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As a woman, I know a thing or two about chocolate.  It’s pretty safe to say that if it involves chocolate I’ve probably tried it.  And I probably loved it. Unfortunately, as I’ve become more mindful of my nutrition the inclusion of sweets – such as chocolate – in my diet has fallen significantly.  It’s a painful dilemma between that which is good for me and that which I love.

Luckily, my love for the richness of chocolate is mirrored by my creative ability to fit it into a healthier lifestyle.  Enter Xyience Advanced Protein Complex in Rich Milk Chocolate.  The powder manages to be utterly delicious while being healthy enough to fit even the strictest of diets.  This protein gives me my protein fix without the guilt. And while drinking it mixed with water or almond milk is delicious, a shaker cup cannot contain my creativity. 

So, I set out to create not just a shake, but real, substantial, totally chocolaty brownies. Yes, brownies.

brownie 1

After a few trial and error dates with my oven, I created a recipe that yielded brownies a girl (and her waistline) can feel good about.  Not only are these brownies moist and satisfying, they contain no added sugar and minimal fat.  Add a significant punch of protein from the Advanced Protein Complex and you’ve got a workout worthy treat.

Protein Power Brownies
1 cup oat flour*
2 scoops Rich Milk Chocolate Advanced Protein Complex
4 tbsp stevia (or sweetener of choice)**
½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
4 tsp cocoa powder
1 tbps instant coffee crystals (optional, but advised)
1 cup applesauce***
½ cup fat free Greek yogurt
1 whole egg
3 egg whites
½ tsp vanilla
¼ cup water

1.     Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.     Mix dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

3.     Combine wet ingredients in a smaller bowl except for water.

4.     Incorporate wet ingredients into dry; add water a bit at a time to reach brownie batter consistency.

5.     Pour batter into an 8x8 (spray with cooking spray).

6.     Bake for 20-30 minutes, until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

brownie 2

*Oat flour may be purchased at most grocery stores, however I generally grind my own by pulsing old-fashioned oats in a food processor.

**Amount of sweetener may need to be adjusted depending on what product you choose to utilize. Sweeten to taste

***In my brownies I like to use a berry flavored applesauce.