Fudgy Protein Brownies

By MarvinDecember 22, 2017

protein brownies

Christmas is coming up and the New Year is right around the corner. Most of us are in full-on relaxation mode right now. For many people, relaxing and enjoying life means eating sweets and “empty calories” (calories from sugar or fats that contain few or no nutrients like vitamins and minerals).


Two thoughts:


First, if you stick to clean eating 80-90% of the time, you can and should indulge in “bad” foods during the holidays. Letting yourself cheat can help you stick to your diet in the longterm, and can reduce the stress levels in your body. Remember: More stress, more cortisol, fewer minerals, less energy and dampened fat burning. 


Second, you don’t have to restrict anything. There’s always a healthy alternative for you out there. To make it even easier for you, we came up with this recipe for healthy, fudgy, protein brownies. They’re full of natural ingredients, contain protein, and are delicious too. As a result you’ll avoid digestion problems and can enjoy some sweets without guilt. Isn’t that cool?


Bottom line: stay balanced with your diet, enjoy delicious food occasionally, and choose healthy alternatives when possible.


We love you guys, enjoy your Christmas time!


Ingredients (for 6 protein brownies):

  • 9 oz Kidney beans
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1 oz unsweetened dark chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 10 hazelnuts
  • 1 oz of cranberries
  • 1.7 oz of protein powder



  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  2. Put the kidney beans into a bowl and smash them with a fork. Add the almond milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, coconut flour, protein powder and honey to the bowl and use a mixer to combine.
  3. Cut the hazelnuts in half, cut the chocolate into small pieces and roughly chop the cranberries
  4. Add hazelnuts, chocolate pieces and cranberries to the bowl and mix all ingredients with a wooden spoon. The mixture should be thick.
  5. Cover a small brownie pan with parchment paper. Pour the mix into the brownie pan and bake for 15 minutes
  6. After 15 minutes take the brownies out of the oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes. Cut the brownies into in 6 pieces.



P.S. If you’re looking for more healthy sweets, check out our Paleo Carrot Cake Energy Balls!


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