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4 Ingredient Healthy Protein Brownies

November 28, 2016
healthy, brownies, desserts, no sugar, protein

Now that we’re past our Thanksgiving feast(s), I have a healthy brownie recipe for you. We’re in full on holiday season now, but it’s never a bad idea to keep your waistline in mind when having treats. That’s where these 4 ingredient healthy protein brownies come in.

This recipe comes from Gimme Delicious and you can find it here.

These brownies do have an interesting texture. I never got mine to look quite the way Gimme Delicious did, and certainly never got them firm enough to stack on top of one another as they have pictured. So, please forgive the very less-than-stellar pictures. That said, I do like the taste.

If I know a recipe is healthy I automatically think it will be delicious, which often does help out. Mind over matter and all that. But, even Kyle didn’t complain about these and prefers them to black bean brownies.

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With only 4 healthy ingredients and a super fast prep time, what more could you really ask for from a dessert??


  • 6 over ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup peanut butter (I used PB2)
  • 1/2 cup protein powder
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and prepare 8×8 pan with cooking spray.
  2. Mix bananas and peanut butter together.
  3. Add in protein powder and cocoa powder.
  4. Pour into pan.
  5. Bake for 10-20 minutes.*
  6. Cool at least 10 minutes before cutting.

*I believed mine were done after 15 minutes. The top was cracked, the sides were pulled apart from the pan, and a toothpick came out clean. But. After cooling for 10 minutes, cutting them, and attempting to remove one from the pan, I discovered that they were no where close to done.

4 ingredient, healthy protein brownies

I ended up cooking them for an additional 15 minutes, and eventually took them out because the top was close to burning. The bottom/middle were still not very solid though. They did firm up overnight in the fridge.


Kuwait grocery stores tend to only have very green bananas available, so I had to wait quite a while until mine were ripe enough to use.

I used regular PB2, but now that I have their chocolate variety, I bet that would have been even better.

For the protein powder, I used Optimum Nutrition’s Mocha Cappuccino flavor, and I really liked it. I’m sure any chocolate or salted caramel flavor (or a mix of both) would be equally good.

Dream with me for a second . . . Chocolate PB2 + 1/4 cup Mocha Cappuccino protein powder + 1/4 cup Salted Caramel flavored protein powder + 1/4 cup cocoa powder. As soon as I find some salted caramel protein powder I’ll let you know how that turns out!

Here’s the nutrition breakdown:
  • Recipe makes 10 brownies
  • Each brownie: 138 calories, 10 gm protein, 24 gm carbs, 2 gm fat, 4 gm fiber

I would love to know what you think about these! They are definitely worth trying, but keep an open mind and remember how healthy they are : )

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  • Reply Kate November 1, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    I wonder how it would go using mashed pumpkin to lower the carb content?

    • Reply Sheli November 3, 2017 at 9:26 am

      Hi Kate! That’s a great idea and perfect for fall! The bananas add a lot of the sweetness though, so you would need to compensate for that somehow . . . maybe some cinnamon and/or pumpkin pie spice would do the trick? Let me know if you try it!

  • Reply Judith Breeding November 3, 2017 at 2:20 am

    In the oven now! The batter is fantastic!

    • Reply Sheli November 5, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      Great!! Let me know how they turn out!

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