Healthy Birthday Cake Protein Cookies

Soft, chewy and delicious protein packed cookies with a short ingredient list and having all the flavor of birthday cake! These healthy birthday cake protein cookies take barely any time to whip up and are naturally gluten free, paleo, vegan, dairy free and refined sugar free!

Healthy Birthday Cake Protein Cookie- Soft and chewy cookie which is healthy but you'd never tell- So quick, easy and loaded with protein and NO sugar! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

G’day folks!

It’s time for a reader’s recipe request and as mentioned in this post– It’s a good one.

Lenny and Larry’s Complete Cookies have taken over the fitness snacking world, as evidenced by the number of people sharing it all over social media- Especially Instagram. For those unfamiliar with this product, they are a protein packed cookie which are generous in size and taste similar to a cookie; but much healthier than their traditional counterparts.

A few weeks ago, I received several emails asking me if I would try to recreate it. To be honest with you guys, I hadn’t actually tried one. 

Healthy Birthday Cake Protein Cookie- Soft and chewy cookie which is healthy but you'd never tell- So quick, easy and loaded with protein and NO sugar! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

I put the emails on the backburner and set out to 7/11 and purchased one. They had several flavors there, and immediately, I went for the birthday cake flavor. I promise it’s not because of the sprinkles, but because of the subjective matter.

WHAT FLAVOR IS BIRTHDAY CAKE?!

If you asked me, I’d say marble mud cake. Why? Well, because it was always my birthday cake of choice. To others, it might be an ice cream cake and to some, it might be a classic chocolate.

Anyway, I bought the cookie, checked out the ingredients and took a bite. While candles didn’t pop out at me to give me a ‘birthday cake’ experience, I noted hints of vanilla. The cookie itself was soft, chewy and relatively buttery- I was quite impressed. I knew I wanted to recreate it and recreate as many of them as I could. Clearly, that meant I had to buy whichever flavors were available and taste test each of them to make them taste as similar as possible.

In the end, I sampled the following- Birthday cake, White chocolate macadamia nut, lemon poppyseed, chocolate chip, double chocolate, snickerdoodle, peanut butter and oatmeal raisin.

Friends, I conquered and made them.

All 8 of them.

(Yes, there are 9 cookies pictured. I doubled the chocolate one because I didn’t want a blank square. Sue me). 

lenny and larry protein cookie copycat

Today, I’m sharing the cookie one which started the whole experiment- The birthday cake flavor

Before we get into it, it’s also Wednesday! Let’s see what’s made my plate lately!

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Breakfast- 2 Frozen Banana Blueberry Muffins with 2 hard boiled eggs. Snack- Now that photo shoots are mostly morning, I ate today’s subject straight after. Brunch- It was Monday and as it was President’s day, I treated myself to Blueberry and Ricotta hotcakes. It came with ice cream too but I ate that separately- It was too much for the ‘cakes. Dinner- Don’t judge me but I ate out AGAIN and had tempura aka battered goodness. 

Now for today’s recipe- These healthy birthday cake cookies!

Healthy Birthday Cake Protein Cookie- Soft and chewy cookie which is healthy but you'd never tell- So quick, easy and loaded with protein and NO sugar! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

Now, I’m not one to count calories or macronutrients. However, in the basis of comparison with the Lenny and Larry’s offering, I want to showcase the benefits of mine-

Lenny and Larry’s Birthday Cake Complete Cookie (Their serving size is 1/2 cookie- I doubled it as mine if NOT half a serving)Calories-380. Carbs– 54 grams. Protein– 16 grams. Fats– 12 grams.

My Healthy Birthday Cake Protein Cookie (Please note- This is using this coconut flour, this protein powder, this cashew butter)Calories– 390 calories. Carbs- 29.5 grams (9 grams fiber) Protein- 33.1 grams Fats- 18 grams. 

While the nutritional profile of each cookie is pretty similar in terms of caloric content, the macronutrients differ but most importantly- The size! My version of the birthday cake protein cookie is almost DOUBLE the size of the original inspiration- Not only that, it’s totally suitable to consume for breakfast or a filling snack!

