Protein Thin Mint Cookies (low sugar, gluten-free, raw, vegan)

Protein thin mint cookies that are low in sugar, high in protein and gluten-free vegan.
hemp protein thin mint cookies
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we are squealing in excitement over here


because we are about to share the BEST thin mint cookie recipe ever

these are not just any thin mint cookie, but a protein low in sugar cookie!

raw thin mint recipe

gluten free thin mint cookie recipe

we have a few different variations of this cookie, as we know not everyone will have some ingredients on hand. all the variations come out wonderful and uniquely their own.

please be aware we’ve only made these thin mints with hemp protein powder,  so if you use your own favorite protein powder you might have to adjust the taste to your liking – maybe too much peppermint or not enough, or maybe too sweet or not sweet enough. each protein powder has different taste and texture.

in the video we go over tips on making these when you make adjustments.  we have two videos – the first one in this post is Michelle making the original thin mint recipe. and the second video is Michelle making a variation. (videos are at the end of post)

warning these little cookies can be highly addictive. though in a good way! we have been eating these thin mints for over a year now and still crave them. that might be from us being obsessed with anything mint. we have even traveled with this cookie a few times, but had to eat them with a spoon as they are sensitive to heat.

we do find these thin mint cookies to taste best cold.

protein thin mint chocolate cookie recipe

here is the recipe for our original thin mint cookie recipe:

Low Sugar Protein Thin Mint Cookies (raw, vegan, gluten-free)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: makes 9 - 10 cookies.

The best gluten-free thin mint cookies that are raw and vegan! Protein thin mint cookies that are sweetened with stevia! Low-sugar thin mint cookies.


  • 1/2 cup hemp protein powder
  • 1/4 cup mesqite powder
  • 1/4 cup carob
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/2 tsp liquid stevia
  • 7-8 tbsp coconut oil, liquid


  1. place all ingredients into a bowl and stir together. scoop onto plate or tray, then set in fridge to set. want the cookies to be hard to the touch. keep refrigerator or store in freezer.
  2. © pure2raw 2011 – 2012


now here are some variations to the recipe:
hemp protein thin mint carob cookie recipe

version #2 protein thin mints (no mesquite)

  • 1/2 cup protein powder
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 cup carob
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/2 tsp stevia, liquid
  • about 4 tbsp coconut oil, liquid

version #3 protein thin mints (just cocoa)

  • 3/4 cup protein powder
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp stevia, liquid
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 6 -7 tbsp coconut oil, liquid

version #4 protein thin mints (no cocoa)

  • 1/2 cup protein powder
  • 1/4 cup carob
  • 1/4 cup lucuma or mesquite
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/2 tsp stevia, liquid
  • 7-9 tbsp coconut oil, liquid

version #5 protein thin mints (no carob)

  • 1/2 cup protein powder
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 cup mesquite
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/2 tsp stevia
  • 6-7 tbsp coconut oil, liquid

now more about the ingredients we used in this protein thin mint recipe made with coconut oil.

cookies made with coconut oil and protein


cocoa – we use raw cacao powder, but you can use regular cocoa powder

carob – we like to get a little chocolate without over doing the caffeine, so we do a mix of both. plus we just love carob. has sweet caramel like flavor that is high in minerals and B vitamins. most carob powders in stores are roasted, if you want a true raw carob powder need to order it online. raw food world and one lucky duck have one.

mesquite – we love the deep flavor mesquite gives recipes. a little smoky caramel flavor. plus adds a little more protein.

lucuma – a great natural sweetener! provides a creamy texture. we love just the flavor of lucuma, but it is not necessary for this recipe. does great as frosting.

hemp protein – we are not huge fans of the way hemp protein powder taste plain, so this is one way we have found to enjoy it!!!! like we mentioned in video we have used other protein powders.

coconut oil – a good source of healthy fats (medium chain fatty acid), great for energy, boost metabolism, aid in weight loss, and adds a little natural sweetness to the recipe. coconut oil is really the only oil you can use in this recipe as it gets hard when cold! we have no idea how other oils would do.

stevia – our favorite sugar free sweetener. we like liquid stevia. but everyone has different taste tolerance to stevia, so use your favorite sweetener. need about 1-2 tbsp of sweetener if not using stevia.

where to buy these ingredients – check out our post here on where we buy ingredients.  

