These Coconut Oatmeal Protein Cookies are packed with wholesome ingredients so you can enjoy dessert with less guilt. I love protein cookies as a snack because they give you great, prolonged energy and satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time.
My life consists of trying to keep the house in order, working on my business, and doing my best to raise my children into happy, productive adults.
I always need help in the energy and focus department. I’m pretty much useless in the morning until I’ve had a cup of coffee and its effects wear off by lunch time. After lunch, I have to have a good source of protein that is easy to grab and scarf down so I can continue being effective, instead of collapsing on the couch longing for a nap.
After my caffeine high wears off, my sweet tooth kicks in assuring me sugar is the answer to my waning energy levels. I know I need protein for sustained energy, but my mouth is drooling for cookies. That’s why protein cookies are my favorite afternoon pick-me-up. And these coconut oatmeal protein cookies are my absolute favorite.
How to Make Coconut Oatmeal Protein Cookies
I know a lot of people who don’t like to make cookies because they think the process is tedious and messy. These cookies are done in a food processor so you can have them ready for the oven in just five minutes! Once they’re in the oven they only take 6 minutes to bake. Plus, your mess is contained to the food processor bowl which you can put right in the dishwasher.
Normally, I break my recipes down into steps, but there are really only two steps for these coconut oatmeal protein cookies:
You put all of the dry ingredients (oats, baking powder, salt, brown sugar, protein powder, and coconut flakes) in the food processor and pulse into a powder. Then you add the coconut oil and milk and pulse until the ingredients are well combined.
All you have to do after that is spoon the dough onto a cookie sheet and bake!
When they come out of the oven, you should let them cool for a few minutes. I let them cool completely and store them in an airtight container with a piece of bread to keep them from drying out. Then I grab one or two (usually two) when I need an afternoon energy boost.
These coconut oat protein cookies really do work well for me. I’m always more focused and on my game when I have eaten them for breakfast (if I’m rushing) or mid-morning snack. This recipe usually makes about 10 cookies for me. I don’t know exactly how much the dough makes because I can’t ever keep myself from eating the dough! No worries about raw egg you guys, it’s vegan too (unless you use cow’s milk in place of coconut milk).
Coconut Oatmeal Protein Cookies
- 3 cups quick cooking oats
- ½ tsp. Baking powder
- ½ tsp. Salt
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup vanilla protein powder
- ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ⅓ cup coconut milk rice milk, soy milk, or cow milk will also work
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- In a food processor or blender, pulse the oats, baking powder, salt, brown sugar, and protein powder together until it has a semi-fine flour appearance to it. Add in the coconut milk and coconut oil. Pulse again until the mixture is moistened throughout. Remove the blade and fold in the coconut flakes.
- Form the dough into 3 inch cookies and arrange on a greased baking sheet.
- Bake for 6 minutes. Carefully move to a cooling rack to cool for at least five minutes before serving.
30 thoughts on “Coconut Oatmeal Protein Cookies”
These are so good! I didn’t have a food processor, so I just mixed them up. I whisked 1 egg + a splash of vanilla into the milk just so things would hold better since I couldn’t process it the dough and because I’m in a higher altitude the extra liquid helps.
Protein Powder used was LadyBoss.
I also added some lily’s chocolate chips as well, and it gave the cookie a Samoa flavor!
I will definitely make these again!
Oh and baking time was increased to 13 minutes for me.
I’m so glad you found a way to make the recipe work for you in a higher altitude. Thanks for sharing the changes you made – it might help someone else in a higher altitutde.
Sounds like a healthy version of a cookie. Keep making more recipes like this! 👍
Yes, it’s nice to be able to eat a cookie without the guilt! Thanks for your kind words.
Can I use oat flour in place of quick oats? If so, how much oat flour?
I haven’t tried it, but you should be able to since oat flour is just ground oats. If anything, the cookies should come out smoother. A direct substitution (one cup for one cup) is what I would use.
Thank you so much for your recipe!
Do I have to use the coconut flakes? I really don’t like them….thanks!
You can leave them out. It changes the texture but not the consistency.
Can you use gluten free oats instead of regular
Oats are already gluten-free so definitely yes. The difference between those marked “gluten-free” and regular is that gluten-free oats are prepared and packaged in facilities where cross-contamination isn’t a concern (important to those with severe gluten allergies and sensitivities).
Okay, so I commented earlier having only eaten the dough (which I may sprinkle on yogurt like granola!), but now I’ve eaten a cookie and OH MY GOSH THESE ARE AMAZING! I forgot to say I also added 1/4 C flaxseed, and you can’t tell or taste it and I’m sure that ups the nutritional side of things for omega 3s. The flavor was incredible – I’ve never eaten a better oatmeal cookie in my life. I think I’m hooked on sucanat for baking, and now I HAVE to find that Vega protein powder… ❤️❤️❤️
LOL, cookie dough is always my downfall too so your comment made me laugh. Awesome idea to use it as granola! I may have to play with that. They carry Vega at both my local Walmart and local Target so check there if you don’t want to order online. 🙂
Just made these cookies! I used sucanat sugar instead of brown (smells even more molasses-y), and I had only chocolate whey protein powder but the dough tasted amazing, so deliciously coconut! I have the vanilla Vega protein but we just moved and I can’t find it! I love the suggestion of adding apple to the vanilla batch. Raisins would be good too. I had to add a bit more milk because mine wouldn’t hold together (bet it was the dryness of the sucanat), and it was still hard to form them into cookies. I smushed the dough into a 1/4 cup and then flattened that onto the cookie sheet. Thank you for a delicious [crumbly, but] yummy cookie!!
Are the nutritional facts for 1 cookie? And what brand of protein powder do you use?
Yes, the nutrition facts are per cookie. For protein powder, I used the vanilla flavor Vega Protein & Greens.
Just made these! Instead of vanilla protein, I used coconut protein and added vanilla extract. These are delicious! Thanks for the healthy, kid approved alternative to sugary cookies.
Great swaps! Do you mind sharing which brand of coconut protein you used? I’d love to try it too!
I used Carrington Farms Organic Coconut Protein Blend. I also did a batch with mini chocolate chips! They make great morning/afternoon snacks that I don’t feel guilty about my littles eating more than one!
Hi! Do you have the nutritional info posted? I don’t see it. Thanks!
Hi Erica, I don’t but I’ve been looking for a way to include it easily on all of my recipes. You’re the third person that’s asked for this info this past week so this is going to the top of my to do list today. Will hopefully have it added within the next 24 to 48 hours.
Hi Corinne, can i substitute protein powder with whole wheat flour or Corn flour? Please suggest.
You should be able to replace the protein powder with whole wheat flour. I haven’t ever cooked with corn flour so I don’t have any experience or knowledge about how it would act as a subsitute.
In the recipe for the coconut cookies, is has baking powder in he list, and baking soda in the directions. Which is it, please?
Hi Janet, thanks for catching that! It should be baking powder. Changing it in the directions now.
Core and peel an apple cube into tiny pieces, 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla add 2tbsp oats 1 tbsp coconut oil to this recipe and BAM! loved it already but with that I love it more 🙂
Love this tip! Thanks so much for sharing it! And now I’m craving cookies at 9 am….
Will steel cut oats work as a substitute?
You can, but the cookies will be denser and coarser. To try to offset that effect, soak your steel cut oats overnight. And consider substituting only part of the oats with steel cut.
Love these protein oat mill cookies but there not that high in protein.
Compared to protein bars, definitely not, but in place of a cookie or granola bar, definitely better. Glad you like them!