Healthy Birthday Cake Protein Cookie- Soft and chewy cookie which is healthy but you'd never tell- So quick, easy and loaded with protein and NO sugar! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

This healthy Birthday Cake Protein Cookie is soft, chewy and has amazing texture, thanks to the coconut flour and protein powder base! Unlike traditional cookies, it doesn’t contain any butter, oil, grain flour or granulated sugar! It’s loaded with protein, wholesome carbs and healthy fats which keeps you satisfied for hours! Depending on the protein powder you use (I recommend this vegan protein powder, this casein protein powder and this paleo protein powder), it’s completely paleo, vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free and dairy free!

HACK! Want to keep the carb count even lower? Feel free to omit the maple syrup or sub it for sugar free maple syrup. However, please note that the cookie will be much more crumbly and your protein powder ‘taste’ will be more evident. 

Also- PLEASE make sure you like the protein powder flavor you use. Seriously. This is not the kind of recipe to use up those unwanted powders. 

Harry Potter didn’t invent this.

Make this healthy Birthday Cake Protein Cookie and stay tuned for the onslaught of cookies coming at YOU! 

Healthy Birthday Cake Protein Cookie- Soft and chewy cookie which is healthy but you'd never tell- So quick, easy and loaded with protein and NO sugar! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

Healthy Birthday Cake Protein Cookies
Serves 1
Soft, chewy and delicious protein packed cookies with a short ingredient list and having all the flavor of birthday cake! These healthy birthday cake protein cookies take barely any time to whip up and are naturally gluten free, paleo, vegan, dairy free and refined sugar free!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (32-34 grams)
  2. 3 T coconut flour, sifted
  3. Pinch sea salt
  4. 2 T cashew butter (can sub for any nut butter, but cashew is best)
  5. 1 T pure maple syrup*
  6. pinch vanilla extract
  7. pinch natural butter extract (optional)
  8. 1-2 T dairy free milk of choice**
  9. Sprinkles (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet or baking tray with grease proof paper and set aside.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine your coconut flour with your protein powder and sea salt and mix until there are no clumps.
  3. In a small microwave safe bowl or stovetop, melt your nut butter with maple syrup until combined. Stir in your vanilla extract and butter extract. Pour the wet mixture in with the dry mixture and mix until a crumbly texture remains. Using a tablespoon at a time, add dairy free milk until a thick batter is formed.
  4. Form the batter into a ball and transfer to the lined cookie sheet. Press firmly and spread out into a cookie shape. Top with optional sprinkles and bake for 8-12 minutes- 8 minutes for extra soft and chewy or 12 or so for a firmer cookie.
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool before digging in!
Notes
  1. * You can omit the maple syrup or use sugar free- Sugar free maple syrup was difficult to bind (it was like water) but still gave a subtle hint of sweetness. If you do omit, you may need a dash more dairy free milk.
  2. ** Depending on the brand of coconut flour and protein powder you use, you may need more- Adjust accordingly.
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96 thoughts on “Healthy Birthday Cake Protein Cookies

  1. I haven’t tried that brand of cookie but I’m already put off by the fact that serving size is for half a cookie. Who wants just half a cookie? I love that you made all the different flavors though- so festive!
    I ate out twice yesterday too… it was an accident, but hey, we porbably spend more than enough time in the kitchen anyways.

  2. Wow, they look pretty damn good! I have only tried one flavour of the Lenny and Larry’s cookies but I have to say they are great. I have wanted to experiment with coconut flour for a while. Do you recommend it as a like for like substitute? A part of me wants to try it but a bigger part of me looks at the price-tag and wonders if it’s worth it.

      1. I think I will get some, been wanting to make protein bites and that sort of thing for ages and so many recipes are coconut flour based!

