Protein Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

You guys. Sometimes internships are really important. And helpful for people who are entering the real world. But the place I’m not comfortable with having an intern is during my annual pap. Yep, that’s how I’m starting this blog post. A couple weeks ago, I had literally the most awkward pap of my life. Usually, they take like 5 minutes. With an intern there, it took almost 20 minutes. 20 minutes with 2 people gazing into my soul. No ok. She couldn’t even find the one thing she was looking for up there. They kept telling me to just relax. Um, ma’ams, you’re asking me to relax when you have 4 eyes searching for an object that seems foreign to you? You’re high. I’m requesting no intern next year. She will have to learn anatomy on another human.

Let’s catch up! About stuff other than my pap. Sorry I haven’t had a ton of new recipes for you recently! With my traveling schedule along with working on a new project for you guys, my creativity hasn’t been at an all time high. But don’t you worry, that will change before you know it and all my attention will be on you guys, you needy only child. Oh wait, that’s me. Coming up with new recipes is just hard sometimes. I feel like I’ve made everything possible within paleo’s boring perimeters, but then thankfully I pull something new out of my ass.

Other things that have been happening: I’ve started to look for a house to actually buy. Such a grown up thing to do. From 2006 to today, I’ve lived in 7 different apartments/homes, all renting. Nowadays, I live in one of the hip and up-and-coming neighborhoods. Up-and-coming means people who are shooting up and tripping balls are around the corner, but you still pay a lot for your apartment. It doesn’t make much sense, but I do have an exciting nightlife outside of my back door. Sadly, I’m not much into nightlife anymore. I’m in to sleeping. Sleeping is pretty much the greatest thing of all time. But people are partying until 2am then work traffic picks up at 6am, that gives a night silence of 4 hours. Which is usually interrupted by sirens for the people that were shooting up all night on the street corner. You get what I’m sayin’? I need suburbs. Not like the hills of Golden suburbs, because I grew up in a neighborhood like that, but suburbs that are still at least 10 minutes from downtown. It makes me feel less old that way. I’ll probably never drive downtown, but knowing that I could, makes me feel like I’m not being an old fart. I just can’t wait to walk Jackson around a neighborhood that I don’t constantly have to pull him away from someone’s vomit. It’s the little things.

Don’t you hate when you google something you don’t want other people to see, then it pops up on one of the ads of a website you’re looking at? The worst. Thank the lord I’m not googling STD’s. My pap intern would have been real freaked out. Too far?



Protein Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Yield: 16-18 1x




  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add all ingredients in bowl and mix well until combined.
  3. Use a cookie scoop or tablespoon to scoop out batter and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. The batter should make 16-18 cookies.
  4. Baking for 15-18 minutes until cooked through.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


75 thoughts on “Protein Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. I just closed on my first house earlier this month! Best decision I’ve ever made. I love it so far! 🙂 Not only did I buy a house, I built one! Talk about taking a huge leap. Good luck in your search.

  2. Oh yeah, one time I was having a coloposcopy and the dr brought the intern in without even asking me! That was fun times. Haven’t been besieged with interns at my current doctor’s office.
    Good luck with the house hunting!

  3. Sorry to hear about your awkward pap experience. Say no to interns, got it.

    The burbs aren’t all that bad, especially when your partying days are behind you. Best of luck house hunting!

  4. My first gyno appt ever involved an intern so I know exactly what you’re saying. I’ve had a number of bad intern/resident experiences too while pregnant, I need to just learn to say no thanks!

    And this recipe looks awesome since I have both pumkin and formulx handy and the kids are requesting treats, as usual. Will be making these before the week is done. Thanks for another great one.

    Good luck with your house hunting 🙂 It’s actually my 5-year house anniversary here in the suburbs of NJ and I seriously can’t believe it’s been that long. Still feels new in some ways.

