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“Fudge You!” High-Protein Chocolate Cake

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High protein chocolate cake

Above and below, covered in Vegan Whipped Cream.

vegan Greek yogurt and high protein chocolate cake

Possible problems with making a whole pan of brownies: After only a few days, they get hard and crumbly (especially the end pieces). If you live alone, it’s hard to finish a whole pan by yourself before they go stale. If you’re my mom, you disagree with the above… which presents a different problem: you might want to eat the whole pan by yourself!

Solution: Make brownies for one!

The following recipe makes 1 to 3 big servings (I usually eat it in two), stays super-moist for at least a few days if kept in the fridge, and it even offers a healthy amount of protein and vitamins.

“Fudge You!” Chocolate Protein Cake

(or make brownies or even cupcakes!)

  • 1/4 cup (48 grams) chocolate protein powder (I used NutriBiotic. Spirutein did NOT work)
  • 2 tbsp to 1/4 cup (up to 50-ish grams) canned pumpkin (I like 60g, but it will be much less firm with that much. Moist, but not firm)
  • 1 and 1/4 tsp ener-g egg replacer (or 1 1/2 tbsp ground flax)
  • Level 1/8 tsp salt
  • sweetener (I like bitter chocolate, even in cake form, so I use less. But for most people’s tastes, I’d recommend at least 4 tsp sugar or 1 tsp this stevia)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • up to 1/2 cup (120g) water (or other liquid)

I also add cinnamon and sometimes a few drops of extracts.  You can add chocolate chips, coconut, nuts… Procedure: Preheat oven to 390*F.  Combine dry ingredients (including pumpkin).  Add water and stir. Pour batter into a mini-loaf pan and cook for 30 minutes.  (It’s important to put it in the oven as soon as you add the liquid, because the “egg” starts to work right away.)  Open the oven and leave in ten more minutes (with the heat turned off and the door open).

high protein chocolate cake and vegan Greek yogurt

If you put Ricemallow Cream or something similar in the middle, you can have a vegan Ho Ho! (Or a Hostess-style “CupCake”)

vegan hohos

Question of the Day:

What’s your favorite unhealthy food? Or, what’s something you’d like to see health-i-fied?  It can be sweet or savory.

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. VeggieGirl says:

    Fun question/request! :)

    PLEASE make a gluten-free/soy-free version of Peanut Butter M&M’s.

  2. Beth says:

    My favorite unhealthy food is a tie between french fries and pizza…… =)

  3. Diana says:

    That looks amazing. :) Yum.

  4. Kate says:

    Chocolate mousse! I would love to see you do a healthy version, without avocado: blech!

  5. Aimee says:

    You’ve already done mine: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough! I used to eat it straight out of the package (the Pillsbury one). But now, thanks to your brilliance, I just make a big thing of “chocolate chip cookie dough babies” and eat that dough instead! Much healthier!!! And surprisingly just as tasty :).

  6. homecookecem says:

    That looks awesome!! I want to try it!! Thanks!! :)

  7. Valerie says:

    @ Kate,
    Katie’s actually already done a healthier vegan chocolate mousse, and I’ve tried it: it is AMAZING! Here’s the link for you. I highly recommend it. My kids do too!

  8. hahahah I must disagree, it is NOT hard for me to finish an entire pan of brownies before they go stale!!! 😉

    1. Jess,
      heehee you’re like my mom. She can eat a pan in a day! No joke, I think she has before :).

  9. YUM! We do healthified pizza here with unlimited toppings! I love making unhealthy food healthy! It’s fun to get away with eating bad food with no guilt!

  10. Valerie says:

    Oh, and my favorite unhealthy food would probably have to be anything fried. Or chips. Can’t be trusted around them!

