The holidays are basically synonymous with baking. At least, in my mind it is.

One particular combo that I love at this time of year is oatmeal and cranberries, perhaps with a hint of cinnamon and chocolate. I don’t quite know why – okay, maybe it was the cakes and cookies and loaves laden with these components that my mother and grandmother would bake every year – but that just says “winter holidays are here” to me!

A recipe that I give to many of my clients – and which I’ll share with you below – happens to feature cranberries, oats, and cinnamon (and if you’re feeling it, chocolate!).

I love sharing this recipe as not only a delicious dessert, but a balanced snack, tasty quick breakfast, and satisfying post-workout treat.

Cranberry Protein Cookies

Download the recipe pdf below!

As written: Vegan | Gluten-free | 6 ingredients | No added sugar* | Ready in about 30 minutes | Makes 8-12 cookies, depending on how big you make them

Cranberry Protein Cookies Recipe

Baking tips:

  • Can’t do almond butter? Try it with natural peanut butter, tahini, or sunflower seed butter instead. Make sure it’s also unsweetened!
  • Soak the dried cranberries in warm water for about 10min before draining and adding to the dough. This will soften them, remove some of the sweetness (if using sweetened), and add a little extra moisture to your cookies.
  • Add 1/2 tsp. sea salt to the dough while mixing. It helps the flavours, especially if using natural nut/seed butters.
  • Add a generous 1/4 cup dairy-free chocolate chips/chunks to the dough!
  • Vanilla protein powder is great; look for unsweetened/no sugar (stevia and/or monk fruit are fine) and try also coconut, natural/unflavoured, or even chocolate protein powder if you prefer!
  • If you find your cookie dough isn’t sweet enough to your liking, try adding a couple of drops of liquid stevia, monk fruit sweetener, or 1-3 tsp. maple syrup to taste.

*Cranberries (especially sweetened/fruit juice sweetened) and chocolate chips will contribute to the added sugar content of this recipe, which is otherwise naturally sweetened mainly with banana and cinnamon. Make sure your nut/seed butter and protein powder are also free of refined sugars! Those sweetened with stevia or monk fruit will add to the sweet flavour of the cookies but not the sugar content.

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