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Chocolate Workout Brownies

These secretly-good-for-you chocolate workout brownies are high in protein, gluten-free, oil-free, vegan, and they can even have NO added sugar.

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If you are one of those people who love healthy desserts and how amazing they make you feel, be sure to put these brownies on your “must try” list.

Also Try These: Keto Muffins – Just 6 Ingredients

Made up of just six plant-based ingredients, without any refined sugars or flour, the clean eating protein brownies are super quick and easy to prepare.

If you’re bored of energy bars, this could be your new favorite workout recipe.

They are great for:



Weight Lifters




Sports Players

And basically everyone else who loves chocolate and wants to incorporate it into a healthy, on-the-go snack.

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Brownies with superpowers.

It’s like grabbing a post-workout energy bar, but with cleaner ingredients than most packaged energy bars – no soy protein isolate, sucralose, or high fructose corn syrup.

I know it’s completely frustrating when a healthy-tasting recipe claims to taste exactly like a real hot fudge brownie… so I will tell you right now:

These are not supposed to be like a decadent dessert. Just as you wouldn’t serve a tray of Luna Bars at a fancy dinner party or bake sale, I wouldn’t recommend the workout brownies for a party either.

They are definitely more of a healthy snack or dessert meant for people who enjoy the wholesome taste and nutrition of healthy desserts.

If you are one of those people, hopefully you will love this recipe as much as I do!

Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

protein brownies

If you want a good protein powder recommendation to use in the recipe, I really like the plant-based protein by ALOHA.

All of their products are organic and free of soy, gluten, dairy, and artificial ingredients, and they use a combination of pumpkin seed, hemp seed, and pea protein, with 18g protein per serving. I was also happy to see the protein powder doesn’t contain stevia, so you don’t get that weird aftertaste many other chocolate protein powders seem to have.

**Note: The link to their website is not an affiliate code. I don’t make any commission on sales of their products. I love both the taste and the company’s philosophy, and this was the brand of protein powder I used for the workout brownies.

So if you want to make the recipe exactly like I did, I know using ALOHA protein powder yields good results.

(Watch The Recipe Video Above)

Brownie Frosting Options:

Chocolate Frosting Shots

Healthy Nutella

Basic Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Or, if you want to keep these brownies super healthy like I did, you can make your own chocolate “frosting” by simply combining cocoa powder with an avocado and a little sweetener of choice – here’s how to make avocado chocolate frosting.

Secretly Healthy Chocolate Workout Brownies

You can also top them with Coconut Ice Cream and fresh berries, for a healthy post-workout fudge brownie sundae!

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Chocolate Workout Brownies

These secretly-good-for-you chocolate workout brownies are high in protein, oil-free, and vegan!
4.96/5 (26)
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 9 – 12 brownies


  • 1 cup overripe mashed banana or applesauce (for low carb, try these Keto Brownies)
  • 2/3 cup nut butter of choice, or allergy-friendly sub
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp chocolate protein powder (such as this one), OR sub additional cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, honey, or agave, OR additional banana
  • optional mini chocolate chips, crushed walnuts, etc.


  • Notes: If using applesauce or unsweetened protein powder, or if planning to eat the brownies unfrosted, I recommend including the sweetener of choice. Using peanut butter gives a peanut-butter flavor, while almond or cashew butter taste more neutral. Sunbutter or pumpkin seed butter can be used for allergy-friendly brownies. You can use regular unsweetened cocoa or a combination of regular and dutch.
    Preheat oven to 325 F. Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper. If using natural nut butter, gently warm it until it is easily stir-able. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, stir until completely smooth, and spread into the prepared pan (see video). Bake on the center rack 20-25 minutes (20 for super fudgy brownies) – they will be undercooked when you take them out. Let cool, then loosely cover with a paper towel and place in the fridge overnight, during which time they will firm up without losing their fudginess. They are also much sweeter the next day! Frosting options are listed earlier in this post, and you need about 1/2 cup total. Once cut, the brownies can either be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days or in the freezer for up to a month. You can even eat them straight out of the freezer if you wish! As mentioned, they are more of a healthy snack than a decadent dessert – if you enjoy healthy desserts and snacks, hopefully you will love these!
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The recipe was adapted from my Almond Butter Brownies.

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Published on June 8, 2017

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  1. Lerlene says

    I love this recipe and everytime I have a martial arts competition, I bring these brownies and they are wonderful snack in between fighting and kata.

  2. ollie says

    Im really surprised at how great these came out! You’d think without flour of some sort they would be kind of weird but NO. They were honestly a better consistency than regular brownies! I added a little vanilla extract and some espresso powder and they were freaking amazing. Thank you soooooo much!

  3. Asia says

    Hi Katie – these look delicious!
    Can I use vanilla protein powder and axe out vanilla extract?

    Stay safe with this Coronavrus ❤️ Thanks!

  4. Katelyn Kelly says

    I made these with:
    Cocoa powder
    Garden of life protein powder
    Vanilla extract
    Agave for sweetener
    Using the measurements provided they came out super fudgey and wouldn’t hold their shape even after being in the fridge for about 24 hours. Basically like raw brownie batter. Did I do something wrong?

  5. Sera says

    These are surprisingly good! I just found your site, and although I am neither vegan nor vegetarian, I do love to bake, and I am trying to bake healthier things. I like the looks of a lot of the dessert recipes you have, and decided to try this one first. I used almond butter because I wanted to finish it up, but I think I’ll use peanut butter the next time. The flavor was overwhelmingly banana, but I like bananas, so that was fine. I just think I would like some peanut butter flavor to break it up a bit next time.

    These were very filling and had a pretty good taste. I think I will leave the honey out next time, since I don’t need something this sweet after a workout. Would unsweetened applesauce work in place of the honey? I didn’t want to add more banana if possible.

    Or maybe I can replace it and/or some of the banana with an egg? I’m ok with more protein and a bit higher calories; mostly just trying to limit sugar since I’m diabetic.

    Anyways, I’ll be trying more recipes. Thanks for this one!

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