This No-Bake Walnut Cinnamon Protein Cookie Recipe uses Vegan Naked Vanilla Pea Protein Powder. There are only six ingredients: almond butter, coconut oil, chia seeds, walnuts, protein powder, and spices: vanilla and cinnamon.
Nutty and smooth, easy to make, full of healthy ingredients, and irresistibly delicious. And they look pretty too! Loaded with protein, fiber, and healthy fat, they are a perfect energizing and satisfying sweet treat any time of day.
I love this recipe as an alternative to chocolate-based treats (usually my go-to sweet food). My whole family enjoyed them – we ate the whole batch in 3 days! Worth making double and keeping in the fridge.
Naked Pea protein powder is not kosher certified yet. However, the vegan certification is enough to assure me that there are no milk and meat mixed together or other non kosher ingredients in the product, so it is “kosher enough” for me.
I’ll make this No-Bake Walnut Cinnamon Protein Cookie Recipe during Passover since the ingredients are all kosher for Passover. The Vegan Naked Vanilla Pea Protein Powder I used only has three ingredients: yellow pea protein, natural vanilla, organic coconut sugar. I’ll also use Naked Pea Protein powder for breakfast smoothies during Passover.
Peas are kitniyot. I decided to start eating kitniyot a few years ago because I want to eat in a balanced way, all year round.
About the Naked Pea Protein Powder in this recipe
Pea protein, in this case from yellow split peas, is easily absorbed by the body, making it an excellent plant-based option.
Naked Vanilla Pea protein powder has only three ingredients:
- coconut sugar
- pea protein
Chocolate Naked Pea protein powder has only three ingredients:
- cacao powder
- coconut sugar
- pea protein
As I like to eat a diet of around 80% whole foods, I like that there is no hidden additive or artificial sweetener in Naked Pea. There is no hidden catch!
Naked Pea protein powder is easy on digestion
A lot of protein powders available on the market are made from whey, i.e. dairy. A lot of people – even if they usually tolerate dairy products well – experience digestive discomfort when consuming whey protein powders.
I have had Naked Pea protein powder in cookies and in smoothies and it digests brilliantly. I even think it has improved my digestion on days when I consume it.
The fact that Naked Pea contains minimal ingredients is key to me. When it comes to nutrition, the best option is to get what we need from real food. When using supplements, I want to stay as close to nature and consume supplements with minimal ingredients. To me, a powder with an ingredients list as long as my arm, containing a huge array of additives, is not a beneficial contribution to my body’s fuel!
Is protein powder actually helpful?
Since stopping my strict vegan diet, I have been paying a lot more attention to protein. I make a conscious effort to eat more of it, and I find this improves my feelings of overall health. To this end, I tend to use protein powders a few times per week, and up to once a day.
Protein powders are very “on trend” and you might see them in a lot of social media posts. It may seem like these powders are just a gimmick for people who have a gym-centric lifestyle, but in reality everyone benefits from getting more protein in their diet in these ways:
- Having fuel for energy, growth and repair
- Feeling satisfied after meals
- Stable blood sugar levels (compared to carbs)
- Maintains bone density
What I look for in a protein powder
Although I’m no longer vegan, I still want to eat a large proportion of plant-based foods. I love that Naked Pea protein powder gives me a way to make sure I’m hitting my protein goals without needing to overload my plate with animal products at every meal.
I go for:
- First, something that tastes good!!
- A whole food, vegan protein source
- Pure ingredients
- No additives or artificial sweeteners
- Under 150 calories per serving
- At least 20 grams of protein per serving
- Something quick and easy to add to recipes
How I use protein powder
Mostly, I include protein powder in snacks:
- Protein bars / cookie type treats
I rarely use protein smoothies as meal replacement because I feel better when I eat three meals a day. The sole exception is breakfast, when I might enjoy a smoothie if I’m short on time or appetite.
Another recommendation: Naked Peanut Butter powder
Peanut butter is a favorite food in our house and we go through 1kg every two weeks or so. I add this peanut butter powder to yogurt or make a peanut butter paste by adding water to it. The only ingredient is slow-roasted non-GMO peanuts, grown in the US.
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10 walnut halves
¼ cup (60g) natural almond butter (preferably no added sugar, no added salt)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons chia seeds
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Set aside 10 walnut halves
Add in all remaining ingredients to the food processor and pulse again until the mixture forms a thick paste. Don’t process too long or the mixture will become too sticky.
Form 10 equal balls using your fingers
Press a walnut half into each ball to achieve a cookie shape.
Transfer the protein cookies to the fridge to firm up. Once firm (after about 1 hour), you can transfer them to an airtight container and store them in the fridge for up to 1 week.
Keywords: no-bake, protein, high protein cookie, protein powder, Passover