This recipe for Chilli Chocolate No-Bake Protein Brownies will set your heart ablaze. It is rich in chocolate too which is great for a number of reasons:
1) good-quality dark chocolate is extremely healthy (when eaten in moderation, of course), 2) eating chocolate is a great way to keep cravings for nutritionally-void sugary snacks and desserts at bay, and 3) chocolate has been said to increase endorphins and serotonin, in that way contributing to a happy life!
There’s really no need to deprive oneself like that, not when you can enjoy chocolate every day and still make incredible progress – the best kind of progress in fact: the kind that’s sustainable and makes you smile instead of feel like a cravings-fuelled ravenous beast that no one wants to be around.
These protein brownies (or brownie bars if you choose to slice – or cube – them) are splendid. They may not look like the most drop-dead-gorgeous in the universe but let us tell you: they’re extremely tasty, packed full of nutrition, and so easy to make too!
1/4 cup of whey protein powder
1 tbsp of coconut sugar (see Note 1)
2 tbsp of flaxseed mix (see Note 2)
2.5 squares (25g) of 70% chilli dark chocolate, melted
1 tbsp of milk ( cartooned coconut but almond would do)
1. In a bowl, mix all the above ingredients everything together until you get a soft paste (see the picture above). Press this paste onto the corner of a nonstick silicone pan or a regular pan lined with nonstick baking paper (what you’re doing is giving the mixture its shape here).
Note: The above ingredients make ONE big square brownie – slice it into four to get the brownie bites you see pictured here. To end up with more brownies (or, if you want to end up with a batch that you can slice into rectangles to make protein bars), just duplicate, triplicate, or quadruplicate your ingredients.
3. Place them in the fridge for a couple of hours and… PRESTO! Chocolate deliciousness ready to be devoured.
Macros per 1/2 a batch of all the above ingredients combined
233kcals, 15g protein, 12g carbs (out of which 3g is fibre!) and 13g fat.
1. If you’d like your brownie (or bars) to be lower in sugar though, go ahead and use granulated stevia instead. Something like Truvia, for example?
2. A flax mix was used to make this recipe – a flax mix comprised of milled flaxseed, ground pumpkin seeds, and goji berries. You can use plain one-ingredient milled flaxseed though or any kind of mix you like to make you brownie/s.