These mini protein brownie bites will satisfy even your strongest chocolate cravings! And they are grain free, vegan, gluten free, allergy friendly, paleo and whole30 friendly!
There is nothing chocolate can’t fix. The best smell is brownies baking in the oven. The anticipation of them being done and trying to practice self control long enough not to burn the top of my mouth on 400 degree brownie goodness. These brownie bites are no different. Although I have learned that when cooking with protein powder self control is always rewarded. Seriously, these taste so different hot vs. slightly cooled off or cooled in the fridge. All good, but the sligthly cool with a slightly melted center is heavenly!
I mentioned that Dave and I moved to Austin TX last week. We are on a big adventure building our dream gym here in Austin! I couldn’t be more excited. But with gym ownership comes things like negotiating leases and insurance and getting a loan and all the adulting things that make you want to curl up in a ball and call your mom. Yeah there has been a lot of that too. But protein brownie bites make it all a little more tolerable.
I’ve had the craziest sweet tooth lately. I know myself well enough to know that if there are brownies in a pan, the pan will disappear, sliver by sliver. To combat this, I decided to create built in portion control. These little protein brownie bites have so far done the trick. I made these about 12 hours ago, and more than half of them are still around. I’m going to call that a success 🙂 I had to do a little taste testing after all. I don’t want to disappoint you! If you want to try some delicious brownies in a pan, I suggest you try these pumpkin protein brownies. If it is still to hot to bake where you live, I understand. Try these no bake totally raw vegan no bake brownies instead and pin this recipe for later!
I used SunWarrior Chocolate protein powder in this recipe, but you could use your favorite protein powder. Sunwarrior is sweetened with stevia, so if you are using an unsweetened protein powder, you will likely need to add 1-2 packets of stevia. It’s vegan so you can taste test before baking! If you use a whey protein, you might want to add 1/2 tbs. of cocont flour for texture and to create the right consistency. This recipe is pretty simple to create once and then play around with so let me know in the comments if you made changes and how they turned out!
The key to making the perfect size protein brownie bites? A bite size pan with silicone liners! I bought this pan from Amazon when we were running The Healthy Dish Company, thinking I would evenutally make bite size snacks. But after you make 150 regular size muffins for people, the idea of making them even smaller becomes crazy talk! So this pan was put in a box never to be thought of again. That was until we moved and I unpacked it. I was excited to start creating and knew something chocolate had to be first.
I used sunbutter in this recipe. Please feel free to use your favorite nut or seed butter in this recipe. Peanut butter, almond butter, hazelnut butter. Oh hazelnut butter would probably be AMAZING! Maybe next time I will try that!
Protein Brownie Bites
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Mash the banana in a bowl. Add the protein powder and nut butter and stir well.
- Add the chia seeds and 1/4 cup of milk. Let sit for 1 minute.
- Stir well. Add the cocoa powder and baking powder and stir until well combined.
- Spoon out the batter 1 tbs. each brownie bite into a bite size muffin tin
- Place one chocolate chunk in the center of each brownie
- Sprinkle with coarse sea salt (optional)
- Bake for 14-15 minutes at 375.
- Let cool slightly before enjoying
What about you?
- Tell me what is your favorite way to enjoy brownies, warm from the oven or chilled?
- How do you satisfy your chocolate cravings?
- Sea salt on top? What do you love?