Dr. Mike’s Power Cookie for the 17 Day Diet

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Get the recipe for Dr. Mike's Power Cookie - a healthy alternative for breakfast or a snack!

Here’s the ever so popular Dr. Mike’s Power Cookie for the 17 Day Diet. It was created by the creator of the 17 Day Diet, Dr. Mike.

Now you’ll see ingredients on the recipe that aren’t necessarily on any cycle food list.

When you break it down, if you eat one cookie, the amount of any non-approved ingredient (such as agave nectar) are so minimal that it should be okay.

Enjoy Dr. Mike's Power Cookie recipe for the 17 Day Diet (approved for Cycles 2-4)
Photo Courtesy of Sara S.

Oh, and I should point out a few more things (I’ll reiterate them in the recipe just in case you miss them).

Each cookie counts as 1 protein and 1 natural starch, so make sure you eat one cookie before 2pm.

And one more thing to note, if you can’t find almond paste (it’s super high in sugar anyway), use 1 teaspoon of almond extract instead.

Additionally, olive oil in place of flax oil is fine, too.

Sara, who is a member of my private FB Group, told me the cookies were so yummy that she couldn’t keep her husband’s hands out of the cookie jar!

Other Low Carb Breakfast Recipes

If you enjoy Dr. Mike’s Power Cookie for the 17 Day Diet  and are looking for more low carb breakfast ideas with recipes for the 17 Day Diet, here are a few other healthy breakfast recipes you may want to try:

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Dr. Mike's Power Cookie for the 17 Day Diet


Enjoy Dr. Mike's Power Cookie recipe for the 17 Day Diet (approved for Cycles 2-4)

Dr. Mike's Power Cookie for the 17 Day Diet

Yield: 18 Cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes

This cookie could be breakfast, dessert or a snack - your choice!


  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons almond paste (substitute: 1 teaspoon almond extract)
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed oil
  • 10 packets of Truvia
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup vanilla whey powder
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • Vegetable cooking spray


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat together applesauce, almond paste, flaxseed oil, Truvia, and agave nectar.
  3. Beat in egg and vanilla. Mix well.
  4. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, pepper and whey powder. Beat thoroughly.
  5. Stir in oats, cherries, and almonds. Mix well.
  6. Drop the batter by large tablespoons onto a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with vegetable cooking spray.
  7. Divide dough so that you have 18 cookies. Flatten each cookie with the back of a spoon.
  8. Bake 16 to 18 minutes or until brown.
  9. Remove from oven. Cool and store in a plastic container.


Each cookie supplies 128 calories and can be enjoyed on the Activate, Achieve, and Arrive Cycles for breakfast or as a snack.

Each cookie counts as 1 protein and 1 natural starch. Use on Cycles 2 to 4.

Special Note: Almond paste is very high in sugar and it can be difficult to find. If you want, use 1 teaspoon of almond extract in place of the almond paste, and you'll be good to go!

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19 thoughts on “Dr. Mike’s Power Cookie for the 17 Day Diet”

  1. on th power cookies I like to use the dried cranberries instead of the dried cherries. Is there a reason for te dried cherries or is dried cranberries ok?

  2. I would love to try the power cookies, but I’m allergic to tree nuts. Are there any substitutions for the almond paste and slivered almonds?

    • I’m not sure steel cut oats would work very well in these cookies, so I think regular oats (quick or regular oats) would be better. I think either oil would be just fine. I personally like using coconut oil when I cook and it helps with weight loss!

    • Amy, I’d be pretty careful about adding additional sugar (agave is sugar). Using too much sugar (aka agave) could lead to spikes in blood sugar levels and you really want to avoid this is you’re looking to lose weight.

      If you use a brand of Stevia that only uses the Stevia leaf, it’s natural and not an artificial sweetener. Many brands out there use a blend of artificial sweeteners along with the stevia leaf extract, so you have to mindful of the nutrition labels and ingredient lists.

  3. I make my own almond paste (just throw almonds into the food processor: it’s much cheaper and readily available). Would it still be too high in sugar if it’s homemade with nothing added to the almonds?

    • Hi Mirel! It’s probably just fine the way you’re doing it. Honestly, I don’t know why almond paste is even used, because it really is high in sugar. You can make your own or use almond extract as a substitute.

    • Jen, I don’t have nutritional information on any of the recipes (yet! I will soon!!). I will say that the almond paste is REALLY high in sugar, so I think using the extract in its place would be better overall!

  4. Is there something else we could buy like a certain brand of granola bar or something else semi-sweet to replace power cookie? I don’t like the power cookie at all.

    • Leann, if you’re sticking by the book, low-fat granola can be eaten in Cycle 3. You’ll have to find something at the store (or find a low-fat recipe online to use).

  5. Hi, I was wondering if something else could could be used.as a substitute for the whole wheat flour such as coconut flour or almond flour?

    • Hi Marjorie! I’m not sure how either would work in this recipe for a lower carb option. I’d be more inclined to try it first with almond flour because it’s easier to bake with. I’m not sure how it would turn out with coconut flour, but if you do use coconut flour, you won’t need as much and you might have to increase your eggs, too. If you do try it out, please come back and let me know how it goes! Good luck!

    • If you’re looking at the ingredients on this recipe, it’s technically approved for only Cycle 3 (almonds and whole wheat flour). However, the doc has approved it for cycles 2 and 3 via the book (it’s likely an editing error as there are a few other recipes in the book that aren’t 100% accurate). With that said, if you want to stick to the diet 100% accurately, then this recipe along with your substitutions would be approved for Cycle 3 only. However, I’d say it’s probably OK for C2 days since the original recipe was approved for C2 as well and it would be lower carb anyway without using the whole wheat flour.


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