4 Ingredient flourless brownies packed with protein and 100% guilt-free! These gooey and fudgy protein brownies are your new post-workout snack!
Are protein brownies good for you?
Not often do you hear a recipe with the words brownies in it healthy, but these are good for you!
Made with healthy and wholesome ingredients, they are PACKED with protein (over 68 grams in the entire recipe!) and contain healthy fats and are super low carb.
Unlike commercial protein brownies (store-bought ones!), these have no fillers, no additives and take 20 minutes to whip up.
Can I add protein powder to baked goods?
When it comes to using or adding protein powder in baked goods, you need to be incredibly careful as to what brand, type, and consistency you use.
I must admit, I’ve had MANY failures in which the successful result was achieved by simply replacing the protein powder used. There is the assumption that baking with protein powder results in hockey pucks or a hot (non-edible) mess.
Whey Protein Powder Brownies
From experience, I do not recommend using whey protein powder for any of my recipes. Whey tends to make the batter extremely liquid-like but once it is cooked, it becomes dry and brittle- not something we want in a recipe.
Instead, I trialed this with 3 different types-
All three options work, but only the vegan protein powder produced the crackly tops that you find on fudgy brownies.
To ensure you achieve this crackly top, sprinkle some granulated sweetener on top (either coconut palm sugar or another granulated sweetener).
Craving chocolate? Make these Brownie Bites– They taste like raw brownies!
Best Protein Brownies Recipe
These flourless protein brownies need just four ingredients to whip up! They are rich, soft and decadent, you’d be fooled into thinking they were actually healthy!
Protein Brownie Ingredients
Unlike traditional brownies, these contain no butter, flour, sugar or oil. Instead, a combination of mashed fruit (or vegetables), nut butter and protein powder gives it the extremely dense and creamy texture!
Unlike traditional brownies, these fit ALL the major diet groups- They are 100% paleo, vegan, gluten-free, keto-friendly and super low carb!
How to make fudgy protein brownies from scratch
You’ll start by adding all your ingredients into a high-speed blender or food processor. Blend the ingredients together very well, until fully combined. If desired, add some chocolate chips. Then, transfer the batter into a lined pan and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a skewer comes out ‘just’ clean. While the brownies are still hot in the pan, lightly press your hand over the top, to form un-natural cracky tops.
Allow the brownies to cool in the pan completely, before drizzling with chocolate and slicing up.
Ingredient Substitution and Swaps
To lower the carbs and make these brownies keto-friendly, swap out the banana for mashed pumpkin. If you do opt for this, be sure to add some sweetener to it (keto maple syrup, liquid stevia etc).
Swap out the almond butter for any smooth/drippy nut butter- Peanut butter works great. Keep it nut-free by using sunflower seed butter.
Want to leave out the protein powder? Make these brownies instead.
How to enjoy protein brownies- Storing and Freezing
These taste 200% more amazing once cooled and refrigerated. I swear they get so much more dense and fudgy, it takes it to another level!
Store leftover protein brownies in a sealed container in the fridge. Leaving them at room temperature will see them spoil easily. They will keep fresh for at least 2 weeks.
Protein brownies are freezer friendly and can also be stored in the freezer. Place wrapped brownies in individual ziplock bags or place them all in a freezer-friendly container.
PS- These protein brownies are great for kids, so throw a few in a lunchbox or as an after school snack!
Still craving more chocolate? Try this Homemade Nutella.
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Watch the step-by-step video below
Four Ingredient Flourless Protein Brownies
- Preheat the oven the 180C/350 degrees, grease a square pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a blender, food processor or large mixing bowl, combine the bananas, cocoa powder, protein powder, and almond butter and blend/mix until smooth. Fold through chocolate chips if using them.
- Pour the mixture into the greased pan and bake for around 18-20 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from the oven gently press down with your hands to create crinkly tops. Allow to cool before drizzling with chocolate and slicing.