Dairy-Free Protein Powder Brownies

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Dairy-Free Power Protein Brownies

I’m a total failure.

I had planned to offer healthy, wholesome, resolution-friendly recipes throughout the month of January.  And today, I’ve gone and posted a recipe for gooey, chocolate-y, decadent and wonderful brownies.  My inclusion of protein powder does not even redeem these brownies.  They’re just not healthy.  At all.  They ARE dairy-free.  So, that’s something, right?

I’m not even apologizing.  I’m just being transparent.  I don’t want you to read this recipe and think: “She’s crazy if she thinks this is a healthy brownie.”

This all started with a failed experiment.  I wanted to use my protein powder in a new and interesting way.  I’ve stirred it into oatmeal and baked it into muffins and used it for smoothies, but I just kept wondering: “what else can I do with this?”

So, my plan was to craft a healthy breakfast cake.  Perhaps with oats and whole wheat, infused with fruit (maybe banana or pineapple), nuts and raw coconut.  And then to top it with a frosting made from a sugar-free vanilla protein powder.

My protein powder “frosting” turned out well.  But, the cake did not.  Twice, I failed, even with significant adjustments.  But, I decided to save the frosting for another use.  I parked it in the fridge awaiting inspiration.

Inspiration came in the form of a dream.  In this dream, I was floating down a river of chocolate in a boat made from coconut shells.  You’d think this would be a recurring dream for me, since I love anything chocolate and coconut.  But, it was a first.  And in the morning, I thought up these brownies.

Don’t all the best decisions come after a good night’s sleep?

Dairy-Free Protein Powder Brownies

Anyway, I crafted this recipe knowing my protein powder frosting would serve as the fudgy factor and I was not disappointed.  Talk about turning lemons into lemonade!  Or protein powder into brownies!?!  It doesn’t matter.

Note about protein powder: my favorite protein powder is Garden of Life Raw Organic Protein because it is organic and contains no weird stuff.  It’s also gluten-free, whey-free and vegan, which (for me) is important.  I also tried it with Juice Plus Complete shake mix, which has a sweeter taste, but both work well in this recipe.  Also, make sure you measure out 3 tablespoons for this recipe, not 3 scoops.  There is a significant difference.

Dairy-Free Protein Powder Brownies

Dairy-Free Protein Powder Brownies


  • Prep Time: 10m
  • Cook Time: 22m
  • Total Time: 32m


  • 1 2.8-ounce bar of dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk yogurt (plain)
  • 3 tablespoons vanilla protein powder (see note in post)

How To Do It

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F).
  2. Grease an 8x8 baking dish with coconut oil or line with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate, coconut oil and sugars while whisking constantly. Remove from heat as soon as the chocolate chunks have melted. Stir in vanilla extract and set aside to cool slightly.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt with a fork.
  5. In a small bowl, stir together the yogurt and protein powder until smooth.
  6. Once cooled, stir the chocolate mixture into the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  7. Add the egg then the yogurt mixture and stir until everything is well incorporated.
  8. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  9. Bake for 22-25 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan.
  11. Cut into squares and serve.
  12. I store these covered with foil at room temperature for up to two days. Or in the fridge for a little longer.
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