chocolate banana protein brownie

Gluten Free Fitness

Chocolate Banana Protein Brownies

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35 min.
Prep: 5 min. | Cook: 30 min. | Servings: 8

I have had 5 baking bananas (really ripe bananas that you throw in the freezer thinking-“I’ll use these to bake!”) sitting in my freezer staring at me for at least a month now. Probably longer. Also, Jeff told me the last protein powder we tried (it’s a whey, and I’m not going to mention the brand, shoot me an email if you want to know) was horrible in flavor. Generally he uses vanilla, and I use chocolate, so I don’t always taste his protein. I had used it to bake though, so I knew it was fine for that purpose. So between the bananas and the protein-I thought to myself-“Self-use these up and bake!” I only used one banana-but it’s a start.

So enough of the rambling and on to the recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 very ripe banana mashed
  • 1/4 cacao or cocoa powder
  • 2 TBSP almond flour
  • 35 g or 1/2 c gluten free oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup gluten free oat bran
  • 1/2 c. Splenda granular or stevia equivalent
  • 3 scoops or protein (mine had 23 g of protein per scoop)
  • 2 3.5 oz containers of prune and apple baby food (or you could use applesauce-trust me on this)
  • 1/4 cup fat free ricotta
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and spray 8×8 pan with nonstick stuff.
  2. In a perfect world you combine all dry ingredients, all wet ingredients, then add wet to dry.
    Usually I get excited and forget to do this dumping everything in together and it comes out just fine. So don’t stress!
  3. Cook for 23-30 minutes (my convection oven was 23 minutes to perfection)

Nutritional breakdown

(Yours may be slightly different depending on your protein powder)

Per 1/8 of recipe: (Cut into 16 squares and eat 2 🙂

  • 146 calories
  • 4 grams of fat
  • 15 grams carbohydrates (3.5 are fiber)
  • 11.5 grams protein

(For an explanation of these terms check out the definitions)

These really make a handy snack, and are great for satisfying a chocolate craving without going really crazy with something that’s laden with fat and calories and sugar. The ultimate test was high praise from my non-celiac friend. I sent most of the batch home with her, and she said she may eat them all on the way home. Taste success! (Although I can’t say I condone eating the whole batch at once-but if you do it’s not too terrible-better than a gallon of ice cream.)

As always, let me know what you think-and if you try these, I’d love to hear it! Happy eating!

2 Reviews

  1. Stephanie Killingsworth

    The brownies WERE really good. I ended up eating about 6 at once, by the way! At 146 calories each…I ended up eating most of my daily calories! For next workout, I am hoping to be a taste tester again!

    • Erin

      Steph-thanks for the compliments!
      And you’re safe-the nutritionals are per 2 brownies of that batch you had 🙂 I cut them small for just that reason!

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