  3. Well sir, you’ve done it again! I’ve never had an actual L&L cookie…but now I don’t think I have to! I can’t find them near me and I hear they are pretty expensive. Luckily, I have ALL these ingredients (minus the cashew butter)…so I am excited to try these out! And there are so many different versions to try. Awesome job, dude!

  4. I’m going to pretend you made this in honor of my birthday today 😉 Except, you forgot to mail me one. My definition of birthday cake? That’s a tough one since I don’t always have cake on my birthday . I guess it’s whatever free dessert the restaurant decides to send out after we mention 8 times that it’s my birthday.

  5. I will never buy a lenny and larrys cookie ever if I can make one that is DOUBLE the size for the almost the same macros. Giant cookies with good macros is the equivalent of catching a full twisting jaeger on the first try!

  6. Baha I just love your “research outings.” You are like the hella suave detective of the cookie world.
    Also love that you made all nine flavors. This is amazing.
    Also. Mmm tempura.

  7. So funny- I have never really thought of what flavor birthday cake is- it’s just…birthday cake flavored!! I love this recipe though and I’m bookmarking it to try! Thanks for the link up and Happy Wednesday!

  8. Is it normal that my “reintroduction” of trying to eat wheat again has come solely in the form of Lenny & Larry’s cookies? Our booth was next to them at the Fancy Food show and needless to say 3 days of cookie samples was irresistible =l

    Which one is your fave!? I thought it would be birthday cake HANDS DOWN but i have to say snickerdoodle might have taken the (cake?..) for me. although I am sure your FULL SIZED ONE SERVING cookie is going to take all of my cakes, snickers and doodles and allow me to remain cookie full and gluten free 😉

    P.S. expo west.. what’s happening!?!?

  9. Oh, wow, thank you for shedding the light on ‘Lenny’s and Larry’s.’ I’ve been wondering what they are. They are all over Instagram. They have a great PR campaign. This looks just as tasty!

  10. I remember when we went to Farm Boy and you helped me decide to buy the GIANT Lenny & Larry’s white chocolate macadamia cookie along with the snickerdoodle one! The macros are absolutely AMAZING for your cookies!! Birthday cake has always been cake batter for me! 🙂 tastes awesome!

  11. There’s that cashew butter!! 🙂 Ugh I want this cookie right now. Birthday cake tastes like extra delicious vanilla cake with sprinkles. But if you think about it, shouldn’t birthday cake flavor be subject to your own preference? So like, I want carrot cake on my birthday. Birthday cake should taste like carrot cake to me.
    I’m being obnoxious k bye.

  12. Omg yes. so ready for these.

    Question – which protein powder did you use in the picture? I know often you say which is pictured but I can’t find that in the text!

    1. YES! Can’t wait to share each flavor over the next week! 🙂

      The pictured one was a vegan blend but I’m going to test out a new brand today because I want to see if I can get a better texture which can last for a week- I’ll let you know!

  13. You naughty little Australian. I JUST made this cookie, with a few of my own alterations, and holy FRICK now I want another. Who needs Lenny & Larry when you’ve got Arman? Thanks for the great recipe!! <3

  14. Thanks so much for the recipe! We are addicted to L&L at our house for our pre-lifting carb boost, so I’m dying to make this. Do you thinking substituting sun butter for the nut butter would be viable? My husband is allergic to nuts. Thanks!

  15. Okay, I apologize for this ridiculous question…but..when you say 3 or 2 “T” for the recipe, do you mean tablespoon??? >.< Thank you!

      1. Oh good! I just wanted to double check because I am going to make these ASAP!!!! They look and sound so good! Thank you for sharing!!! Love it!

  16. hi! I was wondering if I could sub the nut butter for anything (like applesauce?) that would still hold the cookie together? Only just found your website via Insta and all your recipes look amazing! So many vegan options 🙂

      1. I made it with 2 Tbsp apple sauce and turned out lovely 🙂 kind of like a stodgy pancake rather than a cookie but I love it that lol

  17. Thanks for the recipe, the cookies just came out of the oven and smell great ! How long do you think they can stay good at room temperature/in the fridge ?

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