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! And, 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 Brownies
Sometimes after a long day or an intense workout, you really just want to indulge in something sweet.
But, instead of grabbing store bought 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!
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.
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.
With just 8 simple ingredients on the list, you can usually find everything you need to make this protein brownies recipe in your pantry or your nearest supermarket.
And don't be afraid to stock up - I usually find myself making a double or triple batch and keeping extras in the freezer for a quick craving fix.
Now, here's everything you'll need to make these protein powder brownies:
- 1 ½ Cups Sugar Free Chocolate Chips (1 cup for the batter and ½ cup for the top)
- ½ Cup Coconut Oil
- ⅔ Cup Almond Flour
- 1 Scoop Chocolate Protein Powder
- ⅔ Cup Granulated Erythritol
- 2 Eggs
- ½ Tsp. Vanilla Extract
Now, if you don't have something listed above, you'll definitely want to stock up on it because I have a feeling you'll be craving a protein brownie every night!
Diving Into The Ingredients
So, there are a few secret ingredients that make this protein brownie recipe so gosh darn delicious while still being super healthy.
For one, you'll want to use sugar free chocolate chips - my favorite ones to use are Lily's, but any sugar free chocolate chips work great.
Another way to keep this healthy brownie recipe low carb and sugar free is by using granulated erythritol. I prefer to use granular Swerve - it's a sugar free, zero calorie sugar substitute that works great in these brownies. But, you can also use a granular monk fruit sweetener or any other erythritol-based sweetener.
Also, if you don't mind adding sugar to the brownies, coconut sugar works really great in this recipe.
As for the protein powder, I like to use chocolate whey protein powder. But you can also use any plant based protein powders you want, like pea protein powder.
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 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 erythirtol (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 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 into squares, and serve. Enjoy!
How to Store Protein 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.
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.
FAQS About these protein brownies
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.
Wrapping it Up
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.
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 waffles
- Protein Oreo shake
- Protein peanut butter cookies
- Wendy's frosty protein shake
- Protein balls
- Protein donuts
- Protein oatmeal
- Protein french toast
Protein Brownies That Taste Just Like Traditional Brownies
These healthy protein brownies are super fudgy and oh so chocolatey. And they're so good you'd never even notice they're loaded with protein powder! Best of all though is the fact that this protein brownies recipe has less than 10 ingredients and takes under an hour to make.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 8 large brownies 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
- 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.
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 215
- Fat: 19
- Carbohydrates: 2
- Fiber: 1
- Protein: 10
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