These are really rich, but packed with the good stuff to recovery after a workout! The Cashew Buttercream was just what these cookies needed, as they’re very much a dense cookie otherwise.
1 cup of nut butter (I mixed half a cup of Tahini and half a cup of Almond)
2 scoops of your favorite Chocolate protein powder
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
1 large egg OR use flax egg*
Optional-walnuts or chocolate chips
1 cup of cashews*
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1-2 tablespoons maple syrup
*Soak cashews for at least 30 minutes in a bowl of water.
*To make a flax egg: Mix 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed with 3 tablespoons water, let sit for 10 minutes
To make the Cookies: Preheat oven to 375F. In a bowl, stir together the protein powder and cocoa powder. Mix in the nut butter until no trace of powders. Then add in the egg, mix well. Fold in walnuts and chocolate chips. It will look just like cookie dough, but the texture will be a but more stiff. Roll dough into balls(about a tablespoon or two) and gently press/flatten down when you place on trays(you can use a fork to make the criss cross pattern). Bake for 10-12 minutes.
Cashew Buttercream: After soaking the cashews in water, put them, along with vanilla and maple syrup in a food processor. Blend until smooth–be sure to scrape the bowl while blitzing to get all of it smooth!