Video one – making our original thin mint recipe

Second video of another variation with just carob and cocoa

hope you enjoy our protein thin mint cookies

nutrition facts on these cookies are pretty good too! *update – nutrition facts based off our original recipe, and is for one cookie

grain free cookie recipe


    • says

      Just made these! I followed the original recipe, but I substituted a raw sprouted fiber/protein blend (Garden of Life RAW Fiber) for half the hemp protein. I also subbed coffee extract for the peppermint, since I knew Matt would like that even better. Then I also added a big pinch of sea salt and just 1 Tbsp coconut flour, since my batter came out just a tad thinner than yours (I used 7 Tbsp oil). Voila! They’re chilling in the freezer now, but just from the taste of the batter (which I ate, um, way too much of), these are AMAZING. I’m already brainstorming about a million other ways to adapt/try them – although you did an incredible job already of providing so many variations!

      I’ve been trying to get Matt to eat more coconut oil, but he doesn’t like it straight out of the jar the way I do ;) So the fact that these contain almost a Tbsp of coconut oil per cookie is AWESOME.

      Anyway, thanks for the fabulous recipe, girls!
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  1. Leah says

    Thanks so much for posting this!!!! My mouth is watering just thinking about making these. Now I have an excuse to buy the lucuma I keep eyeing at the health food store. I have some hemp powder I got to experiment with a while back and never could find anything that tasted good with hemp. Finally, a use for my hemp powder! I also have some regular stevia I got a while back so I will try them with that or the palm coconut sugar I just bought. Thanks for all the substitution info you give.

    I really appreciate you posting the nutritional info because I sometimes go back to weight watchers point system when needed. One question-is the nutritional information you posted for one cookie? Regardless if it’s 1 cookie or 4 this cookie seems to be quite healthy, I just need to know for ww points. Thanks so much!!

  2. Sam says


    I really want to try this cookies but I have two question what kind of extract do you use (the brand) and stevia I saw you use kal brand does it taste different as nunatural one? What is different between kal stevia and nunatural stevia?
    Thanks a lot

    • says

      Sam the brand of extact is Frontier, it usually is available in most health food stores. In terms of stevia, we love the Kal brand. not a fan of nunatural stevia, just personally preference.

  3. bitt says

    this is perfect for me right now. i hope it would work with some nut pulp that is dried, it’s all I have, I think I am going to try it, I’ll let you know how it works out. i am getting used to the flavor of stevia. :-)

  4. says

    These look amazing! Worth the wait you put us all through! I think these would be awesome in some coconut bliss vanilla ice cream!!

    Love that you have so many variations too!

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  5. says

    i have been waiting for this recipe! i knew it had to have coconut oil in it after you mentioned the heat issue. i’ll have to give this a try with my manitoba harvest hemp protein powder and let you know! you look adorable with the headband! love the shirt too, funny stuff ;p

  6. says

    Oooh yummy love all the variation ideas girls! I’ve made recipes with carob and mint together too – I enjoy the combination. I use whey protein powder so will try it with that! xo
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  7. says

    Wow, yum! How generous of you to share, and your pics are adorable.

    This is so so similar to the mint “barks” I was making a couple years ago–I was just about living on various version of them for about six months back there and posted a few recipes on my blog. I backed off from eating as much coconut oil for some reason, but they were totally my to-go snacks for a really long time. Definitely needed a spoon if I took them traveling though, lol!
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  8. says

    Wowza. I need to dump my boxes of Girl Scout Cookies and get to making (and devouring) these pretty things.

    Thanks for all the recipe variations. I’ll probably go the all cacao route :)

  9. Sasha says

    I am not usually one to comment, but these are honestly AMAZING!! I have been anxiously awaiting the recipe ever since you two originally mentioned vegan ‘protein thin mints’ (no sugar, no grain) and had to make them right away! These did not disappoint and actually exceeded my expectations. LOVE recipe ever!! I have not had a girl scout cookie in years, but if I remember correctly these capture that delightful mint + chocolate combo (without all those questionable ingredients, GMOs and hydrogenated oils!).

