Are you an ardent lover of brownies? Were you going strong on your diet until that fateful encounter with a gooey chocolate brownie? If yes, then you’re not alone. You and quite possibly the majority of this world has a soft spot and incurable weakness for brownies.
After all, they are our number one comfort food. They can brighten your day through almost anything. Ranging from a nasty breakup to irritating flu, brownies are forever the emotional cure.
Given this fact that we can’t resist brownies, what can you do to make them healthy?
That’s exactly where we step in. These are some of those tried and tested “as tasty as a real brownie recipe” that is just the lifesaver we all need right now.
All you need is a natural substitute for sugar and your favorite protein powder in chocolate flavor, and you’re good to go.
Also, these brownies are gluten-free too, so you can feel free to binge on them without feeling guilty or scared of allergic reactions.
Check out the recipes below:
Chocolate whey protein brownies
This healthy concoction of protein, chocolate, and almond milk is about to send you right over the top. The recipe has no all-purpose flour included, making it completely gluten-free and also has no milk involved, making it lactose-free too. So, this is a go-to recipe for all you folks who are gluten and lactose intolerant too.
- 3/4 cup chocolate protein powder
- 1/2 cup peanut butter or almond butter
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 cup stevia or 1/2 cup sugar (adjust this part based on your protein’s sweetness)
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 tsp organic vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 – 1 cup almond milk (start with 3/4 and add if needed)(can be sweetened or unsweetened, adjust your brownie mix’s sweetness based on this too)
Also read: How to make the best chocolate cookies ever
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix your protein powder and almond milk, while heating the almond butter slightly in a microwave for about 30 seconds. Do this until the butter is easy to mix.
3. Mix the butter, almond milk-protein powder mix with the remaining ingredients.
4. To this mix, slowly add almond milk starting from 1/2 cup till you reach a consistency that’s little less thick than regular brownie mix as the protein powder will soak up more moisture.
5. Heat in a well greased baking tray (8X8) for 20-26 minutes.
Black bean protein brownies
- 1 1/2 cups black beans (1.15-oz can drained and rinsed very well) (250g after draining)
- A pinch of pure stevia(natural sweetener), or 2 tbsp sugar of any kind
- 7 tbsp chocolate protein powder (this can be any chocolate flavored whey protein powder) (45g)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 tbsp dutch or regular cocoa powder (15g)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/3 cup to 2/3 cup chocolate chips (Not optional; omit at your own risk.)
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup or agave or honey (Honey is not for strict vegans.) (75g)
- 3 1/2 tbsp coconut or vegetable oil (35g)
- 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine all ingredients except for the chocolate chips in a food processor for a smooth consistency.
3. Fold in chocolate chips into the batter.
4. Fill the batter in a well-greased baking tray (8X8) and heat for 16-18 minutes.
5. Refrigerate overnight for perfectly firm and tasty black bean brownies.
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