  5. LOL. No intern next visit for SURE! That sounds borderline humiliating. My first pap was at a youth clinic. Bad. Idea. First off, I swear she told me to take off ALL my clothes for the pap, so I just thought ‘oh, maybe she is doing a breast exam as well?’. Nope, I just heard wrong. She was laughing when she came in to find I took off a little more than just my pants (I was mortified). Not only that, but I swear she didn’t know what she was doing because that did not need to hurt as much as it did!! The pain was so bad I had to choke back tears throughout the longer than usual exam. The next time I had my pap done by a registered gyno, I barely felt anything. I was happily surprised when she said everything was done 2 minutes later. That’s more like it!

    Anyway, about the recipe… Definitely something I will make for a post workout snackie! Yum! (These two comments seem awkward being placed in the same response, but eh, it is what it is) 🙂

  6. Pumpkin + Chocolate, yes Please!

    Do you think that these would turn out without the coconut sugar?

    p.s. I’m glad that I’m not the only one who had that exact experience with a OBGYN intern.

  7. I feel like that’s something they should ask you if you’re comfortable with before just having some random person in the room with you. My doctor does have a nurse present during it just because he is a guy and I think it’s to keep them safe in case anyone says something inappropriate went on. So I kind of appreciate that.

    On subjects other than people staring at my vajayjay, I tried the formulx chocolate protein powder and am in LOVE. Seriously delicious and it doesn’t taste chalky at all.

  8. Not sure if pap smear talk belongs on a blog about pumpkin choc chip cookies – but anyways… protein powder, do you need it? asked twice in the comments but never answered..

  9. So I feel you on the interns. I had THREE interns at the birth of my last child. Luckily he was my second or I would have said HELL NO. That’s 3 people looking, feeling, everything you can imagine all up in me. Yeah, it was exciting….. Also we just built a house, best decision ever! Last, my vanilla formulx came in the mail this morning! It was destiny! I can not wait to make these cookies tonight, when the kids are in bed, so I don’t have to share 😉

  10. The cookies look awesome! Definitely going to try them. Longshot…but I’m coming to Denver mid October…you always have the coolest places up of where you like to go. Can you recommend any of you favorite restaurants/shopping/etc from a local?

    Anxious to hear what you say!

    1. Ok, restaurants (not strict paleo but have gf options) – park burger, root down, linger, Cuba Cuba, izakaya den, pinche tacos, moontower tacos, patxi’s pizza, snooze, devils food, olive and finch.
      Clothing- hailee grace, inspyre boutique, pinks boutique, starlet

  11. I get the awkwardness of having an intern there, I’ve had the same thing happen to me before (though my doc did check with me to make sure it was ok before the intern started poking and prodding). But seriously, how are interns supposed to learn and become non-awkward doctors if no one lets them practice??

    On another note, those cookies do look delicious! Gonna add this recipe to my fall baking list. 🙂

    1. I just made these and they are amazing! If you are interested I can suggest a great tasting Protein Powder that is Vegan and Gluten free. Dilemma ……take to share at book group or keep them to myself!

  12. Had to make these tonight. Delish hot out of oven with the chocolate all melty. Can’t wait to try them frozen…thanks again for another yummo, not overly sweet, dessert!

  13. I just made these, but I substituted sunflower butter for the almond butter because it causes really bad inflammation for me. I also used the chocolate Formulx powder because that’s all I had. They’re really tasty! I think 15 mins was a bit too long because they came out more cakey than gooey, which I like better. The sunflower butter also made them slightly meringue-like in the look of the cookies, more of a sheen and very smooth. Hope this helps!

  14. I have to admit, when I first read this I thought to myself “why would Juli’s intern have been sitting through her pap?” Clearly, I need more coffee this morning.

  15. YES! High five to living in the burbs. I’ve lived in an “up and coming” downtown neighborhood and it sucked…esp because I’ve got two dogs and walking them was a similar obstacle course to the one you describe. We moved to a close-in suburb and were happy as clams. We could even tell a difference in our dogs’ behaviors too. They were so much more calm!

  16. Juli, ran out of pumpkin so I substituted in avocado and they came out great! Good luck with the House search, the Denver market is crazy right now.