    I made the original recipe and used 1/2 cup raw hemp protein + one scoop sunwarrior vanilla.

    Thank you so much!!!!!

  10. Ellen says

    The higher protein version of the hemp powder you have is a lot better tasting. It tastes pretty neutral, not as much help flavor. Its called “Hemp Pro 70″ and has red on the label instead of green. Unfortunately its also twice as expensive! But for putting in drinks, it makes a HUGE difference!

  11. says

    Wow! It looks like everyone and their mother love these cookies! I will be adding them to my “to-bake” list. You two are so talented with your healthy baking recipes. Much love ~ Kilee

  12. Maeve says

    Holy deliciousness! These are amazing!!! Just made a batch and they are absolutely incredible! You guys are geniuses<3 Hahaa, thank you for your always awesome recipes; I think I speak for everyone when I say you guys are such a positive inspiration!

  13. says

    Hi twins! I couldn’t believe how good these taste!

    I made variation #2, using Vega’s Shake & Go Smoothie mix for the protein powder. I get an extra hit of chocolate AND greens that way! I definitely want to try these with mesquite. Thanks for the recipe :)

  14. Mariah says

    Okay I just made these and into the fridge they went to set. But HOW do you keep from just eating it before it even gets into the fridge? Mine barely made it on the plate. YUM. Great recipe!!

  15. says

    OMG. Can’t wait to try! These remind me of the little after-8 mints that I used to eat by the box… oops!

    I read something about mesquite powder having an affect where the enzymes in them prevent your body from converting proteins to amino acids (trypsin inhibitor I think?), and that the only way to prevent this is by baking or cooking the mesquite powder. Thoughts?
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  16. Gabrielle says

    I just made these for my post run snack, and they are soooooooooo delicious! Thanks for such an AMAZING recipe!

  17. Stephanie Swanson says

    Whoa baby! I literally just made these and they are YUM! I was hesitant because I’m not a fan of the taste of hemp protein but in it went and I can’t even taste it…My 9 year old is loving them and so do I! I’m proud of and thankful for you two and your yummy healthy recipes! Thank you!

    • says

      Teri awesome to hear you loved them too!! Ya sometimes are stick too. Just let them warm up to room temperature a little longer. And we find the thicker we make the cookies, the easier it is to pull them off the plate.

  18. Kristin says

    I loveeeee how you guys give so many variations!!!! thank you!!! i can’t wait to try the no mesquite way! :) YUM

  19. LEM says

    I just made thin mint cookies and they are amazing! Thank you for creating the ones with just cocoa. My husband even liked them. I really appreciate how you tweak everything you create for different options such as GF, vegan, etc. Thanks for all the wonderful eats!!!

  20. says

    Hi Lori and Michelle,

    I tried the first variation of the recipe with Lacuma powder. I found that the cookies were somewhat bitter, dry, and mealy but they had potential So I tweaked the recipe and decided to actually bake the cookies.

    Protein Thin Mint Cookie Recipe

    Serving: Ingredients:
    ▪ 1/2 cup hemp protein powder
    ▪ 1/4 cup mesqite powder
    ▪ 1/4 cup carob or lacuma powder
    ▪ 1/4 cup cocoa
    ▪ 1 tsp vanilla extract
    ▪ 1 tsp peppermint extract
    ▪ 1 tbsp liquid Stevia
    ▪ 1 tbsp Natures’s Hollow (Xylitol) honey
    ▪ 8 tbsp coconut oil, liquid
    1 egg
    1/4 tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp Ener-G Improved Baking SODA Substitute, Sodium Free
    1/3 cup vanilla almond milk
    ¼ teaspoon AlsoSalt
    ¼ cup organic butter

    If the coconut oil comes in a jar in a solid form:
    Warm the jar of coconut oil in a pot over a medium flame until the solid has liquefied. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
    Place all ingredients into a bowl and stir together.
    Drop spoonfuls of the cookie batter onto a glazed baking sheet put in the oven. Yields about 16 cookies.
    Bake 8 – 12 minutes.

