What makes these chocolate brownie bars healthy?
- I used cocoa powder, Raw, unrefined cocoa beans are powdered, giving them a chocolate flavor. Cocoa is rich in antioxidants, magnesium, fiber and a moderate amount of caffeine (1). When you are looking for cocoa, be sure to read the food label, the focus is to find that it is raw and organic to get all the benefits of phytonutrients; so look for things like “cold pressed” and “cryogenic milling”, and the United States Ministry of Agriculture organic label.
- Me too Added protein Because brownies are usually high in sugar and almost contain no protein. This recipe has protein powder and egg whites to make it more balanced and satisfying. Protein is more satisfying than fat or carbohydrates, so I like to include it in baked goods to balance their nutrients. This is the protein powder I use.
- I did not use vegetable oil in this recipe, but coconut oil, which is a A healthier source of fat. Fat is very satisfying and can help you avoid overeating. It will slow down the absorption of sugar into the blood, provide you with longer-lasting energy and keep your blood sugar stable.
what are you waiting for? Let’s start baking!
Chocolate protein brownie bars
yield: 9 servings
You will need: Measuring cup and spoon, 8×8″ square pan, spatula, food processor or blender
key: T=tbsp; teaspoon=tsp
- 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 4 servings (120 g) I Vanilla protein powder
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 cup egg whites
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 tons of coconut oil, melted
- 1 ton vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/3 cup Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips, plus 1 T for toppings (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Mix beans, cocoa powder, protein powder, salt, egg whites, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla extract, and baking powder in a food processor and stir until smooth.
- Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Transfer the batter to a greased 8×8” square pan. Sprinkle optional extra chocolate chips on top before baking.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes.
- Cool and refrigerate overnight to get a sturdy bar. Store in the refrigerator.
Can’t wait to hear if you have done this and what you think!
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- Andujar, I’m waiting for someone. “Cocoa polyphenols and their potential benefits to human health.” Oxidative medicine and cell longevity. 2012. Network.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3488419/