At Fysiqal, we’re always keen to show that there are a great many ways to get supplements into your diet and provide the balance you need to fuel your workout regime.
Baking with protein powders has really taken off in recent years and has shown how these super-useful supplements can form part of a tasty guilt-free treat.
One of the best ways to bake with protein is to rustle up a batch of brownies. Here are the best trio of recipes the internet has to offer to show you to go about doing just that for yourself:
100 calorie raspberry chocolate chip protein brownies
These little beauties from Ambitious Kitchen are perfect if you’ve got an eye on your calorie-count – they’re an easy-to-remember 100 calories apiece and delicious too.
1/4 cup gluten free rolled oats
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup chocolate protein powder
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup almond milk – unsweetened vanilla or chocolate
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/4 cup chocolate chips, plus 2 tablespoons for topping
1/2 cup raspberries, broken up into large pieces
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the oats in a blender and whiz them up into a flour. Whisk it up in bowl with the protein and cocoa powders. Separately whisk together the apple sauce, egg, honey, vanilla and almond milk until smooth and well-combined. Add to the dry ingredients and mix together.
Heat the coconut oil and 1/4 cup of the chocolate chips in a small saucepan over very low heat; stir continuously until all chocolate chips and coconut oil have melted together and then gently stir into the batter.
Pour into a pre-prepared brownie dish, sprinkle over the remaining 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips and the raspberries on top.
Bake for 18-22 minutes or until just cooked through and the top has set. Makes 12 bars.
Mocha brownie protein bars
How about a fudgy, coffee-flavoured brownie, and one that needs very few ingredients to boot? Amy’s Healthy Baking has the answer with this superb recipe that makes 6 protein-fuelled bars for you:
3 scoops (90g) vanilla protein powder
½ cup (40g) unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup (50g) old-fashioned oats
2 tbsp (28g) sweetener
1 cup (240ml) cold coffee (use a strong blend if you want a more powerful flavor)
Simply stir up the powders, oats and sweetener in a bowl, then add the coffee and mix until fully incorporated. Press into a 9x5in pan (lined with paper) and chill for two hours until firm. For a firmer bar, whack it in the freezer for 10-12 minutes.
Peanut butter cup protein brownies
The beauty of brownies is their sheer flexibility. You can add in a dash of whatever flavour you fancy to enhance your tasty treat. Celeryandcupcakes.com has concocted this little gem that makes use of peanut butter to forge an absolute treat. Enjoy:
2 scoops of chocolate protein powder (60ml scoop)
2 tbsps. of unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. of vanilla extract
2-3 tbsp peanut butter (a natural crunchy peanut butter is best)
1/2 cup of almond milk
1 tsp of baking powder
Dark chocolate chips for decoration
Pop the powders in a bowl and mix in the eggs, vanilla extract and almond milk, stirring until well combined. Transfer into a tin and then add dollops of peanut butter randomly throughout. Swirl with a spoon then sprinkle over some dark chocolate chips for decoration. Bake for 15-20 minutes in a pre-heated 180-degree oven until cooked.