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Nov 11, 2011 02:27 PM

High protein cookies?

Hey :)
So, recently my grandmother has came to stay with us (for a month or two) She is starting to show signs dementia and one of the main problems we have is she doesn't want to eat and she won't go to the doctors.
BUT she LOVES sweets (she was raised in an orphanage so sweets were not available when she was young) I am hoping to find a recipe for a cookie that tastes sweet but will have some nutrients. They need to be soft due to her having teeth problems. Recently I made some No-bake cookies with pb and oats in them, and she gobbled those up.

Does anyone else have any recipes or ideas that might help us out? and please no judging, we are honestly doing the best we can do to get her to eat, but we can't fight this way everyday.

Thanks :)

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  1. Emmnemms, I am really sorry that your grandmother and your family are dealing with her declining health. I am so not a nutritionist, so the ultimate expert would be your gran's gerontologist/primary care doc.

    Will your grandma eat cottage cheese? Lowfat cottage cheese with some sliced ripe strawberries or canned peaches in juice is high protein, plus will give her other nutrients and is soft in texture, and naturally sweet.

    Same for eggs...deviled eggs, egg salad, hardboiled, scrambled, for variety. Not sweet but good.

    Ensure also makes a high protein supplement drink in vanilla and chocolate flavor, I believe. An aunt who uses them to maintain weight tells me they are tasty and sweet.

    Edited to add: As for cookies, I found this recipe online though I haven't tried it. I would omit the walnuts in your grandma's case if too crunchy.

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    1. re: pinehurst

      Thank you very much for your response :)
      Due to her... being taken advantage of when she is young, she absolutely refuses to go to the doctors. We are doing our best to get her to go, but without drugging her (which I am completely against) I don't see that in her future.

      What we are realizing is that she will eat 2 very small portions of food a day, such as a Yogurt for breakfast and an Egg for lunch, but absolutely refuses dinner. (Some days the meal she refuses changes) but will eat 3 or 4 cookies throughout the day.

      I'm hoping to find a recipe so when she eats those cookies, at least she is getting some nutrients.

      She is just about right weight-wise, and with the exception of some dental work (we are trying to get her to agree to fixing some teeth) and the dementia, she seems to be healthy. She can walk miles and can get up easily from the ground. I'm just worried what will happen if she doesn't eat properly for a few years...

      Thanks for the reply again :) I'll check out those cookies!

    2. Here's a brownie recipe from Jessica Seinfeld (she sneaks healthy food into meals for her family):

      You could add nuts for more protein.

      1. Peanut butter was the first thing that came to mind, but finding ways to add in wheat germ or dry milk powder could be useful too for extra protein. Also I'd look at gluten free flours, which may have some amount of bean flours in them. Bob's Red Mill is just one producer of a lot of specialty flours that may have more nutrients than regular white flour There are some Spanish sweets based on egg yolks, where they are basically candied. Never made it, but the concept has always sounded interesting. Also halva. I just bought some that says 14 grams protein per 100 gram serving (and a 33g fat, and 34 g sugar so not health food). Not sure if halva comes in a softer or chewier variety, this stuff is firm but melts in your mouth. Also, if you are near a good Asian supermarket, they have tofu dessert cups that might work. Like these: I like the coconut. Consistency is like barely set jello.

        Can you get her to take a multivitamin? If she doesn't eat, protein is not her only concern. Children's chewable gummy vitamins might be more appealing, as long as she doesn't eat too many thinking they're candy.

        1. Here is a chocolate chip cookie pie recipe that uses beans (white beans or garbanzos).

          I think that you could omit the applesauce and use an egg instead. Unsure if these would work as actual cookies rather than a pie.

          I know you asked for cookies, but maybe milkshakes or smoothies could be added, too? Mix together milk, banana, whey protein powder, and any other flavors she canned pumpkin and cinnamon, or pb and cocoa powder.

          Here is an "oatmeal clafoutis" -- a baked oatmeal. Cut into bars to make them look like cookies. Omit nuts, and possibly add an extra egg for more protein.

          Or black bean brownies:

          Sorry, I know these are not cookies. Just trying to think of high protein sweets.


          1. I tried this recipe for ricotta brownies recently and loved it. There is a lot of sugar, but with four eggs and a cup of ricotta cheese, there' also a decent amount of protein for a dessert. If you can find a high-protein flour that would give you another boost.

            (And speaking of ricotta, there are recipes for ricotta cheesecakes that are pretty good, too - I think of them as slightly healthier than the cream cheese versions).

            This is from "America's Best Recipes: A 1995 Hometown Collection" published by Oxmoor House.

            1. Melt 1 cup of butter with 4 oz of unsweetened chocolate. Stir and let cool slightly.

            2. Beat 3 eggs and 2 cups of sugar together in a medium bowl. Add to the chocolate and stir to combine.

            3. Combine 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup flour, 1 cup ricotta cheese (I used whole-milk ricotta), 1 egg, and 2 teaspoons of vanilla in another bowl. Add to chcolate mixture and stir well until mixed.

            4. Spread batter in a greased 9x13x2-inch pan. Sprinkle 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans over the batter, if desired. Bake 40-45 minutes at 350 F or until a ttothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.