Running and eating are my two favorite things in the world. And oddly enough when I’m doing one I’m often thinking about the other. So when I was running this morning my mind wandered off to thinking about food. This happens all the time. And today I started dreaming about having a delicious brownie.
But, I am really trying to clean up my diet (and my life) so I knew I wanted to have a ‘healthy brownie’. So I thought up this brownie recipe using protein powder, egg whites and almond butter. This replaces the usual sugar, oil and flour in usual brownie recipes. Try it when you need a delicious treat and don’t want to derail your diet.
If you give a mouse a cookie he’s going to ask for a glass of milk.
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.
3/4 cup chocolate protein powder
1/4 cup stevia OR 1/2 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
2 eggs or 1/2 cup egg whites
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup almond milk (start with 1/2 and add as needed until mix is like cake batter)
I used this NuNaturals stevia baking blend. If you use ‘real’ sugar double it to 1/2 cup. I bet these would be more moist/fudgey if you used honey!
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 almond milk and added more until it was like cake batter. It should be a little thinner than usual brownie batter as the protein powder will soak up extra moisture.
Pour into very well greased 8×8 baking dish. Bake for 26 minutes or until set.
Cut. Eat. Repeat.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Optional: Slather with nutella but that defeats the purpose. Or does it…
Question: When was the last time you have a brownie?
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