Shortbread-ish Protein Cookies

This is a recipe on the way to another one. It’s 85% there – the cookies are really crunchy, perfectly crumbly (like actual shortbread cookies), and they taste great, albeit of vanilla and coffee as opposed to just sugar and butter. They’re good and we devoured them with immense gusto alongside our Nespressos. As cookies, we gave them a 5/5. But as SHORTBREAD cookies? We didn’t think they were there yet. I think it’s because I used coconut oil as opposed to butter. Scrap that, I KNOW that’s why. So I’ll try them with butter next time. You can find the recipe below but, for now, let me talk about something completely unrelated: movies.

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So. I’ve been in Stockholm for a few days now and it’s been grand. I’ve hanging out with the family, eaten a ridiculous amount of salmon, taken this fella on a lot of walks, made a LOT of protein  pow cooking experiments, and watched at least one movie a day. The last three I’ve watched have been: Moon, Taken, and Prisoners. I thought about them all in the context of an Emotional Engagement Index:


Moon was boring. Actually, that’s a bit of an understatement. It was REALLY boring. The only striking thing about it is that it was actually the second time I’d seen it. I seemed to have completely forgotten the first time so I didn’t remember anything about it. It’s not surprising I guess, since not a lot happens in this movie. It’s a movie about a guy who works in a moon station. I won’t spoil it for you in case you want to spoil your time instead. All I’m going to say is that it was… bland. Blaaaand. Like undressed iceberg lettuce….

Taken, on the other hand, was pretty engaging – in a funny way  because it’s so cheesy and cliché. It’s one of those movies that I bet that a lot of you guys have already seen and probably also found yourself chuckling at Liam Neeson’s now classic: “I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.” Good movie. Not WHOA-that’s-one-of-the-BEST-movies-I’ve-ever-SEEN-!!!!!! but pretty good if you like those kind of movies.

Finally, Prisoners. Fwaaaaa!!!!!!! What a movie. It rose up high on the Emotional Engagement Index and STAYED there. It hardly ever dipped into the zzzz-stage. It was wild. I recommend it! Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal were fantastic in it and the movie just made you gasp and !!!!!!! repeatedly. Great plot twists, good story. Not one of my top ten movies ever but really good.

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Anyways… here’s the recipe! Feel free to replace the pea with casein and the coconut oil with some grass-fed butter?


3/8 cup vanilla pea protein powder
1 tbsp of coconut sugar
1 tbsp of coconut oil
1/4 cup almond flour
3-4 tbsp freshly brewed espresso (or a white coffee if you want them milkier)
1/2 tbsp coconut flour


In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together.

Shape the batter as rectangles and, using a fork, add some holes on top.

Bake at 180 C (360 F) for about 30 minutes or until they’re cooked though.

Let them cool before shaping and… KAPOW POW POW: The perfect high-protein accompaniment to coffee!

Macros per cookie (out of the 4 you get from the mix here): 113kcals, 8g protein, 4g carbs, and 7g fiber.

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