Protein Breakfast Cookies

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No baking required for these easy Protein Breakfast Cookies, made to look and taste like a cinnamon roll! They’re loaded with good ingredients and (optionally) drizzled with melted white chocolate.

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Protein Breakfast Cookies

These protein-packed breakfast cookies are flavored to taste like a cinnamon roll and they’re my latest obsession. I’ve been meal prepping these almost every Sunday for weeks now and I thought it was time to share them! The base is adapted from a recipe my sister texted me — one of her favorite energy ball recipes.

When I told her I’m trying to increase the amount of protein in snacks (instead of always snacking on this white chocolate chex mix) she suggested those energy bites. They’ve got so much protein in them, from the almond butter to the buttermilk pancake mix, to the actual protein powder. But the best part about these breakfast cookies? They are so flavorful and can actually pass for a healthy-tasting cookie. I mean, my boys inhale these, which is saying something for the flavor.

Ingredient shot-- images of all the components for Protein Breakfast Cookies. Ingredients

None of the brands I mention below are sponsoring this post or website; they are just what I use and love in these protein breakfast cookies.

  • Almond butter: I like using an all-natural almond butter in these protein breakfast cookies. My favorite is Justin’s® vanilla almond butter, but their plain almond butter is delicious as well. 
  • Pure maple syrup: Maple syrup is high in antioxidants and nutrients (like zinc, magnesium, calcium, and potassium). Maple syrup has a higher concentration of minerals and antioxidants, with fewer calories than honey. (Read more about health benefits here.) It also contributes a good cinnamon roll flavor to these bites. 
  • Vanilla protein powder: to keep these bites from tasting overly chalky or protein powder-like, use a good stevia-sweetened Whey protein (or whatever protein is YOUR favorite). I personally like the optimum nutrition gold standard whey vanilla protein powder best (affiliate link).
  • Kodiak Cakes® Power Cakes Buttermilk Mix: This mix is made of whole wheat flour, oat flour, and lots of protein, so it makes a great base for these bites. If you don’t have access to this mix or don’t want to use it, I have had success by using half almond flour and half oat flour in place of the mix. The bites need to chill a little to set up with the oat flour and almond flour, but they work!
  • Ground cinnamon: Hence the cinnamon roll flavor!
  • Vanilla extract: Optional ingredient, but it adds a nice subtle flavor.
  • Fine sea salt: The salt balances the sweetness and enhances all the flavors — don’t leave it out!

Process shot-- image of how these Protein Breakfast Cookies are made.

How to make Protein Breakfast Cookies

These steps correspond to the numbered photos above.

  1. Combine all the ingredients into a large bowl.
  2. Stir the mixture; it’s thick and will seem like it’s not coming together, but keep stirring (or use hand mixers to speed up the process).
  3. Here’s how the dough looks when everything is combined.
  4. Use a small cookie scoop (I use a 1-inch one) to form balls.
  5. All the dough in miniature balls — you can stop here and eat these as energy bites (another one of our favorite ways to enjoy this recipe) or…
  6. Flatten the balls to make small cookies.
  7. Add melted white chocolate mixture to a small bag and pipe on the cookies.
  8. Repeat until all the protein breakfast cookies have a cinnamon roll swirl.

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Protein Breakfast Cookies

5 from 5 votes
No baking required for these easy Protein Breakfast Cookies made to look like a cinnamon roll! They're loaded with good ingredients and (optionally) drizzled with melted white chocolate.
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Protein Breakfast Cookies

5 from 5 votes
No baking required for these easy Protein Breakfast Cookies made to look like a cinnamon roll! They're loaded with good ingredients and (optionally) drizzled with melted white chocolate.
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword cinnamon breakfast cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 41 cookies
Calories 41kcal
Cost $4.27

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup + 1 tablespoon Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes Buttermilk Mix
  • 1 scoop (1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon (32g) vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt

Optional white chocolate drizzle

  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/16 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • COOKIES: In a large bowl combine the 1/2 cup almond butter, 1/2 cup pure maple syrup, 2/3 cups + 1 tablespoon Kodiak mix, 1 scoop protein powder, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, and 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt. Mix well with a hand mixer or a wooden spoon.
  • SCOOP: Use a 1-inch cookie scoop to measure out the dough; you should get around 40 balls. You can stop here and enjoy these as protein bites or keep going to make the cookies.
  • FORM: Press the balls flat and form into a small cookie shape. Place on a parchment paper- lined tray.
  • OPTIONAL WHITE CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE: In a small bowl combine the 1/4 cup white chocolate chips and 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil (measure when melted). Microwave in bursts of 15 seconds, until melted and smooth. Stir in the 1/16 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Transfer to a small bag and cut a tiny tip off the end corner. Pipe a swirl on top of all the cookies.
  • STORAGE: Allow the white chocolate to harden at room temperature. Then cover cookies tightly and store in the fridge or freezer. I put them in a small airtight bags in the freezer and transfer a bag at a time to the fridge to enjoy.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 41cookies | Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.2g | Protein: 1.3g | Fat: 1.8g | Cholesterol: 0.1mg | Sodium: 30.8mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 2.9g

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50 Comments

    1. Okay so awesome! I just tried the cinnamon bun protein powder for the first time a week ago and am so obsessed with it now! SO good. And I need to hear all the ways you use yours 🙂 Totally agree with you! So glad it doesn’t count haha 🙂

  1. WHOA. I’m pretty enamored with these. If I COULD, I would eat cinnamon rolls daily, but obviously can’t because, skinny jeans…so these cookies it is!

  2. I am a big fan of anything cinnamon and love the sound of these no-bake cookies! Love how fast they are to make and my skinny jeans will definitely be thanking you twenty-eight or maybe a gazillion times too 🙂

  3. I am so on board with cookies for breakfast!! Although you’re right, the skinny jeans will be much happier if I stick to healthy cookies like these. They look amazing! I love the swirl of icing – just like a real cinamon roll!

  4. Oh, I love the idea of healthy cinnamon roll cookies. These would be such a treat for breakfast! I need to get me some of that cinnamon bun protein powder! I am so really glad you invented these. 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    I love these!! Thank you for such a great recipe! I had a different flavored protein powder on hand, so I used it instead and it worked great. I make a double batch of these on Sunday while baking my peanut butter oatmeal cookies. These become our healthy protein snacks for before and after exercise/sports for the whole family. I have to limit everyone to one or they would eat the whole batch!! Thank you for sharing! Now, on to try your No Bake Double Chocolate Breakfast Cookie………. YUM

    1. So glad these were so well enjoyed! Thank you for the comment Sarah 🙂 I hope you love the double chocolate breakfast cookies!!

  6. 5 stars
    Recipe sounds de-lish! Will definitely try it. Am a post Bariatric patient looking for high protein options in cookies and other snacks. Actually have cinnamon bun powder on hand so this looks like a good fit for me, but I have a suggestion for your blog. Start including nutritional values in it. Folks like me really need that kind of thing to read before trying a recipe. I can take the recipe and input the ingredients into a tool such as that on Allrecipes.com or other cooking sites, but if I have the nutritional value per serving up front, it saves me oodles of time. Just a thought.

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