cookie monster.

by Janetha on April 13, 2012

in recipes

hey guys!

glad you all enjoyed momma b’s guest post. she is a smart lady, that mom of mine. sure do love her.

i have to say that i am still real busy living, so tonight’s post is going to be snappy. i have plans to go gorge myself on sushi! i absolutely cannot wait. marshall hates sushi so i rarely have a chance eat it, but i have convinced a few friends to dine at one of the best sushi spots in SLC tonight. super stoked. and super pressed for time, because i need to pound out a quick gym sesh before the sushi shenanigans.

i did make a recipe up last night, though, and i want to share it because it ended up being a success!

i am always experimenting in the kitchen with protein powder. yes, i still owe you guys a protein powder post telling you my favorites and why i like them.. maybe i will get to that in the next year or so. maybe.

last night i wanted to make a cookie using almond flour because i have a whole lot of it. i ended up with two dozen delicious little cookies!


i know there are only eight cookies in the photo, but i promise there were originally 24!  eight cookies are all that were left when i decided i should probably blog about them. you see, i took them into the office today and everyone gobbled them up, including myself.  i then proceeded to have a photoshoot on our showroom floor. cookie photoshoots on friday in the showroom, it’s casual. luckily no customers walked in…

anyway, here is the recipe for these little guys!

makes 24 mini cookies
prep time: 5 minutes
cook time: 11 minutes


  • 3 TB xylitol (or other sweetener of choice )
  • 2 tb earth balance (or butter, but i used earth balance)
  • 1 tb unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 180 grams almond meal/flour (i used trader joe’s)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (i used plant fusion vanilla bean)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 c chocolate chips (i used hershey’s special dark)


  1. preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. in a stand mixer or using a hand mixer, mix xylitol and earth balance until just combined.
  3. add applesauce, egg, and vanilla and mix until just combined.
  4. in a separate bowl, combine almond flour, protein powder, salt, and baking soda.
  5. with mixer on low, slowly add almond flour mixture to the bowl. mix until just combined.
  6. fold in chocolate chips.
  7. drop 1” balls of batter onto a cookie sheet lined with a silicone mat, cooking spray, or parchment paper. flatten cookies just slightly with a spatula because they will not spread much.
  8. bake for 11 minutes.
  9. let cool before eating, store extras in an airtight container.

here are the stats for these cute little cookies:




i hope you have a wonderful weekend! i will be back sometime or another. promise.

xo. janetha g.

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Heidi Nicole April 13, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Those look delicious…which figures considering I just packed up all but the eating essentials in our kitchen for our move next week. Moving is a ton of work, even if it is just down the road and up 3 flights of stairs – super excited for that! {not}

PS – Looks like I’ll be at BLEND next month! I couldn’t justify spending the money with the move + a huge leap in rent so I was holding out then another blogger had a conflict in plans so it looks like I’ll be there! :)

Lisa April 13, 2012 at 4:59 pm

These look so delish! I am going to have to channel my inner Betty Crocker and get some baking on! :)

Emily R April 13, 2012 at 5:06 pm

I’ve made a mental note to go buy some almond flour…these look (and sound) delicious!

PS. I looooove sushi and don’t get to eat it nearly often enough – if you ever want to get some sometime, I am down! What’s the best sushi place in SLC? Husband & I have tried “Tsunami Sushi” but that’s about it…

Betty April 13, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Can I come to slc and have sushi with you? It’s my favvvvvvv minus mexican

Kerryne April 13, 2012 at 5:45 pm

These were SOOOOOOO good, thanks for sharing them today. I won’t admit how many I might have had. ;)

Amanda April 14, 2012 at 10:22 am

i’m glad there were no naming names! is it really necessary to always leave all the food sitting right under our noses?!

Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats April 13, 2012 at 5:51 pm

These look and sound fabulous! :)

Krissie J @ A Philly Nerd Girl April 13, 2012 at 5:57 pm

We will have to gorge ourselves on sushi when we finally meet up! :) Enjoy!

TiffAnY April 13, 2012 at 6:16 pm

This sounds great. I love me some plant fusion. Since they are chocolate chip cookies and I have chocolate plant fusion on hand….I wonder how that would work?

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More April 13, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Wow! These look SO delicious!!

Aimee April 13, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Where do you go for sushi in SLC? We always loved The Happy Sumo – namely their lollipop and sunset rolls.

Meg April 13, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Mama knows best.

Cookies look amaaazing, I think I’m overdue for some baking.


Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile April 13, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Yum! These looks perfect for satisfying a cookie craving :)

Sarah @ The Healthy Diva April 13, 2012 at 7:21 pm

I’m totally into mini bites of yummy things! Love that these cookies are gluten free too….thanks for sharing the recipe. Hope you have a great workout and post-sweat sushi feed. Happy friday :)

Alysa (InspiredRD) April 13, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Gluten-free cookies!!!! So excited :)

I would love to be your sushi date, it’s my fave!

Nicole M. April 13, 2012 at 7:52 pm

I only have wheat flour and peanut flour.. Do you have any recommendations how I could possibly sub these with chocolate protein powder?

meggi April 13, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Those cookies look delicious!

I’m so curious! What is your fave sushi spot in SLC? I prefer Ichiban but tonight we had YellowFin ;) If you ever get a hankering for sushi, I am ALWAYS down! It is my favorite food!

Elizabeth @ reads recipes runs April 13, 2012 at 8:44 pm

I just showed this to my husband and he says thank you (he’s allergic to wheat) :)

Brittany April 13, 2012 at 10:27 pm

These cookies look delicious! I want one.

