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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Recipe: Healthy Flourless Protein Brownies

Healthy Protein Brownies | gluten free, low fat, low carb, flourless, clean eating recipe, high protein

As someone who's quite active, I always like to make sure I'm getting enough protein in my diet. Sure, I could eat processed protein bars but, really, I find them quite bland or chalky and would much rather eat something delicious. 

These protein brownies came about as the result of an experiment, as many of my recipes do! I had a big tub of protein powder that I wanted to use up and I decided to try baking with it. Being a chocoholic, naturally I decided protein brownies were the thing to try so I set to work.

High Protein Brownies | gluten free, low fat, low carb, flourless, clean eating recipe, high protein

At first, I wasn't sure about these protein brownies. They're different to your traditional brownie and quite a bit cakier - but when I found myself making batch after batch after batch I realised I was hooked - and after a few tweaks and changes I came up with the perfect recipe. 

Best of all? It only has seven ingredients but each brownie packs a serious protein punch with around 11 grams of protein per brownie. They're also low fat, low carb and even lower in calories than most other brownies so there's a whole lot to love!

Gluten Free Protein Brownies | gluten free, low fat, low carb, flourless, clean eating recipe, high protein

I tend to make about a batch a week of these babies as they're the perfect quick and easy protein packed snack. We also switch up the mix ins or toppings for the brownies with each batch because they're even better with chocolate chips stirred through the batter or a healthier chocolate frosting on top - but sometimes we keep it simple and eat them as is as well.

But let me share the recipe with you so that you can make them yourself! >> 

Low Carb Protein Brownies | gluten free, low fat, low carb, flourless, clean eating recipe, high protein

Healthy Protein Brownies Recipe makes 6-9 large brownies
gluten free, healthy, grain free/flourless/paleo, low fat, low carb, low calorie

1/2 cup of your favourite protein powder*(see notes)
2 tbsp (15g) cocoa powder
2 eggs
2 tbsp (30g) butter or coconut oil, melted
2 tbsp (30g) unsweetened applesauce
2 1/2 tbsp -1/4 cup (50-80g) honey or maple syrup**
1/4 tsp baking soda (leave this out for denser brownies though they will be thinner)
Optional: chocolate chips/nuts to mix through or our chocolate frosting recipe to top
  • Preheat your oven to 160C/320F
  • Grease and/or line an 8" square brownie tin (we often use a 6" or 7" tin for thicker brownies) and set aside
  • Mix together all of your ingredients, stirring until just combined and adding in any mix ins if desired.
  • Pour your brownie mix into your prepared tin and bake for 15-25 minutes, or until your brownie is cooked through and a skewer inserted into the middle removes clean. Baking times will depend on the thickness of your brownies so keep an eye on them!
*Protein powder weights will vary. We use this organic rice protein powder and 1/2 cup weighs out at around 60 grams or just over two scoops. Use whatever protein powder you prefer - and choose a paleo or grain free protein powder if you want to make this paleo or grain free.
**If using a sweetened protein powder you may find 1/4 cup honey/maple syrup is a little too sweet so adjust it to your tastes!

But tell me, what's your favourite protein packed snack?
And what's recipe you keep making over and over at the moment?



  1. Hi Kristy, Have you ever made this recipe into muffins? Would anything have to be changed?

  2. Hey Sara,
    we certainly have made these into muffins! All you have to do is adapt the baking time! Depending on the size/depth of your muffins they'll take anywhere between 10-30 minutes to cook :)

  3. Has anyone made this without the honey?

  4. Made this today and it was AWESOME...thank you so much! Only addition for my family was to add some cinnamon...we can never get enough cinnamon around here, lol!

  5. Too much ingredients and can't say honey, vanilla extract, butter or oil and apple sauce sounds very healthy. Calculated the kcal and comes up to 200 a slice.....tooted your own horn too much.

  6. This recipe is amazing! I love the fact that it doesn't have any flour. I tried it with walnuts and drizzled a little honey on top. So so good! Thank you so much for sharing!

  7. Hey there, I'm so glad to hear you love the recipe - it's one of our favourites! xx

  8. Got this cooling in my kitchen, must say it smells divine, I've also made one with grated apple cinnamon and raisins, can't wait to taste them. Thank you

  9. I hope you love both versions, Sue! Enjoy! xx

  10. do i have to cook the oatmeal first or just put it in dry?

  11. are the oats a part of the dry ingredients?

  12. Hi Brenda, there's no need to cook the oatmeal first as you're baking it - just add them in dry! :)

  13. Hi Brenda, there's no need to cook the oatmeal first as you're baking it - just add them in dry!

  14. Kirsty they we delicious, my daughters just about to make some more for tomorrow, we're going to try grated carrot, raisins and ginger in them, thank you so mush for sharing x

  15. Hey Sue, I'm so glad it was a hit! Be sure to also have a look at our other baked oatmeal recipes - we've got chocolate baked oatmeal, gingerbread baked oatmeal, carrot cake baked oatmeal - the list goes on and on! xx

  16. I am breastfeeding my first born these days, and I made this with some flax seed and brewer's yeast thrown in. It's a perfect breakfast.

  17. I'm baking these right now. Because of diet restrictions, I used reduced sodium baking powder and Ener-G no sodium baking soda. I also threw in unsalted sunflower seed kernels and some cinnamon. I am baking them in cupcake paper lined muffin tins for an on-the-go breakfast. Can't wait to try them!

  18. Will oat flakes work?

  19. Hi Sarah, when you say oat flakes do you mean crunchy cereal or oats which you cook on the stove/in the microwave?

  20. Kristy, roughly do you know what the calorie count is on these bars? For one of them.

    1. Hi Pamela, I'm not sure how many calories are in each bar, however, you could use an app like MyFitnessPal to work out the exact calorie count and nutritional information :)


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