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 was bouncing around ideas on running and Spanish words and ended up thinking about brownies. Typical, always thinking about food.

Protein Brownies Recipe

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

if you give a mouse a cookie

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.

protein brownies recipe


  • 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
  • 1 egg or 1/3 cup egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 to 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!

baking with stevia

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 runnier than usual batter as the protein powder will soak up extra moisture.

healthy protein brownies recipe

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.

healthy protein brownies recipe

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

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

Love it.


          • G says

            I am also a proud brownie and not offended. Well, the thought of de-fatted de-sugared brownies may offend my taste buds. How is this different from diet soda?

          • says

            Monica, I know we’re supposed to take what you say with a grain of salt, but I find your use of the word ‘brownie’ offensive. I get that you don’t see it that way, but it’s a racial slur you promote by using it.

          • Denna says

            Great response to that comment. Anyone who thinks of something like that at first glance is just looking for trouble. I like the brownie idea and I want to try it! Do you know if I can use soy milk instead of almond milk?

      • 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 😀

    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!
    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

  19. Jane says

    I just made these brownies and my batch came out more dry and cake-like than chewy as your photos show. I used whey protein powder. Any ideas why? I made no substitutions.

  20. Leigh Ann says

    I made these tonight. I didn’t have baking stevia so I used 8 packets. Probably should have used 10-12. I added some mini chocolate chips too. They are great other than not being quite as sweet as I wanted. I used orgain organic protein powder and a little more than 1/2 cup almond milk was just right. Thanks!

    • Kim says

      I was wondering the same thing. It’s in the ingredient list, but it’s not listed in the instructions. Mine came out much different than the ones in the picture, so I’m not convinced it was really supposed to be in there. :)

  21. Hannah says

    I have my batch in the oven right now. I used muscle milk protien powder and topped them with chocolate chips, can’t wait to taste them!

  22. says

    I tried the protein brownies recipe and they turned out nothing like what the picture online looks like. I followed the recipe and they turned out dry and with the consistency of bread…any help?

    • says

      Yeah, I’ve made this recipe several times and they never looked like the picture again either. No idea why. But, mine are not dry – they are cake-y. It might be the protein powder. I use whey and 3/4 almond milk.

  23. Patrick Watt says

    I just baked these for the first time as of now. I got them in th oven at the moment. I’m nervous and excited at the same time. My fiancé usually does all the baking and cooking haha. Guess there’s a first time for everything.

    Other than that I can’t wait to try em out!! Thanks for this recipe, it helped me out all the way and it instructions were broken down into amazing steps.

    Thank you!!!

  24. Amanda says

    Do you think these would work with PB2 (powdered peanut butter) instead of almond butter? Obviously the peanut butter would be prepared so it would still be a half cup of creamy peanut butter, not just a half cup of powder. Just wondering!

  25. Heather says

    Haha! I’m Hispanic and I have refered to myself as a brownie forever. I have never heard anyone else doing this though.

  26. Hannah says

    These brownies are actually pretty amazing. I made mine with 2% milk and 1/2 c sugar and a mashed banana, and it tasted like wonderful chocolate peanut butterry banana bites. Props to you lady, this is a boss recipe.

  27. Lindsey says

    Just made these and they are AMAZING!! I used Pro-Nutra Fit 15 chocolate cookie protein powder and I only used 1/3 of peanut butter (next time I will add the 1/2c) I think using the 1/3c made them a tad more cake like instead of fudgey so I’ll be doing that next time. Also, this is whey protein powder and so yes it was a little more runny but I just added about 1tbs of coconut flour and that made it perfect! Thanks for this awesome recipe and will be making again! Just in case anyone is curious I used Wild Friends honey pretzel pb…..delicious!

  28. Kristina says

    I just made them! I am baffled by how this works without any kind of flour, but they are incredible! I can’t handle stevie though, so I used 1/2 cup of honey instead and I LOVE chocolate so I added a tablespoon of unsweetened coacoa! Best healthy substitute recipe I have ever had!

  29. Vicky says

    I’ve made these twice and they both came out really cakey :( i want them to look nice n chewy like yours lol the first time i thought the batter was too thick so i added more almond milk after so it was probably 3/4 cup. but the second time i only used 1/2 cup, and the batter was super thick, but i still left it. Still came out cakey… :( any suggestions?

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