  11. Hmm.. I might have to think about this one…
    Bread pudding? Rice pudding? Hard candies?

  12. Mary says:

    Haha you’ve done ho hos, now what about twinkies? Not that anyone actually loves those things, do they? I mean, I’ve never heard anyone say it’s their favorite food…

  13. Sarahishealthy says:

    Please make a healthier version of any Fast Food restaurant thick shake! :)

  14. vegangal says:

    those brownies or cake looks so good and yummy i would eat the whole pan if i make them. love this recipe girl so good! xoxoxo

  15. I’m SO excited to try this! You have pumpkin listed in the ingredients list twice – is there supposed to be 1/2 cup total? And do you know how many eggs the ener-g egg replacer is equivalent too? (I usually use flaxmeal or cornstarch + water as egg substitutes).

    My favorite unhealthy food is actually brownies, so this is perfect! I also love almost any kind of cookies. I can pass up salty or fried snacks.

    1. Kady, Whoops! Thank you so much for letting me know! I definitely didn’t mean to have it in there twice. Only 1/4 cup total.

      Hmmm, I think it says on the ener-g box that 1 and 1/2 tsp is equal to one egg. Lemme go check. *runs away*

      Yup!! 1 and 1/2 tsp is equal to an egg. So basically it’s one egg.

  16. Jess says:

    My favorite unhealthy food would have to be an ice cream sundae. But not just any ice cream sundae, one with that hard chocolate topping, “Magic Shell”. I used to get them at Dairy Queen all the time. Soft serve vanilla with a hard chocolate shell. If you could recreate healthy magic shell, you’d be my hero! :)

  17. Scott in Ohio says:

    Katie this is genius!

    Can’t wait to try it!

  18. Jess,
    Oh my gosh, I used to get those cones too!!! After softball, we’d always go to Dairy Queen. Except I’d get Butterscotch dipped, which drove my sister nuts, because she thought it was the most disgusting thing ever. But then again, she got cherry dipped. Ewww :)
    I love the idea of healthy Magic Shell! I’ll have to think about this one!

  19. Dan213 says:

    You know what you could use for liquid? 😉

  20. Dan213 says:

    I don’t have any favorite unhealthy foods. I only like beer.

  21. Nummy…I wish I could have a taste of that cake right now! :)

    My favorite unhealthy food is an ice cream sundae. I like the creamiest stuff you can get (I don’t like fruit flavors or sorbet), loaded up with a zillion topping and hot fudge sauce.

  22. Oh yuuuuum!!!!!! Need I say more?

    French fries, for sure. So good but oh so bad.

  23. Ariel says:

    I’ve never tried “magic shell”, but I think that you could recreate it using coconut butter or cacao bliss! Coconut oil would work, too. Warm the coconut butter or oil until liquid and stir in desired flavorings (such as vanilla extract and cinnamon or cocoa powder or cashew butter) and agave nectar to taste (optional) to create a smooth mixture. Pour this over ice cream and it will instantly harden to form a shell. 😀 I like to do this with frozen bananas and cold puddings, too.

  24. I have to try this! I was going to say brownies but it looks like you’ve got me covered 😉

  25. Ariel,
    Great minds think alike! I actually was thinking the same thing: coconut oil! I wrote out a recipe to experiment with… I’m excited to try it :) :)
    Love the idea of putting it over bananas.

  26. abby says:

    katie, this looks amazing! i don’t have nutribiotic powder right now, but i’ll make sure to get some when i go to whole foods next time. so excited!

  27. WHAT! Smuckers has vegan marshmallow fluff! I had no idea and now I can’t wait to leave work to look for some …. yum yum yum. Thank you for alerting me to this :)

    1. Radioactivegan, Oh yes they do!! It’s good too :)

  28. so good it’ll “fudge-you-up” lol.. excuse my language 😛 … looks DIVINE lovie xoxo

  29. *Andrea* says:

    LOOKS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! kinda like a vita top on steroids? haha. personally i could eat fudge every day so i should make this recipe asap.

  30. Mmm…that does look good. Interesting that its flourless but the protein powder seems to make it fluffy.

    As for healthifying, how about healthifying tofu fried chicken? Only I still want it deep-fried. Baking is just not the same. Yes, I know that’s not possible but a girl can dream for healthy deep fried food, right?

  31. Anonymous says:

    what about a healthy funnel cake?

