Dairy-Free, Dessert, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, Low Sugar, Snack, Vegetarian

To Brownie or Not to Brownie?


I didn’t want to call these brownies because I don’t think of these as a true brownies without chocolate chips, so I settled on bars. Plus, are brownies ever really healthy? Maybe, maybe not. (Deep, pondering life thoughts by Annie to be continued . . . .) Whatever I call them — Dark Chocolate Coconut Raspberry Bars — can be a dessert or double up for a snack. Made grain-free using cocoa powder and plant-based chocolate powder as the base, these bars came out darkly dense made tart with raspberries.

Ingredients (makes 12 bars).

  • 1/4 c oats
  • 1/2 c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 c plant-based chocolate protein powder like LivWell *
  • 1 T unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 T sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 banana, very ripe
  • 1 egg white
  • 2/3 c vanilla unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 t agave
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1/2 c raspberries (fresh or frozen)
* Please Note: I have received products from LivWell, but I only post recipes with products that I have made and loved myself. Sharing is caring, right? Use the code EDSR10 for 10% off.


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease an 8×8 baking pan.
  2. Grind 1/4 c of oats in a blender or food processor to make a flour. Transfer to a large bowl. Combine cocoa powder, chocolate protein powder, coconut & pinch of salt. Whisk together.
  3. In a small bowl, mash banana. Whisk in egg whites, almond milk, vanilla and agave. Pour over dry ingredients and mix well until batter forms and dry ingredients are well incorporated.
  4. Fold in raspberries.
  5. Transfer batter to greased baking pan. Top with extra coconut flakes (optional).
  6. Bake for 20-25 min or until toothpick is clean. Let cool before serving and use a butter knife to free the edges.
  7. Cut into 12 bars. Store remainder in the fridge for up to 7-10 days.
  8. Enjoy!

Adapted from Ambituous Kitchen‘s “100 Calorie Raspberry Chocolate Chip Protein Brownies.”

Nutrition for 1 of 12 bars.
63 calories  •  1 g fat (14%)  •  9 g carbs (55%)  •  5 g protein (31%)  •  2.1 g fiber  •  3.3 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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