Chocolate Protein Brownies

chocolate protein brownies

Just because you are eating clean it doesn't mean you can't still treat yourself. These Chocolate Protein Brownies are the perfect pre-workout snack or treat to whip up whenever you have some free time. They are decadent and only have 4 ingredients.

Okay, this whole eating clean thing sometimes has me craving sweets... like big time! Over the weekend, I caved in, attempting to make gluten-free cookies, which were a total disaster. Partially because I'm an awful baker. (I'm a great cook, but can't bake to save my life!) I know that these efforts to bake weren't fully contributed to my lack of baking skills, but more so because gluten-free alternatives are so blah.

It’s been 8 years since finding out about my gluten intolerance, and I still haven’t found any great alternatives. I've given up hope! Perhaps it was a good thing that the cookies didn’t turn out that great. To settle this craving, I found an even better alternative, that makes for a mouthwatering pre-workout snack and decadent dessert, all guilt free.

These Chocolate Protein Brownies were inspired by a recipe from Mike Dolce's The Dolce Diet. I reworked Mike’s recipe with items I had in my pantry. The final outcome? Decadently delicious!

chocolate protein brownies
chocolate protein brownies
chocolate protein brownies

What You’ll Need

3 medium bananas ½ cup smooth/creamy unsweetened peanut butter 1 packet/scoop of vega one chocolate protein coconut oil 1/4-1/2 cup water optional: 2 tbsp. - ¼ cup cacao powder (depending on how rich and chocolaty you want them to be)

What You'll Need To Know

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a small cake pan with coconut oil and set aside. Add ingredients - bananas, protein powder, peanut butter, 1/4 cup water - to a high-speed blender and mix well. Add more water if the mixture is too dense. You want it to be smooth and fluid just like brownie mix. Pour mixture into greased pan and bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through. This recipe makes 12 servings.

Depending on how rich and chocolaty you want them to be, you can add cacao powder to them. For me personally, I’m not a huge fan of chocolate anything aside from straight up dark or milk chocolate bars. (I know, weird, but that’s how I roll.)

Cal: 113 / Fat: 6 / Carbs: 11.3 / Protein: 5.2

Red Quinoa Pre-Workout Breakfast Bowl

pre workout red quinoa breakfast
pre workout red quinoa breakfast

Red quinoa...

...for breakfast?

Yesss!

I bet you never thought about Quinoa as a breakfast choice, right?

Just like Oats, Oat Bran, or Amaranth, quinoa is a great choice. It's a complex carb which means it'll take a bit longer to digest, fueling your body for the day away or an AM sweat sesh.

So, what exactly is in the bowl? Here's what is in this super fast and easy gluten-free pre-workout breakfast of Quinoa: 1/2 cup Red Quinoa, 1/4 apple, thinly sliced, organic raisins, dash of ground cinnamon, stevia (to taste), fresh chopped walnuts, flax seeds, and unsweetened almond milk.

pre workout red quinoa breakfast 1
pre workout red quinoa breakfast 1

What You'll Need

1/4 cup Red Quinoa (uncooked)
1 cup water
pinch of sea salt
1/2 apple, thinly sliced
1/2 small box of organic raisins
dash of ground cinnamon
Maple syrup or stevia (to taste)
4 chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon flax seeds
1 tablespoon hemp seeds
4 oz cold unsweetened coconut milk (or milk of choice)
 

What You'll Need To Know

Combine your Quinoa, water, salt in a lidded sauce pan. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer on low with the lid on for 15 minutes.

When your Quinoa is cooked, stir in your raisins, flax seeds, hemp seeds, a dash of cinnamon and sweetener of choice.

Serve in a deep bowl and top with sliced apples, and cold milk of choice.