Gluten-Free Healthy Chocolate Protein Brownie Recipe
With the added benefits of Superfoods
If you're like me and a chocolate monster, finding a way of eating it without overdosing on sugar, fat and calories is the answer to our chocolate prayers. This gluten-free recipe has a rich chocolate taste, dense texture and is boosted with protein and superfood making it a healthier, smarter choice.
Whether you're having friends over and want to serve something healthy but less boring than raw vegetables, or it's just you wanting to get that chocolate fix, try these superfood brownies which take under an hour including cooking time! Because let's be honest, we all have better things to do than spending hours baking.
Make them more easy to share by baking them as cupcakes
- Have a celebration? You can use a 9" cake pan to bake the perfect celebration cake as they rise pretty well.
There are variations of this recipe on the web but many use artificial sweeteners rather than natural sugars as well as low-grade chocolate such as baking cocoa.
In this recipe, I've used all natural, organic, vegan ingredients including the super food, raw cacao. These ingredients are more expensive than lower quality, processed, chemicals so I want to explain the importance of making the investment, as you're making an investment to your health.
Raw cacao is unsweetened; naturally rich in anti-oxidants, fiber, magnesium, flavanols, and polyphenols; so now you can eat these as a guilt free treat whilst nourishing your body.
Raw Agave Nectar
I used raw agave nectar (natural sweetener from the agave plant) instead of an artificial sweetener since it has a low glycemic index (preventing spikes in blood sugar) and is 25% sweeter than table sugar so you need less. You can also substitute for stevia.
I love using cinnamon and vanilla for extra flavor and cinnamon gives just such a wonderful aroma and Winter comfort. All of these ingredients can be found at Wholefoods.
Spoiler Alert! Don't be fooled into thinking these are going to taste like your 500-1000 calorie brownies, they won't, sorry! However, when you're trying to eat clean they are a nice sweet treat/sugar fix so you feel like you aren't missing out on dessert or a snack and they are so easy for an 'on-the-go' snack.
Play around with the recipe, you may want to add more agave sweetener since the cacao isn't as sweet as baking cocoa, more spices or more protein powder and less oat flour to increase the protein content. If you want to add more fat you could top with any natural nut butter or to cheat a little you can add a tiny scraping of chocolate spread or Nutella on the top just to add sweetness and make it a real treat. It may add a few calories but if it stops you reaching for the full-on brownie version then it's still mission accomplished.
Enjoy and feel free to comment below on what you like to do to the recipe yourself to change it up.
Here's to healthy, clean and happy living.
Chocolate Protein Bars
Calories: Approx 96
Fat: 1.4 grams
Carbs: 12 grams
Protein: 5-10 grams
1 cup Oat Flour
4 Egg Whites
2 scoops Labrada ISO Lean Pro or similar Protein Powder
½ cup -Raw agave blue agave (You can use Splenda, Truvia, or Ideal if you can't find agave)
½ tsp Baking Soda
3 tbsp Organic Raw Cacao Powder (vegan, organic, kosher, raw).
1tsp vanilla, 1 tsp cinnamon (or spices of your choice)
1. Preheat oven to 365 degrees.
2. Mix dry ingredients (oat flower, lean body protein powder, baking soda, raw cacao and spices) together in a large bowl.
3. Mix wet ingredients (egg whites, Agave,Water, vanilla) together in a medium-sized bowl.
4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix together thoroughly.
5. Add batter to dish (spray the dish with non-stick butter if you must. I don't, it's easy to clean the dish after by allowing it to soak in hot soapy water for a while)
6. Bake 20-30 minutes in the oven. (Don't panic if it seems to stay liquid in the center for a while, I promise if you cook it long enough it will turn to into cake. Keep an eye the last few minutes of baking as it will suddenly set and continue to set more once out of the oven and cooling).
Makes 16 squares, serving size=2 bars.
I hope you love this Gluten-Free, healthy, chocolate protein brownie recipe as much as my family and I do. If you love chocolate, why not try making the Ultimate Chocolate Pudding Recipe. Oh Yes! It's also healthy, raw and vegan!