  32. Meg says:

    Yumm! Those look amazing, as usual, Miss Culinary Queen 😀

    I adore cinnamon buns, mmm :)

  33. Run Sarah says:

    That looks awesome, I wonder if it would work well in muffin pans as I don’t have a mini loaf pan!

  34. Hi! The brownie looks wonderful! 2 questions: Do you think it would work with Jay Robb? And, do you think it would work in the microwave? I don’t have a mini loaf pan…I was thinking of making an origami box out of foil and pouring the batter into that…

  35. Love it Katie, and so glad you used the oven. I’ve seen so many protein cake/brownie recipes that call for a microwave, but I’m microwaveless. This is excellent, and I might just have to bust out some Jay Robb soon to make this.

    Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pie, but I guess that would just involve vegan cookies with your whipped cream in the middle. So, never mind. :)

  36. Stefanie says:

    You are a genius! Now I just need some protein powder and I will have a healthy brownie. :-) I’m not really a junk food eater but am addicted to Garden of Eaten’s baked tortilla chips.

  37. Hey Sonia!
    I actually have been meaning to try it with Jay Robb! That was my next experiment after Spirutein (which didn’t puff up/hold together… but was a yummy mush). So I’d be very interested to know how it turns out if you do try it!
    As for the microwave, once again: you won’t know unless you try it :).
    Let me know how it works out if you try!

  38. Anonymous says:

    healthy cotton candy!

  39. Kelsey says:

    Ahh that sounds amazing. I may have to order Nutribiotic and try it! I’m thinking some banana soft-serve would be really yummy over that cake. Hmm… 😛

    As far as favorite junk food, I’ve always been a fan of mousse-type pies, which, thanks to tofu, I don’t have to miss out on. :)

  40. Tanya says:

    That looks WAY too good! Not a whipped cream person, but I bet it would be tasty with some vegan ice cream :) Or banana softserve! Oh wait….I don’t have protein powder……..

  41. Quix says:

    Oh, that looks so so so so good. I’m not much of a whipped cream person either but I have a bag of caramel marshmallows (yes, they are as good as they sound…), and this would be a fitting base for them!

    Fave unhealthy food: pizza. I just can’t do the healthified version, I’d just rather have the real deal every once in a while. Most everything else I am totally satisfied with the healthy version.

  42. Katie says:

    I’m with veggie girl – peanut butter m&ms. Yumm…..

  43. Katie says:

    KATIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!! You are the bestest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I just made this and it is amazing!!!!!!! I LOVE it!! Will be dessert tonight!! I had a sliver to try and it was yummy!!!

    Should I keep it in the fridge or just leave out? Love you beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing this fab recipe!!!!!!!!!

  44. lacrossegal says:


    Your fudge looks amazingggg!!!

    My favorite unhealthy foods would have to be ICE CREAM and reduced fat Cheez-its and Wheat Thins!!! There’s something about them that once I start I can’t stop!! :)

  45. Vanilla says:

    My favorite unhealthy foods would be:
    1) Giant muffins
    2) Mochi

    I already healthified the muffins (I call them dollies) :p (recipe on my blog)

    It looks like my brownie dollies recipe, minus the oats! I’ll try it :)


  46. Lorin says:

    healthifying chocolate chip cookies?!

    The brownie looks pretty good, but I’m not a vegan so I don’t have the egg replacer, or pumpkin, or the protein powder. Ah well, I like a piece of dark chocolate for my desserts anyways :)

  47. Leslie says:

    What about healthy fettuccine alfredo? I love that, but it has a very bad rap!

  48. devyn says:

    yum! I actually don’t really like unhealthy tasting food. What texture is this brownie?

  49. Katie says:

    Girl you are amazing and rock!!!!!!! I love ya!!!!! I love all your recipes!!!!! I just never get around to trying them all, today I saw this and I was like, Katie get your butt up and make these now!!!! lol!!

    Love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xoxo

    1. Katie, YOU are the amazing one, as I’ve told you before. You always have the nicest things to say, and you’re beautiful to boot :).

  50. devyn,
    emphasis on “super” 😉