Flourless Fudgey Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Brownies (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

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What's your favorite baked good? Are you a cookies or brownies person? These are the important, hard-hitting questions that I like to ask my friends and family. I mean, what better way to know a) what kind of person they are ;),  b) what to make them on their birthday, and c) how to best bribe them should the need arise.

I've always been in the cookie camp. For me, there's nothing like a warm, soft, doughy cookie fresh from the oven -- preferably while in sweatpants and on my sofa, but now I'm just being picky.

But I have to say, I might just be a convert to brownies with this new recipe I've whipped up.

If I reach for a brownie, it has to be a fudgey brownie -- I won't stand for a cake-like brownie (those are too dry and not very exciting to me).

Instead, I want my brownie to be dense, fudgey, and thick. Well, folks, this recipe has nailed all of those criteria.

I also like to keep my baked treats as healthful as possible while not leading on that they contain good-for-you ingredients. Because what's better than enjoying every bite of a delicious brownie and then realizing that you're actually eating whole-food ingredients and getting a ton of protein in.

The base of these brownies are, believe it or not, chickpeas! Chickpeas make an awesome base for baked goods, and I've used them to make cookies and blondies, and they work like a charm.

These brownies are also only sweetened with dates! I swear, dates are nature's true form of candy, and they give these brownies the most decadent sweetness without giving you nutrient- and blood-sugar drain that traditional refined white sugar would.

And to top it off, I added Ancient Nutrition Peanut Butter Bone Broth Protein to give these the classic chocolate-peanut butter (match-made-in-heaven) combo. Of any protein powder I've tried, this brand is my absolute favorite because it doesn't upset my stomach the way some others do. In fact, the bone broth in it is actually gut-friendly and healing! Bone broth contains gelatin and collagen, which are incredibly good for keeping the lining of your digestive tract in good condition so that you digest and absorb nutrients from you food effectively, and so that you aren't causing systemic inflammation in the body from poorly digested and absorbed foods. Plus, this peanut butter flavor of the protein powder is SO good, you guys. Seriously, I can't recommend it enough!

If I haven't sold you on trying this recipe, I honestly don't know what will. Just give this super-simple recipe a try, and I know you're going to love every gooey, chocolatey bite!

Flourless Fudgey Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Brownies (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)
  • 1 can chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • 1/3 cup almond butter (or peanut butter if tolerated and preferred!)
  • 4 dates, pitted
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 2 tsp maca powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • 1 scoop or 1 packet Ancient Nutrition Peanut Butter Bone Broth Protein
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chunks (optional but encouraged!)
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Spray a square baking dish with just a little bit of avocado oil.
  3. In a food processor, add all of the ingredients except for the chocolate chunks if using, and process on high until smooth.
  4. Carefully fold in the chocolate chunks if using (I suggest removing the blade of the food processor to do this).
  5. Transfer the batter to the oiled baking dish, and bake for 20 minutes, or until a knife or toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Allow to cool for about 30 minutes before cutting into them, but do enjoy warm :)

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Thanks for reading!