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Bake Cookies

Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  140
  • Protein  4 g
  • Carbohydrates  22 g
  • Fat  4 g
  • Cholesterol  20 mg
  • Sodium  192 mg
  • Potassium  60 mg
  • Phosphorus  80 mg
  • Calcium  67 mg
  • Fiber  0.6 g

High Protein Cookies

Amy from Texas took on a problem and turned it into a solution with her recipe for High-Protein Cookies for the dialysis diet. By combining oatmeal, margarine and protein powder, Amy took the cholesterol out and put protein “the body builder of nutrition” in.

Diet types:

  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Amy from Texas.

Portions: 12     Serving size: 2 cookies


  • 3 tablespoons margarine
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose white flour
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup whey protein powder 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (if soft cookies are desired)


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat margarine and brown sugar.
  3. Blend in egg and vanilla.
  4. Combine remaining ingredients. Mix will be very dry. (You can add 1 tablespoon of molasses or water to make it stick together.)
  5. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray.
  6. Roll batter into 1-inch balls, and place on sheet.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

    1-1/2 starch

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Use old fashioned or quick cooking oatmeal. Avoid instant oatmeal because sodium content is much higher.
  • Omit baking powder for a crunchy cookie. Phosphorus will decrease to 42 mg per serving and sodium decreases to 146 mg.
  • Soy protein powder may be used but nutrient content will change. Soy protein is usually higher in phosphorus compared to whey protein powder. Ask your dietitian for a list of recommended protein powders that are lowest in phosphorus and potassium.

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High Protein Cookies

LRobertsRD says:


Made these this week for our patients, and they LOVED them! The only deviation made from the recipe was the baking time. It only took about 8 minutes per batch to bake.

Sep. 05, 2013, 9:13 AM - Inappropriate review?

High Protein Cookies

RRHaugner says:


These are great. They freeze well, and I am happy to make them for my husband. Thank you, Dietician Amy from Texas!

Sep. 04, 2013, 8:53 PM - Inappropriate review?

High Protein Cookies

JPRD says:


Made for protein tasting days. Followed the recipe exactly-did not use the baking powder. Was a good tasting product.

Aug. 29, 2013, 6:16 PM - Inappropriate review?

High Protein Cookies

azra says:


Aren't we supposed to avoid oats? Dietitian comment: Oats are nutritious and a source of fiber, but are higher in potassium and phosphorus compared to refined grains. Most dietitians find oats acceptable in a kidney diet in limited amounts. One serving of these[INVALID]s has 12 mg potassium and 14 mg phosphorus contributed by the oats.

Feb. 08, 2013, 10:05 AM - Inappropriate review?

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heie0008 says:


I agree with the previous poster. Should I add 1/3 stick of margarine/butter like the recipe says or follow the helpful hint that says 1/3 stick of margarine = 5 tablspoons it doesn't equal 5 tablespoons at all. Not even close. Dietitian comment: I have clarified the portion, adjusted the recipe andremoved the confusing helpful hint. Use 3 tablespoons margarine instead of 1/3 stick(nutrient levels adjusted slightly).

Dec. 17, 2012, 5:26 PM - Inappropriate review?

High Protein Cookies

GR8cycle says:


Cookies really spread and were greasy. So my suggestion is to cut the margarine OR increase the flour. "1/3 of a stick of margarine" is 2.6 T. where 1/3 C. is more margarine. What if we try Bread Flour (more protein)? I won't give up on this recipe because the flavor is there, it just needs some tweaking! Keep Smilin'

Jan. 15, 2012, 1:15 PM - Inappropriate review?

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