These easy protein brownies are fudge like, gooey and chocolaty! They are made with nutritious and wholesome ingredients. These brownies take only 10 minutes to prep and 20 minutes to bake. They are quick, easy, healthy and incredibly delicious!

Protein brownies.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • These flourless protein brownies are quick and easy.
  • Only one mixing bowl.
  • No dough chilling required.
  • Only 8 pantry staple ingredients needed.
  • They come out gooey and fudge like.
  • They are not dry or bland.
  • Each brownie has 7 grams of protein and only 169 calories.
  • They are made without black beans and without flour.
  • This recipe is gluten free, grain free, dairy free friendly, and refined sugar free.
  • For Paleo, use almond butter and dairy free milk.
  • They are lower carb than traditional brownies.
  • Check out these Protein Chocolate Chip Cookies for another high protein dessert.

Ingredients & Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for protein powder brownies. Scroll down to the recipe card for full ingredients list and instructions.

Use two eggs. Do not use a vegan egg replacement in this recipe. For eggless, make these Vegan Brownies.

All natural creamy peanut butter adds substance and flavor. In addition, the peanut butter provides a gooey texture. If desired, use all natural almond butter or cashew butter. For nut free, use sunflower butter.

Any type of milk works. For dairy free, use dairy free milk. For nut free, use oat milk or coconut milk.

Pure maple syrup sweetens the brownies. Substitute with honey if needed. I do not recommend replacing with a granulated sugar.

A little vanilla extract adds a homemade flavor.

Chocolate protein powder adds flavor and the protein content. I used Nuzest chocolate protein powder which is vegan pea protein. If desired, use a whey option.

Baking powder helps leaven these brownies. Overall, they only rise slightly.

Chocolate chips add even more chocolate flavor. Use your favorite brand.

Peanut butter and chocolate chips.

Protein Content

These higher protein brownies each have 7 grams of protein. Here are some of the health benefits.

Eggs add protein to this recipe. They are a complete protein.

All natural nut butter adds a great source of plant based protein. In addition, nut butter is satiating and filling.

Chocolate protein powder adds a great deal of protein. This can be in the form of plant based or animal based protein.

Overall, these brownies are lower in carbs, lower in sugar and higher in protein than classic brownies.

Taste & Texture

These protein brownies are rich, decadent and chocolaty. The biggest flavors are peanut butter and chocolate. I recommend choosing protein powder you enjoy the flavor of. It is slightly detectable in this recipe.

These brownies are gooey, fudge like and slightly dense.

How to Make

Step 1

First, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line an 8 inch by 8 inch pan with parchment paper.

Step 2

In a mixing bowl, add the eggs, all natural peanut butter, milk, maple syrup and vanilla. Stir to combine.

Peanut butter batter.

Step 3

Then, add in chocolate protein powder and baking powder. Stir to combine.

Thick protein batter.

Step 4

Fold in the chocolate chips.

Protein brownie batter.

Step 5

Transfer batter to the lined square pan. Dot with extra chocolate chips on top if desired.

Chocolate chip batter in pan.

Step 6

Bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Baked healthy brownies.

Step 7

Finally, remove from oven. Allow protein brownies to fully cool before slicing into.

Expert Tips & Tricks

Use all natural creamy peanut butter made from only nuts and salt. Do not use brands with added sugars or oils.

Different protein powders may lead to slightly different results. Follow step by step photos above for how the batter should look.

With that said, this batter is somewhat thick.

Do not bake too long. These brownies should be soft and slightly gooey in the middle.

Allow brownies to fully cool before slicing.

These protein brownies taste better when stored in the fridge.

Gooey high protein brownie.

How to Serve & Store

Serve protein brownies once cool enough.

Serve with a tall glass of milk, protein smoothie, coffee or hot chocolate.

They are great with a scoop of Paleo ice cream!

Store in the fridge for best results.

Freeze for up to 1 month.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens when you add protein powder to baked goods?

Protein powder adds a little density to most baked goods. It also adds higher protein content.

Can you use protein powder to bake?

Yes!

Are they gluten free?

Yes, this recipe is gluten free as written. Double check that your protein powder is gluten free.

Are they healthy?

These brownies are made with healthy ingredients.

What kind of protein powder should you use?

I love Nuzest chocolate protein powder. Feel free to use your favorite.

Sliced brownies with chocolate.

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Protein brownies.

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These high protein brownies are quick, easy and fudge like! They are completely flourless and use chocolate protein powder. These brownies are healthy, low sugar, and suitable for many diets and lifestyles.
5 from 1 vote

Ingredients

Instructions 

  • First, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line an 8 inch square pan with parchment paper.
  • In a mixing bowl, add eggs, all natural peanut butter, milk, maple syrup and vanilla. Stir to combine.
  • Then, add in chocolate protein powder and baking powder. Stir to combine.
  • Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Transfer batter to the lined square pan. Dot with extra chocolate chips on top if desired.
  • Bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Finally, remove from oven. Allow brownies to fully cool before slicing into.

Notes

  • Use all natural creamy peanut butter made from only peanuts and salt.
  • Substitute all natural almond butter or cashew butter if desired.
  • I have only tested this recipe using Nuzest chocolate protein powder.  Use code ADDISON15 for 15% off.
  • The brownie batter will be pretty thick.
  • Do not over bake brownies.  They are meant to be a little gooey.
  • Allow brownies to fully cool before slicing.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.
  • These brownies are better kept in the fridge.
  • Freeze for up to 1 month.
Calories: 169kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 0.002g, Cholesterol: 24mg, Sodium: 123mg, Potassium: 140mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 30IU, Calcium: 61mg, Iron: 1mg

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