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Chocolate Amaretto Protein Cookies [Clean, Vegan, Low Carb, Gluten Free]

Look no further for a two bite healthy protein cookie that you can feel good about indulging in any time of year! It’s vegan, low carb, gluten free and clean. They are firm on the outside and soft on the inside and take only 7 ingredients and ten minutes of baking time! 

Chocolate Amaretto Protein Cookies [Clean, Vegan, Low Carb, Gluten Free] and a dash of cinnamon

It’s that time of month again for the Recipe Redux themed challenge! The theme for December is as follows:

We’re playing a little party game at the end of 2016: Grab your nearest cookbook and ReDux the recipe on page 201, 16, 216 – or any combination of the number ‘2016.’

Sounds fun right? I thought so too, until I realized when I went to create this redux recipe that I was not in my own apartment and did not have the disposal of my full kitchen, equipment, ingredients, or even any of the few cookbooks that I own. Hm, I thought, well this may be quite the challenge.

As you know, I’m not much of a recipe follower. I tend to just throw things together and hope for the best haha. So, I gave myself a little pep talk. “This is essentially what you do in the kitchen, you get some inspiration and take it from there. This challenge was made for your type of baking/cooking. You got this.” Good pep talk right? Hehe. So I was like well:

First problem. No cookbook. I figured that was pretty needed. After deliberation, I decided downloading an ebook would be the answer. Fingers crossed that there were at least 16 pages in it haha. I went with Anna’s 2016 Holiday recipe ebook from Protein Pow (have you checked out her site? She does amazing things with protein powder and you guys know that I am all about protein 🙂 )

So, I downloaded her ebook and hoped that not only would it have enough pages, but that it would also have something in it that I could use as inspiration with the ingredients that I had on hand. Thank you Anna because that it did. On page 16 of her ebook (which is by the way super awesome and am certainly going to have to look through in in more detail!) I found this recipe for Melomakarona. Don’t ask me what that is, I have no idea haha. Based on her intro, it’s a Greek cookie that her grandmother makes. This was the ingredient list:

ingredient list

I decided that I could certainly work with that. (See it’s on page 16!).

This is the picture of her finished product. I don’t know if you happened to see my picture, but the cookies are definitely different. Why, well, I ran into some obstacles with what I had, but it certainly let me make the cookie my own.

I had almond meal, just a tiny bit left of my homemade tahini, cinnamon and coconut. I realized I had no honey or agave (I don’t use it), no vanilla protein powder, no eggs, no oranges. “Hm”, “Let the games begin”. So, true to form, I went with what I had and hoped for the best. I used chocolate protein powder, and almond extract for starters. I tried to use flax as an egg replacement, but then I realized I only had whole flax and no coffee grinder. (That’s how I usually grind my flaxseed). I did have a small food processor, so I tried to use that. Needless to say, it did not grind my flax at all, haha.

So, I switched gears and went with chia seeds.

All in all, it ended up working out fabulously and now I have these delicious chocolate amaretto protein cookies to call my own.  After you try them, don’t forget to check out all the other awesome posts by my fellow reduxers!

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Chocolate Amaretto Protein Cookies [Clean, Vegan, Low Carb, Gluten Free] and a dash of cinnamon
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Chocolate Amaretto Protein Cookies [Clean, Vegan, Low Carb, Gluten Free]

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 15 cookies
Author AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1 T tahini
  • 3 T chocolate protein powder
  • several dashes cinnamon
  • 1/2 t almond extract
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 1 T coconut flour
  • 4 T water

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper

  2. Mix the almond meal, protein powder, coconut flour, cinnamon and chia seeds in a bowl.

  3. Add your tahini and almond extract

  4. Mix in your water tablespoon by tablespoon until you get a dough that is firm and easy to mold

  5. Feel free to make any shape, but I decided to make rectangular blocks for my cookies 

  6. Bake for 10 minutes, or until just firm 

  7. Let cool for a few minutes, eat and enjoy! Store any leftovers in an airtight container

Recipe Notes

  1. I used a plant based protein powder for this recipe
  2. If you do not want a strong taste of almond, lower the extract amount to 1/4t
  3. The amount of liquid you add will depend on how absorbent your protein powder is. That is why I suggest adding a tablespoon at a time. You do not want your dough to be wet

I link up with Deborah and Sarah’s, and running on happy’s/ the fit foodie mama’s Meatless Monday, #recipeoftheweek, Best of the BlogosphereHomestead Blog Hop, The Homstead Hop,glutenfreefridays,  #healthyveganfridays,  What’s for Dinner, Sunday Fitness and FoodGraciousPantry

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  • Kimmythevegan December 29, 2016, 7:38 PM

    Wow! Sounds like you are a whiz at substituting and working things out. I can do that to a certain extent, but not quite like your magical kitchen powers.
    These cookies sound so good! And your account of how it came together made me laugh 😉

    • AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon December 29, 2016, 8:52 PM

      Haha thanks! I’m thankful it’s something I’m able to do since I’m not good at following recipes lol. They were delicious and so easy to make too! I’m glad I was able to make you laugh, it was definitely a conundrum at first but I’m glad I was able to work something out! I hope you are having a great holiday season!

  • Annmarie December 27, 2016, 11:14 AM

    Whaaat?! These sound amazing! Love the tahini in there!

    • AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon December 27, 2016, 5:39 PM

      They were so tasty, especially with the mocha that I had made to go with them. They pair most excellent with a hot drink!

  • Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner December 26, 2016, 2:51 PM

    How interesting with the tahini in there! Thanks for linking up with us for meatless Monday

  • Mary Ellen @ VNutrition December 23, 2016, 1:07 PM

    So cool! They kind of look like biscottis. I love how you always get some protein into your recipes. 🙂

    Thanks so much for linking up with us for Healthy Vegan Fridays! I’m Pinning and sharing!

    • AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon December 27, 2016, 5:38 PM

      You know.. you are right! They do remind me a bit like biscottis only softer. Protein is so necessary for me and most people don’t get enough of it to feel satisfied. Thanks for hosting! Happy Holidays

  • Jeri Glynn December 22, 2016, 4:29 PM

    Youre so creative…and come up with great recipes that are easy to make! I will add this to my favorites!

  • Farrah December 22, 2016, 4:07 PM

    haha, it’s so hard to not be in your own kitchen! I’m with you on not being much of a recipe follower either-I like just throwing stuff together and hoping for the best. 😛 These look really good!

    • AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon December 22, 2016, 5:58 PM

      It is hard! It was fun though and definitely made me put on my creative thinking cap which was fun. thankfully it turned out qquite well. I would definitely make these over again! I think it’s more fun to just throw stuff together and hope for the best 😉

  • Janice Bissex December 21, 2016, 2:37 PM

    These cookies look amazing. Love your ability to adapt based on what you have on hand. 🙂

    • AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon December 21, 2016, 3:30 PM

      They were so tasty! Thank you! Haha I’m more of just a throw things together and hope for the best sort of person and it generally works out pretty well lol

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