These DIY lemon poppy seed complete cookies are my Lenny and Larry’s copycat. Unlike the original, mine are gluten free (grain free for that matter).
While at my natural food grocer, Sprout’s to be exact, I recently became acquainted with Lenny and Larry’s Complete Cookies. After trying quite a few of their flavors, I must say they are rather tasty.
As I mentioned above, Lenny and Larry’s Complete Cookies come in a variety of flavors and are touted as healthy: they contain 16 grams of protein per cookie (or 8 per serving) and 8 grams of fiber (4 per serving). They are certified vegan and kosher.
Each cookie costs under $3 and one serving is half a cookie. The cheapest I was able to find them was when my grocery store had them on sale for 5 for $5. This is was a sweet deal (pun intended).
I really like carrying snacks with me everywhere I go. It helps me to make better food choices. Since I do not HAVE to be gluten free, on occasion, I like to have these cookies on hand whenever I have a craving for dessert. I eat a serving in place of a regular cookie.
I wanted to create my own protein cookie. I have been on a program to heal my metabolism* which is working very well for me. I am a lot more careful about what is going into my body. I know that vegan foods are very popular. However, that way of eating does not work for me. I have a hard time with vegetarian protein. For this reason, I prefer animal protein. I also do not have any food allergy. This means I am not avoiding eggs or dairy (as long as it is grass-fed/pasture raised). So while I was able to create my own protein cookie, my version is NOT vegan. It is, however, grain free, egg free, and refined sugar free. You can make these cookies dairy free by substituting the butter with coconut oil.
If curious minds want to know, I used collagen powder and gelatin in place of the vegan protein powder.
My first cookie did not have the same texture as Lenny and Larry’s, it was more cake like and strangely enough less dense. Nor was it as sweet. I am okay with less sweetness but wanted a different consistency. By the way, know that you may adjust the sweetness to your taste buds.
My next experiment fell apart and I had cookie crumbs, so that cookie was not transportable at all. After quite a few attempts, I think I got it just right.
I plan to expand a bit more in the flavor department in a very near future.
* I don’t want to expound on this subject any further at this time, although I have (at least) one blog post about this in the works. In short, my metabolism was not healthy and I have taken steps to heal my body naturally. Diet is only one part of the equation.
DIY Lemon Poppy Seed Complete Cookies
Add three tablespoons of WARM water.
Add the poppy seeds and mix until well incorporated.
Divide your dough into two balls and turn onto a Silpat mat covered cookie sheet. Form each ball into the shape of a cookie. Your cookies should be a tad thicker than 1/4 inch but not nearly as thick as 1/2 inch.
Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 11 to 15 minutes.
Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool COMPLETELY before moving or eating them. They will firm up as they cool.
These DIY lemon poppy seed complete cookies make four servings.
Macros per serving:
- Lenny and Larry’s
- Fat 4 g
- Carbs 28 g
- Fiber 4 g
- Protein 8 g
- DIY Lemon Poppy Seed Complete Cookie
- Fat 8.7 g
- Carbs 33 g
- Fiber 10.6 g
- Protein 9.5 g