One of the hardest parts of dieting and following an exercise plan is finding suitable snacks for when my sweet tooth strikes…and getting enough protein in my diet to fuel my workouts! I was recently introduced to LES MILLS Good Protein, which is a powder available in Vanilla and Chocolate. I thought I’d try something a little different than the usual protein shake, because let’s face it: I have a sweet tooth that needs satisfying, even when I am dieting! I created this Vanilla Protein Snack Cookies recipe in hopes that I could come up with a better option for when my sweet tooth strikes – and it was a WIN!
So this is a basic chocolate chip cookie recipe, only I eliminated the chocolate chips and substituted SPLENDA granulated sugar for the sugar in the recipe, then added one scoop of LES MILLS Good Protein in Vanilla to give these snack cookies a protein boost. They’re not sweet like a regular cookie, and the consistency is more like that of a shortbread cookie – which I also happen to love!
The dough comes out pretty thick, so it was easy to pat down into a square, which I then rolled flat and cut into squares with a knife. They bake up just like regular cookies, and the result was pretty awesome!
Think of these Vanilla Protein Snack Cookies as an alternative to protein bars…and since you can make them at home, they’re less expensive and you can get creative with the recipe by adding in raisins, almonds – all kinds of healthy goodies!
Vanilla Protein Snack Cookies Recipe
Vanilla Protein Snack Cookies Recipe #thegoodwhey
- 3/4 cup butter
- 2 teaspoons of Fat Free milk
- 1 1/4 cup SPLENDA Brown Sugar Baking Blend
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 tablespoon on baking soda
- 1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups of all purpose flour
- 1 Scoop of LES MILLS Good Protein Vanilla powder
Preheat oven to 375. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Beat all ingredients EXCEPT flour and LES MILLS Good Protein Vanilla until you have a crumbly mixture.
Add flour and LES MILLS Good Protein Vanilla and beat at medium speed for about 30 seconds, until thoroughly combined.
Roll into a ball and flatten out, then roll with a rolling pin until the dough is about 1/2 inch thick. Cut into squares, spacing about 2 inches apart on baking sheet.
Bake for 8 minutes.
NOTE: When you pull them out of the oven, they will NOT look “done” at all. They will be really light and dough-y. Do not put them back into the oven!! Let them sit on the cookie sheet for about a minute, then transfer to wire racks to cool. Once they begin to cool, you’ll notice them start to turn golden and firm up a lot.
Now, LES MILLS Good Protein is currently only available in the continental US (and New Zealand) and you can order it online here.
There are so many benefits to using LES MILLS Good Protein! It’s low carb, and there aren’t any added sugars or fructose – it’s just sweetened with stevia leaf extract. There are just six simple ingredients! So whether you’re adding a scoop of LES MILLS Good Protein to your smoothie, shake or a baking recipe like I just did, you’ll know EXACTLY what’s going into it! Ingredients include: Milk protein concentrate (whey and casein proteins from the milk of grass-fed cows), Stevia leaf extract, Natural flavors, Guar gum and Salt. I know, that’s only five ingredients. The sixth ingredient depends on you – either cocoa powder if you purchase the chocolate variety, or real vanilla for the vanilla flavor.
One of the things I really appreciate about LES MILLS Good Protein is that they use ethically sourced protein from grass-fed cow’s milk. There aren’t any fillers, just a complete protein with both casein and whey (just like nature intended).
LES MILLS™ Good Protein comes in a 30 serve or 12 serve pouch. The 30 serve pouch is 1.05kg (2.3lb) for $69.00. The 12 serve pouch is 420g (0.92lb) for $35. There are over 25 grams of pure protein in each serving, perfect for diets lacking in protein or for those who work out and need a little extra protein.
You can add one rounded scoop of LES MILLS™ Good Protein to 300-350 ml (10-12 fl oz) of water, mix it into milk, almond milk, coconut milk, bananas, berries, fruit, nuts, seeds or vegetables in a blender to make smoothies and shakes – or add it to recipe like I did with my Vanilla Protein Snack Cookies Recipe.
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