Protein Oreos – A High-Protein, Low-Carb, & Low-Calorie Healthy Oreo Cookie Recipe, WHAT!?

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People often ask me, ‘how do you come up with all your recipe ideas!?’ Well, let me tell you: randomly. This one, for example, all began because, in a spirit of omnipotent procrastination, I was watching House this morning. In the show (which, by the way, is now HORRENDOUS! I don’t know why I continue watching it, maybe because it’s the last season ever and ‘what the hell’ but Zeus, has it gone harrowingly downhill!), Dr. House presented Wilson with a tray of Oreos. That scene did it; it reminded me that, once upon a time, I told someone somewhere that I’d have a go at protein Oreos. So, after stopping the show at minute 26:00 (because even my ever-so-resilient spirit of procrastination couldn’t bear the lameness of the episode), I went into my kitchen with a plan ;-)

The first issue I had to tackle was, of course, the cookie. How to make it dark enough? Because, cocoa alone tends to be brown and Oreos have that particular black color. I wanted to ‘solve’ this without resorting to dyes and related shenanigans so… what I did was use cocoa nibs (I did consider charcoal but only briefly and under a spirit of temporary insanity because, come on, charcoal!?) At the end, the cocoa nibs proved to be an absolute revelation as they gave the cookies that extra chocolate flavor element, contributing also to the ensuing crunch-factor the cookies ended up with, BOOM! OK, without further ado, I present to you -The Recipe:

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon coconut flour
1/2 cup liquid egg whites
1/4 cup brown rice protein powder (I used this one, which is back in stock! woop warawoop!)
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon cocoa nibs
1 tablespoon chocolate flavdrops
1/8 cup oats (I used gluten-free ones but any will do)
1 teaspoon baking soda

Directions:

1. Blended together and baked on a cookie tray (I used this one which I love) at 170 C (338 F) for about 25 minutes

2. When the cookies were ready (i.e. when, upon stabbing them, my knife came out clean), I let them cool, got out a freshly-sharpened knife, and sliced each cookie horizontally into three (eating the top bit because this wasn’t meant to play a role in the final Oreo scene). What this meant is that I ended up with fourteen cookie halves.

3. I laid these on the cookie tray again and stuck them under the grill/broiler for a further five minutes (just to make them crunch up further). Then, it was all about the filling which I made by just mixing 1/8 cup of vanilla casein, 1/4 cup of water, and 1 tsp of coconut flour. That, my dears, was IT – done.

Macros per Serving (out of 7):

60.3kcals
6.7g protein
3.9g carbos (0.28g sugars)
1.9g fat (0.5g sat)
1.7g fiber

How were the cookies? Fwaaaa!Amazing. They tasted 100% – and I am not exaggerating as fellow consumers also agreed with this assessment – like healthy Oreo cookies – creamy in the center, crunchy on the outside, and richly chocolatey with that special Oreo-UMPH which I believe the nibs were responsible for. Sure, they’re rougher in texture than regular cookies, but that’s because I’m not a factory. Ah, I give them a 10 out of 10 because, dipped in milk, I almost cried a river of joy and the macros? Wa wa wa wa! Hello, Oreos, welcome to my life.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02717275042067607804 oneof4dms

    This sounds fabulous!! I will be trying them out this weekend:)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08732050344658118783 Peter Moose

    So i have tried making this cookie (minus the cream filling) but i must be missing something because:
    a) cost of ingredients is very expensive
    b) the nutritional information provided here does not match mine
    c) definatley needed to add a sweetener as this was incredibly bitter
    d) The consistency of the vanilla cream is no where near what is described even when adding more coconut flour.

    So here i go -
    Costings:

    Coconut Flour: $12.15 per 453g
    Brown Rice Protein Powder $28.95 per 300g
    Egg Whites $ 1.30 per 3 whole eggs
    Cocoa Powder (had some already) $ 8.00 per250g

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00302461075094729414 ANNA

      Hi Peter,

      a) I buy my ingredients in bulk so the cost breakup above is faaaar more than I’d ever pay! Either way, I never described my recipe as ‘super cheap’ so this accusation is unfounded.

      b) What’s your nutritional info? I assume yours would disregard the cream filling.

      c) did you use the flavdrops? they’re a quite potent sweetener.

      d) You just said you didn’t add the cream filling? I’m surprised you wouldn’t get it right with all that casein in there.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00901835691079635277 getleaneatclean

    OH MY GOOOOD IM SO THRILLEDDDD BY THIS!! im an official oreo lover and when i am dieting (like now) i crave for Oreos! this is such an excellent recipe for those who want to stay on track!! i LOVE IT!!
    does anyone know any other substitute for cocoa nibs? those arent sold in my country ���� thank you for helping :)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00302461075094729414 ANNA

      Hi!! You can use little chunks of really dark chocolate OR espresso beans in place of cocoa nibs! :-)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03814069253503223022 Peter Van Mol

    As protein dense goes, that cream filling really counts, i’m so making that tonight and if it pans out, I’m adding it to everything :p The cookies seem like a task though. I’m still looking for a better substitute for flour in a lot of these recipes. I tried modified resistant starch on some cookies yesterday, but I keep forgetting that stuff swells so hard, they ended up looking like puffy, soft balls rather than cookies …

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00302461075094729414 ANNA

      That’s where veggie proteins and coconut flour come in handy! Because they tend not to ‘swell’ and instead retain a pretty nice consistency when baked?

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