Healthy Grain Free Chocolate Brownie Protein Cookies + Protein Giveaway!

Chewy and delicious protein packed cookies which taste like a chocolate brownie! These healthy grain free chocolate brownie protein cookies take barely any time to whip up and have no butter, oil or sugar too! They are also naturally gluten free, paleo, vegan, dairy free and refined sugar free!

Healthy Chocolate Brownie Cookies packed with protein and 100% GRAIN FREE! They taste like a normal cookie too- NO butter, oil, grains or sugar at all! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

 

Friends, I’ve tried a ton of protein powders in my time.

Some are actually incredibly versatile and delicious and have slowly become a dietary staple.

Others….well, not so much.

Healthy Chocolate Brownie Cookies packed with protein and 100% GRAIN FREE! They taste like a normal cookie too- NO butter, oil, grains or sugar at all! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

Prior to coming to America, due to import regulations, there were very few American or European branded protein powders available. There were, however, multiple Australian branded ones on our shelves or able to be ordered online. 

These Australian made protein powders were…..not the greatest. Their consistency, when made into basic shakes were sub-par. When I attempted to use it in baked goods or desserts, they often resulted in hockey pucks or bricks. 

The thing that drove me bonkers was their multiple ‘flavors’. One brand, for example, has the following flavors which I (stupidly) sampled- Chocolate fudge, chocolate brownie, chocolate ice cream and chocolate milkshake.

Did they taste like brownies, fudge, ice cream and milkshakes?

No.

They did not taste like any of those. 

They tasted like lies.

Healthy Chocolate Brownie Cookies packed with protein and 100% GRAIN FREE! They taste like a normal cookie too- NO butter, oil, grains or sugar at all! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

Thankfully, I’ve gone through a ton of brands and now have my standbys. In my eyes, for a protein powder to get my seal of approval, it needs to fill several criteria-

  1. Does it taste good straight up mixed with water?
  2. Does it taste good straight up mixed with milk?
  3. Does it work in a no-bake recipe?
  4. Does it work well in baked goods?

If they tick all those boxes AND are well priced, they become staples. While 

While there are multiple flavors available for purchase (apparently one brand does a seasonal pumpkin one….um, okay), I stick to the classic vanilla and chocolate ones. They can be used interchangeably in recipes and can easily be adapted, especially the vanilla one! For today’s recipe, the one’s pictured are using Growing Natural’s versions, tested in both Vanilla and Chocolate

Speaking of this particular protein….

As promised last month, I’ll be sharing a protein packed recipe each month AND give TWO readers a delicious protein pack, thanks to my friends at Growing Naturals. Not only that, these two winners also receive whatever recipe was created and their ingredients. So what does this mean? It means these chocolate fudge cookies AND the ingredients will be up for grabs!

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Let’s talk cookies now…

Healthy Chocolate Brownie Cookies packed with protein and 100% GRAIN FREE! They taste like a normal cookie too- NO butter, oil, grains or sugar at all! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

These healthy grain free chocolate brownie cookies are chewy, slightly dense and have a similar texture to shortbread! Unlike most cookies which use butter, oil, flour and sugar to give it a delicious taste, these brownie cookies need none of those but taste just as good! They use a tiny ingredient list and are perfect to enjoy pre or post workout or even as a healthy dessert! These cookies are naturally gluten free, vegan, grain free, dairy free and come with a tested paleo option (Check out here for my favorites!)

HACK! Prefer your cookie to be on the softer and chewier side? That’s do-able! Instead of cooking it for the 10-12 minutes recommended, remove them around the 8-minute mark. The cookie may seem super soft, but once allowed to cool, it will firm up to achieve the texture we all love!

Healthy Chocolate Brownie Cookies packed with protein and 100% GRAIN FREE! They taste like a normal cookie too- NO butter, oil, grains or sugar at all! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

Make these healthy Grain Free Chocolate Brownie Cookies and let’s raise a (protein shake) glass that there are some protein powders out there which won’t leave you with pucks.

