Not having a full time job for the past few months definitely allowed me to focus more on some of my favorite things and hobbies such as cooking, organizing, traveling and fitness related activities. I’ve grown to love being in the kitchen because of how much more I’m learning about proper nutrition. I’ve been practicing fairly healthy eating habits for the last few years, but definitely didn’t realize that some of the foods I consumed were not as great for me as I thought they were such as protein bars and “sugar free” items.
I have an uncontrollable sweet tooth and wake up craving dessert most days. I resort to fruit, smoothies and hot chocolate to avoid messing up my nutrition for the week. I’ve been baking with protein powder and coconut flour a lot lately trying to create recipes that are low in sugar and carbs. In an attempt to make dessert healthy and guilt free I used a combination of items in my kitchen last week and came up with these protein brownies that were delicious. I kept a few out as snacks and wrapped up the rest for the weekend. At around 60 calories a piece, it was the perfect pre/post workout snack.
38G Chocolate Whey Protein Powder – I used this one, but you can use any other whey chocolate powder
20G Cocoa Powder Unsweetened from Sprouts
20G Oat Flour (I measured 20G of rolled oats then blended it down before mixing)
0.5 cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce from Trader Joe’s
1 Large Egg
1 TBSP Honey – Organic from Sprouts
133G Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (use any milk you prefer)
35G Semi-sweet Chocolate Chunks from Trader Joe’s
5 Small Strawberries
1 TBSP Vanilla Extract
Spray 8×8 inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Take oatmeal and place in blender for 40-60 seconds until they resemble flour consistency. Place oat flour in mixing bowl and whisk together with protein and cocoa powder.
Grab another mixing bowl and whisk applesauce, egg, honey, vanilla and the almond milk until everything is smoothly combined. Add this mix to the dry ingredients and continue mixing. Take at least half (I measured 20G) of the chocolate chips and place in small bowl to microwave. Once melted stir into the brownie batter. Continue to pour the entire mixture in baking pan. Grab the remaining chocolate chips and top the brownie batter making straight lines across.
Slice the strawberries into thin pieces and place over the brownie batter. Bake for 18-25 minutes. Mine were done at 22 minutes and I placed them in the oven right as the pre-heat alarm went off. I cut into 12 pieces and wrapped individual ones in saran wrap.
I’ve been using Ultimate Nutrition Chocolate Creme protein powder to bake a lot recently and I highly recommend it. The texture blends really well. I’d also like to add that I did not add in any sugar or sugar substitutes to this recipe and each bite of the brownie tasted sweeter than the other. Like so freaking good.
Place the rest in the fridge and eat later with milk or coffee! The entire pan is less than 800 calories so even if you ate the entire pan…well it’s ok.