I love sushi too! If I lived nearby, we could go on sushi dates all the time. :)

Averie @ Averie Cooks April 13, 2012 at 11:26 pm

In the early days of my blog, I think every cookie, no bake ball recipe, and all my creations were made with almond flour. I need to try these of yours and dust off my AF!

Jessy (squeezetheday) April 13, 2012 at 11:46 pm

These look good! How much (how many grams) of protein powder is in your scoop?

Sara @ Nourish and Flourish April 13, 2012 at 11:54 pm

I have been on a major almond flour kick lately, which I suppose isn’t the best kick to be on, considering the hefty cost! ;) However, I had no idea that Trader Joe’s stocks it; I buy Bob’s Redmill at Whole Foods for for a hefty $14/bag! (eeep). I’m guessing it’s probably half that at TJ’s?

These cookies are definitely going to happen this weekend. Thanks so much for sharing an awesome high protein, gluten free recipe! They look pretty fab. <3

cristina April 14, 2012 at 12:51 am

For the baking illiterate without a food scale, 180 grams almond flour = how many cups??

Janetha April 14, 2012 at 12:54 am

It depends on how fine your almond flour is ground, that is why I did grams.. but it was about a cup and a half :)

cristina April 14, 2012 at 1:00 am

Great, thank you! Absolutely love your blog btw, first time commenting :)

Janetha April 14, 2012 at 1:03 am

Thank you! And thanks for reading!

Life's a Bowl April 14, 2012 at 7:11 am

I’m headed to TJ’s this morning and now planning to check out almond meal/ flour- silly Q, is it just ground almonds?! That would be great considering I’ve been doing gluten-free for the past two weeks :)

Cat @ Breakfast to Bed April 14, 2012 at 8:36 am

TJs has the most unexpected things lately. I love their coconut oil!

Naomi(onefitfoodie) April 14, 2012 at 9:09 am

looks great, woman!! you are quite the chef ;)

Annette@FitnessPerks April 14, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Ooooh yummy!! I love almonds and I love protein and I love chocolate. THANK you :)

Sana April 14, 2012 at 5:40 pm

My boy hates sushi as well, so I usually go with my sister. Hope you enjoyed it!

TiffAnY April 14, 2012 at 10:44 pm

I did it! I made them with chocolate plant fusion and did a few other allergy alterations and they are delicious :-). Cookies for tomorrow’s breakfast!?! I think so :-)

Jessica April 15, 2012 at 5:02 pm

These sound delicious – my husband requested a week long “super healthy eating cleanse” and I’m being good with him, but I NEEEEEEED a treat. I don’t have protein powder – would it be okay to omit that? Or maybe sub with some coconut flour?

Trader Joe’s is the best – everything is cheaper there. If you haven’t already tried them, their semi sweet chocolate chips are the BEST I’ve ever had. I mean out of this world good. I found out they’re actually rebadged Belgian chocolate chips that normally sell for $10 a bag – good stuff. And I’m obsessed with their virgin coconut oil – it goes in everything now. Hubby hates coconut so it’s a good way to deter him from eating (my) sweets. ;)

Jessica April 17, 2012 at 11:28 am

I ended up making them with a Tbsp of coconut flour in place of protein flour – they’re awesome! Delicious!! Thanks for such a fantastic/versatile recipe!

Janetha April 17, 2012 at 11:49 am

Awesome! Thanks for the feedback! I wish I had a Trader Joe’s in Utah.. it really is the best. I will have to try their chips next time I visit one.

Brittany @ Delights and Delectables April 15, 2012 at 6:23 pm

These look so good!! I’m going to make them now! :)

megan @ muncher cruncher April 15, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Those look SO GOOD girlie! P.S. I love your instagrams…and I feel like I know you. Weird? haha hope not. ;) Have an awesome week!

Janetha April 17, 2012 at 11:50 am

It’s a crime that we don’t know each other…

Amanda April 17, 2012 at 10:29 am

Love almond flour! I have the Trader Joe’s kind with the skin-on and the naked and skinless kind. Both are lovely and delicious. I don’t have any vanilla protein powder though, only chocolate! I might just try it anyway and hope for the best.

Melissa @ Live, Love, & Run April 17, 2012 at 3:14 pm

I’ve got these bookmarked!! They look delicious!

Ang April 21, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Just made these and they are soo good! I found out I had a gluten intolerance three months ago and I have been craving chocolate chip cookies and these were perfect and healthy!

Janetha April 23, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Thank you for the feedback!

sherice@foodieluvsfitness April 29, 2012 at 5:01 pm

omg these were so good.. my son loved them. I gave you a plug on my FB foodieluvsfitness page.. and shared the recipe! :)

janetha @ meals & moves May 1, 2012 at 9:34 am

So glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you for the feedback.

Carly August 8, 2012 at 8:32 am

Did you ever do a post of your favorite protein powders? I’ve been thinking about making this recipe for a while and I’m gonna make them for my personal trainer, great idea right(; haha. Thanks!

Rose April 23, 2013 at 1:46 pm

These are pretty good! I like that they’re only 2 points. Unfortunately, I’m a chocolate chip cookie addict, so i could probably eat all of them at one time. But I’m resisting–put them in the freezer!
I love that your recipes have all the nutrition info done for you! Thanks!

Tori July 31, 2013 at 10:37 am

I don’t know what happened, but mine started getting very brown and hard after about 5 mins! Still yummy though :)

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