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)