Protein Brownies Recipe

I have been wanting to start a running club for me and my Hispanic friends and was brainstorming ideas on my run yesterday. I came up with a few winners… I was bouncing around ideas on running and Spanish words and ended up thinking about brownies. Figures.

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Anyway, if you give a mouse a cookie he’s going to ask for a glass of milk.

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And if you give a Monican time to think about brownies she’s going to get hungry. And when she gets hungry she’s going to think of a recipe to bake brownies when she gets home.

And I did.

Protein Brownies Recipe

This healthy brownie recipe is probably paleo and gluten free and over-analyzer-eater approved. But don’t hold me to that. All I know is they are easy to make and not 84% sugar like most brownies.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chocolate protein powder
  • 1/3 cup stevia OR 2/3 cup ‘real’ sugar (adjust depending on your protein powder’s sweetness)
  • 1/2 cup almond butter (or peanut butter)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup egg whites or 2 eggs
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup almond milk (start with 1/2 and add as needed until mix is like cake batter)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

I used this NuNaturals stevia baking blend. If you use ‘real’ sugar double it to 2/3 cup.

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Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Heat almond butter slightly in a microwave safe dish – 30 seconds or until easy to mix. Mix almond butter and stevia thoroughly. Add eggs, vanilla and almond milk. Mix protein powder, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl. Combine.

The batter was really thick so I started with 1/2 cup and added more until it was like  cake batter.

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Pour into very well greased 8×8 baking dish. Bake for 26 minutes or until set.

Cut. Eat. Repeat.

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Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Optional: Slather with nutella but that defeats the purpose. Or does it…

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Question: Did you read “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” as a kid?

Love it.

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Comments

      • Jaime says

        Not offensive at all considering the context, source and spirit of the statement. Hispanics are not a race. So, it is not racist. Of all the things I have been called because of my ethnicity, never once heard the term “brownie.” I do recall President Bush referring to his grandchildren as “little brown ones”. I can think of 20 terms that are actually offensive. Won’t post them so that my comment will get posted. Monica, feel bad for you because I read enough of your posts to know that it will bother you for a while that someone took offense to something so innocuous. Have a fun weekend at RNR San Fran. Wish I could do it. Did the Dallas one and loved it. My brown eyed girl and I will make the brownies tonight and submit our findings.

  1. Pam says

    I’ve read “if you give a mouse a cookie” to all the kids & they love it! Love your brownie recipe. I’ll have to try it!! I might throw some walnuts in it for a lil’ crunch. :)

  2. says

    What type of protein did you use? Whey? I’m vegan and I’ve soy protein and wheat protein in my kitchen now – not sure if they’ll work.

    • says

      It depends. Sometimes I’ll hear about another recipe that sparks an idea – like the Cinnamon Coffee Cake one. I saw it online a while back before finally trying to throw something similar together. I never follow a recipe in general so I end up just ‘making it up’ as I go along. When it works and I like it I post it.

  3. says

    These are the most beautiful protein brownies I’ve seen. Seriously. Normally, when I see protein brownies, they look oddly dark and a bit greenish (because of the black beans), but these look fudge-y and delectable!

    I know that they are meant to be brownies, hence the chocolate, but since I don’t have any chocolate protein powder at the moment, could you substitute vanilla protein powder and make peanut butter blondies with the recipe? Would it work?

  4. Tara says

    Never heard of the book.
    LOVE the brownies..I have yet to ‘bake’ with my protien powder, I need to get on that…I am just not a baker in general……

  5. says

    It was one my favorite books to read to my son…along with the rest of the collection including-Take a Mouse to the Movies, Give a Pig a Pancake and I believe Give a Moose a Muffin….

  6. says

    Definitely read that book, and “If You Give a Moose a Muffin”. I bet they’ve written a bunch of different ones by now. These look great- but then again I would literally eat anything that has to do with chocolate. Or brownies. Or nut butter.

