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.
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.
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!
How to make Protein Breakfast Cookies
These steps correspond to the numbered photos above.
- Combine all the ingredients into a large bowl.
- 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).
- Here’s how the dough looks when everything is combined.
- Use a small cookie scoop (I use a 1-inch one) to form balls.
- 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…
- Flatten the balls to make small cookies.
- Add melted white chocolate mixture to a small bag and pipe on the cookies.
- Repeat until all the protein breakfast cookies have a cinnamon roll swirl.
More healthy snacks:
- Healthy Blueberry Muffins with Greek yogurt
- No Bake Energy Bites protein packed granola bites
- Chocolate Protein Balls with almonds and oats
- Pumpkin Protein Shake reader favorite!
- Fat Bombs Keto friendly snack
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.
- 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
- 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1/16 teaspoon ground cinnamon
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.