No-bake Chocolate & Cherry Protein Cookies

I was craving something dough-like, indulgent and chocolatey but didnโ€™t have time to bake. A play around in the kitchen with ingredients I had in my cupboard resulted in these delicious, protein packed goodies – a combination of cacao, chocolate PhD Nutrition diet whey protein, dried cherries and cacao nibs. YUM. The best part? They were ready in less than 10 minutes!

You can keep them in the fridge so you have firmer cookies…or just eat them straight away. Either way, these are much better than reaching for the biscuit tin.

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Ingredients:

  • ยฝ cup coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder (I used Kaizen Living)
  • 2 scoops PhD Nutrition Belgian Chocolate diet whey protein powder
  • 2 tbsp natural sweetener (I used Truvia)
  • 1 large tbsp crunchy nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew…whichever you want!)
  • 1 tbsp date/coconut nectar, honey or agave syrup (I used Beloved date nectar)
  • 3 tbsp dried cherries, chopped (try and get unsweetened ones – Urban Fruit are awesome)
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs (I used Kaizen Living)
  • 3 tbsp almond milk
  • ยฝ tsp vanilla essence

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Get making (not baking!)

  1. Combine the flour, cacao powder, protein powder and sweetener in a large bowl, stirring well.
  2. Pour in your chosen syrup and add the nut butter and mix well until you have a crumbly consistency, then stir in the dried cherries and cacao nibs.
  3. Add the milk and vanilla essence and stir well until the mixture comes together – a dough texture is the aim! Add a little more milk if too dry, or more protein powder/flour if too wet.
  4. Now divide the dough between 12 pieces, roll into a ball then press down with the back of a spoon or fork, using your fingers to mold them into a cookie shape – repeat for each.
  5. Place on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper or a plate and keep in the fridge for up to 3 days – enjoy while still warm and squidgy or save for a firmer cookie!

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