Over the years, I’ve eaten a ton of Clif bars, Lara bars, Luna bars and everything in between. Those bars are great in a pinch, but can have a lot of sugar or other ingredients you’d rather avoid (or not enough of ingredients you love!)
Plus, these work out to be cheaper than many commercial protein bars!
This recipe is not too sweet, easy to make, and has 6 grams of protein per cookie. That protein comes from oats, almond butter and hemp protein. Two cookies are more than enough to tide me over when I don’t have time to make a ‘real’ breakfast, or just as a mid morning snack!
Hemp Protein, Nut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies
Preheat oven to 350F
Mix in a measuring cup and set aside:
- ¼ cup plant based milk
- 1 tsp ACV (apple cider vinegar)
- 1 tsp Vanilla
Let the above sit 5 for about minutes until lumpy
Meanwhile, mix the dry ingredients together:
- 1 ¾ cup oats
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ cup hemp protein
Add to dry ingredients:
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup almond butter
- ⅓ cup chocolate chips
Plus, the milk, ACV and vanilla you set aside earlier.
Folder together and place balls on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper, smush with the bottom of a glass or fork.
Cook for 11-13 minutes
Makes about 16 cookies
Up the protein
It’s also super customizable depending on your palette. If I know I’ll be doing a lot of hiking or snowshoeing, I might reduce the oats by 1/4 cup and add an extra 1/4 hemp protein — this will make the ‘hempy’ flavour more pronounced and may be kinda weird for those new to the hippie game, I fid it nutty and earthy and I don’t mind at all!
Ditch the chocolate
Switch it up with raisins, dried cranberries, currants (any dried fruit really), nuts or a mix of the two.
- raisins + 1 tsp cinnamon?
- dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds
What do you think? Tell me in the comments! 😀
Some more notes on the recipe
I’ve based these calculations on an average of prices for both the cheapest average that I’ve seen of a good quality version as the ‘lower end’ of the cost range and the average cost of an organic version at the ‘higher end’ of the cost range- this is based on Northern Ontario grocery stores, organic stores that you can buy products online from (Like Organic Matters, note that you have to pay for shipping, so I increase their prices by 1.25 which generally reflects what I’ve paid for delivery (this is not super accurate but to give a general idea)- it’s more often than not still cheaper, often even cheaper than non organic versions depending on the product).
How much this recipe will cost you will vary, and these calculations are a guideline. Cool? cool.
This recipe should cost a minimum of $5.24 per batch and a maximum of $9.23 per batch.
That would be about $0.33 to $0.58 per cookie.
How Does it Compare to a Clif Bar?
Based on these ingredients and the MFP recipe calculator:
To try and get close to the same amount of calories and protein, I compared this to 0.63% of a Clif bar:
Comparable amount of protein and calories, the Clif bar having a bit more sugar and carbs.
These cookies have more fat than the Clif bar, but personally don’t mind having a bit more of these pretty healthy fats.
In terms of pricing, the cheapest I’ve found Clif bars are at about $1 each, which is comparable to about $0.63 each if they were sized like these cookies.
Cheaper than store bought!