    This recipe is low in salt. It yields a little more than the original recipe. Most importantly, because of the baking powder, baking soda, and almond milk the cookies came out light and fluffy. The egg, butter, and salt substitute help stabilize the cookies so they don’t fall apart. You might even be able to mail them this way. As you can see I doubled the amount of Stevia and I also added the Nature’s Hollow honey. For me, this is the “right amount” of sweetness without being too sweet. I think cookies are delicious in my “tweaked” version of your recipe but you still have to mind your portion control. Don’t eat the whole pan at once!

  21. Brooke says

    If anyone is sensitive to Coconut Oil you can use pure Cacao Butter! The cookies come out a bit harder actually…more like a chocolate bar, but it works!

  22. says

    You girls are seriously genius! How do you come up with this stuff?? I just made the carob/cocoa, theyre cooking up all hard but i just had one and it blew my mind. I also made the cocoa only one with a few moderation (tiny sprinkle of carob and more protein as they were too runny). Can’t wait to make the cake version! Love you guys!!

  23. Trisha says

    These babies are AAAAA-MAZING!! LOVE choco-mint combos!! MMM.. These taste EXACTLY like a thin mint!! The texture is even similar! You girls are geniuses!!! I have a plate of them in the fridge right now.. Do you have any other flavors with a similar base? .. nom nom nom…… yum!

  24. says

    Oh my gosh, I made these last night, and they turned out GREAT!! I just loved everything about them. I made them with all cocoa, and no mint (because i didnt have any), but with lots og vanila seeds. YUM, a new favorite!
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  25. Colleen says

    just made these for the first time today and really enjoyed them! They will definitely be a staple in my snack repertoire!

  26. Ozlem says

    Hi there- so I made these finally this morning. But I have a few questions. I am not sure how I would feel about carob and I do not have any hemp protein powder (I actually threw out the Vega because it tasted so bad, in hindsight I should have kept it) So I made the one with the mesquite and used sunwarrior vanilla and all cocoa. But I think I needed more than 7 tpsp coconut butter to hold it together. I wonder now if I should have added a bit of water or chia gel or something to hold it together. Also does it matter if the protein powder is vanilla or choc.? Did you ever try this with the Perfect fit? And I have to watch your video because your thin mints actually look like the real thing and mine did not so much :) But they tasted good. so thank you so much!

  27. Joyce says

    I tried the recipe today but realized I didn’t have carob or mesquite on hand, thus was just left with protein powder and cocoa. I feel its a bit too crunchy though, what would you suggest is a good replacement for the carob and/or mesquite powders??

    Also just want to say, Thanks for your great recipe ideas!! Love them :D I have too many on my “to make” list! haha keeps life interesting ;)

  28. Ilse says

    I just made these (version 3)… for tomorrow’s breakfast. Instead of mint, I added orange zest and orange extract. Mmmm, so good! Thanks for posting.

  29. Sara C. says

    Thanks for this great recipe, and it’s variations. I made them recently and really enjoyed them, but used pure peppermint essential oil instead of extract and it turned out well. I’m going to make more tonight as I just ate my last one.

    I’m excited to try it with cocao butter instead of coconut oil just to see how those turn out, and I have a friend who would love these but is allergic to all things coconut.

    I’m also going to try a chocolate-orange version using wild orange essential oil to flavor it. I have high hopes for that one!

    Thanks again. :)

  30. EKS says

    How did you calculate calories? In your original recipe the coconut oil alone would put these cookies over 95 cal/cookie.

  31. sara says

    So this is one of the first recipes I tried when I found your site. While I absolutely love the thin mints I actually changed this recipe and instead of mint made protein almond joy balls/cookie. Instead of mint extract I used almond extract, added raw unsweetened coconut to the mix. While they were in the fridge I toasted some of the coconut and chopped some roasted almonds and combined them. After the cookies were in the fridge I then melted Dagoba 100% choc. w/ a little stevia, I dipped the cookies in the chocolate then in the toasted coconut/almond mix, and put them back in the fridge and some in the freezer. Yummy!


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