Hockey pucks. 

Healthy Grain Free Chocolate Brownie Protein Cookies
Chewy and delicious protein packed cookies which taste like a chocolate brownie! These healthy grain free chocolate brownie protein cookies take barely any time to whip up and have no butter, oil or sugar too! They are also naturally gluten free, paleo, vegan, dairy free and refined sugar free!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 scoop chocolate protein powder- Pictured is using Growing Naturals Brown Rice protein (32-34 grams)
  2. 3 T coconut flour, sifted
  3. 1 T dark cocoa powder
  4. 1 T granulated sweetener of choice (I used a monk fruit blend)
  5. 2 T almond butter (can sub for peanut, cashew or even nutella)
  6. 1 T pure maple syrup*
  7. pinch vanilla extract
  8. 1-2 T dairy free milk of choice**
  9. Handful of dairy free chocolate chips
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, granulated sweetener and cocoa powder 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, adding in the vanilla extract at the end. 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. Stir through dairy free chocolate chips, reserving a few to top.
  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 a few more chips 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 completely.
Notes
  1. * You can omit the maple syrup or sub for brown rice or agave. If you do omit, you will likely need more dairy free milk AND your cookie will be slightly more crumbly.
  2. ** Depending on the brand of coconut flour and protein powder you use, you may need more- Adjust accordingly.
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87 thoughts on “Healthy Grain Free Chocolate Brownie Protein Cookies + Protein Giveaway!

  1. I prefer vanilla flavored protein powder. I think it is more versatile and you can always mix in cocoa powder to make it chocolate. 🙂

  2. Some protein powders really gross me out. Just the whole idea of taking a bite out of straight protein just feels weird but I really like Vega right now! It tastes good and is filled with greens too. Yay!

  3. I honestly may it be boring but really enjoy just plain vanilla protein powder. It is just so versatile when you are baking. And I have been looking for a non dairy based protein powder that doesn’t taste like chalk for awhile! I am going to have to get some of this brand!

  4. At any given time, I have about 3 (or more) protein powders on the go. I like a few different kinds, but it depends on what I’m doing with them. For smoothies, I enjoy just a plain vanilla whey isolate; but, whey doesn’t always work well in no-bake recipes. So, I have a vanilla vegan one for that. (However, I’ve had a hard time finding a vegan one that I love…. I should try your Growing Naturals recommendation, Arman!) Then, I also have a chocolate whey one that I use in some baked goods. I’ve found that it works really well in the Ultimate 1 Minute Protein Brownie recipe from this blog, which I make at least 3 times a week and I top it with either plain almond butter or Birthday Cake Buff Bake. Amazing! =)

  5. I have had a bit of a struggle getting it right with protein powders. You see, I try to be economical about my purchases…and have bought some gross ones. Hemp protein is a bag of deceit, sun warrior wasn’t too good either. My preference for the powder is that is is sweetened. Just because something says vanilla does not mean it is sweet. I have settled on Orgain or Vega, but vega is so damn expensive I might as well eat my arm.
    However, the addition of coconut flour does improve Sun Warrior a lot. <—pro tip

  6. I love using protein powder in my recipes. I add it to most actually so I am always on the lookout for good protein powders and for sure it can be tough.

  7. Oops made a mistake above and forgot the question part lol. Anywho, as I said, I love using protein powder in my recipes. I add it to most actually so I am always on the lookout for good protein powders and for sure it can be tough. I love chocolate so I tend to go for that flavor first but find it is harder to find a good chocolate flavor.

  8. Natural is my favorite because 1) I can add my own flavor and don’t run the risk of being put off by the manufacturers’ idea of what a particular flavor is and 2) I can use it for anything. I must say, though, some flavors sound so intriguing…like cookies n’ cream? Salted caramel? How is it they know my kryptonite?

