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Food Review: Protein Bakery Cookies and Brownies

Healthy sweets can be healthy in different ways. In the case of Protein Bakery, it's not because the treats are low fat or low cal. Rather, they shun the artificial additives and are designed to satisfy your hunger more than the typical junk food. These handmade, gluten-free goodies use all-natural ingredients, including rolled oats instead of wheat, whey protein, brown sugar, eggs, and butter.

For this taste test, I sampled three of Protein Bakery's baked goods, including the brownie with chocolate chips, the blondie with chocolate chips, and the coconut-chocolate chip cookies. To find out what I thought,


I was a bit surprised that these "healthy" desserts have so much sugar — only 10 percent fewer carbohydrates than a typical brownie or cookie, according to Protein Bakery's website. The brownie has 380 calories, 21 grams of fat, and 12 grams of saturated fat; the blondie comes with 360 calories and 19 grams of fat; and each chocolate-coconut cookie (they come two per pack) has 130 calories and 7 grams of fat.

In terms of flavor, these were tasty but not the most delicious things ever. The coconut-chocolate chip cookie was definitely my favorite: It had a perfect chewy texture with a delightful crunch from the coconut and just a touch of cinnamon. The blondie tasted a lot like a Tollhouse cookie and was better than the brownie, which was just kind of boring, but both had an oddly dense texture that made them taste unhomemade.

However, I will say that these desserts were far more filling than typical brownies and cookies, so I wasn't tempted to pig out. I ate them gradually, having a quarter of a brownie here and half a cookie there, and shared them with my family. Which made me wonder: Why are Protein Bakery's serving sizes so darn big? As you can see in the photo below, the brownie was enormous: about three inches wide and an inch thick. (That's only a quarter of the blondie in the top photo.) If Protein Bakery is trying to make healthy treats that fill you up better than other sweets, I don't understand why they'd sell such gluttonous portions.

Want to try these brownies and cookies for yourself? Though some retail outlets carry Protein Bakery, your best bet is to order them online. If you taste them, be sure to tell me what you think.

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nikodarling nikodarling 9 years
I still prefer to do my own baking. That way I can control everything that goes into it.
mandyjo3 mandyjo3 9 years
I emailed the company that makes these products and they are not gluten-free as this post says. If you have celiac disease, this is important information to double check before buying prducts like this.
terrormisu terrormisu 9 years
That brownie has half the saturated fat a person can have in a day. You might as well eat a healthy salad with chicken or something for protein, then eat an ACTUAL brownie for dessert. It would taste a lot better, too.
michlny michlny 9 years
I think it's misleading to call them "healthy," the point is, if you are going to indulge, it should be on a dessert made with natural ingredients you can pronounce that won't actually be detrimental to your health - like most processed junk food. Have these rather than the processed, chemicalized garbage you find in supermarkets that can live on the shelves forever b/c they're not real food.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I'm with Minday...I like the "No Pudge Fudge" brownies myself. Those Protein Bakery things are HUGE!! These seem like a nice way of disguising junk food as "health" foods. I can just see people eating these and thinking they're being healthy.
Dublin62505 Dublin62505 9 years
The oatmeal cranberry sounds delicious. I've mixed Isopure in when I've made orange cranberry muffins. They still taste yummy.
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
I dont know how they taste but they look gooood...
MindayH MindayH 9 years
I think I will stick with "No Pudge Fudge" - you can make one at a time, which makes it easy to just eat 1!
stargazer25 stargazer25 9 years
Those are really big pictures of the featured treats. Not so good to be reading at lunch time.
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
Whey protein has a lot of sugar in it. You can buy baking protein powder at any place that sells whey and incorporate that into any baked good recipe - just offset the powder with some extra liquid. I did that a few times with cookies and they came out really good, you couldn't really notice the taste at all either.
stephley stephley 9 years
I'll allow myself the unhealthy brownies, they're my most serious vice and I've never tasted any homemade brownies that make me as happy as Betty Crocker. But, all my other treats are homemade, organic and as fat-free as possible - but without bad brownies I'm not sure I'd want to live longer.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I'd try them to have a more natural sweet, and with the portions maybe have half at a time. I've had natural cookies that I liked a lot. In fact, I wish I had made sure to remember where they were from.
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