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20 Protein Brownies That You’ll Love to the Last Bite

We all know that brownies can be delicious, but high-protein and healthy too? Absolutely! And here are 20 protein brownie recipes to prove it!

 

Protein bars and shakes are one way to hit your macros, but let’s not overlook the protein brownie!

This is the ultimate lightened-up treat and “healthy snack.”

It’s chewy, gooey, and downright decadent…and diet-friendly to boot.

Start with the Four-Ingredient Protein Brownies and I think you’ll see what I mean.

They’re made from a nutritious combination of bananas, peanut butter, cocoa powder, and protein powder, and best of all, they have the look and texture of regular brownies.

Or mix up some Raspberry Chocolate Protein Brownies, made with raspberries, chocolate chips, and honey. Oats and chocolate protein powder stand in for white flour and applesauce replaces butter, so you get maximum enjoyment for minimal calories.

Enjoy!

Triple Chocolate Cherry Protein Brownies

Serves 8

Whether you have a bunch of fresh cherries, or stashed some in the freezer to enjoy past summer, they’ll make a great addition to baked goods. And they’ll help this low-fat, low-sugar brownie become an indulgent treat.

It also helps that these fruity brownies have a fudgy texture and taste like black forest cake with slivered almonds on top.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

167

Calories

12 g

Protein

18 g

Carbs

6 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 cup oats

1/4 cup coconut flour

2 scoops WHEY+ chocolate protein isolate

4 Tbsp. cacao powder

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 cup stevia baking blend

1 cup cooked apples

2 medium eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 Tbsp. coconut oil

1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup (or agave)

1/2 cup pitted cherries, fresh or frozen

1/4 cup slivered almonds

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Chocolate PB2 Protein Brownies

Serves 9

Looks can be deceiving. On the outside these appear to be the kind of homemade frosted brownie that kids would go wild for at a bake sale. But take a look at these macros, and you’ll see they’re not the buttery, sugary baked good you’d expect them to be.

That’s because these flourless brownies use chocolate protein powder and then are topped with a peanut butter Greek yogurt frosting.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

114

Calories

10 g

Protein

17 g

Carbs

2 g

Fat

Ingredients

Brownies:

1/3 cup WHEY+ chocolate protein isolate

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 tsp. baking soda

Pinch of salt

1/2 cup egg whites (or 4 egg whites)

2 large eggs

1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

1/3 cup pure honey (or agave)

2 tsp. vanilla extract

Frosting:

1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

2 Tbsp. PB2

Sweetener to taste (optional)

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Pure Chocolate Brownie Protein Bars

Serves 8

Although this is really a protein bar, it’s chocolatey and fudgy enough to be a healthy brownie. The chewy texture comes from dates, which also act as a wholesome sweetener.

They’re blended with walnuts and almonds to make a kind of dough, so they’ll have a texture like some store-bought bars including Pure and Larabar.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

275

Calories

9 g

Protein

25 g

Carbs

18 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 cup dates, pitted and roughly chopped

3/4 cup walnut pieces

3/4 cup almonds

1/8 cup water

1 Tbsp. coconut oil

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1/4 cup carob chips (or chocolate chips)

5 Tbsp. hemp protein powder

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Mocha Brownie Protein Bars

Serves 6

These protein bars are perfect for the morning because they’ll give you a jolt of coffee along with the nutrition you need. And you don’t even have to bake them.

If you have a cup leftover in your coffeemaker in the morning, stir it together with oats, cocoa powder, and protein powder to chill in the fridge for a post-workout snack or tomorrow’s breakfast.

Just be sure to use a plant-based protein for this one; otherwise you’ll end up with more of a brownie-flavored cookie dough (which is delicious too).

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

98

Calories

13 g

Protein

11 g

Carbs

2 g

Fat

Ingredients

3 scoops plant-based vanilla protein powder

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats

2 Tbsp. Truvia (or other sweetener to taste)

1 cup cold coffee

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Post-Workout Sweet Potato Brownies

Serves 12

Not every workout has to be followed up with a protein shake. And once you snack on a post-workout brownie, you’ll have a hard time going back to the packaged bars.

