9 Tasty Protein Cookies a Dietitian Loves

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Yes, you could crush your cookie cravings ​and​ log more protein at the same time — and that's no longer a pipe dream thanks to high-protein cookies.

Like protein bars, protein cookies offer a quick, convenient, satiating snack that can help you hit your daily protein target. And because they're perfectly portable, you can toss one in your bag and nosh on the go.

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Still, just because a cookie contains protein doesn't make it healthy, so it's important to shop smart and informed, Sarika Shah, RD, a registered dietitian based in San Ramon, California, tells LIVESTRONG.com.

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While protein cookies are a tasty way to sneak in extra protein during the day, it’s best to get most of the muscle-building macro from whole foods like legumes, lean poultry, fish and tofu.

To avoid the junk when shopping for protein cookies, check the following:

  • Protein content:​ Ideally, a protein blend should be the first ingredient, Shah says. Look for high-quality protein such as whey (only if you don't have a dairy allergy or intolerance) and avoid lower quality ingredients like soy protein isolate (SPI), she adds. Aim for at least 10 grams of protein per serving.
  • Added sugars​: "Make sure that grams of sugar are not greater than grams of protein," Shah says. Try to choose cookies with less than 5 grams of added sugar and keep an eye out for sneaky sugar sources on the ingredients list, such as high-fructose corn syrup and brown rice syrup. Instead, opt for products that use natural sweeteners (like monk fruit or stevia), which are often lower in total sugars and carbs.
  • Sugar alcohols:​ Be cautious with sugar alcohols if you have a sensitive stomach or a gastrointestinal condition like irritable bowel syndrome. Sugar alcohols such as mannitol, sorbitol, xylitol, lactitol and others can cause abdominal pain, intestinal gas, diarrhea and/or constipation in some people, Shah says.
  • Balanced ratio of protein to carbohydrates​: "I look for an almost 1:1," Shah says. For example, a cookie with 15 grams of protein to 19 grams of carbs will keep your blood sugar levels stable.
  • Added fiber​: "Fiber in protein cookies is an added benefit of lower net carbs and also provides a fullness factor," Shah says.
  • Saturated fat​: Scan the ingredients list for items with saturated fat (such as palm oil) and aim for 20 percent or less of the daily value (DV), Shah says.

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Always pay attention to serving size, so you don’t unintentionally overload on calories. Many products list one-half or one-third of a cookie as a serving size, Shah says.

9 Healthy Protein Cookies

Keep in mind: This cookie contains erythritol, which may cause GI distress for some, Shah says.
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  • 220 calories
  • 16 grams of protein

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This yummy protein cookie gets the stamp of approval from Shah as it lists peanuts (a healthy, whole food) as the first ingredient. The protein blend contains whey (and not SPI) for a total of 16 grams of protein per serving. And it's jampacked with fiber (11 grams), resulting in just 10 grams of net carbs.

Buy it:Amazon.com; ​Price:​ $18.39 per 12-pack

We're always in for soft-baked Snickerdoodle cookies.
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  • 160 calories (1/2 cookie)
  • 8 grams of protein

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Shah gives these chewy, cinnamon-coated cookies — a great option for vegans or gluten-free diets — a thumbs up. Although one cookie is two servings, it contains more protein than added sugar, a healthy dose of fiber and no sugar alcohols.

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Dip these into your favorite milk for a satiating snack.
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  • 260 calories
  • 11 grams of protein

This high-fiber, soy-free, non-GMO vegan cookie is another one of Shah's picks. Made with organic cashews (the first ingredient), these cookies pack a protein punch thanks to pea protein. And the chocolate chips are made with organic cacao and sweetened with monk fruit.

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This popular brand makes its The Boss! Cookie with a mix of dairy and plant proteins.
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  • 220 calories
  • 18 grams of protein

Loaded with 18 grams of filling protein, this soft, chewy cookie is chock full of creamy peanut butter and mouthwatering morsels of peanut chunks. Plus, it possesses 6 grams of fiber to promote gut health and a satiated stomach.

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If you're watching your carb intake, this low-carb cookie will satisfy those sugar cravings.
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  • 230 calories
  • 15 grams of protein

This keto-friendly chocolate chip cookie delivers 15 grams of protein with just 1 gram of net carbs (and a single gram of sugar). Even better, the protein in these tasty treats is sourced from whole foods including egg whites and almond butter.

Buy it:Amazon.com; ​Price:​ $3.79 per cookie

6. ProCookie Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

These chocolate chip cookies taste as nostalgic as they look.
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  • 190 calories
  • 12 grams of protein

At less than 200 calories per serving, these high-protein peanut butter cookies will satisfy your sweet tooth without breaking the calorie bank. These fiber-filled (22 grams per serving), scrumptious snacks owe their protein content to egg whites, peanut butter and peanut flour. Meanwhile, monk fruit and chocolate chips (made with organic cacao) supply a natural sweetness.

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Try crumbling this raisin-spiked cookie onto your morning bowl of oats for a hit of protein.
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  • 160 calories (1/2 cookie)
  • 8 grams of protein

Old-fashioned oatmeal raisin cookies get an upgrade with this good-for-you variety that's powered with plant protein from peas and brown rice. Swirling with warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, each bite of these gluten-free, soy-free, non-dairy cookies delivers a plump raisin.

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8. Buff Bake Birthday Cake Crunchy Cookies

These scrumptious cookies are certified gluten-free and kosher.
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  • 220 calories
  • 12 grams of protein

If you're a sucker for rainbow sprinkles, you'll love these colorful cookies, which get their muscle-building protein from whey (the first ingredient) and peanut butter (the second ingredient). The icing on the birthday cake cookie? You can enjoy ​four​ satisfying sandwich cookies per serving.

Buy it:Buffbake.com;​ Price:​ $18.99 per 8-pack

For a bit of zest, reach for these lemon blondie cookies.
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  • 190 calories
  • 10 grams of protein

These light and airy lemon blondies boast a boatload of plant-based protein from peas, hemp hearts and cassava flour. A perfect combo of lemon zest and white chocolate will tickle your taste buds.

Buy it:Target.com; ​Price:​ $9.79 per 4-pack

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