4 Ingredient Flourless Protein Brownie Bites

Healthy flourless protein brownie bites needing just four ingredients and quick, easy and delicious! Made with no butter, oil, flour, grains or sugar, these brownie bites are naturally gluten free, vegan, paleo and dairy free! 

Healthy FOUR ingredient Flourless Protein Packed Brownie Bites- NO butter, oil, grains or flour needed to make these rich, dense, subtly sweet brownies packed with protein- A quick and easy snack which DON'T taste healthy! {vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

 

One of the most popular recipes on the blog JUST got a makeover.

Okay, fine.

There were NO frosted highlights.

There were NO short bob haircuts.

There were NO skin grafts.

There were NO tummy tucks.

There WAS some size reduction….

…Of the brownie variety, dirty birdies! 

Healthy FOUR ingredient Flourless Protein Packed Brownie Bites- NO butter, oil, grains or flour needed to make these rich, dense, subtly sweet brownies packed with protein- A quick and easy snack which DON'T taste healthy! {vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

The other day, Amanda and I were having one of chats, and the subject of mini muffins was brought up. That somehow morphed into her most popular recipe (the banana oat Greek yogurt muffins) and my most popular recipe- The flourless protein brownies

The flourless protein brownies are hands down, one of my most made and most popular recipes and with good reason. They are ridiculously fudgy and hold really well, and when refrigerated, they have the best texture ever, you’d be fooling yourself into thinking they were actually healthy…but they are! I think a big reason for their popularity is that unlike traditional brownies, these contain no butter, flour, grains or sugar. They also contain one KEY ingredient which has made my fitness savy readers happy- A boost of protein, thanks to some protein powder. 

Anyway, back to the conversation Amanda and I were having. We both thought it would be fun to see how our respective recipes would turn out in a different form- Hers in miniature muffin form and mine in brownie bite form. 

Healthy FOUR ingredient Flourless Protein Packed Brownie Bites- NO butter, oil, grains or flour needed to make these rich, dense, subtly sweet brownies packed with protein- A quick and easy snack which DON'T taste healthy! {vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

These healthy flourless protein brownie bites are like their original version, only in more portable, bite-sized form. They only need four basic ingredients, so basic you should have them in your pantry/counter top right this minute. If not, well….can we praise some neighborly love? They are super fudgy and depending on which combination of ingredients you use (see notes and tips below), produce the gorgeous crackly tops and a ridiculously fudgy texture. They are also suitable for those following a vegan, gluten free, paleo and dairy free lifestyle! 

For my fitness lovers, these make it SO much easier for you- Simply enjoy a couple pre or post workout for a balanced snack. For my healthy dessert lovers, these satisfy your sweet tooth, without all the usual sugar-laden culprits. For my decadent brownie lovers

Don’t make this.

Just being real.

Let’s face it. They are still ‘healthy’ brownies so you need to make them with this intent.

Healthy FOUR ingredient Flourless Protein Packed Brownie Bites- NO butter, oil, grains or flour needed to make these rich, dense, subtly sweet brownies packed with protein- A quick and easy snack which DON'T taste healthy! {vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

So let’s talk more specifics about these flourless brownie bites. I’m going to try to break down as many potential questions/troubleshooting as possible, many of them stemming from the original recipe. 

NUMBER 1-

PROTEIN POWDER! 

If there is one thing I preach consistently on here, is that no protein powder is created equal. (Well, besides no coconut flour is created equal either…)

I have three stand-by protein powders I use in EVERY single recipe which calls for protein powder- A vegan protein powder blend, a casein protein powder blend, and a paleo protein powder blend.

You may notice one popular kind missing- Whey. From my personal experience, I’ve found using whey (strict whey, not blends) to produce an either extremely sticky texture (in non-baked goods) or at the opposite end of the spectrum- Really chalky. However, based on reader feedback, many of you had success using this whey protein powder

Out of all those kinds, my favorite is the casein protein powder or the vegan protein powder– They both have a super fudgy texture and actually bake really well, as long as you bake according to instructions (and not letting them dry out!). The paleo protein powder is less sweet than both, but has similar baking capabilities, if not a little less tender. 

NUMBER 2-

BANANAS! 

I think there is a huge distinction between those who love bananas and those who don’t enjoy bananas. As you can see, bananas play a huge factor in this recipe as it is the starch base. However, there are tested alternatives. If you don’t enjoy bananas (or find them overpowering), you can use mashed pumpkin or mashed sweet potato. If you go the latter route, make sure your protein powder is sweetened and/or add some chocolate chips throughout- The banana lends a natural sweetness which is lost if you don’t use it. 

Healthy FOUR ingredient Flourless Protein Packed Brownie Bites- NO butter, oil, grains or flour needed to make these rich, dense, subtly sweet brownies packed with protein- A quick and easy snack which DON'T taste healthy! {vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

HACK #1! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE grease the mini muffin tin very well- There is a good reason only 10 or so brownie bites made the photos.

10 brownie bites out of 36. 

HACK #2– The crackly tops are what is SO hard to achieve with protein baked goods but as you can see from these recipes, it is totally possible. The casein protein powder works best to achieve it, followed by the vegan protein powder. The paleo one didn’t work naturally, but there is a way to achieve it- Once the brownies seem ‘just’ cooked (and when you remove them from the oven), lightly press down on the tops with the back of spoon to create your own cracks before allowing to cool.

Alternatively, you can also sprinkle a dash of your favorite granulated sweetener over the tops. I’ve used this stevia blend and this coconut sugar blend and both have worked well. 

Make these healthy 4 Ingredient Flourless Protein Brownie bites and let’s embrace this new makeover.

SOME good things come in small packages.

ZING. 

