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Okay, this whole eating clean thing sometimes has me craving sweets… like big time! Over the weekend, I caved in, attempting to make gluten-free cookies, which were a total disaster. Partially because I’m an awful baker. (I’m a great cook, but can’t bake to save my life!) I know that these efforts to bake weren’t fully contributed to my lack of baking skills, but more so because gluten-free alternatives are so blah.
It’s been 8 years since finding out about my gluten intolerance, and I still haven’t found any great alternatives. I’ve given up hope! Perhaps it was a good thing that the cookies didn’t turn out that great. To settle this craving, I found an even better alternative, that makes for a mouthwatering pre-workout snack and decadent dessert, all guilt free.
These Chocolate Protein Brownies were inspired by a recipe from Mike Dolce’s The Dolce Diet. I reworked Mike’s recipe with items I had in my pantry. The final outcome? Decadently delicious!
What You’ll Need
3 medium bananas ½ cup smooth/creamy unsweetened peanut butter 1 packet/scoop of vega one chocolate protein coconut oil 1/4-1/2 cup water optional: 2 tbsp. – ¼ cup cacao powder (depending on how rich and chocolaty you want them to be)
What You’ll Need To Know
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a small cake pan with coconut oil and set aside. Add ingredients – bananas, protein powder, peanut butter, 1/4 cup water – to a high-speed blender and mix well. Add more water if the mixture is too dense. You want it to be smooth and fluid just like brownie mix. Pour mixture into greased pan and bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through. This recipe makes 12 servings.
Depending on how rich and chocolaty you want them to be, you can add cacao powder to them. For me personally, I’m not a huge fan of chocolate anything aside from straight up dark or milk chocolate bars. (I know, weird, but that’s how I roll.)
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