I absolutely love brownies. I've posted a few other brownie recipes here before, one being a traditional fudgy brownie made with red fife flour, and the second was a no bake brownie made mainly from cocoa powder, dates, and walnuts.
I have many more brownie recipes to come as well, both healthier versions and just for fun, straight up treat-time.
What can I say? I'm a massive fan.
These brownies are gluten-free, sweetener-free, and are PACKED full of nutrition. They've got:
- Fibre (that's 6.8 grams per square)
- Protein (also 6 grams. Not bad for a healthy brownie!)
- & Antioxidants
They also have an irresistible super-soft texture. Make them and you'll know exactly what I mean.
This really is a no-fuss recipe, it's so simple. Just a hanful of ingredients and your food processor. There's no baking involed. Toss all the ingredients into your food processor (or high speed blender) and blend for about 1 minute or until a nice soft dough. Press into a pan or shape the into brownie squares and refrigerate...or eat them straight away! Done + done.
Just be sure to use a good protein powder that you really enjoy the taste of. I can't stress this enough. If you don't like the taste of the powder you likely won't enjoy the taste of what you are baking.
If you give this recipe a try, let me know! Leave a comment and don't forget to tag a picture #ediblesoundbites on Instagram so I can see your creations. I love seeing what you come up with. Cheers, friends!
Raw Protein Brownies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Keywords: food processor raw snack dessert gluten-free protein soy-free sugar-free vegetarian vegan option cacao powder dates protein powder almond milk bars brownies
Ingredients (4 small brownies)
- 1/4 cup + 1 1/2 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 4 medjool dates
- 2 Tbsp gluten-free oat flour
- 2 Tbsp vanilla whey protein powder (I used North Coast Naturals vanilla Iso Protein 100)
- 2 tsp coconut flour
- 2 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk
Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend into a soft dough.
Press the dough into the corner of a square baking pan. We're using the baking pan to form the dough into 1 large square (about 1 inch in thickness) that can be cut into 4 individual brownies. The dough will not fill the whole pan. Alternatively, you can divide your dough into 4 balls and then press into squares.
Place in the fridge for about 30 minutes before slicing if using the baking pan method.
Keep stored in the fridge in an airtight container or wrapped individually in foil.
To make vegan just sub out the whey protein powder for your favourite vegan vanilla protein.
per square (out of the 4 small ones): 190cals, 44g carbs (out of which 6.8g is fiber!), 6g protein and 1.9g fat.
Let's chill out and talk about some healthy treats.
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Let me introduce you to one of my favourite little snacks: Medjool date rolls. I'm pretty positive you'll fall in love like I have.
I always like to have healthy snacks in the house made from whole foods, ready to go for when hunger hits. Plus they're great to have on hand while travelling. So when I was contacted by Natural Delights to try out their Medjool date rolls and review them, I gladly accepted. I had already tried their fresh Medjool dates before...they taste like candy! I actually discovered them as a natural sweetener when I first began baking and cooking healthier. Not to mention snacking healthier! I've long been a fan of dates, but I have to admit, for years I didn't know there were different kinds of dates out there. Then one day, I stumbled across the fresh plump Medjools in the produce isle at the grocery store. Ever since I tried them I haven't looked back. They're sweeter than dried dates, oh so soft, and crazy good! Not to mention crazy good for you.
Getting back to these date rolls though. Natural Delights sent me 3 different flavours to try including coconut, almond, and their limited edition pecan pumpkin pie spiced (only seasonally-available). They're made from chopped, compressed dates and then rolled and coated in simple, pure ingredients like coconut flakes or chopped almonds. I tried the coconut date rolls and pecan pumpkin pie spice ones first. They were melt-in-your mouth good and had the same soft texture and sweet caramel flavour of the Medjool dates! The almond ones were just as good, but my favourite were the coconut. I ate a few of them as an afternoon snack to keep me going until dinnertime. They kept me satisfied without the crash that comes from eating regular sugary snacks. That's what I call a win-win situation!
I knew that Medjool dates were very good for you, but I didn’t realize just how many health benefits they had until I read up on them. If you didn’t already know about this power fruit... Medjool Dates each contain 16 vitamins and minerals (including 50% more potassium than bananas!), which is excellent for muscle recovery in addition to protein. Plus they are a very good source of dietary fibre.
Additionally to being a good source of fibre and potassium, they contain no added sugar, no fat or cholesterol, are high in antioxidants and offer other important vitamins and minerals including Copper, Magnesium, Vitamin B6, Niacin, Calcium, Iron and Vitamin K. They’re also gluten-free and vegan making them a great choice for nearly everyone.
I really enjoy these date rolls as a part of a post-workout snack, but they are also perfect for snack time anytime or even dessert!
If you’d like to find out more check out the Natural Delights website and look for them in the produce section of your grocery store. I hope you love them as much as I do!