This recipe doesn’t even include any protein powder – just quinoa flour, sweet potato, and eggs. That means these don’t have as much protein as a scoop of whey, but they’re a great snack to tide you over between the gym and dinner.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

121

Calories

5 g

Protein

24 g

Carbs

2 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 lb. sweet potato, baked and skin removed

1/2 cup quinoa flour (or oat flour)

1 zucchini, grated

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

2 large eggs

3 egg whites

1/3 cup pure honey

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Raspberry Chocolate Protein Brownies

Serves 9

Yes, you can have dessert and even go back for seconds.

These brownies have real raspberries mixed in, which adds natural sweetness as well as vitamin C. The real beauty of this recipe, however, is the mix of oats and chocolate protein powder to stand in for white flour.

On top of that, half a cup of applesauce replaces a stick of butter.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

136

Calories

9 g

Protein

13 g

Carbs

7 g

Fat

Ingredients

1/4 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup (2 scoops) WHEY+ chocolate protein isolate

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 large egg

1 Tbsp. pure honey

1 tsp.  vanilla extract

2/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

2 Tbsp. coconut oil

1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. chocolate chips, divided

1/2 cup raspberries, chopped

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Cappuccino Cream Cheese Protein Brownies

Serves 12

If you love rich, creamy desserts, this is the brownie for you. It’s like a morning latte served up on a brownie.

This recipe uses coffee-flavored protein powder to make these brownies taste like a cappuccino, but you can use vanilla or chocolate whey if that’s more convenient. Simply mix in instant coffee granules, or reduce the butter or Greek yogurt a bit so you can add brewed coffee or espresso.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

199

Calories

10 g

Protein

15 g

Carbs

11 g

Fat

Ingredients

Brownie:

80g old-fashioned oats

1/3 cup unsalted butter, divided

140 g semisweet chocolate chips

1 1/2 scoops WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

1 Tbsp. instant coffee

115 g nonfat plain Greek yogurt

1 large egg

1/3 cup egg whites

1/2 cup stevia

Cream Cheese Frosting:

10 oz. fat-free cream cheese

1/2 cup stevia

45 g cappuccino protein powder (or flavor of choice)

1 large egg

1/3 cup egg whites

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Red Velvet Protein Brownies

Serves 16

Is it a slice of cake, or is it a brownie? Why not have both with these red velvet brownies topped off with peanut butter cream cheese frosting.

If you prefer to go with a classic cream cheese frosting, you can leave out the PB2 and mix in vanilla whey protein powder until the frosting gets to the right consistency. Either way, you’ll end up with delicious red velvet brownies that are colored with beets instead of artificial dye.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

156

Calories

6 g

Protein

21 g

Carbs

7 g

Fat

Ingredients

Red Velvet Brownies:

1 1/2 cups mashed sweet potato

2 large eggs

2 scoops (1/2 cup) WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

1/2 cup cacao powder

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 tsp. baking soda

2/3 cup dark chocolate chips

1/2 cup pure honey

1/4 cup beet juice

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup sweetener of choice (optional)

Frosting:

3 Tbsp. low-fat cream cheese (room temp.)

3 Tbsp. low-fat plain Greek yogurt

3 Tbsp. PB2

1 Tbsp. powdered erythritol

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Mint Protein Brownie

Serves 9

Just hearing someone say “Girl Scout” can start up cravings for cookies, but there are healthier, more convenient ways to get your chocolate mint fix.

Although these protein brownies won’t be crunchy like the cookies, you’ll still get to enjoy the refreshing sense of mint with a rich chocolate brownie that you can sink your teeth into. That makes for more mindful eating than cookies, which can be wolfed down by the handful.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

159

Calories

10 g

Protein

15 g

Carbs

7 g

Fat

Ingredients

1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup chocolate casein protein powder

1/4 cup oat flour

1/4 tsp. baking powder

Pinch of salt

2 large eggs

2 Tbsp. pure honey, warmed

1/2 cup non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. peppermint extract

1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

2 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted

1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. chocolate chips, divided

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Cheesecake Black Bean Brownies

Serves 12

Although these won’t replace your protein bar, flourless brownies made from black beans are a good source of nutrients.