  9. hahaha “THEY TASTED LIKE LIES”. yeah, that pretty much sums up most of my protein powder experiences too! since i usually make chocolate flavored shakes/smoothies/recipes in general, chocolate (or some type of chocolate-y variation) is my go-to flavor for protein powders. these brownie/cookies look amazing. i will definitely be trying them out 😀

  10. I like Trader Joe’s plain soy protein powder in a pinch, but I also use Protein Plus peanut flour as my “go-to.” Would love to try some new flavors.

  11. Your a recipe GENIUS!!!! ??
    I always go for vanilla. You can use it in everything. ?

    I love this giveaway. I have never tried Growing Naturals protein but have heard wonderful things. My fingers are crossed!

  12. My favorite protein flavor is usually vanilla because it’s so versatile. That said, a good chocolate one is always good to have because, well, chocolate. ?

  13. My favorite flavors HAVE TO HAVE TO be cookies n’ creme, peanut butter, snickerdoodle, cinnamon roll and chocolate! I think that the more exciting the flavor, the better!

  14. Your cookies are the best! I haven’t even tried them yet, I just know. I just knowwww.

    I like vanilla since it’s so versatile. But when I ate whey protein, Id kill for the Cellucor funfetti, peanut butter marshmallow, and cinnamon swirl flavors. Fun vegan flavors like that AND taste good are hard to come by.

  15. Oie. What I would give to try out your recipes CORRECTLY using a good protein powder. I like good old chocolate, but would love to try some of these crazy flavors I hear going around like birthday cake or cinnamon bun.

  16. my protein flavor obsession is about 1/18 as bad as my nut butter obsession which is pretty friggen TERRIBLE. i’m always a fan of cinnamon swirl, smores, and straight up vanilla (okay and cake batter) BUT i need to try vegan protein!! sometimes too much whey doesn’t make for a good day =l and since i trust your opinion due to others that taste like chalk.. i think this would be the way to go (starting with a giant cookie too obvs)

  17. I like vanilla so I can add other flavors to it. I’m always too chicken to buy a big container of a “fun” flavor.

  18. Well it’s a two-parter. I eat a ton of veggies and use plain whey protein powder most often. My fave though would have to be chocolate and I’d love making this recipe too.

  19. Lately I’m loving the cookie dough casein protein I just bought, but I’m also a huge fan of cookies & cream Plant Fusion!

  20. I’m new to protein powders so I’ve been putting unflavored brown rice in my smoothies. I can’t wait to branch out and try vanilla!

  21. I typically go for vanilla flavored protein powders so I can add my own flavoring when I am in the mood to change it up. I like to add a teaspoon or two of cocoa powder for chocolate, ground cinnamon for a snicker-doodle or chai flavor, or different flavored stevia drops. The stats on Growing Naturals look amazing!

  22. It’s taken a while for us to find a good one here in Australia but we finally have one! Bulk nutrients grass fed whey in chocolate flavour.
    And I am in awe of the flavours you hear of in America. In the UK we had choc, banana or vanilla if you were lucky!

  23. I’ve had one time disappointment with protein powder and had to force down that Legion stevia chocolate whey. I really like myprotein flavors…such a wide variety and amazing flavors! I also like pretty much every blend out there!

  24. In like the chai flavor from amazing grass and vanilla is usually my go to protein powder flavor. The chocolate ones are sometimes too bitter.

  25. I’ve just purchased the ‘vanilla blast’ variety of Growing Naturals rice protein (on your recommendation, obvs 😉 ). Can’t wait to try baking with it- Once all the new house unpacking is done :/ lol

  26. i haven’t tried many protein powders, but I LOVE north coast naturals vanilla flavour. tastes like straight up frosting. I usually just mix it with water but use it in smoothies, oatmeal, and baking too

  27. Given the lack of flavours over here – or at least until recently, things are looking better now or so I hear – I’ve only ever tried vanilla protein powder. One I liked, another popular brand that … I didn’t enjoy.

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