This was a total accident!
I L O V E taking simple baked good recipes and doctoring them up with protein powder and healthier sugars. Ain’t nobody got time for all that regret and guilt nonsense when you’re craving some chocolate, emiright? Yes. I am.
That being said, it’s snowing here in Jersey today which puts me in a baking mood! I stumbled about a “healthy brownies” recipe and thought it was a good contender for protein remix, so that’s what I did! However, the end result didn’t exactly come out looking like chcolate…can I still call it a brownie? I’m going to anyway.
The base of this masterpiece is of course some natural peanut butter! Punky (that’s my grandma who I currently live with) can’t stand peanut butter. Don’t know how the heck she doesn’t like it or how I even am part of that lineage…but the doctor says so. Anyway, I love baking with my natural peanut butters because she always likes these recipes that I try. I love I get to tell her afterward that peanut butter is the main ingredient. Watching her jaw drop is one of the more satisfying feelings I’ve experienced in the kitchen. She’s my toughest customer!
Of course, there’s the also important protein powder! The recipe I found called for cocoa powder, so naturally I used my favorite chocolate whey protein instead. I did still use a little cacao powder for color which obviously didn’t work. My taste buds were happy so it’s still all good!
Here’s the rest of the ingredients courtesy of my instagram story graphic:
- 1 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/2 cup organic honey
- 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
- 2 scoops chocolate whey protein (this is one serving and measures out to 1/3 cup)
- 1 TBS cacao powder
- 3 TSP baking powder
- pinch of salt
- almond milk
- chocolate morsels (optional)
- Blend/grind/process oats
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl until it reaches a batter-like consistency. Depending on the peanut butter you use, you may need to add a little almond milk to make it more thin.
- Grease or use parchment paper in a pan (I used a 9×9 inch baking dish). Spread
- Bake in the middle rack of your oven on 350° for 25-30 minutes.
- Let sit for 30 minutes so that it can set!
- Eat (all of it…jk don’t so that but I’m not judging if you do).