These healthy protein brownies are fudgy, pillowy, and intensely chocolatey. They're so good that you'd never even notice they're loaded with protein powder! Best of all, this protein brownies recipe has less than 10 ingredients and takes under an hour to make.
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The Best Protein Brownie Recipe
Sometimes, after a long day or an intense workout, you really just want to indulge in something sweet.
But, instead of grabbing storebought brownies - or making a batch from a box mix - why not treat yourself to some homemade protein brownies that are actually healthy?
These protein brownies have a decadent, fudgy texture and are made with your favorite chocolate whey protein powder and melty chocolate chips.
And unlike regular brownies, these protein powder brownies can help you reach your daily protein goals, curb your sweet tooth, and keep you full and satisfied longer. Did I mention they're also low carb, sugar free, and gluten free?
Seriously, these whey protein powder brownies will change the way you think of protein snacks from now on. They're healthier, just as easy to make, and taste just as good as traditional brownies! Best of all, they have 10 grams of protein per serving!
Whether you're recovering from a workout, in the mood for a chocolatey treat, or trying to make a healthy snack for yourself and your family, this protein brownie recipe will definitely satisfy any craving - and won't leave you feeling the sugar crash after. My all-time favorite way to eat them is warm with a scoop of my vanilla protein ice cream.
Honestly, I'd put this protein brownie recipe right up there next to my chocolate protein mug cake as my top favorite chocolate protein powder dessert. It's easily one of my favorite high protein desserts ever!
- Sugar free chocolate chips- my favorite ones to use are Lily's, but any sugar free chocolate chips work great.
- Coconut oil- use refined for a neutral flavor.
- Almond Flour- to keep the brownies lower in carbs and calories.
- Chocolate protein powder- I like to use chocolate whey protein. Plant based protein powders work too. If you're looking for a new one to try, check out my low calorie protein powder list.
- Granulated erythritol- granular swerve, granular monk fruit sweetener, or any other erythritol-based sweetener works best. Coconut sugar works, too, if you don't mind the added sugar.
- Vanilla extract
How To Make Protein Brownies
So, in just 45 minutes you can have a plate of these freshly baked healthy protein brownies ready to be devoured.
This gluten free recipe makes about 8 large protein powder brownies, but you can always cut them into smaller squares and the recipe will yield about 16 brownies.
Anyway, let's not waste any more time. Let's jump right into it!
Step 1: Prepare The Ingredients
First, preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
Next, line a square pan - I used an 8" x 8" with parchment paper. Any size pan will work - the smaller the pan, the thicker the brownies
Then, place a cup of chocolate chips along with the coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in the microwave at 1 minute intervals until the mixture has fully melted.
In between each interval, give the chocolate mixture a stir to evenly incorporate the chocolate chips and coconut oil together.
Step 2: Make the Batter
Once your chocolate chips are fully melted, you can get started on the batter for these protein powder brownies.
To make the batter, add the almond flour, chocolate protein powder, granulated erythritol (or coconut sugar), eggs, and vanilla to the melted chocolate mixture and stir until smooth. You can transfer everything to a large mixing bowl if needed.
You'll want to fold these ingredients into the melted chocolate until just incorporated. Be sure not to overmix, as this could result in dense brownies.
Next, pour the batter into your prepared pan and sprinkle the rest of the chocolate chips over the top.
Step 3: Bake The Protein Brownies
Now that the protein brownie batter is in the pan spread it out evenly and bake your protein powder brownies in the oven for 25 minutes. You can check their doneness with a toothpick - if it comes out clean, they're ready.
By the way, if your brownies seem a little soft in the middle when you pull them out, don't worry - they'll firm up once they're out of the oven.
Finally, let the brownies cool a little bit, then cut them into squares and serve. If you want, you can serve them with cashew butter, almond butter, or peanut butter on top for a little extra protein.
How To Store These Brownies
As I mentioned, this protein brownie recipe will make about 8 large brownies or 16 small brownies, depending on how you cut them. And they're so addictive that you'll probably want to double or triple the recipe!
If there's another thing these healthy protein brownies are good for, it's storing them in the freezer and pulling them out at a moment's notice, so making the extra batches is a pro move.
With that said, these protein powder brownies will keep in an airtight container for 3-4 days on the counter, about 1 week in the fridge, and up to 3 months in the freezer stored in a freezer-safe bag.
How To Reheat Brownies
Now, of course, your brownies can easily be eaten right from the counter or fridge at room temperature, but nothing can beat a warm, ooey gooey brownie!
I like to pop my protein brownie in the microwave for about 10 seconds or until thoroughly warm and soft. There really is nothing better than a warm brownie, especially with some ice cream.
FAQS About This Protein Brownies Recipe
Can you bake with protein powder?
Yes, you can absolutely bake with protein powder! This is a great way to add extra protein to your diet and to make desserts be a little healthier. You can pretty much add it to any baked goods recipe as long as you have the measurements of everything right.
What makes fudgy brownies?
The best way to make fudgy brownies is by adding chocolate chips or mini chocolate chips. This recipe for protein brownies uses melted chocolate chips to make the batter, and then it calls for sprinkling the brownies with more chocolate chips or mini chocolate chips before baking. This results in the fudgiest brownies, and it's the best way to make sure they don't turn out dry.
What are protein brownies made of?
Protein brownies are made of protein powder, almond flour, a sugar substitute, eggs, vanilla extract, and coconut oil.
Why are my protein brownies dry?
Your protein brownies are dry because you either baked them for too long or didn't add ingredients like chocolate chips to make them moist and fudgy.
My Final Thoughts On This High Protein Brownie Recipe
Well, that's how to make protein brownies that taste just as delicious as regular brownies!
These protein powder brownies are the perfect dessert after a long day or a tough workout. They also just make a great healthy snack, especially if you're craving chocolate or something with a fudgy texture. And you'd never guess they have 10 grams of protein per serving!
For what it's worthy, my favorite way to enjoy these protein brownies is warmed up and served with a healthy scoop of my low carb ice cream.
But if I'm going to be honest, I probably eat most of these brownies right out of the pan before I even get a chance to cut them!
Anyway, I hope you like this brownie recipe as much as I do. If you like them, be sure to leave a comment and let me know how it went!
MORE PROTEIN RECIPES
If you want to give some more protein recipes a try, I have a ton on the blog that I think you'll really like!
Give one of these a shot next:
- Protein blueberry muffins
- Protein cinnamon rolls
- Protein waffles
- Protein balls
- Protein donuts
- Protein oatmeal
- Protein french toast
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Line a square pan (8” x 8”) with parchment paper.
- Place 1 cup of chocolate chips and the coconut oil in a bowl and heat in the microwave in 1 minute intervals, stirring between each, or until fully melted.
- Add the almond flour, chocolate protein powder, granulated erythritol, eggs, and vanilla to the chocolate mixture and stir until smooth.
- Fold the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture until just incorporated (don’t overmix).
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the remaining ½ cup of chocolate chips over the top.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Let them cool, cut into squares, and serve.
Nutrition Information:Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 215Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 10g