Pumpkin Post Workout Power Cookies

by danielle on September 23, 2012

Happy Sunday! Today I’m joining in on Kasey’s Powermeal a week challenge and in honor of the fall season I wanted to share a pumpkin recipe with you today!

Not only is Pumpkin a delicious flavor in the fall it is also packed with nutrients such as vitamin a, vitamin c, and vitamin e, b-complex vitamins, and is loaded with fiber. It also makes for a perfect post workout recovery snack because it is full of healthy nutrient rich carbohydrates to replenish your energy stores! These cookies make the perfect pre or post workout snack as they are low in fat and high in both protein and carbohydrates! They are gluten free and almost Paleo with the exception of the whey protein! Enjoy!

Pumpkin Cookies
Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup vanilla whey protein (you can use any protein you like, brown rice, soy, etc…but I used whey)
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (I used unsweetened vanilla flavor)
  • 1 tbs. coconut oil

Directions: 

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine your protein, coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, and spices and mix thoroughly.
  3. Next add in your wet ingredients, the pumpkin, egg whites, coconut oil, and almond milk.
  4. Mix all of your ingredients together.
  5. Here is where you can get creative with mix ins: I added in raisins to some, cacao nibs to some, and kept some plain, you could also add in pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, dried cranberries, or any other mix ins you like.
  6. Drop your cookies onto a greased baked sheet into 1/2 tbs. sized balls.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees.
  8. Enjoy 2-3 cookies post workout!

Makes around 20 cookies

Little tip: Store these in your refrigerator but eat them warm. Microwave 15-20 seconds before enjoying! 

Pumpkin Protein Cookies

Nutrition Facts (per cookie): 

  • Calories: 52 calories
  • Carbohydrates: 4.1 grams
  • Protein: 5.2 grams
  • Fat: 1.7 grams

*Note that Nutrition counts will vary based on ingredients used and mix ins. These are calculated for plain cookies!

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What’s your favorite post workout snack??? What do you eat before your workouts? 

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 23, 2012 at 12:51 pm

I love any baked good with pumpkin them! These look so good!

Before my workouts I usually eat a meal (either breakfast or lunch) and after I like to have Greek yogurt with banana or granola.

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danielle September 23, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Me too! I’m pumpkin obsessed this season!

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jess @ jessiebear what will you wear September 23, 2012 at 1:14 pm

These look fantastic! I finally got coconut flour, but I’m not a huge fan of the recipes I’ve tried so far. I’ll have to try this and see if I like it better.

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danielle September 23, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Yes try and I hope that you like this better! It’s definitely a different taste than you may be used to!

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Chelsa September 23, 2012 at 1:42 pm

The cookies look yummy. I have been avoiding protein powders for a while now, but I’m sure I could replace that will almond meal.

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danielle September 23, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Absolutely! That would work well!

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Katie @wishandwhimsy September 23, 2012 at 2:08 pm

WOW! Those look fabulous! And I have all the ingredients to make…perhaps I should make some today. Yes…yes I should.

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danielle September 23, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Yes! Hope you like them!

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kim@hungryhealthygirl September 23, 2012 at 2:53 pm

These look delish! I may try making them with extra coconut flour or almond meal instead of the whey…do you think that would work? I usually eat a banana or apple with sunbutter before or after working out.

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danielle September 23, 2012 at 5:17 pm

I would use extra almond meal in place of the coconut flour just to cut out on the dryness of it!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. September 23, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Ooo I’m so excited that pumpkin recipes are finally starting to pop up all over the place, and these look like a great post-workout snack! Back when I used to have more structured workout, my favorite thing to eat before hitting the gym was a banana with some almond butter, and then I’d usually have some sort of protein smoothie with fruit when I was finished.

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danielle September 23, 2012 at 5:20 pm

I always have a protein smoothie after my workouts! It’s perfect!

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Amber @ ExSoyCise September 23, 2012 at 5:15 pm

My three favorite things cookies, pumpkin and baking with protein powder! WIN! I’m definitely pinning and trying this week! Sounds and looks amazing. Thanks for sharing!

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danielle September 23, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Yay! So happy you like them!

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Courtney September 23, 2012 at 6:31 pm

These look great! I need to pick up some pumpkin and try them!

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danielle September 23, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Thanks so much Courtney! Hope you enjoy them!

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables September 23, 2012 at 7:28 pm

I am obsessed with pumpkin right now!! Do you think I could sub buckwheat for the coconut four?

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danielle September 23, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Me too! Loving it lately! Absolutely you could swap out the coconut flour! Almond flour would be a great swap too!

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Jill @ FItness, Health and Happiness September 24, 2012 at 12:17 am

The cookies look so good! I will have to sub the coconut flour. Maybe almond? Gotta love pumpkin :)

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danielle September 24, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Thank you! Yes almond flour would be a perfect sub!

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Lina @momsbuttisonfire September 24, 2012 at 1:40 am

Growing up in Sweden we didn’t use pumpkin a lot.. But pumpkin recipes always gets my attention for some reason. These sounds awesome!

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danielle September 24, 2012 at 12:57 pm

I love any type of pumpkin recipe! Perfect for fall!

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Eva @ committed2nutrition September 24, 2012 at 1:42 am

YUM!! thank you so much for posting this!! This is definitely on my to-do-cooking-list. I made pumpkin cookies last week but they were not protein, etc..So I like this recipe since you use protein and all that jazz. Hope you had a good weekend!!

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danielle September 24, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Thanks Eva! Glad you liked them!

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Danielle @ itsaharleyylife September 24, 2012 at 2:22 am

yummy! I love pumpkin cookies. I’ve already made two seperate batches…none of which were healthy though! :P

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danielle September 24, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Doesn’t matter as long as there’s pumpkin in them!

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Corrie Anne September 24, 2012 at 4:03 am

Those looks awesome! And I love the nutrition facts!!

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danielle September 24, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Thanks Corrie Anne!

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Sara @ Nourish and Flourish September 24, 2012 at 6:38 am

You always make my mouth water, Danielle! :-p These pumpkin cookies sound amazing, and I LOVE that each cookie contains 5 grams of protein.

My favorite post-workout snack is MRM vanilla whey “frosting” with either a banana or 2 rice cakes (for dipping) and several tablespoons of PB2!

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danielle September 24, 2012 at 12:58 pm

That post workout snack sounds amazing! I’ll have to give it a try!

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alek October 14, 2012 at 3:50 am

YUMM ! I gotta try this! I have a sweet potato cookie recipe on my blog you should check it out!

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danielle October 14, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Hope you like it! I’ll have to check out your recipe!

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