What's even better than having a brownie for dessert? Having a protein filled brownie for an afternoon snack! I know we all get those 3:00pm snack attacks and mine is almost always for something sweet. Instead of going for those treats in the break room reach for one of these made with clean ingredients and healthy fats. I love working on new recipes and I have to say this was a fun challenge. Three ingredients were assigned; avocado, pomegranate, and protein powder. I worked with those to create these gluten free, vegan "brownies". And I'm sure you may be thinking that avocado does not belong with chocolate. I was part of the same camp. But two years ago in a desperate sugar craving I gave it a try and was surprised by how well the combination works. The recipe, more pictures, and nutrition details are below.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9x9 inch baking pan. Set aside.
Makes 12 brownies, serving is one brownie.
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- ½ cup chocolate protein powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 can garbanzo beans
- 1 avocado
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar
- ½ cup pomegranate seeds
- 1 tbs almond milk
Whisk all dry ingredients together and set aside.
Rinse garbanzo beans and place in food processor, add avocado and blend until smooth. Add all other wet ingredients. Fold in dry ingredients and then fold in pomegranate seeds until well incorporated.
Transfer to the prepared baking dish and smooth with spatula. Sprinkle extra pomegranate seeds and bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes. Allow to cool then cut into 12 pieces. Feel free to drizzle with melted dark chocolate, because who doesn't need more chocolate in their life?
Calories: 99g Fat: 3g Protein: 4g Fiber: 4g Carbohydrates: 15g Sugar: 6g