Chocolate Cravings


One of my downfalls is my sweet tooth.  I don’t discriminate about what kind of dessert it is, but certainly agree that anything chocolatey wins some love in my book.  As an athlete I know that I have to curb my intake of sweets but when you are craving them it is really tough to just say no.  I decided it was time to try a new recipe–one with some chocolate but with a nutritional twist to it.

After a quick Google search I came up with one for chocolate peanut butter protein brownies.   A perfect solution to tap into a craving and provide an energy source before, during or after a workout.   These protein bites looked a lot like fudge when I cut them up, but definitely are not as sweet (no added sugar to this recipe). 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Brownies

(Liftforlife.com)

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup whey protein powder

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa                                                                  

2 egg whites                                                                                          

1/2 cup nonfat dry milk (substituted skim milk)                               

1 tablespoon sugar-free chocolate syrup (substituted dark chocolate syrup)

1/4 cup natural peanut butter

1/2 – 1 cup water

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2. Blend oats until flour.

3.  Add remaining dry ingredients.

4.  Mix egg whites, chocolate syrup, vanilla and peanut butter in large bowl.

5.  Add dry ingredients.

6.  Slowly add water until “gooey” (this does not turn into a batter; it is very thick in consistency.)

7.  Pour into 9×9 pan lined with wax paper.

8.  Bake for 15 minutes.

9.  Remove from pan and cool on cooling rack.

10.  Cut into 8 bars (or bites as I decided to do for quick energy on the run).

11.  Refrigerate.

Approximate nutritional breakdown (depends on your protein powder) per bar:  187 calories, 7 g fat, 18.25 g carbohydrates, 21 g protein)

Enjoy!  I’ll be freezing some for future long run snacks.

About mileoneandcounting

I'm a young professional living in the Washington, DC area. Since moving here in 2007 I have honed a passion for running and fitness. Growing up I played soccer and softball (and tested track & field for one year). After college I ran a few 5K races, but running was really only a means to staying in shape for me. Never in my wildest imagination had I thought I'd ever run a marathon, let alone three. Nor did I think I'd get the running bug after doing so, but I'll admit I'm hooked! Over the years my blog has grown into so much more than a running blog though. Sometimes I have deep thoughts. Other times I'm simply sharing a training story or a review of a product. Here's the place where you'll learn about me through my many adventures--even I enjoy going back to re-read some posts from time to time. I've also been able to hone my love for health and wellness through my business called IDLife which stands for Individually Designed Life. I'd love to help inspire you to live your best life yet so please don't hesitate to reach out to me and may my words resonate with you. See you on the trails...
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2 Responses to Chocolate Cravings

  1. Jill says:

    Did this satisfy your chocolate/sweet craving? I have a recipe for brownies that uses two cups of zucchini, no eggs, but lots of sugar (I’m sure you could modify). Zucchini makes up for some of the sweetness, right?

    • Not really, Jill. I still went for some Halloween candy. Bad idea to buy that stuff! However, I do plan to run home from work tonight and packed a baggie of these protein brownies for energy. I have a feeling they will taste better on the run than for regular snacking purposes!

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