These Sweet Potato Protein Cookies don’t require protein powder! They’re gluten-free, made with real food ingredients and packed with protein and fiber. Enjoy them for breakfast or an afternoon snack!
*Originally posted 3/2016. Updated 3/2020 & 11/2021*
These Healthy Sweet Potato Cookies have now been a go-to of mine since 2016. I love them for a quick snack and they came in super happy during the newborn phase when I often needed to eat quickly and with one hand.
They’re very forgiving and you can easily change up the mix-ins to make them more kid-friendly or to suit your tastebuds or make them more kid-friendly.
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Sweet Potato Breakfast Cookie
Back when I first developed this recipe, I used my recipe for Sweet Potato Banana Bites (4 ingredient mini muffins) as a starting point and made some adjustments to make them more like sweet potato oatmeal cookies!
These would make a great sweet potato breakfast cookie. They’re low in added sugar and high in protein and fiber- a great way to start your day. They’d also be great for a snack and if you throw in some chocolate chips, they could even pass as dessert to curb a sweet tooth.
Healthy Sweet Potato Cookies
Sweet Potato Protein
If you’re looking for a protein cookie recipe, this one is great! Added bonus? You don’t need any protein powder to make these healthy protein cookies. If you’re looking for something similar that uses protein powder, check out my recipe for Sweet Potato Protein Bars!
I rarely check the nutritional info for my recipes, but these had me curious so I put the recipe into MyFitnessPal. If you make a dozen cookies, each one has 6 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber and 5 grams of sugar. If you make them a little bigger and make 8 cookies, each one has 9 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber and 7 grams of sugar. That’s pretty good in my book!
Sweet Potato Oat Cookies
Because it calls for oat flour, the original recipe is gluten-free (use certified gluten-free oats if needed). However, I’ve made this recipe many times with white whole wheat flour in place of oat flour and it works perfectly.
Sweet Potato Cookies Mix-ins
My favorite mix-ins are pepitas (pumpkin seeds), chia seeds and dried cranberries. You could use raisins or swap chocolate chips for dried fruit. To make them free of added sugar, you could try swapping mashed banana or baby food prunes (pureed) to add some sweetness naturally. I use peanut butter but you can make them nut-free with sunflower seed butter. Just know that they will likely turn green when baked due to a reaction with the baking soda. Perfectly safe to eat!
Here’s how you make them:
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Healthy Sweet Potato Cookies
No protein powder required for these Healthy Sweet Potato Cookies! They’re gluten-free, made with real food ingredients and packed with protein and fiber. Enjoy them for breakfast or an afternoon snack!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 8-12 cookies 1x
- 3/4 cup cooked, mashed sweet potato
- 1/2 cup nut butter (i use peanut butter but almond butter or sunflower seed butter would be great)
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2–3 Tbsp maple syrup (depending on desired level of sweetness)
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)
- 1/4 cup Craisins or raisins
- 1/4 cup oat flour (white whole wheat flour also works)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- Combine sweet potato, peanut butter and eggs in a large bowl and mix well.
- Add vanilla, cinnamon, maple syrup, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds and Craisins and stir to combine.
- Add oat flour and baking soda and stir.
- Scoop onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (8-12 cookies).
- Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
These are fluffy and delicious. I used white chia seeds, in case you noticed they’re not black in the photos and I used 3 Tbsp maple syrup in the first batch and 2 Tbsp in the second batch. Both tasted great to me but if you like things a little sweeter, I’d start with 3.
Sweet Potato Protein Cookies
Eating these for breakfast works out well for me because I can eat them quickly while I’m trying to feed 3 kids. Plus, I can make a batch on Sunday and eat them all week! Food prep for the win.
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