The chocolaty richness of a brownie + the convenience of a protein bar = NO-BAKE PROTEIN BROWNIES!
These brownies are a healthier (protein-packed) alternative to conventional brownies. They require no oven, no added sugar + no flour (crazy, I know).
Plus, they’ll save you $$ from having to buy overpriced store-bought protein bars!
These no-bake brownies are simple + straightforward to make. All you’ll need is:
Dates (i.e. nature’s candy!)
Peanut butter (gimme all the healthy fats)
Chocolate pea protein (an iron-rich plant-based protein source)
Cacao (= antioxidant-rich brain food!)
Vanilla (because duh)
Coconut oil (for that extra oomph of richness)
Just blend everything up into a smooth batter, spread it in a tin, and pop it in the fridge/freezer to harden up. That’s it. Whollyum!?
More Healthy CHOCOLATY Goodness:
Fudgy date brownies–> for if you’re craving brownies but would rather forego the protein powder!
Chocolate protein muffins–> fruit-sweetened, protein-packed, easy as.
Black bean truffles–> smooth + creamy chocolate that is secretly high in protein (thanks to beans, not protein powder!!).
No-Bake Chocolate PB Protein Brownies
No-bake chocolate PROTEIN BROWNIES that are 100% naturally-sweetened with dates. They're also gluten-free, vegan, and super rich + CHOCOLATY!
- 1 packed cup (~160 g) dates (soaked in hot water for ~10 min if not already soft)
- 1/2 cup natural salted peanut butter (use a drippy, stir-able peanut butter for best results; if yours is unsalted, simply add ~1-2 generous pinches of salt to taste; or sub with another nut/seed butter of choice, but the flavor will change)
- 1/4 cup (25 g) chocolate pea protein powder
- 2 tbsps cacao powder
- 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ~2-4 tbsps chocolate chips or chopped chocolate, to press on top (optional)
- Drizzles of melted chocolate (optional)
Blend the softened dates in a food processor or high-powered blender until they break down into little bits. Add the peanut butter and vanilla extract, and pulse/blend until a thick paste forms.
Transfer the mixture to a large bowl, and stir in the remaining ingredients. The resulting dough will be a little crumbly, but should be soft (like play dough) and hold together when pressed into a ball. Add a tad more peanut butter if it's too scraggly.
Tightly press/pack the dough into a lined loaf tin, and press a small handful of chocolate chips or chopped chocolate on top, if desired.
Pop the tin in the freezer to firm up (~less than 1 hour), before slicing (I recommend cutting it into ~10 square pieces as they're very rich; the long slices in the pictures were a bit too fragile). Store in the freezer or fridge!