High Protein Brownies
Dan Churchill is making the rounds with his new book DudeFood. There has long been a hole in the book world. Where was the book that was geared towards young men who want to cook and bake that approached this niche with the right vibe? Dan hits it on the nose. The book is packed with real food to cook everyday, whether you are looking for post workout sustenance, a meal to impress the girls or one to eat when kicking back with your buddies. This recipe for Protein Brownies is a healthful alternative to traditional brownies and will hit the spot when you need something chocolaty.
Excerpted with permission. DudeFood: A Guy’s Guide to Cooking Kick-Ass Foodby Dan Churchill. Published by Simon & Schuster, 2015.
Enjoy these with the boys after a workout session, or with a girl who knows how important it is to have protein for recovery in her diet.
- ½ cup quality cacao powder, or whole cacao beans
- ½ cup coconut oil, chilled if necessary to solidify
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ cup coconut milk
- 3 tablespoons honey
- ½ cup WPI protein powder (whey protein isolate)
- ½ cup almond meal
- 1 regular egg
- Cocoa powder, for dusting
- ½ handful of crushed walnuts (optional)
- ½ handful of crushed macadamia nuts (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 325ºF. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper (this prevents the brownies from sticking).
- If using cacao beans, place them in the bowl of a food processor and process until ground into a fine powder.
- Combine cacao powder (or ground beans), coconut oil, and cinnamon in a bowl. Using the back of a fork,
- break down the oil with the other ingredients until the mixture has the texture of bread crumbs. Add the coconut milk, honey, WPI protein powder, almond meal, and egg and stir.
- Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking pan and using the back of the spoon, smooth out the top.
- Bake for 18 minutes, then insert a skewer into the center of the brownie block (this is the section that is the last to cook). If the skewer comes out clean with a few crumbs, it is done. If not, bake the brownies for 2 minutes more. Let cool completely before transferring to the fridge for 60 minutes.
- Cut the brownie into portions. The brownie’s center should be like the next girl . . . soft at heart. It will melt in your mouth.
- Dust the brownies with cocoa powder and, if you are really keen, more WPI protein powder.