  17. Used a chocolate protein powder & omitted the chocolate chips. The consistency was not that of a cookie, so I improvised and made cupcakes. Delicious!

  18. Sorry but my Swedish brain doesn’t understand the thing about your “pap”? What is a “pap”?!! Tried to google it and it said it was a slang for the word jerk. but I still couldn’t understand what you were writing… Need help haha!!! Those cookies looks real yummy though!

      1. Juli, sorry to correct you, but that should be “pap smear” or “pap test.”

        Emma, it might be called something different where you live. It’s a screening for cervical cancer that women are advised to do on a yearly basis.

        I, too, would like to know if there is a suitable substitute for the protein powder. These cookies look really tasty.☺

  19. My 8 yr old baked these last night. Substituted Almond Butter for Cashew Butter, and Organic Cane Sugar instead of Coconut Sugar. Couldn’t keep them long enough, had request from friends, neighbors and colleagues! Def will be making these again – SOON!

  20. Is something missing from this recipe? There is no way I could form what I had into any sort of cookie…it was just “pumpkin mush”. I ended up grinding 1 1/2 cups of oats into oat flour and added that, along with 1/2 of rolled oats. I was then able to drop the batter by the tablespoon onto the cookie sheet. Came out great!

    1. nope. i’ve seen a ton of people post pictures of this recipe on instagram and they haven’t said they had any issue. maybe the kind of almond butter you used? not totally sure

  21. I had the same problem as Janet…the only thing I can think of is that I didn’t have the protein powder…do you have a replacement for it? I sub’d Almond Flour instead…about 1/2 cup, enough to be able to scoop. Turned out delicious!!!

  22. Can the protein powder be substituted? I’ve seen it substituted with coconut flour in other recipes. If coconut flour can be used, how much? Thank you!

  23. I just made these and they are AMAZING!! I had all the right ingredients except my usual almond butter. I usually buy fresh ground almond butter but didn’t have any so used my Kiirkland brand from costco which is MUCH more oily than my regular kind. The batter was extremely thin, but they cooked up just fine and taste amazing!!!!! This will be a fall favorite of our for sure!

  24. Can the protein powder be replaced with almond flour or coconut flour? If so, how much would I use? I don’t use the protein powder. Thank you.

  25. I made these yesterday, they are delicious. I don’t have protein powder so I subbed in a tablespoon of coconut flour. The batter is runny but I just dolloped it on and they came out great. Quite a light, soft, cakey cookie.

  26. When I went to get my very first pap, I went to my University’s clinic and they asked me if it was okay if the intern came to observe.

    I said no because I had already been informed by a friend that there intern was a male and they looked extremely shocked. Sadly I think I was the first person to go in knowing that it was a male.

    Not cool.

    Anyways, come to Boulder it’s much quieter! 🙂

  27. These were AMAZING! Kids loved ’em too. They had great flavor and texture. I was a little suspicious because they seemed very liquid-y going in the oven but they cooked perfectly. Thank you!! Keep these awesome recipes coming. <3

  28. These are amazing! The perfect paleo replacement for my traditional pumpkin chocolate chip cookies that I crave at this time of year. thank you for this brilliant recipe!

  29. Any substitute for the protein powder? I know a few people asked, I hope I didn’t miss the reply… or can they be done with it omitted?

  30. First of all I am obsessed with all of your recipes! Just made these. I never really like pumpkin things..I know so un-American…but figured I’d give these a try. I left out the pumpkin pie spice (I actually think that’s what I don’t like). The batter was pretty thin and the texture is more cake like than cookie like but nonetheless they’re yummy. Even my boyfriend liked them and he hates all orange veggies. I’ll definitely try a second batch and see how they turn out! And Juli, that is legit one of the worst gyno stories ever. Not cool.

  31. I made without protien powder. I did not have coconut sugar, so I used about 1/8 cup maple syrup. I refrigerated the dough about 15 minutes before I baked. They turned out awesome. Very tasty and moist.

