Cookies get a bad rap, but if you find the right recipes, they can be mostly healthy and totally filling. These treats fit the bill and are perfect for a quick breakfast or portable snack. Many of the recipes call for protein powder. If you don’t already have some on hand, check out our ultimate guide to protein supplements before heading to the store.

1. Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies

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A chocolate chip cookie mixed with a red velvet cupcake? Dreams really do come true. These little wonders are much better for you than run-of-the-mill desserts, but they do call for a bunch of specialty ingredients. Luckily, there are plenty of easy-to-find swaps: all-purpose flour in place of spelt flour, cocoa powder for raw cacao powder, light brown sugar instead of a natural sweetener, and red food coloring if you have trouble tracking down beet powder.

2. Avocado Protein Chocolate Cookies

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A fudgy cookie for a pre- or post-workout snack? Go right ahead. This recipe combines healthy fats (hi, avocado!) and protein into a gooey, chocolaty cookie that’s gluten-free and can be ready to eat in 20 minutes. Swoon.

3. Banana, Oat, and Vanilla Protein Cookies

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Trade in your morning bowl of oatmeal for these to-die-for treats. The bananas add sweetness, so there’s no need for added sugars. And this recipe comes with suggestions for two types of cookies: raisin chocolate chip or hazelnut sour cherry. Pick the one that strikes your fancy or try them both (like we did) for an amazing savory-meets-sweet vegan snack.

4. Pumpkin Pie Protein Cookies

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If this close-up photo doesn’t convince you that these cookies are extra chewy and gooey, well, we guess you’ll just have to make them to find out. The recipe calls for xanthan gum and natural sweetener, but you can easily sub in egg whites and granulated sugar, respectively.

5. Chocolate Black Bean Protein Cookies

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At first glance, they look like a decadent indulgence, but these chocolaty morsels are made with black beans and millet flour for a heaping dose of protein and fiber. The recipe continues on the healthy route by calling for manuka honey instead of granulated sugar.

6. Sweet Potato Protein Cookies

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These cookies are full of flavor, thanks to the vanilla extract, cinnamon, and maple syrup. While there’s no protein powder, they’re still filling from the combination of nut butter and sweet potato.

7. Cranberry Chocolate Protein Cookies

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If you love the combination of tangy cranberries and dark chocolate, you’ve come to the right recipe. These are so simple—just six ingredients and 13 minutes in the oven.

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