I’ve been doing a lot of hiking lately, involving a lot of hills. It’s been really fun, and is definitely some good exercise, but building all that new muscle has really got me craving some extra protein. I’d typically just reach for a protein bar (Raw Rev Glo bars are so good!), but I’ve been trying to be a bit more budget friendly, so I thought I’d make some homemade vegan keto protein bars. Then, I realized I actually wanted dessert, too, and decided to make vegan keto brownies that could function as both a protein bar, and a delicious snack. Mission accomplished.
These protein bars are actually really simply to make, and are fudgey and dense, and delicious, like all good brownies. They’re also grain free, gluten free, sugar free , soy free… the list goes on.
Notes on Baking Vegan Keto Protein Brownies:
- I used Vega Sport chocolate protein powder for this, but any plant-based chocolate protein powder will work. You could try with whey or egg protein, but I’m honestly not sure how that would turn out!
- This recipe can easily be made nut free by using sunflower seed butter or tahini in place of the peanut butter.
- I like to bake these in a loaf pan, so that every piece is an edge piece, but you could easily use a square baking pan, or even a 9″ cake pan. Just be sure to take off about 5 minutes of cooking time for the brownie pan, and 5-10 minutes for the round (as the brownies will be much thinner in this pan than in the loaf pan).
- I use Swerve as a sweetener, because I like how the texture turns out (plus, there’s no GI discomfort!). You could also use stevia, or another non-caloric sweetener, but the texture may not bake up how you want!
- Be sure to let these cool before slicing into them, so that they set up! Otherwise, they will crumble.
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 2 scoops (~90g) Vega Sport chocolate protein powder
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup Swerve, or other granulated sugar substitute
- 2 tbsp coconut flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- Preheat oven to 350F and grease your pan (or just use a silicone one!).
- In a bowl, combine warm water, peanut butter and Swerve.
- In a separate bowl, sift together protein powder, cocoa, coconut flour and baking powder.
- Mix the dry ingredients into the wet. A thick batter that has the texture of frosting will form.
- Scoop the batter into the pan, smooth the surface and bake for about 40-45 minutes, until a knife comes out pretty clean when inserted. Be sure to adjust the time for different pans, as mentioned in the notes above!
- Let cool, slice and enjoy!
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