Healthy 4 Ingredient Flourless Protein Brownie Bites

Healthy flourless protein brownie bites needing just four ingredients and quick, easy and delicious! Made with no butter, oil, flour, grains or sugar, these brownie bites are naturally gluten free, vegan, paleo and dairy free!
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Servings15
AuthorArman @ thebigmansworld

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mashed bananas can sub for sweet potato or pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup smooth almond butter can sub for peanut butter, cashew butter or a nut butter alternative
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1-2 scoops of protein powder see above content for tested recommendations

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a mini muffin tin with mini muffin liners- For smaller brownie bites, you'll need at least 15. Ensure each muffin tin in greased generously.
  • In a high speed blender or mixing bowl, combine all your ingredients and blend/mix until smooth.
  • Pour brownie mixture into each muffin tin, filling until just full. As there is no baking powder needed, they generally won't rise.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until a skewer/toothpick comes out just clean. Allow to cool in the muffin tin completely. For best results, refrigerate once cooled for several hours.

Notes

Brownie bites need to be kept refrigerated but taste amazing from the freezer too.
If you mix by hand, you may have some banana chunks throughout.
Brownie bites are not overly sweet- Feel free to add chocolate chips throughout for added sweetness.
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78 thoughts on “4 Ingredient Flourless Protein Brownie Bites

  1. Yesss I love brownie bites! If I ever get dessert cravings, I usually only want a couple bites, so mini brownies are perfect for this. Trader Joe’s makes my favorite kind, but these are obviously much better for you. Only thing missing is the sea salt on top! 😉

  2. Wait. Good things come in small packages? I thought good things came in large packages? Like ridiculously oversized packages. Like a ridiculously large box fill with these mini-muffin brownies. Just imagine how awesome that would be! Love the way you mixed it up and changed the shape of these bad boys. Sounds quite tasty, mate!

      1. I am allergic to bananas and very much appreciate your alertnatives for this recipe! Banana allergies are more common than most think and is a cross reactor for those with latex allergies.

  3. These are beautiful– they look so much like a regular brownie! I steer clear of most vegan protein powders because I am allergic to soy and peas, and pea protein is usually in those blends– but the rice one I could try! I use whey in my smoothies, and you’re right– it’s awful in baked goods!

  4. I have never bought protein powder. Is there a standard sized scoop that comes with it? If not could you give a Tablespoon measurement? I have also never used muffin tins that are not teflon. Is it necessary to grease those so the liners won’t stick? And what kind of grease, oil, butter, spray, or Crisco works?

  5. How about I take a brownie tin and scoop everything out with a spoon or my bare hands? Does that work? XD ANYWAYS, your brownie creations never fail to strike me fancy! LOVE LOVE this!

  6. Perhaps I missed it, but are you able to tell us how many carbs, etc., there are in these? My dil is diabetic and I’m always looking for low-carb treats. I’m going to try these simply because they sound so yummy! Thanks much.

  7. Did you use normal bananas that are appropriate for eating plain (as in, still yellow) or were they really ripe and smushy like you would use for banana bread?

  8. I just made these !!
    I had a little trouble mixing my ingredients , but I think I need new appliances ! ((Mixer))
    They are in the oven & I cannot wait to try!! ❤️

      1. Tried these this afternoon. Used 1/2 cup banana and 1/2 cup puréed pumpkin. Used UMP chocolate protein powder (the BEST tasting protein powder, imho). Used chunky almond butter, and did not add any sweetener. They are Devine… yummy. Calculated per mini (based on 18 count mini muffin pan) : 61 calories, 4.5 carbs and 3.6g protein each. Thank you!!

  9. So on a mega-baking day i tried these doing everything i think you said not to – even with vanilla whey protein, ungreased pans (but cute liners) and an apparently questionable ability to set an oven timer, they were pretty darn good. Very good. Almost gone good. so thank you for another addition to my “keeper” file!! I should have a “don’t think i could really fail” file.

  10. I am just getting back into weightlifting and eating healthy, so am still having a hard time adjusting my taste buds, etc. I made these tonight and honestly expected to have to choke them down and imagine they are real brownies. WRONG! My mouth, it was so excited! I’ve eaten 4 little bites already- dangerous! My blender is junk, so i used my kitchen aid mixer and beat the heck out of my bananas to get rid of lumps. I bought this protein powder to use (for this recipe & shakes) and it is sooo good!!!! Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Casein Protein Powder, Chocolate Supreme- bought on Amazon. Thank you for the yummy recipe and all the great tips!!

  11. Hey arman I just wanted to ask, how long can these brownie bows be kept refrigerated or in the freezer if I sub pumpkin for the banana? thanks so much!

  12. I’m allergic to Bananas (and coconuts just in case that’s another suggestion), is there anything else I could use?

  13. I tried a REALLY tasty version of this. I used organic chocolate fudge protein, almond butter, cocoa powder, and BEET PURÉE. However, I made my purée from beet flour and water. Once mixed the “puree” had the consistence of a more grainy mashed potato. All mixed together, it was too dry so I added some lefter over cooled down coffee that I had sitting on the counter. The batter was SO good. The beets wonderfully sweetened it and complimented the chocolate flavor. If I were to do this again, I think I’d make truffles out of a drier batter because it was so good and had the appropriate consistency. To be honest, in muffin form, they were a bit disappointing because they didn’t really harden. Still tasty, but next time I wouldn’t bake them or else I’d add an egg or baking powder or something. All in all delish and very healthy!!

  14. I haven’t made these with bananas yet but have alternated sweet potato and canned pumpkin a few times. I started adding a little bit of honey and enjoy life dairy and soy free chocolate chips. I do have to add water to the batter because it’s so dry and I end up with about 20-34 minis. I really like them!

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