As a kid growing up, I always remember seeing a glass jar of nutella in our food cupboards. My younger sister would have it over anything. Toast bread, nutella sandwhices, breadsticks, even straight off the spoon.
Its chocolate & hazelnutty goodness is probably one of the reason’s im so addicted to nut butters now. Natural peanut butter is good. However, I fall into dangerous, binge territory, any time I come near a tub of Nuts N More almond or peanut butter. Im no safer around Barney Butter or P28 either!
When dieting, one of the biggest no-no’s are desserts. They’re high in calories, sugars, and the fat content makes it difficult to fit into your daily macros (if you want a decent sized serving). This means that chocolate brownies are off the menu. Sometimes cravings get the better of us, if im not prepping for a bodybuilding show, i know i sometimes give into my cravings.
What if there was a whey (pun intended) to enjoy a high protein brownie, as a muscle building snack, without ‘breaking’ your diet? The Protein Bakery offers these kind of protein snacks, however nothing beats the taste of some good ol’ home cooking.
Thankfully, Sam from http://www.iamintothis.com/ has worked her magic to bring us a no-bake nutella inspired, protein brownie recipe.
My mouth is already watering!
Lets take a look at what you’ll need to make these protein brownie bites.
For the raw brownies:
150g roasted, skinless hazelnuts, chopped
60g Creative Nature cacao
2 tbsp honey
1-2 tbsp stevia (to taste)
5 tbsp Lucy Bee coconut oil, melted
For the ganache:
2 tbsp Creative Nature cacao
2 tbsp chocolate casein (I use First Protein since it’s grass-fed)
2 tbsp Coyo yoghurt
2 tbsp Lucy Bee coconut oil, melted
1.5 tbsp stevia
- To make the raw brownie, pulse together the ingredients in a food processor until well-combined and sticking together
- If needed, add a touch more coconut oil
- Press the mixture down into a ready-lined loaf tin, then place in the freezer to firm up
- Once the brownie bites are firm, start making the ganache
- Combine all ganache ingredients in a bowl (sweeten more or less, depending on taste, or make it runnier by adding more coconut oil or coyo, or thicker by adding more casein)
- Spread the ganache over the brownie
- Place in the fridge to set
- Cut into bite sized chunks and sprinkle with coconut sugar before eating.
Its as easy that!
You might have noticed that this doesn’t actually contain nutella! By using hazelnuts and cacao, you’re able to recreate the great nutella taste, with a much healthier macro profile. Who said everything is better with nutella!?
These protein brownie bites make for a perfect snack between meals, or as a dessert following any regular meal.
If you’re the type of person who finds themself having to eat healthy when travelling, then these are perfect. They can be wrapped up in cling film, a food bag, or placed in a lunch box, and be taken with you. No need to prepare them. Just a simple, quick, protein snack.
Be warned though, these things taste good! If you lack the self control to moderate portion size, then you might want to create a smaller batch, or have someone in the house hide the rest haha!
If you’ve never experimented with protein baking before, then these 6 tips will help you get started.
We’re all entitled to have a break from our diet, a treat, or a cheat meal. However when you can recreate a traditional treat, using a protein recipe, I don’t see any reason why you’d go for the ‘regular’ version.
I’d always recommend sticking to the recipe 100% if its your first time making something. If it works out as expected, then you can experiment using different flavour protein supplements, toppings, fillings and just experiment! It’s one of the best parts about baking (on in this brownie recipe, no-bake, baking!)
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