Questions about Variant Nutrition? We have the answers!
1. How can I enjoy Variant Nutrition protein cookie dough mix?
Enjoy Variant Nutrition protein cookie dough mix by just adding water and mixing! Once you've mixed the powdered protein cookie mix, you can enjoy eating it as raw cookie dough or baking them in the oven for warm cookies.
Variant Nutrition protein cookie dough mixes have a lot of FLEXibility and can be made into a variety of desserts to hit your macros. See our More Than Cookies ebook with 35 macro-friendly desserts to make with any VN protein cookie dough mixes.
2. How is Variant Nutrition protein cookie dough safe to eat raw?
Variant Nutrition mixes are made of a propriety blend of peanut flour with protein powders to bring a flavorful, slightly nutty taste for safe-to-eat raw cookie dough. In addition, powdered egg whites are added to our ingredients and are perfectly healthy to eat because they are pasteurized and dried by heat, removing the risk of salmonella.
3. How much water do I add to make my cookie dough?
Start with 1/4 cup of water and mix the dough. Some mixes are a little thirstier and need an additional tablespoon (or two!) of water.
Blend your dough in a bowl with a fork (stirring, pressing against the side of your bowl), and if it’s still dry and crumbly, add more water to your dough to get the perfect cookie dough texture.
*If you like stickier cookie dough, add the extra tbsp of water.
**If baking at high altitudes, your mix may need more water, but only add 1 tbsp of water and stir before adding more water.
***If your dough is sticking to your utensil or hand, dip your utensil/hand in the water and press down the dough.
4. How long do I bake my cookies?
Our best cookies bake at 350 degrees for 6 to 8 minutes.* We think the cookies are best when they start to brown on the bottom with a soft, gooey center.
*This information is based on baking a full bag of protein cookie dough mix for 12 cookies. If baking smaller batches or making larger cookies, cooking time may vary.
**Protein cookies will continue to bake on the cookie sheet when you remove them from the oven, so it's perfectly fine for them to have a center that is underbaked (still safe to eat raw!) as they will firm up more while cooling down.
***Oven temperatures and times vary, and depending on your oven and if you live in a high-altitude location, you may need to adjust your baking time.
5. Why do Variant Nutrition protein cookies cook so fast?
Variant Nutrition protein cookie dough mixes do not have any baking flour in them; they are a blend of whey and casein protein powder, which tends to burn FASTER than flour if you leave it in the oven for too long. We recommend watching your cookies closely because a burnt protein cookie, is a trash cookie.
6. How do I get round cookies?
As prepared dough, scoop out 12 cookies with a 1.4 cookie scoop (Ex. Protein Cookie Dough Mix: Chocolate Chip will roughly be 19 grams per dough ball).
Once all your cookies are on the cookie sheet, here are three ways to get a cookie shape:
Lightly press your dough balls in the center with a utensil or hand.
Pick up the dough ball and flatten it into a cookie shape, then place it back on the cookie sheet.
Use a cookie cutter to press the dough inside or to cut off the extra dough before baking.
*Variant Nutrition protein cookie dough mix doesn’t have much spread when baking, so make sure to form your cookie shape before baking.
7. Once made, can I store the cookie dough/cookies for later?
Variant Nutrition cookie dough and cookies are best eaten once prepared, but they can be stored for later.
i. Cookie dough should be stored covered in the fridge for up to two weeks.
If storing in the fridge as cookie dough, FYI:
a. Since we use sugar substitutes, the cookie dough will recrystallize in the fridge. This isn't a bad thing, as it doesn't change the flavor, but it may be slightly crunchier.
b. The cookie dough does dry out some, but the cookie dough still has a lot of flavor. You can eat it as is or add more moisture to it to make it creamier. Ex. water, milk, yogurt, butter, in oatmeal, etc.
c. You can bake the cookie dough after storing it in the fridge, but let cookie dough sit at room temperature for half an hour before baking.
d. If you want to keep the cooking dough longer, freeze the cookie dough in an airtight container.
ii. Baked cookies can be stored in a sealed container on the counter for up to a week; protein cookies will remain soft and airy.
