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Make these easy apple banana protein cookies for an easy breakfast or a protein-packed snack. Ready in just 15 minutes, this recipe is perfect for meal-prepping and lunches for the whole family. While this post is sponsored by Produce For Kids, all opinions and the recipe are my own.
Easy Apple Banana Protein Cookies
Topped with Homemade Yogurt and Kiwi
Easy breakfast recipes and healthy snack ideas are a must for my family. No matter what time we wake up in the morning, we always seem to be on the go, so staying fueled is also important. That’s why I love having breakfast options that are high in protein. Protein plays a key role in the creation and maintenance of every single cell in your body. Protein also fuels your body and it helps leave you fuller longer. Having a protein-packed breakfast is a great way for us to start our day, and having a protein filled snack helps keep our mind and body ready all day long.
That’s why I made these Easy Apple Banana Protein Cookies. These protein cookies are gluten free, dairy free, vegan and ready to enjoy in less than 15 minutes. They are also very high in potassium, and potassium is actually one of the most important minerals in the body. Loaded with protein and potassium, it’s obvious that these breakfast cookies are healthy, but what about tasty? Yes! These breakfast protein cookies are delicious, even better when topped with my homemade vanilla yogurt and a slice of golden kiwi.
My protein cookies are made with almonds, sunflower seeds, banana, freeze-dried apples and a dash of cinnamon. I added Crispy Green Freeze Dried Apples to these protein cookies because they added a touch of sweetness…and who doesn’t love apples? Using the freeze-dried apples was also a lot easier than using a fresh apple in this recipe, I didn’t have to peel or chop anything up, I simply used my fingers to break the freeze-dried apples into smaller pieces.
Topping these Easy Apple Banana Protein Cookies with a scoop of yogurt adds additional protein and a source of natural probiotics. Now topping your protein breakfast cookie with yogurt and a slice of kiwi adds even more potassium, a touch of sweetness and lots of vitamin C. When you mix yogurt with Kiwifruit it is the perfect symbiotic pairing of probiotics and prebiotics, making it the “food” for probiotics.
Now, here is my Easy Apple Banana Protein Cookies recipe. Be sure to Print It and Pin It so that you can make them again and again. This protein cookie recipe makes 8 servings, so it is perfect to make before the school week starts and they are ready to have for breakfast or to add to lunchboxes. Feel free to double or triple the recipe, it’s easy to do!
Nutty Apple Banana Protein Cookies
- 1 cup ground almonds I ground mine in my food processor
- ½ cup ground sunflower seeds I ground mine in my food processor
- 1 medium ripe banana
- 1 package Crispy Green Apples broken into small pieces, I did not grind these up but you can if you prefer
- 1½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp maple syrup or honey optional
- 1 kiwi - sliced I used Zespri Golden Kiwi
- Yogurt I used my homemade vanilla yogurt
- Preheat oven to 400°
- Prepare muffin tin by spraying with non-stick cooking/baking spray. Set aside.
- Add the ground almonds, ground sunflower seeds, cinnamon (and maple syrup or honey if desired) and banana into food processor and pulse until thoroughly combined.
- Stir in Crispy Green Apple pieces.
- Scoop out a heaping tablespoon of the cookie "batter" and press into prepared muffin cups. You want to fill each cup about 1/3 to 1/2 way. I was able to use 8 of the muffin cups.
- Bake for 10 minutes, the edges will be slightly brown.
- Allow to cool.
- When ready to serve top with a scoop of your favorite yogurt, I used my homemade vanilla yogurt and a slice of kiwi.
I hope you enjoy my Easy Apple Banana Protein Cookies as much as we do!
I created these Nutty Apple Banana Protein Cookies not only for my family, but for yours. These nutritious protein cookies are an excellent sources of vitamins, minerals and protein. Making them an excellent addition to your breakfast, lunchbox or snack time.
I know that lunchtime may look different for many this year, but that’s why it’s so important that we still focus on nutritious options. At school and at home. And thanks to Produce For Kids and Power Your Lunchbox they are empowering families set up a routine for nutritious lunches no matter where they are enjoying them this school year.
The Power Your Lunchbox program, now in its seventh year, has developed new lunchbox inspiration and pulled together resources around distance learning and mental health to better serve families. This year, the program’s health-conscious brand partners have committed to a donation of $14,000 to United Fresh Start Foundation to increase access to fresh produce for children and families. Since 2014, Power Your Lunchbox has raised more than $150,000 to benefit charities that support families.
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Be sure to keep a look out for these brands while shopping at Publix for all your back to school needs.
You can also add a layer of low sugar jam to your protein cookie for an extra touch of sweetness and an extra layer of fruit.
What is one of your favorite protein cookie recipes? How will you Power Your Lunchbox this fall and beyond?
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