So this past weekend I decided to try my hand at baking some yummy cranberry and chocolate protein brownies because I do have a bit of a sweet tooth that I really need to keep in check, and what better way than to do so with these healthier brownies?

Here’s the recipe (it’s super easy):

Ingredients:

  • 150g cranberries
  • 150mls water
  • 3-4 tablespoons of Sugar free syrup (I used the Myprotein maple syrup flavour)
  • 25g rolled oats (I blended them into oat flour but whole works too)
  • 60g Whey protein (I used chocolate for extra chocolateyness, but vanilla also works)
  • 60g cocoa powder
  • 100g apple sauce (unsweetened)
  • 1 egg
  • 40g dark chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 160mls unsweetened almond milk (I used Blue Diamond)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Method:

Pre-heat your oven to 180°C and prepare an 8×8 pan by greasing it all over with coconut oil and adding a sheet of baking paper to the bottom.

Add the cranberries, water and syrup to a frying pan and simmer over a medium heat for 10-15 minutes (whilst you prepare the batter), or until your cranberries have popped and become soft.

Combine your wet (egg, apple sauce, milk, and vanilla extract) and you dry (oats, protein, cocoa powder) ingredients in separate bowls, and mix together slowly to form your batter (I used a mixer for a couple of minutes here, but you can just mix it with a whisk or spoon as well).

In another pan, melt the coconut oil and chocolate together, and once melted add to your batter mixture. Stir in well.

Next, strain your cranberries (feel free to keep the syrup as a smoothie base for another day, or just throw it out). Ensure you have strained them as much as possible to avoid making the batter too wet. Now add your cranberries to your batter and slowly.

Add your mixture to your pan and bake for 20-30 minutes (or until you can stick a skewer in it and it comes out clean).

Take out your brownies and leave them to cool before cutting up. The last step is to put them in the fridge to set for a couple of hours, before you go in for the taste!

The finished protein brownies (prior to being cut up) look like this:

Protein Brownies: Cranberry & Chocolate