Dairy-Free, Dessert, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, Low Sugar, One Pot Dish, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian

Guilt-Free Brownies (Yes!)

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I think I found my new cheat brownie recipe. These Five Ingredient Protein Brownies grain free, contains no refined sugar and has a bit o’ protein. Plus it hits the spot when you want a brownie without having a real brownie, so it’s like a guilownie — a “guilt-free brownie” obviously. I’ve really enjoyed making protein muffins lately, so I thought why not try something similar with desserts?

Ingredients (makes 16 brownies; serving of 1 brownie).

  • 2 c mashed bananas (from about 4 medium, very ripe bananas)
  • 1 c PB2 with 1/2 c warm/hot water *
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1/4 c cocoa powder
  • 1/2 c plant-based vanilla protein powder

* Note: you can also substitute 1 c peanut butter for PB2/water. I just prefer PB2’s milder peanut taste over peanut butter.

Directions.

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper or grease baking pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix mashed bananas, PB2, water and vanilla. Mix well until peanut butter forms, the powder dissolves and bananas completely are mixed in.
  3. Stir in cocoa powder and protein powder until smooth batter forms.
  4. Transfer to baking pan. Bake for 18-22 min or until toothpick comes out clean and brownies are firm.
  5. Cool on a wire rack to let brownies solidify even more before cutting.
  6. Dig in and enjoy!

Adapted from Gimme Delicious‘s “4 Ingredient Fudge Protein Brownies.”


Nutrition for 1 Brownie.

81 calories  •  1.6 g fat (16%)  •  10.5 g carbs (46%)  •  8.6 g protein (38%)  •  4.1 g sugar

* These are estimates based off specific products I used and how I entered ingredients in a fitness tracker. This is completely subjective and used to give a rough nutritional estimate.

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