Wheat does contain a little protein, but using black beans instead will net you even more. While whole-wheat flour has a protein-to-carb ratio of 1:8, black beans have 2 grams of protein per 6 grams of carbs. And the flavor of black beans will make the chocolate brownies even richer – as will those mini chocolate chips on top.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

166

Calories

10 g

Protein

18 g

Carbs

7 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 can (15 oz.) unseasoned black beans, rinsed well

1/3 cup agave nectar

3 large eggs

1/3 cup low-fat milk

3 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted

2 tsp. instant espresso powder

1 tsp. vanilla extract

3/4 cup WHEY+ protein isolate (chocolate or vanilla)

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

3/4 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. fine sea salt

1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

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Four-Ingredient Protein Brownies

Serves 9

Healthy brownies with just four ingredients? Sign me up.

These loaded with nutrients from bananas, peanut butter, and protein powder. But neither the convenience nor the macros are the best part.

When they come out of the oven and cool off, they have the look and texture of any standard brownie – right down to the shiny, cracked top.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

118

Calories

7 g

Protein

8 g

Carbs

8 g

Fat

Ingredients

3 overripe bananas (about 1 cup mashed)

1/2 cup smooth peanut butter

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 scoops brown rice protein powder

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Pumpkin Protein Brownies

Serves 9

For chewy brownies that offer a taste of fall, just add pumpkin. The butter and oil that you’d usually mix into baked goods can often be substituted with pureed fruit, including apples, bananas, and pumpkins.

So if you’re craving brownies and don’t have a can of pumpkin in your pantry, you can use another fruit or – in keeping with the autumn theme – try butternut squash.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

94

Calories

6 g

Protein

9 g

Carbs

4 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 cup pumpkin puree

3 Tbsp. ground flaxseed

1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp. water

2 scoops chocolate plant-based protein powder

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 Tbsp. coconut flour

1 Tbsp. vanilla extract

1 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

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Extra Dark Walnut Fudge Protein Brownies

Serves 8

Smother anything in dark chocolate frosting, and it’s no longer going to look like a healthy snack.

However, these are protein brownies with more chocolatey protein spread on top for a win-win whether you’re in the mood for a post-workout bite or a healthy dessert. And even with the frosting, each one brownie contains less than 100 calories.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

99

Calories

8 g

Protein

9 g

Carbs

5 g

Fat

Ingredients

Walnut Brownies:

1 scoop WHEY+ chocolate protein isolate

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

3 Tbsp. stevia baking blend

1/8 tsp. salt

1 cup pumpkin puree

1/2 cup (4 large) egg whites

1 Tbsp. coconut oil

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Chocolate Protein Frosting:

1/3 scoop WHEY+ chocolate protein isolate

2 Tbsp. brown rice syrup

2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

1 1/2 tsp. stevia

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Vanilla Swirl Protein Brownies

Serves 8

Everyone will want to grab one of these gluten-free brownies with this vanilla cream cheese swirl on top.

The list of ingredients may surprise eaters, so let them take a bite before you reveal that they’re made from almond flour, Greek yogurt, and chocolate whey. If you aren’t so worried about the macros, you can use granulated sugar for 170 calories per brownie.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

132

Calories

15 g

Protein

14 g

Carbs

5 g

Fat

Ingredients

Brownie Batter:

1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp. almond flour

2/3 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt

2/3 cup low-fat milk

2 egg whites

1/3 cup unsweetened cacao powder

2 scoops WHEY+ chocolate protein isolate

1/3 cup erythritol

Vanilla Swirl:

2/3 scoop WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

1 oz. (about 1/8 cup) low-fat cream cheese

1 egg yolk

3 Tbsp. low-fat milk

1 tsp. coconut flour

1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. erythritol

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Tiramisu Protein Blondies

Serves 9

These tiramisu brownies are out of this world in terms of nutrition and presentation.

