The nutrition in these protein brownies is eye-popping, so high in protein and fiber from chia seeds and hemp seeds! And this recipe includes a chia seed frosting that is melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
Chia Frosting Protein Brownies
These chia frosting protein brownies are good for you. Why? Because they are full of protein, and protein is so important to your body! It is used by every cell, and this brownie recipe has it from two sources – hemp hearts and chia seeds.
And it is crazy simple to make. It’s no bake. For the brownie layer, just mix up all the ingredients into a batter and pour into a parchment-lined loaf pan and chill.
How to Make Chia Protein Frosting
For the frosting, mix all ingredients in one bowl and frost.
Yum! — it is also simple. Just combine, stir and spread on top of the brownies. Freeze these double-layered brownies for a few hours and eat.
Plus, chocolate. Do I need to say more?
Well, okay, if you need more convincing on why you should try my protein brownies since there are so many no bake brownie recipes out there, here is a bit of a nutritional breakdown:
— Hemp hearts are rich in healthy fats and essential fatty acids. They are also a great protein source and contain high amounts of vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc. And they are part of the Cannabis sativa plant, the same species as cannabis (marijuana), although hemp seeds apparently only contains tiny amounts of THC, the drug that causes the effects of weed.(source)
— Chia Seeds are a top source of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and fiber, iron, and calcium. Omega-3 fatty acids help raise the “good” cholesterol that protects against heart attack and stroke.
And chocolate. Did I mention that already?
But I have to include it in the list of nutritional ingredients in this brownies because the cacao powder – the rawest and healthiest form of chocolate, gives you fiber, antioxidants, protein, calcium, mood-boosting magnesium, sulfur, copper, iron, zinc and potassium, and vitamins E, B2, B1, B5, B3 and B9.
Whew. That’s a lot of nutrition in a small square brownie.
How do You Know When Protein Brownies Are Done?
The same as other brownies. Stick a tester, perhaps a toothpick, into the dough and check to see if it comes out clean. If it does, the batter is done.
If there are specks of batter sticking to your tester, bake for another 2 minutes and test again.
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Chia Frosting Protein Brownies
Hemp protein brownies
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8"x4" loaf pan with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine flax seeds and water, stir and allow to sit 10 minutes.
- Once the flaxseed eggs are ready, pour in both sugars, apple sauce, milk and coffee. Stir until combined.
- Into a smaller bowl, add the flour, cacao powder, hemp hearts, and baking powder. Stir with a spoon until all are combined.
- Pour the dry ingredients into the large mixing bowl with wet ingredient mixture. Stir until combined.Add in chocolate chips to a glass measuring cup and microwave for 60 seconds until melted. Pour in chocolate chips and stir until fully distributed.
- Pour batter into the pan. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.Cool for 15 minutes, slice and eat.Freeze in an air-tight container for long-term storage.
- Add the chia seeds to the almond milk and allow it to sit for 20 minutes or longer until the seeds have absorbed the liquid. Then blend until creamy.
- Add in chocolate chips to a glass measuring cup and microwave for 60 seconds until melted.
- Add the chia seed mixture and the cashew butter to the melted chocolate chips. Stir until creamy. You can add a touch of milk if the mixture is not creamy enough.
- Frost the brownies, cut and serve. Refrigerate or freeze for long term storage.
Dee Dine is founder of Green Smoothie Gourmet, a plant based recipe blog, and author of the recent cookbook, Crazy Healthy with 4 Ingredients . On this blog you’ll find incredibly easy recipes with hidden veggies for anyone wanting to eat healthier, regardless of diet. Dee has graduate degrees in sciences and journalism. More about Dee Dine here.