  7. says

    Yes! Though I liked If you give a Moose a Muffin better, cause I thought moose were cooler :D

    And yum! I love Spirutein, but have always gotten the vanilla kind and only used it in smoothies. Never tried baking with protein powder before.

  8. Jen says

    I’m just making this and the batter is very thin and watery after adding a cup of almond milk. It doesn’t look anything like the picture you posted. Did you actually add a full cup or do you think the difference could be because I’m using a different type of protein powder?

      • Jen says

        I used whey protein so maybe that was it? I ended up adding 1/2 a cup of wheat flower and they turned out pretty good though. Just more like cake than brownies!

  9. says

    Monica, I’m so sorry people will find the silliest things you say to tear you down! We all read blogs by our own choice and you are the one opening up your life and sharing with others. Your blog is seriously one of my favorites! Your so honest and real and say it like it is. Your funny and I just love your blog and think we’d be great friends :) My husbands parents are Mexican and my husband was born and raised in California. He has been called every name in the book and is never offended. We often refer to our 3 little boys as the little brownies or frijoles and think it’s quite funny! What’s not to love about a delicious brownie anyways :) I’m going to have to whip up those brownies they look and sound delish, thanks for sharing! I have a yummy recipe for “Incrediballs” you should check out on my lame blog!

  10. says

    I hope you won’t let people ruin your day. People need to relax. I think you are hilarious and love reading your blog. I don’t think what you said was racist at all and actually find it quite ridiculous that anyone would say that. Thanks for always making me laugh :)

  11. Marilag says

    Making these right now! hehe using chocolate arbonne protein powder and soya milk instead of almond milk! Amazing recipe! Xxx

  12. July says

    WOW people need to take a pill and relax. I am hispanic and was so not offended by her comments, hnestly didn’t even notice it until everyone started commenting on it. NOT EVERYTHING IS ABOUT RACE PEOPLE. Chill out!

  13. Spammy says

    I made these yesterday and well I love baking and my mix was super runny like crepe batter! I had to add an extra cup of protein powder and 1 tsp of baking powder so it would bake properly. I did everything else to your recipe…is it meant to be 1 CUP almond milk or is that a typo? Even still with this happening mine turned out fabulous!

  14. crystal rains says

    Spammy August 7, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    I made these yesterday and well I love baking and my mix was super runny like crepe batter! I had to add an extra cup of protein powder and 1 tsp of baking powder so it would bake properly. I did everything else to your recipe…is it meant to be 1 CUP almond milk or is that a typo? Even still with this happening mine turned out fabulous!
    .
    Spammy,
    I believe you read the recipe wrong it reads”1/2 cup to 3/4 cup milk.. start with 1/2 c. then add more as needed”

  15. Madison says

    I know I’m a little late to the party, but these brownies were DELICIOUS! And as far as the “racist” context of the post that some users were offended by, I did not make that connection at all. I just figured you have a food-centered mind (like me! haha) and just ended up thinking of food -> baked goods -> ooh, brownies! I love your site and recipes and I hope the people who were offended didn’t bother you for too long!

  16. says

    just made these and oh, holy YUM. i didn’t have chocolate protein powder, so i just added 1/4 cup natural cocoa powder to the dry ingredients (using my vanilla protein powder) and they turned out perfectly chocolately.

  17. Kolby says

    Wow these were awesome! I used chocolate peanut butter protein & baked them in a muffin pan, (didn’t come out like brownies lol), but they were the best peanut butter muffins I have ever had. Thank you for the recipe!

  18. Alexandra K says

    Just made these and they are amazing! I used chocolate whey. I hate the taste of protein powder but you can’t even taste it! I added a few dark chocolate chips as well as a touch of unsweetened cocoa powder. My batter was very runny with only 1/2 cup of skim milk (didn’t have any almond milk in the house) but it turned out wonderful! Didn’t even need the full cook time

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