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Dairy Free High Protein Brownies

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I am a chocoholic. I also am gluten intolerant and very hypoglycemic.  I try to be aware of my sugar and dessert intake while in prep for my kettlebell sport competitions. If I am building muscle as an athlete I want to make sure the food I take in is helping me instead of hurting me! I developed this brownies with things I had on hand one evening to satisfy a chocolate and sugar craving and they have been a hit ever since!

Further Food Commentary:

It’s easy to confuse coconut milk with coconut water, as the latter is lower calorie. To use coconut milk to its fullest without fixating on the 48 g of fat per cup, with 43 g deriving from saturated fat, I recommend using ‘lite’ coconut milk to swap out 2/3 fat and calories while still maintaining the flavor. The good news? In moderation, coconut milk may aid in improving immune function and skin and hair health while reducing heart disease risk.

By Nikki Nies, MS, Nutritionist
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Dairy Free High Protein Brownies

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  • Prep Time:20 min
  • Cook Time:20-30 min
  • Servings: 8

Ingredients

1 cup chocolate protein powder  (I use Shaklee 180 Smoothee Mix – Chocolate Flavor)
1 cup quinoa flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup coconut milk or almond milk
3 eggs
2 tablespoons evaporated cane sugar or coconut palm sugar
1/2 bag 60% (or higher) cacao dark chocolate chips

Instructions

1. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.

2. Combine protein powder, quinoa flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt in small bowl and set aside.

3. Place coconut oil in microwave safe bowl and melt in microwave until liquid. Combine with sugar and coconut milk and stir until fully combined. Add eggs one at a time and beat until fully combined.

4. Mix in dry ingredients thoroughly, add a bit more coconut milk if needed for moisture, batter should be wet but fairly thick. Stir in the chocolate chips.

5. Spread in parchment lined square baking dish and bake 20-30 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool in pan. Cut into 1″ square small portions and enjoy thoughtfully!

*Note: These brownies freeze very well. I often make a batch and eat a couple and freeze the rest of the pre-cut squares. I can then grab one or two out for a high protein snack in the evening when I crave something sweet!

1. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees. 2. Combine protein powder, quinoa flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt in small bowl and set aside. 3. Place coconut oil in microwave safe bowl and melt in microwave until liquid. Combine with sugar and coconut milk and stir until fully combined. Add eggs one at a time and beat until fully combined. 4. Mix in dry ingredients thoroughly, add a bit more coconut milk if needed for moisture, batter should be wet but fairly thick. Stir in the chocolate chips. 5. Spread in parchment lined square baking dish and bake 20-30 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool in pan. Cut into 1″ square small portions and enjoy thoughtfully! *Note: These brownies freeze very well. I often make a batch and eat a couple and freeze the rest of the pre-cut squares. I can then grab one or two out for a high protein snack in the evening when I crave something sweet!

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 327; Total Fat: 23g; Saturated Fat: 16g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 84mg; Sodium: 273mg; Potassium: 122mg; Carbohydrate: 24g; Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 10g; Protein: 10g

Nutrition Bonus:   Iron: 18%

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