One of the hardest parts of this whole lifestyle change has been changing my cooking and baking habits. I’m a girl that loves being in the kitchen. Especially when it comes to baking. Being limited in the amount of calories, and knowing that I need to have 70+ grams a protein a day makes me conscious of every little thing that goes in my mouth, and chances are if it’s not a high protein food I skip it. Which means that for the most part, eating the tasty cookies and cupcakes I’ve been baking has been out of the question.
So recently I’ve been playing around with baking with protein powders. Of course these are not “diet” foods. But when I feel like indulging in something sweet, I can feel a little less guilty knowing that they’re packed with protein.
Which brings me to these yummy cookies. They are soooooo good, they are soft, chewy, not too terrible in the carb aspect and have 8 grams of protein each.
-3 (or 2/3 cup) vanilla protein powder *
-1 tsp baking powder
-1 cup peanut butter
-2 large eggs
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-2/3 cup stevia brown sugar blend **
-1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
-1/4 sultana raisins
-In a small bowl sift protein powder with baking soda and set aside
-In a large bowl beat eggs, peanut butter and brown sugar for 2 minutes, or until thoroughly blended and slightly fluffy. Once blended add protein powder and stir until blended (do not over-stir)
-Add raisins and chocolate chips.
-Roll into two inch balls and place on cookie sheet, flatten balls. Bake for 6-8 minutes at 350 F
Makes 16 HUUUGE starbucks sized cookies
*I used Syntrax Vanilla Bean Torte
** If you don’t have stevia brown sugar you can use plain stevia mixed with molasses at a 2:1 ratio
10g Net Carbs
This was my saving grace this week, I was PMSing like you wouldn’t believe and this totally slayed the beast that is bitchy Lisa.
My other saving grace has been large curd cottage cheese with smoked salt. Sounds weird I know, but without it I doubt I would have been able to get all of my protein in these past few days.