Triple chocolate protein brownies

Thursday, November 16, 2017. Author Nicola Hansen

Triple chocolate protein brownies

These brownies are rich, delicious, and at under 200 calories and 7 grams of protein a piece, they are almost guilt-free. Rich in B vitamins, these brownies support the creation of new-blood cells and energy release, making them an excellent pre workout snack! The secret ingredient here is black beans, which add a big kick of fibre, moisture, and protein.  There is very little flour in this recipe, acting more as a binding agent than a key ingredient, so if you don't eat wheat, just use whatever type of gluten-free flour works for your body.  If you're really feeling adventurous, try teff flour!


  • 3 oz (85g) baking chocolate
  • 0.5 tsp (3g) baking powder
  • 2.5 cups (430g) cooked black beans,
  • 4 oz (120g) semisweet chocolate (~50% cacao)
  • 4 Tbsp (60g) cocoa powder
  • 5 tbsp (75g) butter or coconut oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 0.5 cup (120g) all purpose or gluten free flour:
  • 1 cup (200g) packed brown sugar:
  • 1.5 tsp (8ml) vanilla extract:
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C) and line a square brownie tin with baking paper.
  2. In a microwavable bowl, place the beans, chocolate and butter and zap until melted. Then mash/blend into puree. 
  3. Whisk the eggs and stir these in along with the sugar and vanilla extract.
  4. Sift in the flour, cocoa, baking powder. Add salt and stir. 
  5. Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for 20 mins. The brownies will be done as soon as the middle is firm when gently pressed. 
  6. Let is cool before slicing and enjoy!

Nutritional profile

Per 16th (Cut into 4x4 squares)

Calories: 192 kcal

Protein: 6g

Carbohydrates: 30g

Total Fiber: 4g

Total Sugars: 18g

Added Sugars: 17g

Total Fat: 7g

Saturated Fat: 4g

Trans-Fats: 0g

Monounsaturated: 2g

Polyunsaturated: 1g

Cholesterol: 23mg

Sodium: 56mg


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