Chocolate Chip Protein Cookie Skillet

by Lauren

Quick and easy protein skillet cookie! Soft baked cookie meets gooey chocolate chips and so healthy that you can eat the whole thing!

The one and only.

The classic.

THE Chocolate Chip Protein Skillet Cookie!!!

Not going to lie — this is not only an OG, but also one of my all time favorite recipes! It’s super easy to make, doesn’t take long to bake (also not much cleaning lol), is super macro-friendly, and is HELLA good.

What more can a girl want!?

The texture of the cookie

I’ve gotten many comments and questions over the past year from people asking why their cookie turned out soft and not crunchy. Friends, this cookie is not supposed to be crunchy! For one, it is a very healthy cookie, and no, it is not going to taste exactly like a Toll House cookie (sorry to burst your bubble). It is supposed to be soft, and more cake-like than crunchy, but not cake-like to the point where it actually tastes likes cake… if that makes sense 😀 Personally, I like mine a little underdone where it’s cooked along the outside, every where but the very center. But to each its own! Just experiment with it! I will also say, cooking it in the skillet brings about the BEST texture. Again, not always committed to cleaning a cast iron skillet, so I often sacrifice that amazing skillet texture for convenience. Still tastes great, but if you want more of the real deal, go for the skillet.

Ingredients used:

  • Protein powder – I use PEScience brand because it my absolute favorite protein powder to bake with! The flavor is on point (drool worthy really 😎 ) and there is zero “protein-like” taste when baked like I’ve found with many other protein powder brands. For this recipe, my favorites to use have been Cake Pop and Snickerdoodle. These both happen to be my favorite protein powders to use for most of my desserts too!
    For all Pescience products, you can use code “LaurenFitFoodie” to save 15%
  • Coconut flour – This flour has different absorbant properties than other flours and for that reason can not be subbed. 100% worth the investment if you don’t have already – I use this flour for so much! You can find at some grocery stores, but since I don’t always have luck, I order off Amazon. I use both Viva Naturals and Bob’s Red Mill.
  • Baking powder – I can’t stress this enough, make sure your baking powder is FRESH (opened within the past 6 months) and there are no clumps! Clumps make for a very gross taste 😆
  • Zero-calorie sweetener – use whatever your heart desires. Use real sugar if you want. I usually just use the granulated sweetener I buy off Amazon or at the store that looks like this: SPLENDA No Calorie Sweetener Granulated Sugar Substitute.
  • Unsweetened applesauce – I like it best with applesauce, but if you need, you can replace with canned pumpkin or mashed banana.
  • Egg whites
  • Butter or vanilla extract – I prefer butter because it gives the whole cookie a BUTTER-like flavor (and what is not to love about that?!) I get mine off Amazon because I sometimes have trouble finding it in stores. I use both McCormick and Watkins brand interchangeably. Both are great and oh my goodness I cannot tell you the difference this addition makes! Butter-flavored explosion.
  • Mini chocolate chips – well that’s a given. 😛 Mini because it means more chocolate in each bite!

Tools used

Cast iron skillet – I am using a 8-inch skillet here. I also regularly use a cake pan to make my life easier and it turns out just as awesome as well! The baking times may differ though, so just be sure to keep an eye on it. When using a cake pan, I usually let mine bake for 15 minutes for a “gooier” cookie; for a more “cakier” cookie, bake for a tad longer.

Mini spatulas – obviously you can use a normal spoon, but where is the fun in that! Lol. But seriously, these mini spatulas are perfect for mixing batter and get every little ounce of goodness out of the bowl. I use them for literally everything and may be a tad obsessed with them. It’s fine. 😀

Variations of the OG protein skillet cookie:

This skillet cookie is perfect to serve up for a movie night or Netflix and chill. Or ANY night/time of day for that matter. You gotta give it a try!!

As always, if you try, tag me on Instagram (@Laurenfitfoodie) because I love seeing your yummy recreations!

Chocolate Chip Protein Cookie Skillet

5 from 5 votes
Recipe by Lauren Course: DessertsDifficulty: Easy


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Quick and easy protein skillet cookie! Soft baked cookie meets gooey chocolate chips, and so healthy that you can eat the whole thing!


  • 1 scoop (32g) PEScience protein powder

  • 3/4 tbsp (5g) coconut flour

  • 1 tbsp zero-calorie sweetener

  • 1/2 tsp (3g) baking powder

  • 3/4 cup (180g) unsweetened applesauce

  • 3 tbsp (46g) egg whites

  • 1 tsp vanilla or butter extract

  • 1 tbsp (14g) mini chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a skillet (or cake pan) with cooking spray.
  • Combine the protein powder, coconut flour, sweetener, and baking powder in a small bowl. Mix until there are no clumps.
  • Add in the egg whites, applesauce, and extract and mix until well combined.
  • Pour cookie dough mixture in the skillet or pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until desired consistency.
  • Let cool and enjoy!


  • Nutrition: Servings: 1 | Calories: 313 | Carbohydrates: 31g | Fat: 6g | Protein: 30g
  • MFP entry: Lauren Fit Foodie Chocolate Chip Protein Skillet Cookie
  • You can easily make in advance and keep stored in fridge! I actually prefer mine cold most of the time!

