Chocolate Protein Brownies

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Got the craving for something sweet? Something chocolate? After all your efforts of maintaining healthy nutritional habits, all of a sudden it hits you! The dreadful test of willpower to reject your Hershey bar another night and opt out for a protein shake, nut butters, and raw veggies that by now are tasting like mud and hay.

Well how about we try and use that protein powder and see how dynamic we can be with it. Lets crush the sweet crave and march forward with our head help up high and a smile on our face because you are about to make and taste some amazing chocolate protein brownies!

Lets get started!

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 cups quick oats grounded
  • 2 scoops protein powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tbsp cocoa

    Wet ingredients:

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup Splenda
  • 8 oz of berry purée
  • 4 oz of water or chocolate almond milk (increases carbs and calories)

    Directions:

    Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix dry ingredients. Different types of protein powders can change the taste, and nutrient profile. I suggest to use a protein powder that is low calorie, low fat, low sodium, in either vanilla or chocolate. You already been experimenting baking or cooking with protein powder you will find that vanilla is more dynamic. For this recipe I used my usual chocolate protein because its the best tasting, and one of the cleanest protein powders i can find, and I was satisfied with the outcome. Heres a picture of the protein I use.

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    After mixing dry ingredients, proceed to mix wet ingredients to a frothy consistency. The berry purée replaces our normal butter and oil and will enhance the chocolate flavor. You can experiment with different types of berry or fruit purée from apple sauces to even baby food. Depending on how moist you like your brownies the additional 4 oz of fluid will moisten the texture. Today I used water because there’s no calories, but you can also use almond milk.

    Mix dry and wet ingredients and prep your 8×8 glass Pyrex dish with non fat cooking spray. Pour in the magic chocolate concoction and pop in the oven for 25-30 min. When done set aside for 5-10 min to cool and cut into 16 squares. Serve and enjoy the magic!

    Nutrient profile:
    Serving 2 bars
    96 calories
    1.4 grams fat
    12 grams carbs
    10 grams protein

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    Homemade Protein Bars

    Ingredients

    2 scoops Chocolate Whey Protein Powder
    3 tbsp Peanut Butter, Smooth
    2 cups Oats
    5 Egg Whites
    3 Bananas, Medium
    1 ounce Honey
    4 ounces Skim Milk or Almond milk
    1.5 tsp Cinnamon

    Cooking Instructions

    Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

    Place the oats in a blender or food processor and pulse until they reach a flour-like texture. Now place the oats in a mixing bowl and add in the cinnamon and chocolate whey protein powder. Next add in the peanut butter and mix thoroughly.

    Mash your bananas and add them to this mixture, along with the honey and egg whites. Mix well. Finally, add the skim milk and mix again.

    Pour batter into a 9×9 or 9×13 greased baking pan. You may also use a pan lined with parchment paper.

    Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the pan. Allow the bars to cool and then cut into 6 bars.

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