Sure, they won’t form perfectly neat squares, but that adds to the tiramisu style because they’re soft like ladyfinger cookies soaked in espresso. Instead of sugary cookies, however, these tiramisu brownies are made from chickpeas, coconut flour, and protein powder.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

193

Calories

7 g

Protein

22 g

Carbs

9 g

Fat

Ingredients

Tiramisu Squares:

1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas

2 Tbsp. vegan vanilla protein powder

1/2 cup coconut milk

1 cup coffee

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 cup dates, soaked in hot water

1/3 cup coconut flour

Chocolate Topping:

1 1/2 Tbsp. coconut oil

1 1/2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

2 Tbsp. cacao powder

Cookie Topping:

2 Tbsp. ground flaxseed

1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

1 Tbsp. coconut oil

1 Tbsp. sunflower seed flour (or PB2)

2 Tbsp. coconut flour

1/2 tsp. water

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

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Chilli Chocolate No-Bake Protein Brownies

Serves 4

Not all brownies have to get baked in the oven. And that doesn’t mean making a standard brownie batter and simply eating it by the spoonful.

These raw protein brownies aren’t cakey or fudgy. Instead they’re chewy with whey protein, sugar, and ground flaxseed mixed with melted chocolate. And they have a kick from the chili chocolate, although plain dark chocolate will work too.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

91

Calories

8 g

Protein

9 g

Carbs

3 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 scoop WHEY+ chocolate protein isolate

1 Tbsp. coconut sugar

2 Tbsp. ground flaxseed

2 1/2 squares (25 grams) 70% chili dark chocolate, melted

1 Tbsp. milk

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Protein Brownies

Serves 8

For super healthy brownies, swap out the flour for protein powder, and use an all-natural low-calorie sweetener like stevia or xylitol. It’ll affect the texture so the brownies are less crumbly, although you’ll still get lots of chocolate flavor.

As with other baked goods, the kind of whey protein you use will determine the texture. These brownies are made with a plant-based protein blend; if you want to substitute whey, be aware it can absorb liquid differently, so you might have to use a little more or less than the recipe calls for.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

147

Calories

9 g

Protein

7 g

Carbs

10 g

Fat

Ingredients

3/4 cup Spiru-Tein chocolate protein powder

1/4 cup stevia (or 1/2 cup granulated sugar)

1/2 cup almond butter

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 large egg

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or more if necessary)

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Protein Mug Brownie

Serves 1

A whole pan of freshly baked brownies can be too tempting, And even when they’re full of protein and other wholesome ingredients, overindulging means not just a stomachache but too many calories for a snack.

When your willpower against chocolate is running low, grab a mug. Then fill it with cocoa powder, a touch of chocolate protein powder, and applesauce. You’ll also need baking powder to get it to rise, enough milk to make a brownie batter, and your sweetener of choice. Stick it in the microwave for a minute and a half, and get a spoon.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

120

Calories

10 g

Protein

26 g

Carbs

3 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. WHEY+ chocolate protein isolate

3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 Tbsp. Truvia (or sweetener of choice)

2 Tbsp. unsweetened applesauce

4 Tbsp. unsweetened almond milk

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Salted Caramel Protein Blondies

Serves 9

All brownies should have chocolate in them, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a light alternative like these blondies.

You can add the salted caramel flavor with an extract, or if doesn’t make a big difference to add a few grams of fat, replace 1/4 cup of the Greek yogurt with brown butter. And if you can’t get a hold of lucuma powder, try using coconut flour, almond meal, or maca powder instead.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

86

Calories

5 g

Protein

19 g

Carbs

0 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 scoop WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

1/4 cup oats

1/2 cup lucuma powder

1/2 cup xylitol

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. sea salt

1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/4 cup liquid egg whites

3/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

1 tsp. salted caramel extract (optional)

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Hemp Protein Brownie Muffins

Serves 4

These chocolate muffins have enough richness to satisfy intense brownie cravings. And they’re flourless with just five ingredients, including chopped dark chocolate, eggs, and coconut sugar.

These are still more like dessert than breakfast, but with the boost of using hemp protein instead of flour, you’re getting close to 10 grams of protein per chocolate snack.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

153

Calories

9 g

Protein

11 g

Carbs

11 g

Fat

Ingredients

1/4 cup hemp protein powder

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 Tbsp. coconut sugar (or sweetener of choice)

2 large eggs

1 oz. dark chocolate, chopped

2 Tbsp. semisweet chocolate chips (optional)

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