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Robin December 13, 2019 - 5:29 pm

I have made other protein cookie skillets before, but this one TAKES THE CAKE by far!

Amy B December 13, 2019 - 5:29 pm

WOW. This is so easy to make and the perfect size. I added extra peanut butter chips on top and have made it several times now!

Kristina December 14, 2019 - 1:23 pm

If you haven’t tried this – you’re really missing out!!!! This is my all time favorite recipe for a protein dessert. I’ve made this 6-7 times using different protein flavors, and it has turned out amazing every single time!

Taylor December 15, 2019 - 9:46 pm

Wow this is amazing!! I made it last night and added some whipped cream on top. So easy and satisfies my sweet tooth!

Kayla December 16, 2019 - 12:49 am

LOVE LOVE LOVE the protein cookie skillet! SUPER easy to make and I always already have the ingredients in the pantry so it’s a quick last minute dessert when I’m craving something sweet.

Jennifer December 16, 2019 - 4:27 pm

I was hesitant to try this at first but oh man it tastes incredible and I now have have it at least once a week for dessert!

Jessica Baron December 16, 2019 - 5:14 pm

this cookie…LIFE CHANGING! Thank you for sharing 😀

Trina Ortego December 16, 2019 - 9:00 pm

my go-to nightcap dessert 😍 such a big cookie for such great macros!!!

Alex Wittner December 17, 2019 - 12:31 am

This was the first recipe I ever made from Lauren and it’s probably my #1 recipe I’ve made. So darn good. You gotta make it to see for yourself

Audrey December 23, 2019 - 8:24 pm

I literally eat this almost every night. It’s MY FAVORITE.THING.EVER! Thank you from the bottom of my sweet loving heart!

Amy jolly December 23, 2019 - 8:35 pm

Love love love this recipe! I topped it with vanilla halo top and it was a macro friend pizzokie dream!

Terri December 23, 2019 - 8:37 pm

I LOVE THIS RECIPE! I always end up doubling or tripling it, and making “cookies” in a whoopie pie pan. They literally save me when my calories need to count.

Alexandra stout December 26, 2019 - 6:06 am

Thank you so so much for sharing this! I made it on christmas eve to have on christmas and ended up sharing with my family. It was a hit! Making this again this weekend once I buy more coconut flour!

Victoria December 23, 2019 - 10:08 pm

Just tried this… I did something wrong lol
It came out flat and kinda gummy. I’ll try again!

Emily Myslinski December 24, 2019 - 1:47 pm

Really need to try this out soon, I already use the PEScience protein powders. They’re amazing!

Abby December 26, 2019 - 8:01 pm

This is by far my favorite recipe!! I made it as a celebration for finishing my first semester of nursing school!! 🤩 🍪

Kristil/themindfulmacromomma December 26, 2019 - 8:16 pm

I love this cookie!! I bought a cast iron skillet just to be able to make it! The skillet cookie at Chili’s is my favorite thing but this is way better than that!!

Eden January 2, 2020 - 7:23 pm

Is there something I can sub the coconut flour for?

Kelsie May 7, 2020 - 3:48 pm

I made this cookie for the first time last night and it was sooo good! The only issue is the texture is more of a cake/batter like consistency rather than a cookie like consistency. Not sure if I just didn’t cook it long enough of if that is just the consistency but either way it still tasted delicious!

Jen May 19, 2020 - 1:44 am

I made this and must have done something wrong, like not mix the dry ingredients well enough. I could taste the baking powder along the entire edge of the cookie and the cookie was kind of eggy. I was really hopeful; so I’ll have to try it again.

Lauren May 19, 2020 - 11:56 am

Hey Jen, you most definitely shouldn’t taste the baking powder! I would definitely make sure you mix all the dry ingredients well so there are no clumps. Also it is important that the baking powder is fresh (less than 6 months when you opened it) Besides that, just make sure each of the ingredients are spot on with measurements since it is a personal recipe, so measurements are more important. And that you are using a high quality protein powder like PEScience!

Amy June 13, 2020 - 3:02 am

Can’t wait to try it!

Lauren June 14, 2020 - 5:53 pm

I can’t wait for you to either! 🙂

Michelle June 19, 2020 - 11:37 pm

How many grams of banana would you suggest if we don’t have apple sauce on hand?

Nancy August 31, 2020 - 5:12 pm

HELP! What size skillet are you supposed to use for this??

Lauren August 31, 2020 - 6:07 pm

An 8 or 9 inch! 🙂

Anne September 8, 2020 - 5:45 pm

I am not kidding when I say I eat one of these every night! My absolute favorite macro cap. I don’t know what sorcery Lauren has crafted with her delicious, yet healthy recipes, but do not sleep on them!! This one especially!!! THANK YOU LAUREN!

Jenna September 8, 2020 - 5:49 pm

This is by far my favorite! I just had it again last night and added some peanut butter on top. I also bought your sweets cookbook and am looking forward to trying more recipes – thank you!

Jacob P September 8, 2020 - 6:46 pm

Made it with pumpkin instead of applesauce – delicious!

Bonnie Miller October 7, 2020 - 12:52 am

This is a total game changer! I just finished mine and am already thinking of making the next one!!


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