A copycat recipe of Lenny & Larry’s Complete Cookies with much better macronutrients and under five ingredients each- All ten flavors! Protein packed, single serve cookies which are all vegan, gluten free, sugar free and most with a paleo option!
Never buy pre-packaged protein cookies, protein snacks or protein bars again.
If you are someone who often buys protein treats which cost a pretty penny, be prepared to save money AND macronutrients- These Copycat Complete Cookies are your answer!
Over a year ago, I promised to share every single Lenny & Larry’s Complete Cookies given a homemade makeover! I’m sticking true to my promise, although a little bit late. I did share the birthday cake protein cookies, double chocolate protein cookies, and white chocolate and macadamia but the rest? They kind of fell by the wayside!
Lenny & Larry’s Complete Cookies are often referred to as the best tasting protein cookies, however, they do have some downfalls. Firstly, their serving size of two per cookie makes it difficult for consumers to enjoy in one go. Secondly, their nutritional profile is similar to many store-bought cookies, healthy or not. Their ingredient list is also extensive and filled with several unpronounceable ingredients. Finally, the price per cookie is definitely costly, so I’m here to rectify it!
I’ve revamped the recipes, re-tested them to give them an even better nutritional profile while using minimal ingredients! The base recipe (which works for every single cookie) needs just five ingredients, and depending on which cookie you choose to make, the maximum ingredients needed is no more than seven!
The five key ingredients are coconut flour, a sticky sweetener, a liquid of choice, a nut or seed butter, and of course, the protein powder.
The perfect coconut flour
Coconut flour is an ingredient I use very often here and is becoming a seemingly more popular grain-free baking blend. Consumers are becoming more confident with using it, and more brands and varieties are popping up on the market.
The downside of coconut flour is that no brand is created equal and each yield different results. I stick to two kinds of coconut flour- This one which is often found in most supermarkets and this one which is my go-to item from Trader Joe’s. Ever recipe I share on here which calls for coconut flour exclusively use these two brands. If you use a different brand, be wary of the amount of liquid you add at the end, as it may be a little more or less.
The Sticky Sweetener
The sticky sweetener is completely up to you, but I prefer using maple syrup, as it is the least prominent tasting. I’ve also tried this with a monk fruit sweetened maple syrup, which is perfect if you want the cookies to be completely sugar free. If you’d like to use honey or agave, those will work fine, but honey is quite overpowering.
The Nut or Seed Butter
Whether you tolerate nuts or have a nut allergy, you’ll be covered, as this ingredient is forgiving and has options! For the base recipe, I stuck to cashew butter, as it is mild tasting and doesn’t overpower any of the cookies. Alternatives would be almond butter, peanut butter, sunflower seed butter and soy nut butter. If you choose to use peanut butter, it will be overpowering and the flavor will be very evident- Just be wary!
The Protein Powder
Like coconut flour, no protein powder is created equal and some can convert a delicious cookie into a hockey puck! I tried it out with several different brands and types and have a few options to share!
Firstly, make sure you enjoy the taste of your protein powder, otherwise, your cookie will be inedible. Secondly, whey protein powder (Strict whey protein powder) will not work, as it will make the cookies dry and the batter sticky. Saying that I did have success with one whey blend, which is this brand here in vanilla.
Like many of my other protein packed recipes, I stick to my three tried and tested blends- This vanilla brown rice protein powder, this vanilla casein protein powder and for my paleo friends, this paleo blend. The brown rice protein has a little bit of an earthy taste but has the best final texture. The casein blend is incredibly thick, so you’ll be needing to add a considerable amount of liquid to achieve a cookie batter.
Check out the video for how to make the chocolate one!
Let’s quickly talk about creating the perfect protein cookie, in both taste and texture. Because of the ingredients used, you need to be very careful when baking them.
Timewise, they literally take less than 10 minutes to bake but are a little bit deceiving. When you remove them from the oven, they make look undercooked, but they firm up once cooled, similar to my flourless cookies.
Texture wise, the cookies are similar to shortbread- Firm and seemingly crumbly on the outside, but delicious, slightly dense and soft in the center.
HACK! To ensure perfect texture for each cookie, consider adding 1/4 teaspoon of coconut oil to the batter. While it may seem very minor, this really enhances the cookie and gives it an even buttery texture!
Since developing and making these cookies, my friends who used to enjoy complete cookies on the odd occasion have now made them part of their daily and weekly meal plans! As someone who has started working out (semi) regularly again, I’ve been enjoying them as a post-workout snack or pre-workout energy boost!
Heck, they even make a clean eating and guilt-free dessert- They taste amazing crumbled over this protein ice cream, this brownie batter ice cream and even dipped into a thick and creamy smoothie!
Let’s jump into the recipes here- You’ll find the additions under each complete cookie what amendments need to be made to the base recipe to give it the flavor profile!
White Chocolate Macadamia Complete Cookie-
Customize to make this flavor- Cookie base + 1 tablespoon chopped macadamia nuts, 1-2 tablespoons dairy free white chocolate, chopped, and a pinch of sea salt.
