I’m swamped. And so is our backyard.
To clarify, I’m not drowning in work, but deadlines. Add to that, dark days of torrential thunderstorms making dashes to the store for dinner supplies tricky. Dinners have been quick & easy fare, and lunches are breakfasts are hasty.
Nevertheless, I’m a pretty happy camper. I like rain. Reviewing the past decades of my life also indicates that I enjoy the tension of deadlines. Both the rain and work have me at home with my two favorite people, too, so, all in all, it’s a harmonious situation. Now, if I could just find a machine that magically cleans my house, I’d be near bliss.
As substitute, I made cookies. Not just any cookies, but a type of cookies my husband has been asking me to concoct for some time: 5-Ingredient Oat Protein Cookies.
Ingredients for 5-Ingredient Oat Protein Cookies
To be honest, my husband did not ask for the cookies to be 5 ingredients, or made from oats. He asked for healthy protein cookies, of any kind. He’s so flexible :).
I looked through the pantry and found that I had a mostly unused container of my favorite vegan protein powder. Check. That’s the only out of the ordinary ingredient necessary. The remaining items on the complete list are very familiar:
- Plant-based (vegan) vanilla protein powder
- Quick-cooking rolled oats (or old-fashioned, slightly chopped in food processor)
- Smooth, drippy natural nut or seed butter (e.g., peanut butter, almond butter, tahini)
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar (or granulated sweetener of choice)
- Choice of nondairy milk, mashed ripe banana or unsweetened applesauce
Use any of the following to help moisten the cookies: mashed very ripe banana, unsweetened applesauce, or nondairy milk. The cookies are great no matter which you choose!
How to Make 5-Ingredient Oat Protein Cookies
To finish the cookie dough, stir in the oats and protein powder until completley blended.
Protein powders vary in composition. If the dough looks wetter than pictured below, add another tablespoon or more of oats. If it looks dry, drizzle in a bit of water.
Dip your fingertips into water and flatten (slightly) the mounds of dough.
Bake the cookies in a preheated 350F (175C) oven for 9 to 12 minutes until the cookies look just set (do not overbake or they will dry out). The cookies will firm up as they cool.
Not too sweet, slightly chewy, and so satisfying, these cookies are perfect for a sweet treat, healthy snack, or part of healthy breakfast on the go!
You can add in spices, dried fruit and chocolate chips, too. Or, my favorite, add a drizzle of melted chocolate on top.