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RECIPE: PROTEIN BROWNIES

If you’ve been keeping an eye on the CK Elite blog recently, you’ll know we’ve been talking a lot about chocolate. It has been Easter after all…

So following on from all that, here’s a great recipe to try that’ll give you that hit of chocolate you’ve been craving—but that’s just about healthy and protein-packed enough to make a nice guilt-free addition to your diet so long as you don’t eat too many!

Protein brownies are everywhere at the moment. We’ve talked before on the blog about just how healthy snacks like these are—but remember, if you’re making them yourself then you’re in complete control of just how healthy you make them.

There are dozens of brownie recipes available online, ranging from those that don’t need any cooking to those that contain some pretty bizarre ingredients, like blended kidney beans and shredded sweet potato! But to keep things simple and healthy, try this mix out—the high cocoa-content dark chocolate gives you a nice hit of all the health benefits of chocolate we’ve been talking about recently, while we’re keeping things sweet with some natural sugars from honey and banana.

Ingredients:

  • 30g whey protein powder – chocolate or vanilla flavour works great
  • 70g whole wheat or oat flour
  • 25g unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 1 egg
  • 80–90% dark chocolate (the higher the cocoa solid the better!)
  • 1 banana
  • Vanilla essence
  • Pinch of salt

Method:

  1. Mix the flour, protein powder and cocoa powder in a bowl or food processor
  2. Add an egg, the honey, and coconut oil
  3. Add a banana and the dark chocolate. If you’re making this in a food processor, no need to cut these up too small—just throw it in and blitz it up. If you’re making this by hand, use a soft, overripe banana, chopped finely or mashed with a fork, and either chop or grate the chocolate.
  4. Add a pinch of salt and a splash of vanilla essence if you like
  5. Mix together into a thin batter
  6. Pour the batter into a small flat baking tray, sprayed with cooking oil or butter to prevent sticking
  7. Bake on a moderate heat (180ºC/Gas 4) for 15–20 minutes, or until baked through

This is a really versatile recipe, so keep playing around with it until you find a flavour and texture you like!

For a sweeter brownie try using half honey, half maple syrup. For a cakier texture try switching the coconut oil for 30g of butter. Or for a denser texture, trying replacing some of the flour with blitzed oats.

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