These Low-Calorie Chocolate Brownies Offer a Kick of Protein, Too

I know eating a brownie as a snack is in no way a healthy decision| but sometimes the chocolate cravings are so strong that you have to give in. So why not add a little nutrition to each fudgy bite? Then you’ll feel better knowing it’s offering a little something besides happiness.

A cross between oatmeal cookies and brownies| these chocolaty bars are so insanely delicious that you won’t even guess there’s protein powder added to the batter. It gives these vegan brownies over five grams of protein| and since they’re also made with flaxmeal| oats| and applesauce| you get a little fiber bonus| too.

Protein-Packed Brownies

From Jenny Sugar| POPSUGAR Fitness

Protein-Packed Brownies

Vegan Chocolate Oatmeal Protein Bars

Ingredients

2 tablespoons flax meal6 tablespoons water1 cup white whole wheat flour1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder2 scoops plant-based protein powder (I used pea protein| about 1/2 cup)1 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon salt3/4 cup brown sugar2 cups oats (I used quick oats| but rolled oats works too)2/3 cup canola oil2/3 cup applesauce1 teaspoon vanilla extract1/8 cup chopped nuts1 tablespoon mini semisweet chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli)