These animal crackers (or cookies, rather?) turned out super crunchy (check out this video I uploaded on my Instagram for evidence). They’re a bit like animal crackers but… airier, kind of like sweet toast if that makes any sense? Anyways, they are really tasty and extremely fun(ny) to eat because you feel like you’ve reverted to your childhood and suddenly you can eat an entire zoo! Or, if you treat them as ‘cereal,’ you can fish out zebras and giraffes out of your milk with a spoon :-) But the craziest thing about them isn’t their shape, no, it’s their macros! Each animals packs 8g of protein, 1g of carbs and 1g of fat. Madness, no?
All you need to make these are four ingredients – whey, coconut flour, egg whites and pea protein. The cinnamon is optional but great if you, like me, want the animals to pack an even stronger punch of cinnamon. Please note that, if you want to sub the pea protein powder, you can use some rice protein powder or another veggie powder. You can’t JUST use whey though because then your cookies will end up really dry and rubbery. You COULD sub the pea protein with some ground almonds and a combo of ground oats though! Just play around with the recipe. What’s the worst that can happen?
1. Blend the above ingredients until you get something resembling a pancake batter. Then, just pour the batter into a (silicone) brownie pan to bake it as a shallow cake. Bake at 170 C (338 F) for about 35-40 minutes or until, when you poke the cake with a knife, your knife comes out clean.
2. Let the cake cool and, once it’s cooled, get out some animal cracker molds (I used these). Cut out two dozen animals out of the mix and place the animals on a baking tray. Here’s a video I uploaded of how the cooking-cutting process works.
3. Bake the animals at 200 C (392 F) for about 5-10 minutes on each side to ensure both sides brown and ‘crunch-up’ nicely. Once all your animals look crispy and golden brown, remove the tray from the oven.
4. Eat a bunch and/or store them for later. I recommend storing them in a cereal plastic bag to best retain their crunchiness. If they ever ‘uncrunch’ too just stick them back under the grill (or broiler) and prrrresto.
Below are some serving suggestions or ways you can enjoy these and related protein animals:
Buried in Protein Ice Cream (to create a wacked out protein version of B&Js’s fish food?)
Floating in/on Protein Fluff
Macros per animal (out of 24):