Chocolate Cherry Protein Cookies

I was convinced there had to be a way to make a healthier cookie that wasn't bone dry and could satisfy both an after-dinner sweet tooth plus chocolate craving all in one. Mission accomplished! With this list of clean ingredients and the protein content, you could even use these as a pre or post workout snack.

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Chocolate Cherry Protein Cookies

Makes 10 cookies: 5 servings

Per serving (2 cookies): Protein 14 g || Carbs 30 g || Fat 6 g || Calories 216

2 bananas, mashed
2 scoops chocolate protein powder
1 cup oats
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tbsp cocoa
1/4 cup dried unsweetened cherries, or other chopped unsweetened dried fruit
2 TB chopped pecans
1 TB chunky almond butter

Preheat oven to 325, and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Mix all dry ingredients in one bowl, all wet ingredients in another then combine until mixed. Drop by large spoonfuls onto lined cookie sheet, and bake for 15-20 minutes - time will vary based on your oven and how large/small you made your cookies. Note: because of the banana they will be a little sticky even once thoroughly cooked, so be sure to not overcook them! I kept parchment paper between the layers for storing as well to avoid cookies sticking together.

Happy hump day!