Protein Brownies

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These healthy protein brownies are rich, fudgy and come together quickly in one bowl! They’re flourless, naturally sweetened and have 7 grams of protein per brownie. Gluten-free + dairy-free.

Healthy protein brownies?! Say no more, I’m sold.

Well really, you had me at just “brownie” but protein is a nice bonus! These brownies are super easy to make and packed with healthy ingredients you can actually feel good about! I won’t tell if you sneak one of these brownies for breakfast…

Three brownies stacked on top of one another. The top brownie has a bite taken out of it.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • This recipe can be made in one bowl and one pan! Yay for minimal clean-up.
  • These brownies don’t have any flour, so they’re gluten-free + grain-free.
  • The added protein helps to curb the blood sugar spike you typically get when eating sweets like brownies.
  • Sure, these brownies are loaded with healthy ingredients but no one will even know! They are still so rich and fudgy.
Squares of brownies on a sheet of brown parchment paper. The center brownie is resting against another brownie, exposing the inside.

Why is Protein Important?

Huge question here! If you’re wondering why I care about protein or why I’m sharing a recipe for brownies with protein, here’s your answer! Protein is one of the three macronutrients that are necessary for our body’s functions (along with fat and carbohydrates). If you think protein is only necessary for professional athletes or bodybuilders, think again!

Protein is quite the powerhouse. It helps build your bones, muscles, tissues and organs and also keeps those things functioning properly. On a less science-y note, protein helps you feel full and satisfied, helps with cravings and helps maintain your weight.

I love adding protein to meals and snacks that would otherwise leave me feeling unsatisfied and hungry a couple of hours later… things that are typically carb-heavy like brownies, pancakes, cookies and oatmeal.

I have recipes for protein oatmealprotein pancakes and protein cookies, in case you want to check those out as well.

Ingredients measured out to make protein brownies: chocolate protein powder, almond milk, maple syrup, almond butter, vanilla, eggs, chocolate chips, cocoa powder, seat salt and baking powder.

Ingredients Needed

  • almond butter – check the ingredient label to make sure the only ingredient is almonds (or almonds and salt). I used Wild Friends almond butter, but I also like the natural store brands from Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. Feel free to swap the almond butter for any nut butter or seed butter. Just make sure you’re using drippy nut butter!
  • eggs – I have not tried swapping the eggs for flax eggs, but I bet it would work. The brownies just might not rise as much. Let me know if you try a vegan version in the comments below.
  • pure maple syrup – one of my favorite natural sweeteners. Just be sure to use pure maple syrup, not the artificial kind labeled “pancake syrup” and made from corn syrup… NOT the same!
  • unsweetened almond milk –  I used unsweetened almond milk, but any non-dairy milk will work.
  • vanilla extract – a flavor enhancer.
  • chocolate protein powder – any chocolate protein powder works. Nuzest is one of my favorite brands. It’s plant-based and has a minimal, clean ingredient list. Plus, the chocolate flavor is delish. You can use my code eatingbirdfood for 15% off your order.
  • cocoa powder – add that delicious chocolatey goodness with cocoa powder! Make sure you’re using unsweetened cocoa powder. Cacao powder works as well.
  • sea salt – if the almond butter has salt in it, you can skip this!
  • baking powder – to help the brownies rise.
  • chocolate chips – I recommend Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips which is allergen-friendly or Lily’s chocolate chips because they are low in sugar and calories. If you prefer a different mix-in, nuts (like pecans or walnuts) would be a delicious addition!
Collage of 6 photos showing how to make protein brownies: mixing the brownie batter and then baking the brownies in a pan.

How to Make Protein Brownies

Making protein brownies is really similar to making regular brownies and incredibly easy.

In a large mixing bowl, start by whisking together the wet ingredients – almond butter, eggs, maple syrup, almond milk and vanilla extract. Add in the dry ingredients – the protein powder, cocoa powder, sea salt and baking powder and mix until combined. Gently fold in the chocolate chips.

Grease an 8×8 inch baking pan or line with parchment paper. Pour the brownie mixture into the pan and top with additional chocolate chips. Bake at 350ºF for 25-30 minutes. You’ll know the brownies are done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Let the brownies cool completely before cutting and serving. Trust me… they taste better cool! I actually burnt my mouth trying to get an early taste.

A baking pan lined with brown parchment paper containing protein brownies topped with chocolate chips.

FAQ’s

Are protein brownies healthy?

Yes! These brownies are made with minimal, good-for-you ingredients and have no refined sugar or artificial preservatives. With 7 grams of protein each, they can help balance your blood sugar and leave you feeling satisfied instead of hungry for more.

How often can I eat protein brownies?

These protein brownies are healthy enough to eat every day! Of course, I recommend switching up your snacks and treats to add a variety of nutrients into your diet, but I don’t see any issue eating a protein brownie once a day.

Can you bake with protein powder?

Definitely! Adding protein powder to your baked goods is a great way to make certain baked goods more filling and add more protein to your diet. I bake with protein powder all the time and have so many protein recipes here on EBF.

Can you put protein powder in brownies?

Yup!! I used my favorite Nuzest protein powder. I love their protein because there is no chalky taste and the ingredient list is minimal. You really can’t taste the protein powder in these brownies at all!

How much protein do these brownies have?

This recipe makes 16 brownies and each brownie has 7 grams of protein each. This will likely vary depending on the protein powder you use.

Can I make these brownies vegan?

