Dairy-Free Protein Powder 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?
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.