Recipe Alert! Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Protein Brownies

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!

Chocolate Banana Protein Goodness-and a slightly better photo

Chocolate Banana Protein Goodness-and a slightly better photo

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

-Preheat oven to 350 and spray 8×8 pan with nonstick stuff.

-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!

-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.)

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

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  1. Stephanie Killingsworth says:

    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!

  2. Erin says:

    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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