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Dieting sucks. You have to eat a lot of broccoli and hardly ever get sweets. So do blame us for being excited that Quest now makes protein cookies that are (semi) healthy?! We thought it would be fun, helpful exercise to compare the respective cookies from Quest and Lenny & Larry’s.
Quest Protein Cookie Review – Ingredients
In terms of ingredients, they’ve gone in somewhat different directions. Quest opted for whey and milk protein, as they have in most of their products in the past. As you can see below, the protein blend is listed first on the ingredient list. As you travel down the list, you see that they’ve sweetened the cookie with Erythritol, a sugar alcohol, and Steviol Glycosides, which is Stevia. I prefer this to some artificial sweetener, but I’m not a huge fan of sugar alcohols since it’s sort of hiding sugar because it is not on the nutritional facts portion of the label.
As for the nutrition facts, each cookie is listed as one serving size. It is 250 calories (150 from fat). Total carbs is 19g, but dietary fiber is 9g and sugar (technically) is less than 1g. Protein is 15g per cookie. Quest has slightly less protein than Lenny & Larry’s, however, it also has less than half the amount of carbs. You can see label for Lenny & Larry’s below.
Label from Quest chocolate chip cookie.
Clearly, there are other, better sources of protein out there, but if you just have to have a cookie, the Quest cookie is not a terrible option in terms of calories, protein content, fat, etc.
Also, it’s important to remember that, as of this post, Quest has four different flavors of their cookie. They have chocolate chip, double chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, and peanut butter. Each has slightly different nutritional facts and ingredients.
Quest Protein Cookie flavor options.
Quest Nutrition Cookie Review – Taste
We were universally impressed with the flavor of Quest’s protein cookie. The chocolate chip flavor is chewy and tastes pretty good, although it does have a hint of protein flavor/smell and is a little chalky. You’ll definitely want a glass of milk with this cookie…and that’s even more protein, so win-win!
Chocolate chip flavor from Quest.
The peanut butter and oatmeal raisin flavors are good as well, but we didn’t get a chance to try out the double chocolate chip cookies.
Quest Nutrition Protein Cookie Review – Price
You can check current pricing here on Amazon, but the MSRP for a 12-pack is $30, which is quite expensive if you ask us. We’ve seen them as low as $24, but still, that’s $2 per cookie.
Quest Cookie vs Lenny and Larrys Cookie – Taste Test
All six of us in the office prefer the taste of the Quest Cookie. With that said, Lenny & Larry’s is not bad—I’d eat one if you put it in front of me—but Quest was more chewy and soft with more of your traditional cookie flavor.
The Complete Cookie from Lenny & Larry’s is really the OG protein cookie. It’s been out for a while and they’re very popular. You see them at pretty much every GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, 24 Hour Fitness, etc. If you’ve tried a protein cookie before, chances are it was from Lenny & Larry’s (or Buff Bake or MuscleTech, but Lenny & Larry’s were the first).
L&L chocolate chip cookie.
Lenny & Larry’s Protein Cookie Review – Ingredients
As you can see below, L&L went for a different approach. Their cookies don’t have any eggs, dairy, or soy and they’re vegan, which is nice because there a lot of folks that won’t be able to eat the Quest cookies. The cookies also use pea and rice protein as their source of protein. In terms of other ingredients, you have wheat flour, cane sugar, etc. L&L doesn’t actually have an sugar alcohols or artificial sweeteners, which is nice.
For nutritional facts, each cookie is two servings. Believe me, this is monstrously-large and thick cookie (basically 50% larger than Quest). You most likely won’t be able to eat this cookie in one sitting and if you do, it will certainly fill you up. Quest is a cookie; this is a meal…hence the name ‘Complete Cookie’.
Label for chocolate chip flavor.
The only thing that I find interesting is that the protein content of each cookie only 16g. For a protein cookie of this size I’d expect it to have 32g of protein. Kind of a letdown there. I really think L&L should consider jamming in more protein. I get full off of these cookies, but there’s simply not enough protein (relatively speaking), especially when compared to Quest.
Lenny and Larry Complete Cookie Review – Taste
L&L was good, but it was far more chalky than was Quest. It also wasn’t as flavorful. If I had to choose, I’d go Quest in terms of taste, but L&L is not bad. Like I noted before, if you put one in front of me, I’d eat it. Also, as you can see in the chart below, there are multiple L&L flavors beyond just chocolate chip. I personally think the oatmeal raisin flavor is their best.
Breakdown of flavors for L&L cookies.
Lenny & Larry Complete Cookie Review – Price
Here’s probably the best part about L&L cookies. While the MSRP of L&L cookies is $30 for a 12-pack, you can frequently find them for under $20. You can check the current prices here on Amazon. In general, L&L is cheaper and more widely available than is Quest.
Quest vs Lenny & Larry’s Cookie – Final Verdict
It depends on the flavor, but for the most part, we did prefer the taste of Quest. However, Kaite wasn’t able to each the Quest cookie because she’s vegan. L&L was therefore her only option. So, there are circumstances where Quest definitely wins and L&L definitely wins.