5 Minute Nutty Protein Cookie Bowls

*Edited to add – nutritional stats at the bottom!


Alternative titles for this recipe/post: “Bowl of Awesome” …suggested by Shane Winking smile and “Nutty Breakfast Bake” (but it’s so good it doubles as dessert!)

Something amazing happened in my kitchen this weekend…

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It all started when I let out a whimper after seeing I was already almost out of almond butter. I won’t be able to get to a Trader Joe’s soon, so I decided to go ahead and make my own.


As I was grinding the almonds, there was a knock at my door.


Hooray! My protein powder is finally here! Side note: I’ve been ordering Sun Warrior from Gina’s store ever since my beloved Jay Robb Brown Rice Protein Powder got discontinued. I love it! It’s almost as good as JR – and it’s raw and vegan.

Anyway, I got a random idea in my head to add some protein powder to my impending almond butter. As I was processing away, I realized this may not turn out so good. Then I had an even better idea…


Add a few more ingredients, and turn it into a bake bowl.


The results? Well, the first time around they were pretty good. The next day I made some changes and now they are out. of. this. world.


Trust me, trust me, that you need to make this soon, folks. Bonus? it only takes FIVE minutes!!

Nutty Protein Cookie Bowl

Serves 2

1/2 c. almonds

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp. sea salt

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 very ripe small banana or 1/2 large banana

1 tbsp canola oil

1/4 + 2 tbsp cup almond (or skim) milk

1 tsp vanilla

2 tbsp honey (optional – only if you like it sweet!)

2 tbsp dark chocolate chips*

Process the almonds in a food processor until there are only a few chunks left. Add the rest of the dry ingredients. In a medium sized bowl, combine the wet ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, and stir until just combined. Fold in the mixins and pour into two ramekins. Microwave for 2 minutes and 30 seconds (YMMV – this left the middle of mine just a little less done than the outsides, and it cooked a little more when cooling.) Let cool…or be like me and burn your tongue because you justcan’twaitanylonger!


You can eat with a spoon straight from the bowl, however I’ve figured out that my favorite way to eat them is for breakfast. Reheat for about 30 more seconds, and then pour milk over it:


It’s omgsogood!

And the nutritional stats are pretty stellar:


Remember it’s nut-based, so it’s going to be a little heavy on the calories and fat, but the healthy kind, and these babies fill. you. up. And 16.5 grams of protein? Heck yeah! Open-mouthed smile

*you can choose whichever mixins you desire! I like dark chocolate chips, but in one of them, I added a tbsp of chia seeds and then half way into microwaving, I added a tbsp of triple berry jam to the middle.


But really the possibilities are endless! Add in whatever mix-ins your heart desires!

Four flavors I made: chocolate coconut, banana chocolate chip, honey walnut, and pb&j


Really, whatever your heart desires!

And aren’t these little ramekins cute? They’re actually dip bowls from Target and come in a set of 4. Perfect! I thought Smile


Sorry for the picture-heavy post, but their deliciousness just cannot be described in words!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some dessert breakfast to eat Winking smile


Thanks for the words of encouragement about our little water disaster yesterday! It really lifted me up!Smile Unfortunately, its still not installed (the new one we bought was too tall) so I took a cold water sink shower. Do not recommend… but of course I’ll post a how-to take a cold sink shower without freezing your butt off later Winking smile

I’m off to train a client! Have a great Wednesday, friends!!

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  1. Julie (A Case of the Runs) says:

    Oohh, a flour-free recipe! I gotta try this. Does the Sunwarrior impart any flavor? I also started ordering them from Gina’s site… it has already made a difference in my muscle tone! Bookmarking this…

  2. Retta @ RunRettaRun says:

    I’m so making these for my son’s tee ball team! It looks like it would be like a brownie but not. Do you think I could put it in a bigger dish and cut them into bars?

    • Hmm..I would definitely cut the baking powder in half and increase the microwave time – I’m not sure how evenly they’d cook though, so I’d make sure to check for firmness every 30-45 seconds!

  3. I enjoy that you put chocolate chips in these- you definitely know some of your audience! :)

    • haha oh yes I do. And I have to admit – I was eating one last night without chocolate chips and totally added my own before warming up in the micro lol

  4. Wow these looks good! Kinda remind me of Ashley’s buckwheat bakes but minus the buckwheat (which is impossible for me to find). I love that they’re high in protein, might have to try these out :) Hope you get hot water today!

  5. this looks delicious! Will be making this soon for sure. Those dips bowls are real cute :)

  6. I don’t even own protein powder, and I want these! :)

    • I’ll bet you could omit the protein powder…just make sure to add the honey b/c the pp adds a bit of sweetness!

  7. YUM! This looks awesome! Do you happen to have the nutritional stats on this?

  8. Do you have an approximate measurement if subbing prepared almond butter?

    • Well the almonds never actually butterize (butterfy?) – I just process them into a course powder… so I’m not sure if that would work or not! If you did use almond butter (maybe 1/4 c?) I would sub it for the banana and then at least double the amount of protein powder.

  9. owwww- what a fabulous concoction! I love the idea of heating it up and pouring milk on top. Deliciousness. Like a healthy baked cookie in a bowl!

  10. Thanks for the heads up on the Sun Warrior. I have been wanting to try it. These little morsels look awesome!

  11. These look amazing! Especially heated with milk on top. What a delicious breakfast!

  12. I’m not a huge sun warrior fan, but I’ll bet whey would work well too, yes? These look really good! I haven’t had much success in cooking with protein powder, but I’m tempted to try again…and follow your recipe to a “t” :)

  13. Drool.

    It’s all over my keyboard.

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