas first.

  •  Mix the bananas mixture into the shortening mixture.
  •  In a bowl, mix together the flour, salt, spices, and protein powder.
  • Sift the flour mixture into the shortening and banana mixture

  • Mix everything lightly just until combined

  •  Fold the oats and walnuts into the batter (and egg whites if using to make less dense)
  • Drop spoonfuls of batter onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper

  • Bake for 11-14 minutes until tops are golden brown and cookies are somewhat solid. Cool on wire racks.
  • ENJOY!
* Makes around 30 cookies
*Serving size: 1 cookie. Calories: 58. Calories from fat: 16. Fat: 1.7g. Cholesterol: 6mg. Sodium: 49mg. Carbs: 8.1g. Dietary Fiber: 0.7g. Sugars: 0.8g. Protein: 2.6g

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