Who doesn’t love a good brownie once in a while? Well, most of us trying to maintain or carve down to a healthy weight, right? Or maybe someone with a gluten allergy or sensitivity? Your traditional brownie doesn’t contain much more than sugar, butter, chocolate, a little flour and salt. It satisfies a craving, maybe, but with very little nutrition ROI.
I’ve been a dessert hacker since I was tall enough to stand at the counter with a mixing bowl. I love baking, but I hate extra sugar, salt and unnecessary fat. This easy protein brownie recipe is so much fun because it’s simple, yummy and not quite so terrible on your waistline as the original and is also boosted with a little added protein. The fact that they are gluten free is really just a bonus!
Easy Protein Brownie Recipe
- 1 cup Apolo Vanilla Ice Cream Milkshake Protein Powder
- 1/2 cup Sugar (or Sweetener of your choice)
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1/4 tsp Baking Powder (gluten free optional)
- 1/4 cup Coconut Oil (melted)
- 1/4 cup Apple Sauce
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 2 T Cocao Powder + 2 T Milk of your choice OR 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare pan by coating with coconut or spray oil.
- Mix together protein powder, sugar, salt and baking powder in a large bowl.
- In a small bowl, mix together coconut oil, apple sauce, eggs and vanilla.
- Add the wet ingredients the the dry and stir until well combined, do not over beat.
- Add chocolate of your choice:
- White Tiger: Remove 1 cup of batter into a small bowl and add cocoa powder and milk. Pour remaining vanilla batter into an 8×8 baking pan. Using a spoon, create two rows of chocolate batter on top and use a tooth pick to swirl.
- White Leopard: Add chocolate chips to batter and pour into 8×8 baking pan.
- Bake for 12-18 minutes*
- Remove from oven, let cool on a rack, cut into 16 squares and serve!
*Baking time makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE here, so keep a VERY close eye on them after about 10 minutes. You want to pull them out just before they become too dry. I haven’t quite nailed it myself. My White Tigers came out delicious, but potentially overcooked at about 18 minutes. My White Leopards came out even more delicious, but definitely undercooked at 15 minutes. I’d say pull them out just before you think they are done and do the tooth pick test. The edges will brown well before the center will cook.
Just The Nutrition Facts Ma’am
This is the coolest thing. Initially I wasn’t feeling that good about the nutrition because each little brownie still has about 100 calories, 4g of fat, 7g of sugar but did pack nearly 8g of protein. Then I ran the nutrition on a traditional brownie and holy cow! My White Tiger Protein Brownie Recipe has 24% fewer calories, 36% less fat, 46% less sugar and 4x the protein. Yahoo! I feel like a dessert hacking rockstar once again. Keep in mind this is for the White Tiger recipe. The White Leopard is a bit higher because chocolate chips have more sugar, fat and calories than cocoa powder, and are definitely more of “treat.”
Apolo Protein Powder from UnicoNutrition
I get to thank UnicoNutrition for sending me the Vanilla Ice Cream Milkshake protein powder and inspiring this recipe! I’ve used it in the blender as a recovery shake with the standard berries, spinach and other refueling goodness. But I just couldn’t bring myself to post another smoothie recipes and was really itching to get out my mixing bowls. I like this protein powder because it yummy (obviously) but also very efficient with only 120 calories per serving and 25g protein. It also has a little bit of fiber (2.5g per serving) which is not all that common in protein powders and makes it more filling.
Keep in mind that TeamUnico has way more than just protein powder to enhance your athletic endeavors! You can shop on their website and be sure to use “GALSRUN5″ to take $5 off your entire order (no order minimum). You can also use #TeamUnico to connect socially with them on FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.
What is your favorite protein powder dessert hack?
*Thank you to #TeamUnico for sponsoring today’s recipe!
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