Oatmeal Raisin Protein Cookies (Nut-Free, Dairy-Free, No Refined Sugar)
I know there is some controversy around protein powders. Especially for children. But, hear me out.
I believe that ALL our daily nutrition should come from food. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and all that good, healthy stuff is what’s important. And everyone’s needs are different. Some of us can’t eat dairy. Others can’t eat gluten or grains. And so, good nutrition is not a universal thing.
I did extensive research on protein powders before I purchased any (they’re expensive!). For my kids, I cut the single serving of powder in thirds. They don’t need the same amount or kind of protein that adults do. But the reason I invested in the powder is merely due to longevity. When the kids go back to school, there is often a long time between meals and snacks. I want my kids to have snacks with good fuel that will last them through PE and Science class and Math workshop! And at our school, we cannot send nuts, which means the protein power of nut butters isn’t an option.
I opted for a raw, organic protein powder from Garden of Life. You can find it on Amazon, here. This powder is made from seeds and sprouts and is totally plant-based. It is vegan and gluten-free, too! I like the vanilla flavor. I have used it in my coffee (along with coconut milk and a dash of Stevia) as well as in smoothies and now…cookies! Who knew?
I know some schools (and even parents) shun the idea of sending cookies or treats to school in lunch boxes, but this is different. Trust me. These cookies are protein-rich, contain no refined sugars and are nut-free! Plus, they’re delicious!
You can substitute flax eggs for the regular kind, but you will sacrifice some protein. Eggs have 6-7 grams of protein each, whereas flax eggs top out at 3 grams each. Each one of these cookies (if you produce 14 from the recipe) yields 3.8 grams of protein, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but by comparison, a tablespoon of peanut butter is 3.5 grams.
If you send these little cookies in your son or daughter’s lunch, I’d love to hear how they respond. Cookies for lunch?! Best Mom ever!!!