  32. I’ve made these 3 times now and they are amazing. Just thought I’d share that I replaced the eggs with gelatin (1 TBS gelatin, 1 TBS room temp water, 2 TBS almost boiling water). I add it in after mixing everything else but before the chocolate chips. Perfect cookie consistency. I ate almost the entire batch in one sitting. (I’m pregnant so it’s ok, right?) Thanks for the recipe!!!

  33. I made these last night and even the hubby liked them (he usually frowns at my paleo treats). Unfortunately, the hubby likes them, and the kids like them, so there are fewer for me!

  34. I have never taken the time to review a recipe, but these were AMAZING! I had some leftover pumpkin that I did not know what to do with when this recipe came across my email. My kiddos did not like them (but they do not like pumpkin), and since I did not want to waste them I decided it was best if I ate the rest . . . within the next two hours. Thanks for a great recipe!

  35. First.. I love the heck out of this site. And I love these cookies. I’ve made them 3 times and I have a question. How do you store them and how long do they keep. I make enough for the week and store then in the fridge but they get really moist and need to be warmed up. Suggestions and Thanks!! 🙂

  36. effing LOVE these things. may be my all time fav PaleOMG recipe! Great pre and post work out (or any time really) snack!

  37. I tried this recipe, followed it to the T and it turned out great. I’ve made 5 batches and they get gobbled up every tme. I liked the pumpkin protein cookie recipe better than your sweet potato protein cookie recipe Pumpkin Protein Cookie was more like a real cookie. Mary

  38. These are really tasty. Made 17 good size cookies. I don’t use protein powder so substituted a heaping tablespoon coconut flour and it worked perfectly.

  39. I was in the mood for a little Halloween treat, so I made these tonight. They were super easy and so very yummy! I like the protein powder instead of a large amount of almond flour. I feel less guilty, somehow. Thanks for the great recipe!

  40. I had an interesting chemical reaction with your cookies and my one substitution. I substituted sunflower seed butter for the almond butter and the cookies turned bright, deep green. Ha!
    I forgot that baking soda make a product with certain nuts and seeds turn different colors.

    They were good, but I couldn’t quite convince my family to eat them….maybe if it was St. Patrick’s Day?

  41. I don’t feel comfortable heating protein powder. I may try grinding up some hemp hearts for the protein as a replacement for the protein. I hope it doesn’t alter the flavor too much.

  42. These are so delicious! I only had Hemp Protein Powder in Chocolate flavor and it was a great substitute. i will definately be saving this recipe as a favorite. i did purchase the Formulax Vanilla today though. Hoping it benefits Juli. So appreciate this website.

  43. These are DELICIOUS! I doubled the recipe and even then they were gone in two days. My husband just can’t keep his hands off your cookies! 😛

  44. These cookies are to DIE FOR! I got the gold standard pumpkin pie protein powder and have been wanting to use it to bake with and this was the perfect opportunity. I have already sent this recipe out to so many friends. This will be my go to next time I have a sweet tooth..thank you!!!! I do have to say it was not as pumpkin-y as I thought but I loved them nonetheless!

  45. So I just made these using peanut butter instead of almond butter (not full paleo, and I was out of almond butter), a little bit of honey instead of coconut flower, and sugar free chocolate. They were SOOOO good! I was surprised at how fluffy they were for cookies but they were still absolutely delicious

  46. I had a similar awkward pap experience, though they seemed to be more familiar with what they were looking for. They did, however, continually comment on my “buff” arms, give me compliments about my “level of fitness” and make small talk. I just wanted to get the thing over and done with!! Lol.

    Onto other, less awkward things…I can’t wait to try these. I’m sure the added protein will help maintain the buffness! 😉

  47. I noticed other ppl have asked this same question already but didn’t notice a response. Can the protein powder be substituted for coconut or almond flower? If so how much? I would love to try this recipie. Thank you! : )

  48. Excuse me, but chocolate chips aren’t paleo… I can’t eat dairy and I don’t eat sugar. Is there special type of chip you use? Thanks.

  49. It is 2021 and here I am again, making these cookies because it’s almost Fall (almost Fall is good enough, right). Have I mentioned this is one of my favorite recipes.

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