Guest Recipe: Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Cookies

Desserts come in all shapes, sizes and flavors – and so do protein powders – so, when you combine the two worlds, the recipe possibilities are endless! Producers of healthy baked goods, such as Lenny & Larry’s, Chef Jay’s and MuscleMeds make cookies, brownies and other sweet treats that are high in protein and low in sugar, creating the ultimate guilt-free dessert. While their options are incredibly tasty and perfectly packaged for on-the-go snacking, nothing tastes better than a homemade dessert fresh from the oven!

In a recent Facebook contest, I put my feelers out to the Edible Epiphanies community for any great recipes using Quest Nutrition protein powder, as this particular brand is made with high-quality Whey and Milk Protein Isolates, contains no added sugar, and packs 23 grams of protein per scoop.

I received a number of creative recipes, including this Power Nut Smoothie, but was especially impressed with this delectable recipe from one of my favorite Edible followers, Denni. She swears by her Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Cookies, and after trying them myself, I knew this was a recipe that had to be shared! See below and get to baking, because your tummy deserves this tantalizing treat:

Quest Nutrition Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients:
  1. 1 cup of Jif peanut butter
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1 scoop of Quest Nutrition Salted Caramel Protein Powder
  4. 1 cup of Splenda
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees.
  2. Combine all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Mix by hand or use an electric mixer on low speed until all ingredients are blended to form a soft dough.
  4. Scoop rounded teaspoons of dough spaced evenly apart onto a non-greased baking sheet.
  5. Dip a fork in water and press the dough balls to make the cookies flat.
  6. Bake for 7 minutes for a soft cookie or 9 minutes for a crunchy cookie.

As Dennie prefers, I also opted for a softer cookie and they are absolutely delicious! This high-protein, low sugar dessert is one I’ll be enjoying for a while.

Guest Recipe: Power Nut Smoothie

A smoothie is a quintessential meal-on-the-go when you’re running out the door in the morning, need some nourishment after a tough workout or just want a healthy late-afternoon treat. The great thing about smoothies is that they are completely customizable and cater to anyone’s taste! I love creating my own unique concoctions in the Edible Epiphanies kitchen, but what I enjoy even more is having my Edible followers share their fabulous recipes!

Edible fan, Caitlin, recently shared this nutty, protein-packed creation with me and I just had to spread the word. It is incredibly easy to make, provides a sweet balance of nuttiness, with a crunch of inflammation-reducing seeds, and is sweet enough to satisfy even the biggest chocolate craving! See the recipe below and have fun making this one at home:

Ingredients:
  1. 1 scoop Quest Peanut Butter Protein Powder
  2. 1 Frozen Banana
  3. 1/2 cup Ice
  4. 1 cup Almond Milk
  5. 1 tbsp. Chia seeds
  6. 1 tbsp. Ground Flax Seed
  7. Optional: 1 tbsp. Almond Butter
Directions:

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend on medium speed until smooth. Pour into your favorite mug, glass, mason jar or bottle, and enjoy!

Quest Protein Powder