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Apple Cinnamon Protein Breakfast Cookies

January 30, 2014

I’ve been trying to spread out my recipes and especially my baked goods so I don’t oversaturate you, but these were too good not to share. It also includes a giveaway and I felt selfish not posting this immediately!

I use the term “immediately” fairly loosely here since these PlantFusion samples were sent to me some time ago (sorry!), but I completely forgot about them. Since I am moving in 2 days the last week has been all about purging and organizing my stuff. These happen to be my least favourite activities, but fortunately they’re my Mom’s favourites and she totally saved the day. This has forced me to question 1) why did the cleaning gene skip me? and 2) How am I ever going to live without my Mommy?! Panicking…

Apple Cinnamon Protein Breakfast Cookies

On the bright side in my cleaning escapades I discovered these samples, which also conveniently became my packing sustenance thanks to my non-existent desire to cook. I tried the Phood supplement with almond milk (alongside some yogurt and granola) which tasted great and the 18 grams of protein definitely filled me up. I also randomly had a craving for a smoothie in the middle of winter and mixed the chocolate flavour with banana and blueberries and it was fantastic. I usually stick to my whey protein, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that I enjoyed a vegan protein made from peas, artichokes, quinoa and amaranth. Who knew peas had protein?

Apple Cinnamon Protein Breakfast Cookies 2

The ultimate test for me when it comes to protein powders is how they taste in baked goods. Unfortunately PlantFusion didn’t hold up in my Banana Protein Pancakes, but I gave it another shot in my new breakfast obsession, breakfast cookies. It totally worked and they tasted delicious! It’s officially socially acceptable to eat cookies for breakfast with these Apple Cinnamon Protein Breakfast Cookies.


Apple Cinnamon Protein Breakfast Cookies

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 22 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cookies 1x


  • 1 cup oat flour (ground rolled oats)*
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup plant-based protein powder (vanilla or unflavored)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 apple grated (any kind, no need to peel)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

*gluten-free if necessary, or replace with whole wheat flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  3. In a large bowl combine oat flour, rolled oats, protein powder, chia seeds, cinnamon and salt. Mix well.
  4. In a separate bowl combine mashed banana, grated apple, applesauce, maple syrup and vanilla extract.
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until well combined.
  6. Form dough into 12 medium sized balls, place on cookie sheet and then flatten with palm to form discs.
  7. Bake for 22 minutes.
  8. Remove from cookie sheet and let cool on a wire rack.
  9. Will keep for several days in an airtight container or freeze for several months.
Apple Cinnamon Protein Breakfast Cookies 3



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  • Reply
    January 30, 2014 at 6:01 am

    Will you marry me?
    Another recipe which fits my current diet. And cookies. I am OBSESSED with cookies. And you!
    Not sure if the giveaway is worldwide?

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 3, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      I don’t think it’s worldwide unfortunately but if you’re serious about inviting me on that Spain trip I’ll buy you a life’s supply of this stuff!

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    January 30, 2014 at 6:07 am

    I’ve never tried Plantfusion, but I definitely have seen it in stores before! These cookies look delicious, although I would have to eat several of them or one giant one to keep me full for breakfast!

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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
    January 30, 2014 at 6:38 am

    I honestly don’t have protein powder in the house. I never use it. But I really should keep some on hand for the recipes I come across that call for it! Your cleaning gene will kick in by the way simply because you have no choice and will want your life in order, organized and clean just like your mom made it. Trust me, that’s how it worked for me and my house I spotless all of the time. When I lived at home? I didn’t lift a finger.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 3, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      Day two in my apartment and it’s a mess…mostly cause we have no furniture so nowhere to put our stuff but I’m really hoping that clean gene turns on soon!

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    Elise @
    January 30, 2014 at 6:45 am

    I actually need to get around trying mine too. I’ve had the chocolate raspberry and thought it was good. I’ve never a big protein drink person though so it’s taking me awhile to get through them.. I should try something like this thoughh

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    kathy @ vodka and soda
    January 30, 2014 at 7:40 am

    i’ve always wondered what protein powder tasted like in my baked goods but i’m too scared to screw up a batch. i wish you could just bake ONE thing to test it out!

    Vodka and Soda

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    January 30, 2014 at 8:30 am

    What do you mean, ‘cookies for breakfast yay or nay’ – of course it’s a YAY. COOKIES, ALWAYS.

    You know whats funny? This morning when I woke up, the first blog related thing I thought of was coming over here to talk to you. And then I read your comment! *SOUL MATES*

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    Tina Muir
    January 30, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Mmmm! Love the idea Davida 🙂 They would be the perfect thing to reach for upon return from my morning run….or afternoon run for that matter! I love that they have protein powder in them, and that they work with that! I dont think you can ever over saturate baked goods, is that even possible? My insatiable sweet tooth says no!

