Curve Your Craving: Protein-Packed Brownies

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Diets don’t mean depriving yourself of some of your favorite indulgences, balance is key to reaching your goals. Without a “splurge” here and there, life isn’t as delicious and definitely not as enjoyable. What is the key to balance? Making the right decisions when you can! Simple ingredient swaps can make a huge difference when trying to reach your health and weight goals. With this chocolatey, 4 ingredient brownie recipe, you’ll kick your craving without the added sugar of a typical brownie and your 2017 summer body will thank you for it! Enjoy!

Ingredients:
  1. 3 medium, overripe bananas (approximately 1 cup or so)
  2. 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter or almond butter (can sub for any nut/seed or soy nut butter)
  3. 2 T – 1/4 cup cocoa powder (more = richer taste)
  4. 1-2 scoops of protein powder
Instructions:
  1. Preheat the oven the 350 degrees, grease a small cake pan or loaf pan and set aside.
  2. In a small microwave-safe bowl or stovetop, melt your nut butter.
  3. In a blender, food processor, or using your hands, combine the bananas, cocoa powder, protein powder and nut butter until smooth.
  4. Pour the mixture into the greased pan and bake for around 20 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before slicing into pieces.
Notes
  1.  Whey protein powder not recommended – It lends itself to a gummy texture.
  2. You don’t need to blend or process all ingredients, but they lend a smoother texture.
  3. These brownies are not super sweet, as the protein powders used all had sweetener in them. Adjust accordingly if you’d like a very sweet brownie.
  4. Brownies are best kept and enjoyed refrigerated- They are also freezer friendly.

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