Thursday, March 17, 2016

5-Ingredient Protein Fudge Brownies

I am a basic bitch simple woman. I believe that less is more. Minimalism is the key to life. I love baking and cooking, but hate having pull out every kitchen toy and fill my sink with dishes (no dishwasher here yo, unless you count the future husband). I believe in easy to find ingredients that are accessible and don't break the piggy bank. I also lack actual culinary skills - so enter the five ingredient protein super fudgey and fantastic brownie. 

I tell my clients that when they're first starting with flexible dieting to live by the Rule of 5. 5 ingredients or less in a recipe or 5 foods or less in a meal. This keeps things simple and easy to log. 

Simple. Easy. 

Don't we all need more of that?? Life is already complicated enough. With relationships, work, elections, taxes, and Dave Castro's mysterious Open workout hints ... enough is enough. 

Enjoy these super simple, 5 ingredient (maybe 6) super-fudgey protein brownies. One bowl, one spoon. Two girls. One cup. One pan. 

5-Ingredient Protein Fudge Brownies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 18 minutes
Serves: 8

200g pure pumpkin puree
1/4 cup plain Chobani greek yogurt
3 tbsp (45g) chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life Mega Chunks)
1 scoop whey protein power (I used Earth Fed Muscle in Vanilla)
1/2 cup cocoa powder 

Now, this is a very unsweet recipe. That's what I prefer. But, if you don't like the taste of bitter, dark chocolate, then I suggest sweetening this with a non-calorie sweetener like Swerve or liquid Stevia. You could also bake it as is, and serve it with a little honey on top, too. 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit 

2. In a medium bowl, blend all ingredients together except the chocolate chips. Spray an 8x8 cooking pan with non-stick spray (I love Coconut Oil spray or Grapeseed Oil spray). 

3. The batter will be thick. Work with me here. Spread it into the pan and into the corners. Sprinkle your chocolate chips on top. Pop in the oven for a few minutes. When chips have melted, spread them with a spoon. Now, bake for another 15 minutes. It will seem undercooked and that's what we want! Gooey goodness!

4. Cut into 8 squares. Store in the refrigerator. Warm in the microwave before eating! YUM!

Macro Information
per one brownie
81 calories
3g fat
5g protein
11g carbs
4g sugar


  1. Looks amazing! Love that you creatively didn't use eggs (I'm allergic)!

  2. Does it have a strong pumpkin taste? It looks great but I'm generally not a pumpkin fan...

  3. 3 Studies SHOW Why Coconut Oil Kills Fat.

    This means that you actually burn fat by eating Coconut Fat (also coconut milk, coconut cream and coconut oil).

    These 3 studies from large medical journals are sure to turn the conventional nutrition world upside down!