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    Kim @ BusyBod
    January 30, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Yet another reason to be sad I can’t have apples… I can’t have these breakfast cookies! They look amazing! Good luck with the last of the packing <3

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    Ang @ Nutty for Life
    January 30, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Seriously love the styling here. That spoon is gorgeous! I need to get some nice spoons. That sounds weird. I have some plant fusion straight chillin’ that I need to give some attention to… oopsies. I tried the Phood too and I really liked it!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 3, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      I had to say goodbye to the nice spoons cause my Mom wouldn’t let me take them with me 🙁 Must start shopping for food props! Oh wait I have to furnish an apartment first…

  • Reply
    Heather @ Run Like a G!
    January 30, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Cookies for breakfast – YAY! 🙂

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    January 30, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Ok question – what happened to the protein powder in the other recipe you mentioned? I always just thought of it like, throw the powder in and bake! Haha, clearly that is not true, but now I’m curious as to what happened to let you know the powder didn’t hold up. The picture of the tea (coffee?) and the cookies is absolutely beautiful, ma’am!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      January 30, 2014 at 9:07 am

      That was whey protein powder vs. this one which is pea, artichoke and grain protein. Whey tends to be easier to bake with for whatever reason! It’s so complicated, eh?

      And thank you my dear!

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    January 30, 2014 at 9:52 am

    I have actually never used protein powder… I guess I’m living under a rock!

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    Melissa @ Nourish By Melissa
    January 30, 2014 at 10:23 am

    These look so good! Cookies and Cream sound incredible but I always stick to simple vanilla flavour when it comes to any powders!

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    January 30, 2014 at 10:28 am

    I’ve never heard of Plant Fusion before!!!!! I’m gonna do some research on this!!!!

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    January 30, 2014 at 10:57 am

    i’ve never tried plant fusion, but i think i would love their vanilla bean protein! cookies for breakfast, especially healthy ones made with oats, sound like a DELICIOUS idea 🙂

  • Reply
    Alex @ Kenzie Life
    January 30, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Breakfast cookies!! With protein!!! I love this! This recipe is totally up my alley because I love having something on the sweeter side with protein for breakfast. Definitely making this!

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    Kristina @ Damn Ten Pounds
    January 30, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    I made my first mug cake this morning, so I’m gonna have to go yay on breakfast cookies and morning baked goodies in general. You sealed the deal with the teacup shot. I love having something to dip in my tea or coffee 🙂

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    Morganne @ Nut Butter Runner
    January 30, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Hello, genius! YUM!

  • Reply
    Becky @ Olives n Wine
    January 30, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Cookies for breakfast?! HECK YES!! And I love Plant Fusion protein – awesome giveaway 🙂

  • Reply
    January 30, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Cookies for breakfast!? Yes please! I hope the move goes ok for you!!

  • Reply
    Diane @ Life of Di.
    January 30, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    YUM! Who wouldn’t want cookies for breakfast?! 🙂 These look so delicious and it is a pretty simple recipe! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply
    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    January 30, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Love the idea of cookies for breakfast! I would get good ol’ vanilla, cause it goes with everything!

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    January 30, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Hi Davida! New-ish reader here – I love your blog 🙂

    I only have whey protein powder – the Designer Whey brand. Do you think I could use that instead of the Plant Fusion?

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      January 30, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      Hi Stacey!

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Yup, designer whey will definitely work. That was actually my go-to protein powder until they made it near impossible to find it in Canada 🙁

      I love DW in my banana protein pancakes that I linked to above. My go-to pancake recipe for sure!

      Have a great day 🙂

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    Nicole @ FruitnFitness
    January 30, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    I’m glad your wonderful momma is helping you out! These breakfast cookies sound good. I have vanilla plantfusion, it’s the one I use in smoothies and baked goods. I bet these would freeze well too.

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    January 30, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Mmm I totally need to make these! Some of my favorite ingredients in a cookie— for breakfast! How could you go wrong?? 😉
    I would want to try the cookies and creme protein powder!

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    Jess @ JessieBear What Will You Wear?
    January 30, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    I was just contemplating baking something with apples and cinnamon because I made some apple cinnamon oatmeal last night that was to die for. Taste-bud-twins 😉

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    January 30, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    You know my breakfasts are random as hell, so cookies would be totally normal. I LOVE the ingredient list of this and the ingredients which I could totally make do in the hotel! Urgh, lucky I’m officially starting whole30 after my first week of work so I might make it the first week. Smart cookie. PUN intended.