I have not tested these brownies with an egg substitute, but I bet replacing the eggs with flax eggs or chia eggs would work just fine. If you decide to experiment let me know in the comments below!

Why did my brownies turn out dry?

There are a few reasons why your brownies might have turned out dry. First, they could have baked too long. Check them at the 25 minute mark with a toothpick to see if it comes out clean. If not, let them bake for a few more minutes. The other reason why your brownies might be dry is because of the nut butter or protein powder you used. Some protein powders do soak up more liquid, which could cause them to dry out faster. Also, you want to make sure you’re using drippy nut butter, not dry hard nut butter. If you notice your batter is on the drier side, add a splash more milk!

An overhead photo looking out a sheet of brown parchment paper with protein brownie squares on top. The center brownie has a bite taken out of it. There is a bowl of chocolate chips in the bottom left corner.

How to Serve Protein Brownies

I love eating these brownies plain straight from the fridge, but if you want to get fancy here are some topping ideas:

  • Nut butter – you can’t go wrong with a drizzle of nut butter to top these brownies! I recommend almond butter.
  • Coconut whip – these brownies would be delicious with a dollop of coconut whip cream on top!
  • Ice cream – brownies + ice cream = a match made in heaven. These brownies would be delicious warmed in the microwave and served with my banana ice cream, chocolate banana ice cream or avocado ice cream. If you really want to amp up the protein of your dessert serve your brownie with my protein ice cream!
  • Caramel sauce – I’m drooling just thinking about how delicious my date caramel sauce would be drizzled over one of these protein brownies.
  • Yogurt – want to eat a brownie for breakfast? Crumble it on top of some Greek yogurt (or any yogurt of choice) with some granola (this hemp granola is delicious) and fresh berries. Like a breakfast brownie sundae… so yummy!
  • Fruit – serve these brownies with some fresh berries. They add pop of color and such good flavor!

How to Store Leftovers

These brownies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. For longer storage, I recommend freezing. Store in a freezer-safe, airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

More Brownie Recipes to Try

More Protein Recipes to Try

Be sure to check out all of my protein recipes and the full collection of healthy dessert recipes here on EBF!

Healthy Protein Brownies

5 from 33 votes
These healthy protein brownies are rich, fudgy and come together quickly in one bowl! They're flourless, naturally sweetened and have 7 grams of protein per brownie. Gluten-free + dairy-free.
Three brownies stacked on top of one another. The top brownie has a bite taken out of it.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 16

Ingredients

  • 1 cup creamy almond butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chocolate protein powder, I used Nuzest
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt, skip if almond butter is salted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup chocolate chips, plus more for topping

Instructions
 

  • ​​Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8×8-inch baking pan or line with parchment.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together almond butter, eggs, maple syrup, almond milk and vanilla extract.
    A mixing bowl containing almond butter, eggs, maple syrup, almond milk and vanilla extract.
  • Add protein powder, cocoa powder, sea salt and baking powder into the mixing bowl and stir until combined. If you notice your batter is on the drier side (which could happen depending on what almond butter or protein powder you use), add a splash more milk!
    Protein powder, cocoa powder, sea salt and baking powder added to the mixing bowl.
  • Gently fold in chocolate chips.
    Chocolate chips added to the protein brownie batter.
  • Transfer mixture to the prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until brownies are set in the center and a toothpick comes out clean. Let brownies cool completely (trust me, they test better cool, plus you won’t burn your mouth). Cut into squares and enjoy!
    Freshly baked protein brownies in an 8x8 baking pan lined in brown parchment paper.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1brownie Calories: 165kcal Carbohydrates: 15g Protein: 7g Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 25mg Sodium: 139mg Potassium: 36mg Fiber: 3g Sugar: 8g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: protein brownies

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    18 comments
    1. Liz
      April 26, 2022 AT 10:25 am

      5 stars
      Omg so delicious!!! I already had all my ingredients mixed up and then I realized I didn’t have any baking powder. So I mixed in 1/4 tps baking soda and 1/2 cup of buttermilk and these browines are so gooey and delicious. 10/10

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 27, 2022 AT 7:20 am

        Yay! So glad these brownies are a hit, Liz. Thanks for sharing the quick fix you used, I’m glad they turned out!

    2. Barbara
      March 16, 2022 AT 7:29 pm

      Sounds delicious! What can I sub for eggs to make vegan?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 17, 2022 AT 9:25 am

        Hi, Barbara! I have not tried swapping the eggs for flax eggs, but I bet it would work. The brownies just might not rise as much. Let me know if you try it and how they turn out.

    3. Lorraine
      March 13, 2022 AT 10:07 pm

      Best protein brownies ever. Even my husband liked them.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 14, 2022 AT 9:40 am

        Woo! Glad to hear that, Lorraine! I appreciate you coming back to leave a review.

    4. Chris
      March 13, 2022 AT 7:16 pm

      5 stars
      Made the healthy protein brownies. They were outstanding. Love the flavor! Can’t wait to make them again. Thank you for the awesome recipe.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 14, 2022 AT 9:38 am

        Woo! Glad to hear these were a hit, Chris. I appreciate you coming back to leave a review and star rating!

    5. Sarah
      March 7, 2022 AT 2:13 pm

      3 stars
      Mine came out really dry and I followed the recipe. Personally, I would like them sweeter, but I also have a really bad sweet tooth. Would adding more liquid help?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 8, 2022 AT 8:34 am

        Hmm, sorry to hear that, Sarah! Did you change anything about the recipe?

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