Protein Brownies/Blondies (vegan, GF)

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I've been keeping a secret for about three weeks now (nope, not pregnant). It's the recipe to these homemade protein brownies. I noticed about a month ago that I had started relying pretty heavily on store bought protein bars to hold me over between meals. I decided that I wanted to either eat more whole foods snacks or make my own protein bars. I went with the latter. My original inspiration was this recipe, and then I continued to tweak it to my liking until I felt like it was share-worthy.

These brownies (or blondies!) are soft, delicious, and full of protein and fiber to balance blood sugar. Each serving contains 10 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, and a handful of other nutrients such as magnesium, potassium, manganese, vitamin B1, and antioxidants. I can't get over how delicious they are and have been making a batch (sometimes 2!) every week. 

Protein Brownies

Makes: 8 brownies

Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 15 oz. can black beans
  • 1/2 cup chocolate protein powder
  • 1/4 cup honey, maple, or agave syrup
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup cacao or cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350. Drain and rinse the black beans, and add them to a food processor or blender with the honey, almond butter, coconut oil, and vanilla. Blend until completely smooth, adding up to 1/4 cup water if needed. In a mixing bowl, combine the protein powder, cacao, and salt. Add the wet mixture to the dry one and stir well. You should have a fairly thick batter, almost the consistency of cookie dough. Use some coconut or olive oil to grease an 8 x 8" pan. (An 8 x 4" bread pan actually works just as well and gives you a thicker brownie).  Bake for 22-25 minutes. The brownies will still be mushy when they first come out of the oven but will firm up after an hour or so, especially if stored in the fridge. 

Protein Blondies

Makes: 8 brownines

Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 15 oz. can garbanzo beans
  • 1/2 cup vanilla flavored protein powder
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey, maple, or agave syrup
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Follow the same steps as the brownies, stirring in the chocolate chips in with the dry ingredients. 

Notes:

  1.  Sugar: Depending on how sweet your protein powder is, you may not even need a full 1/4 cup sweetener. I used Vega Sport Protein which is pretty sweet so I actually only used about a teaspoon of sweetener and they still taste pretty delightful.
  2. With this basic recipe you can easily add in anything else you want in your brownie; nuts, seeds, dried fruit, etc. I have been adding a couple tablespoons of vanilla flavored collagen powder and a teaspoon of ashwagandha to mine.

Give these a go, and I promise you won't be disappointed! Enjoy!

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