Banana Almond Meal Protein Brownies

So I was thinking back to those brownies I made before and how I really wanted to make a version with more protein per serving. My first thought was, “Well just add another scoop of protein powder- duh!” But honestly, that seemed like a boring cop-out (though it could easily be done) so I decided this time that yes, I would add another scoop but I would also play with making the batter slightly different. After all, who wants to eat the exact same brownies all the time?…on second thought, I retract that foolish question. Either way though, it’s fun to change things up!

And thus, the updated brownies were born!  The texture is similar but I would say these are a little richer with the addition of banana and almond meal.  I also made it a little simpler to make- no need to heat up the liquid ingredients in a pot anymore- just blend away!  Yay blending!

If you haven’t tried baking with almond meal before you really should- it’s so fun to add to baking recipes because it adds great moisture to them and you can cut down on flour!  Yummy~~!

Once again, the recipe makes 9 servings and the caloric breakdown is as follows (approx):

180 cal

10g fat

16g carbs

4.5 g fiber

5g sugars

11g protein

Banana and Almond Meal Protein Brownies – Serves 9

1 Cup Almond Milk (unsweetened)
1/3 Cup Peanut Butter
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 TBSP Stevia Powder
1 Small Ripe Banana
2 Cups Puffed Wheat
1/4 Cup Old Fashioned Oats
2 Scoops Chocolate Protein Powder
1/4 Cup Almond Meal
1/2 Cup Cacao Nibs (unsweetened)
1/4 Cup Chopped Dates

Preheat oven to 350F.

Toss almond milk, peanut butter, cinnamon, stevia and banana in a blender and blend until smooth.

Mix puffed wheat, oats, protein powder, almond meal, cacao nibs and dates in a large bowl.  Fold in blended mixture.

Pour batter in an sprayed 8x8in baking dish.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cut into 9 servings and try not to eat it all in one go!

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