Skinny No Bake Cookies are packed with flavor and protein, and not the extra sugar!
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I’m obsessed with No Bake Cookies. But with as addictive as those cookies are to eat, I wanted something a little lighter for the New Year!
However, to do that you need to cut out some of the sugar. A regular No Bake cookie typically calls for 2 cups of sugar. This one is only 1/3 cup. And I promise you it still tastes delicious.
With a household full of athletes (you can decide if you want to put me and the hubs in that category, haha), it’s necessary to keep them well fueled. I mean, keep US well fueled.
I added in a whole banana to help bind these cookies together (since you don’t have all that caramelized sugar like a traditional recipe) and of course peanut butter. Adding in protein powder is a great way to get a little extra protein in our diets too. But this is totally optional.
How to make Skinny No Bake Cookies
In a medium size saucepan, over medium heat, add sugar, cocoa powder, milk, and protein powder. If you choose to NOT use protein powder, add extra cocoa powder instead.
My favorite protein powder is THIS ONE. You can use vanilla or chocolate, as both turn out great in this recipe!
Stir constantly over medium heat until the mixture begins to bubble slightly. Remove from heat and immediately stir in the creamy peanut butter, the mashed banana, and espresso powder.
Fold in quick oats.
Using a cookie scoop, drop onto parchment paper. With the bottom of the scoop (or spoon) make a small indentation and sprinkle a few mini morsels on top. Press lightly with fingertips. Allow cookies to set, about 30 minutes.
This recipe doesn’t make a million cookies either, like most of my cookie recipes (good or bad thing???).
You get 24 cookies, which when stored in the refrigerator in a airtight container, will last about a week. I’m not much of a breakfast eater (unless coffee with cream counts as breakfast), but I found myself nibbling on one or two of these every morning.
And with the added 1/2 tsp of espresso powder, they were a perfect pick-me-up!
More No Bake Cookie recipes
You don’t want to miss out on this Peanut Butter Lover’s version!
No Bake Cookies with Double Espresso.
Vanilla Iced Coffee Pudding is a great Skinny dessert recipe. Lots of flavor, in a lower calorie cup!
Looking for a Skinny Dinner Recipe too? I’ve got you covered with these Skinny Beef Enchiladas. Would be delicious with Chicken too!
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Recipe originally published June 23, 2013
I am totally making these this weekend! They look great for when you want a small sweet bite without ruining my calories for the day. Thanks for posting this, I think you saved me!!!