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    Sabrina @ Nutritiously Sweet
    January 30, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Wow like really?! You just didn’t make some delicious things that I totally would want to have right in front of me right now?! Totally saving!!! 🙂 Thanks 🙂

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    January 30, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    I’ve never really made breakfast cookies before because I always prefer a sit down breakfast. But lately I’ve occasionally had to have breakfast on the go, so these would be perfect for that!

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    January 30, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    I think cookies make a great breakfast!!!
    I’ve never put any type of protein in cookies – mostly because I don’t bake!!

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    jessica z
    January 30, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    I most want to try Cookies N’ Creme!

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    January 30, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Cookies for breakfast are a definite YAY, especially with a cup of tea and those ingredients! I love every single thing you have in that recipe!

    Good luck with all that packing! It feels good to purge but I hate doing it, despite being a neat freak. Although sometimes my neatness consists of throwing things into a closet, out of sight, and preferably not dealing with them. But that’s beside the point. 😉

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    Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures
    January 30, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Dude, didn’t anyone tell you before this post?

    Cookies of ANY kind are acceptable forms of breakfast. Duh. So when you actually have some new information for me, I’ll be back to read. Until then, pull it together.

    I cracked myself up at this situation – you bake your yummy food, you take gorgeous pictures of it, and then you take more pictures of it with one bite taken out. How was that one bite? Delish? So creative!!

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    January 30, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    I haven’t tried plant power fusion, but strangely enough my grandmother had pea protein powder and had me try it (mixed with vanilla protein powder it tasted fine). I would love to try this because I feel like I shouldn’t be eating so much dairy (whey protein).

    Also I just had a bowl of brussels, turkey and almond butter. I thought you should know that I’m such a freak. I need to reply to your e-mail!!

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    Emily @smilemilegirl
    January 30, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Yum!! I love using protein powder in baked goods. I’ve been looking for a non-dairy protein powder. Does this one mix well with just water or almond milk?

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    January 31, 2014 at 2:14 am

    I am super excited to make these!! Thank you!

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    Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner
    January 31, 2014 at 10:44 am

    If I can have cookies for breakfast and not feel guilty over it then count me in! 🙂

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs
    January 31, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Are the cookies still acceptable if I eat the whole batch… twice.
    Because they look too good not to.
    I want these and I want them now. Move to my house instead and bake these for me!

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    Maria @ Little Miss Cornucopia
    January 31, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    I’m one of those people who is super sensitive to protein powder, especially whey and casein. Hemp is my favorite…i really love adding it to things like balls and smoothies.

    I’ve seen a few other bloggers rave about Plant Fusion but I’ve never had a chance to try it out for myself. I’d love to try it in these cookies..especially for breakfast! 🙂

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    February 1, 2014 at 2:15 am

    I am definitely making these cookies for our grandchildren, 2 and 3 years old, they love cookies 🙂
    At this time I have the ” Cookies N Creme ” Plantfusion protein power , I am sure it will be delicious. Thank you for the recipe.

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    February 1, 2014 at 10:47 am

    These cookies sound delish. But, if I absolutely cannot have banana, can you recommend a substitution? Also, I love Plant Fusion and have consistently used it for my protein shakes over the last five years. It never gets old for me because I switch up my smoothie recipes.

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 2, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      You could definitely try pumpkin or sweet potato! You may have to increase the maple syrup (or add another sweetener) if you do!

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    February 1, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Yum, love apple and cinnamon- have to try this recipe 🙂

  • Reply
    February 2, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Yum, cookies for breakfast is a fabulous idea! These sound wonderful.

    Thanks for linking up to Healthy Vegan Fridays! Please make sure to link this recipe to this week’s HVF post on one of the co-hosts blogs!

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    February 3, 2014 at 12:47 am

    I’d love to try the Cookies & Cream.

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    Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli
    February 3, 2014 at 1:49 am

    Cookies for ANY meal! Especially when they are packed FULL of healthy deliciousness like these! 😉 I’ve tried the chocolate and the cookies and cream of the Plant Fusion…chocolate was ok, but I was a little disappointed in the lack of COOKIE flavor in the cookies and cream…womp womp! But I HAVE heard great things about the chocolate raspberry! Actually, Sarah (The Smart Kitchen) is always raving about it!

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    February 3, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Cookies N Creme sounds amazing, but I’d be happy with any! 🙂

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    cleanse catalyst Reviews
    September 16, 2014 at 5:45 am

    What’s up, all is going sound here and ofcourse every one is sharing facts,
    that’s really good, keep up writing.

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