The feeling when you think a recipe can impossibly work out but it does is absolutely glorious. Especially when it turns out as delicious as these.
Hemp protein powder, something I purchased a couple of weeks ago. First impression of it was far from bad. It literally tasted like hemp seeds in powder form. Adding it to smoothies gave them a nice nutty flavour and made it extra fluffy. The idea of making brownies came to me after doing some research on how to use hemp protein. The usage of hemp protein in desserts was common, however, I had some disbelief in it. Boy, I was wrong. It gives it a perfectly cakey moist texture and when you add chocolate they turn deliciously fudgey.
My favourite way to eat these are after basketball practice or after a hard workout at the gym. 60-75kcal each with 4-6g of protein in each. Not to shabby for a plant-based and whole food treat! I love having a bunch of these in the freezer ready to be defrosted and enjoyed.
Fudgy flourless Hemp protein Brownies
[Vegan, paleo, protein packed, low-fat, gluten-, grain-, added sugar-, refined sugar-, oil-free and fruit sweetened]
Serving 12 small or 8 small/medium brownies Prep time 15 minutes
Baking time 20 minutes Time 35 minutes
- 2 / 200g ripe bananas
- 60g / 2 oz apple sauce or avocado
- 4 tbsp cocoa powder
- 50g / 1 dl / 7 tbsp hemp protein*
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- A pinch of salt
- A splash vanilla essence
- Optionally 20g chopped chocolate, chocolate chips, cacao nibs, nuts or seeds of choice
- Preheat the oven to 175ºC and prepare a brownie/cake pan or nine to twelve muffin cases.
- Simply mix all the ingredients, except for the chocolate, smooth in a food processor or first mix the banana and apple sauce smooth with a handstand mixer and then stir in the rest ingredients.
- Divide the batter between the muffin cases or just transfer to your prepared pan. Optionally top with for example chocolate, cacao nibs, nuts, seeds, nut- or seed butter and bake for 15 minutes or until a tooth pick runs clean. Take out, let cool slightly, cut up and enjoy.
*I have tried using pea protein and it turned out almost as good. Slighly more gooey and tasteless and not as brownie like but still completely eadible.