To any woman who struggles with getting enough protein into her busy days, one of my favourite nutrition hacks is to SNEAK more protein into your foods instead - by whipping up protein shakes, protein chia pudding, protein banana bread… you get the picture.
Now, anyone who knows me knows that I have a hard time saying “no” to chocolate. In fact, if I can find an excuse to have chocolate at almost every meal and snack, I’d be one happy girl.
So, I figured, if I can add more protein to my favourite chocolatey treats AND still have them taste incredible - I’d call that a win/win.
That’s why these 5-Ingredient Flourless Protein Brownies are so perfect!
They’re fudgey, gooey, rich and oh-so-chocolatey.
They’re chock full of nutrients (like Vitamin A) and healthy fats, thanks to the sweet potato and nut butter.
They don’t have that dense, chewy “protein powder” flavour and texture, which I totally attribute to the kind of protein powder I use. (I use Garden of Life’s SPORT in Chocolate!)
And, best of all, all you need are 5 ingredients to garner a whopping 13g protein per square. (That’s much more than your average protein-enriched granola bar!!)
I think it’s official: I’m totally obsessed with these bad boys. And I know you will be, too!
Recipe + directions available below!
2 cups cooked sweet potato, mashed
2 scoops chocolate protein powder (I used Garden of Life’s SPORT in Chocolate)
½ cup cocoa powder
1 cup nut butter of choice
½ cup chocolate chips
Preheat your oven the 350 degrees. Grease a small loaf pan with coconut oil or butter, then line it with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt your nut butter. To the same bowl, add in your sweet potato and cocoa powder and mix very well.
Pour the mixture into your loaf pan, then lightly sprinkle your chocolate chips over top (so that they don’t just sink to the bottom of the pan).
Bake for around 20-25 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
Once cooled, slice into 8 (or 10 - if you prefer them smaller!) squares and serve immediately. Refrigerate for 30 mins for firmer, chewier bars.