8. What are the flavors that Variant Nutrition has?
Chocolate Chip-Faced - Chocolate Chip
Drop It Like It’s Hot Chocolate - Cocoa, Mini Marshmallows, and Chocolate Chip
Crandaddy - Dried Cranberry and White Chocolate Chip
Dough Dealer - Coconut Flake, Chocolate Chip, and Caramel
Midnight Snack - Black Cocoa and White Chocolate Chip
Nana Nut - Banana and Walnut (Vegan/Dairy Free)
Peanut Butter Spoon - Peanut Butter Chips and Peanut Clusters
We're always experimenting with new and fun flavors. Check them out at https://www.variantnutritionmix.com/shop
9. What are the nutrition facts?
Nutrition facts vary by mix, but Variant Nutrition protein cookie dough mix is packed with protein, lower in calories than traditional cookie mixes, and all made without gluten ingredients. You can find the nutrition facts on each cookie on our shop page at https://www.variantnutritionmix.com/shop
10. What are the macros on Variant Nutrition mixes?
On average, Variant Nutrition macros are about 130 calories, 11g of Protein, 23g of Carbs, and 5g of Fat per serving.
Check out the labels to see how awesome our macros are!
11. What are the ingredients?
The ingredient list varies by mix, but here are the main ingredients each one has:
Protein Blend (Peanut Flour, Casein Powder, and Whey Isolate Protein Powder), Erythritol, Butter, Coconut Flour, Oat Fiber, Egg White Powder, Non-Fat Dry Milk, Vanilla, Himalayan Salt, Baking Soda, and Xanthan Gum.
Check out all the ingredients of each cookie on the shop page at https://www.variantnutritionmix.com/shop
12. How many cookies are in a package?
Our serving size is three cookies at around 19g to 25g (prepared) per cookie, depending on the flavor. Each Variant Nutrition protein cookie dough mix makes 12 cookies, but this depends on how big (or small) you like your cookies.
13. Do Variant Nutrition mixes expire?
Expiration dates vary by ingredients used, but all the ingredients are items you would find in your kitchen.
Variant Nutrition protein cookie dough mixes are best used within 6 months of purchase.
14. Can you add other ingredients to Variant Nutrition mixes?
Absolutely! Variant Nutrition was created to mix things up and fit your lifestyle, and if you want to add more chocolate chips, raisins, nuts, or sugar, go ahead!
15. What about adding in a different wet ingredient other than water?
Make your variants! Add peanut butter, apple sauce, greek yogurt, almond milk, etc.
Water is our favorite liquid to add because it's easy and has zero calories, but if you got the macros and want to experiment, adding another wet ingredient will change the variables of texture, cooking time, and taste.
Tag us in your cookie variant on IG: @VariantNutrition to be featured and connect with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how your experiment went!
16. What if I forget to flatten the cookies before baking?
You can't mess them up! Your protein cookie balls will puff up a bit and stay in sphere form with an extra doughy center.
17. Can the mix be microwaved?
In a pinch, yes! We found the best way to microwave the protein cookie mix is to take a serving size of the mix and add 2 tablespoons of water to a bowl. You'll want the mix a little wetter, like cake batter, then microwave.
We have this as one of our recipes in our More Than Cookies ebook. Check it out at https://www.variantnutritionmix.com/product-page/more-than-cookies-ebook
18. What is the shipping process like?
We ship from our facility in Florida, and you can expect to have Variant Nutrition protein cookie dough mix within 7 business days of placing your order. This is the estimated number of business days it takes until you will receive your order after placing it on the website.
*Business days do not include Saturdays, Sundays, or US holidays. This time includes processing and in-transit time for your order.
19. Do you sell internationally?
At this time, we're not able to ship to our international friends.
20. I didn't receive my package. Can you help?
We'll do what we can to help find your package, but ultimately this responsibility falls onto you and the carrier service.
Once we have shipped your order, USPS is responsible, and Variant Nutrition no longer has control over your item. If your package was stolen, lost, or sent to the wrong address, the customer is responsible for filing all claims with carrier service for the fastest and best assistance.
We want you to get your tasty order, so please leave us your correct shipping address and check with us at email@example.com.
21. How is the product made?
No secrets here! All Variant Nutrition protein cookie dough mixes are produced in an FDA-regulated kitchen that requires sanitization between the creation and packaging of EACH of our flavors, as well as between other companies to minimize the risk of trace contamination from allergens.
Our products are mixed, weighed, and hand-scooped by our team to ensure you get the most accurate macros in each bag of Variant Nutrition protein cookie dough mix.