Snickerdoodle Complete Cookie-
Customize to make this flavor- Cookie base + 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1-2 teaspoons granulated sweetener of choice, and a pinch of sea salt.
Chocolate Chip Complete Cookie-
Customize to make this flavor- Cookie base + 1-2 tablespoons dairy free chocolate chips or sugar-free chocolate chips.
Peanut Butter Complete Cookie-
Customize to make this flavor- Cookie base (use peanut butter as the nut butter in the batter) + 1 teaspoon chopped peanuts, 1/2 tablespoon peanut butter, drizzled on top, and a pinch of sea salt.
Double Chocolate Complete Cookie-
Customize to make this flavor- Cookie base (include 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder mixed into the batter and optional, chocolate protein powder) + 1 tablespoon dairy free chocolate chips or sugar free chocolate chips.
Lemon Poppy Seed Complete Cookie-
Customize to make this flavor- Cookie base (include 1/4 teaspoon of lemon zest and 1/4 teaspoon of poppy seeds mixed into the batter) + 1 teaspoon of poppy seeds for the topping.
Birthday Cake Complete Cookie-
Customize to make this flavor- Cookie base (include 1 teaspoon of sprinkles and 1/4 teaspoon butter extract mixed into the batter) + 1/2 tablespoon sprinkles on top.
Oatmeal Raisin Complete Cookie-
Customize to make this flavor- Cookie base (include 1/2 tablespoon of rolled oats mixed into the batter) + 1/2 tablespoon rolled oats and raisins.
Coconut Chocolate Chip Complete Cookie-
Customize to make this flavor- Cookie base + 1/2 tablespoon dairy free chocolate chips or sugar free chocolate chips, 1 teaspoon of chopped nuts and a pinch of coconut flakes.
Swirl Complete Cookie-
Customize to make this flavor- Cookie base (include 1/2 tablespoon of cocoa powder mixed into the batter) + 1/4 teaspoon of a granulated sweetener of choice on top.
Copycat Lenny & Larry’s Complete Cookies (10 Flavors) Base Recipe-
Lenny And Larry Protein Cookies
- 3 tablespoon coconut flour
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder 32-34 grams
- 2 tablespoon cashew butter can substitute for any nut or seed butter
- 1 tablespoon sticky sweetener of choice
- 1-2 tablespoon milk of choice *
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F and line a small baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a small mixing bowl, add your dry ingredients and mix well. Add your wet ingredients (and any customizable add-ins) and mix very well, until a crumbly texture remains. Using a tablespoon, add liquid of choice until a thick batter is formed.
- Form two small balls and press cookies onto the lined cookie sheet or baking tray. Top with any customizable add-ins and bake for 8-10 minutes, until cookie looks just cooked and still soft. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
- Enjoy immediately or save for later!
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What are the calories for the base?
Check out myfitnesspal, it will provide it all for you 🙂 Enjoy!
Can I use different flour for these? Coconut flour is not available here…
You can try oat flour, but the texture will be off so keep an eye on it 🙂
Where are your prices and how do you place an order?
Hi Sandra! These aren’t for sale- the recipe is here for you to enjoy and make!
What can I use instead to protein powder?
I haven’t tried something else- It needs the protein powder.
Ok. Thanks. I have to buy it.
Is there a clean protein powder you would recommend?
Hi Brandi! Check out my shop page for my tried and tested recommendations- thebigmansworld.com/shop
can i omit the protein powder
Not for this specific recipe 🙂
Dumb question – since this recipe only makes 2 cookies… am i ok to multiply this recipe (by 4, 5, or even 10) and have it turn out correctly? I know sometimes when you double or triple a recipe, it doesn’t turn out quite right and i’d hate to waste the powder, if that’s the case. I’d like to bake and freeze since i can’t imagine firing up my oven just for 2 cookies, lol
LOL! Nevermind, i didn’t realize there was a slider you could change for the number of cookies!! Thanks for posting this!!
No worries, Rie! 🙂
What exactly does sticky sweetener mean? Like agave or brown rice syrup? Thanks =)
Hello. I see protein powder in many of your recipes. If I don’t mind the lower/non existant protein count, can I virtually leave it out in any given recipe?
Unless the recipe has stated it has been tested without protein powder, you will need it 🙂
You said that you did have success with quest protein powder in vanilla flavor. So it means that can i use it for this recipe? Thank you!
Hi Oscar I sure did- It was quite thick and worked well!
Can I use AP flour instead of coconut?, also if I reduce the amound of sweetener would I need to increase the amount of another ingredient in the recipe?
That won’t work, as it will come out gummy.
Can I use GF flour instead of the coconut floufr ?
I’ve only tried this recipe as written- Feel free to experiment and see.
Is it possible to make these cookies without the protein powder? (I can’t find it here)
Should I replace it with some other ingredient? or simply omit it?
Not that I’ve tried. Feel free to experiment and see, by omitting and adding more flour if needed
Whey is not vegan…misleading to say this a vegan recipe.
Nope, this is 100% vegan. This doesn’t use whey, as clearly stated in the post and recipe card- It uses brown rice protein.
not misleading at all.