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
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).
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.