Bite sized brownies are (in theory) a brilliant way of portion controlling yourself from demolishing an entire pan of brownies. Although if I were ever to do one of those 10,000 calorie challenges, there would definitely be a large proportion of brownies making that up. The problem is, one often leads to two..two to three and before you know it, you’ve expertly got rid of all evidence of your baking. Not that this has ever happened to me before of course….cough cough.
These particular brownies are made slightly more nutritious and higher in protein with the ingredients used – most of which are from Bulk Powders. So what’s in there?
- 100% natural peanut butter
- coconut sugar
- coconut oil
- spelt flour
- ground peanuts
- dark chocolate
- micellar casein protein
Xylitol is an alternative to sugar, however using all xylitol can a) cause stomach upset in some when consumed in larger quantities and b) it can sometimes alter the taste and leave an aftertaste in your mouth – it can degrade the mouth feel of the food. That’s why I have opted to use half coconut sugar and half xylitol. The sugar has been reduced, but not so much to interfere with the taste and texture of the brownie! Coconut sugar is, yes, still sugar, just like granulated sugar, caster sugar etc. But if you’re going to use a sugar, coconut sugar would probably be the ‘better’ option nutrition wise as it contains minerals and is supposedly not to spike blood sugar levels to the same degree as regular, refined sugar.
Why the protein? Bumping up the protein content of a food means that it’s likely to leave you feeling more satiated, which, especially with sweet food, may mean you’re less likely to end up encountering the ‘one leads to two, two to three to the whole batch’ scenario as mentioned in the first paragraph. Particularly with casein protein as it’s a slower digesting protein, so will gradually be released as opposed to very quickly as you get with whey protein.
That’s probably enough nutrition babble for now – as with everything, treats are treats. And treats are to be enjoyed. These particular ones are loaded with chocolate chips and taste delicious – the health benefits and added protein are just a bonus.
For the full recipe head over to the Bulk Powders website! Or if you’re after a dairy free and vegan brownie bite recipe, I’ve got that covered too. Like these, they’re rich and fudgy and delicious but contain no protein powder. Click here.