These mint protein brownies are only 110 calories and are healthy and protein packed! They’re quick and easy to make, so they’re perfect for snacking.
We bought my dog a Christmas sweater.
I know. You’re judging me for being “THAT GIRL” who dresses up her dog. I promise I don’t do it often. Only at Christmas. I mean, Christmas is a family time.
We can’t have that kind of nudity running around the house YA KNOW?
HOW-EV-ER. Little did we know that it would TOTALLY change Scruffy’s (that’s her name, if you didn’t figure it out) personality.
WE thought she would hate it. We thought she would hide in the corner and hang her head in shame.
(Side note. This is actually how she reacted when we made her wear a pumpkin costume at Halloween. HEEELARIOIS. And, yes, I lied about “only Christmas”)
BUT. She LOVES the thing. Except it made her SO lazy. Like she won’t even MOVE anymore. She just lays in bed and sleeps ALL. DAY. LONG.
I mean, she won’t even EAT. Which is why we had to take it off her.
She was losing weight. And, she’s only 3 lbs. There really isn’t much of her to spare.
Has this weird lazy-dog-sweater-phenomenon ever happened to you? What do you think is the cause of it? We figure it’s just like when people get all cozy and warm. They don’t want to do ANYTHING.
Except. I still want to eat. If I’m warm. If I’m cold. If I’m asleep. I want to eat.
I know you’re thinking “how do you know if you want to eat when you’re asleep Taylor?”
Because I think of my best recipe ideas in my dreamsies.
LIKE THESE PROTEIN BROWNIES. <– And that, my friends, is how you segue from dogs in sweaters to gluten free brownies goodness. You see how it’s done now.
Today we are throwing ALL THE THINGS you ever knew to be true about protein brownies out the window. Well, except the whole, “OMG THEY ARE SO DELICIOUS AND I WANT TO EAT THEM ALL FOREVER. THE END” thing that brownies always seem to have going for them.
These brownies are only 110 calories (for a BIG brownie) and they’re made with. Except you would NEVA EVA know because they are so rich.
Warning: If you like your brownies more like the paleo mint gluten free chocolate cake, IE: CAKEY, These are not for you. BUT, if you really liked the gluten free sugar cookie tart with peppermint truffle filling, and you like brownies that kind of resemble a chocolate fudge recipe or a rich, truffle…
Well, prep yourself folks, because these protein brownies could also be called “Sir Fudge A lot”
I don’t know where that came from.
Minty. Fudgey. Chocolatey Brownie Goodness. For 110 calories.
Even your dreams can’t get that good.
Low Carb Mint Protein Brownies
- 7 Tbsp Coconut oil, melted and divided
- 6 Tbsp Erythritol Sweetener (I used Swerve)
- 1 Large egg, at room temperature
- 2 Egg yolks, at room temperature
- 1/2 tsp Mint extract (optional - leave out if you don't want mint)
- 5 Ounces Sugar free dark chocolate, roughly chopped and divided (I used Lillies)
- 1/4 Cup Plant-based chocolate protein powder *
- 1/2 tsp Baking soda
- 1/4 tsp Sea salt
- 2 Tbsp Unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line an 8x8 inch pan with parchment paper, leaving some sticking up to use as a handle to get the brownies out of the pan.
In a medium bowl using an electric hand mixer, beat together 5 Tbsp of the coconut oil, reserving the rest for later, along with the Erythritol, egg, egg yolks and mint extract for 1 minute. The mixture should turn a lighter yellow.
Place 4 oz of the chocolate in a medium, microwave-safe bowl, along with the remaining 2 Tbsp of melted oil. Cook on half power, using 30 second intervals, and stirring between each interval, until the chocolate is smooth and melted.
While beating, pour the melted chocolate into the egg mixture until thick and well combined.
Add the protein powder, baking soda and salt in and stir until well combined. Then, vigorously whisk in the almond milk until the batter smooths out a little bit.
Finely chop the remaining one ounce of chocolate (think the size of mini chocolate chips or a bit smaller) and stir into the batter.
Spread evenly into the prepared pan and bake until the edges just begin to darken, the center rises a little bit, and an toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20-21 minutes. Do NOT over bake!
Let cool in the pan for 20 minutes and then gently use the parchment paper handles to lift the brownies onto a wire rack to cool COMPLETELY.
Once totally cooled, slice and DEVOUR!
*I have also made this with SIFTED cocoa powder and it works - they are just more rich chocolate and a little less sweet.
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