One-Minute, 100-Calorie Chocolate Protein Brownie Recipe
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What’s better than an ooey-gooey chocolate brownie fresh out of the oven? I’m thinking an ooey-gooey chocolate protein brownie with 100 calories and 13 grams of protein that’s ready in one minute!
I’ve got two recipes for you with amazing calorie and macronutrient ratios and slightly different flavor profiles to keep things interesting. You’ll never believe these came from three ingredients cooked in the microwave.
Okay, let’s get into the recipes. I can’t wait for you to try these protein brownies!
Update: If you love these and want to see a make-ahead version that stores in little s’cute mason jars, check this out.
Microwavable Protein Brownie Ingredients
Below you’ll find two recipes. The first uses pumpkin as its base and the second takes a chocolate, peanut butter, and banana approach. At first glance, the second may look much higher calorie, but that’s because I doubled the size of the first recipe. You could cut it in half to have more comparable macros and calories.
Depending on how sweet your sweet tooth is, you can add stevia or zero-calorie sweetener to either recipe, but I find it’s sweet enough without it.
As for your toppings, the fat-free whipped topping is a great way to trick your mind into thinking brownie with ice cream since the whipped topping melts a bit. And with the smaller first recipe, placing a few chocolate chips on top right out of the microwave will give a melted chocolate, extra gooey consistency without adding many calories. Just be sure not to go chocolate chip crazy here!
Best Protein Powder for Recipes
You can use any protein you’d like. I find that a vanilla protein with added cocoa gives a more authentic brownie taste, but you could just use chocolate protein and omit the cocoa if you like. As for protein recommendations, I go with Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey and/or Dymatize’s Whey or Elite XT blended protein. They’re reputable brands that have been around forever.
The macros in both recipes are with Gold Standard Whey.
If you’d like to learn more about the different types of whey protein and how to find the best value for protein, read this article.
How to Avoid A Tough or Dry Protein Brownie (or any protein powder recipe)
Since there are a lot of moving parts in recipes with protein powder (different types of protein, volume differences in scoops, scooping vs weighing accuracy, etc.), there’s always a chance you’ll end up with a tough or dry finished product. I’ll include a few ideas to combat this below:
- Use whey concentrate or a blend of proteins that’s not super lean like whey isolate (the extra carbs/fat goes a long way)
- Slightly reduce the amount of protein powder used
- Increase fat sources or faux fat sources (i.e. pumpkin, mashed bananas, sweet potato, avocado, unsweetened apple sauce, coconut oil or processed coconut flakes, etc.)
- 14 grams of light butter only has 50 calories and changes lives
- Slightly increase liquid ingredients
- Reduce cook time
- Add moisture after cooking via whipped topping, ice cream, or fruit reductions
Life’s too short for dry protein treats. I hope this helps!
1-Minute Chocolate Protein Brownie (Pumpkin) - Mason Woodruff
A 100-calorie brownie recipe that's ready in 1-minute.
- 1/4 C (60g) Pumpkin canned
- 1/2 scoop (15g) Protein Powder vanilla
- 1 Tbsp (5g) Unsweetened Cocoa
- 1/2 Tbsp Stevia or Low-Cal Sweetener optional
Mix ingredients in a bowl and microwave for 1-1.5 minutes. Depending on the size of your bowl, watch for overflow.
- If you're not a fan of pumpkin, you can sub unsweetened apple sauce or even go half and half with apple sauce and pumpkin to reduce the pumpkin flavor.
- Check out my 2-ingredient protein frosting recipe to add even more protein.
2-Minute Chocolate Protein Brownie (Banana) - Mason Woodruff
A larger version of the 1-minute protein brownie recipe with banana instead of pumpkin.
- 1 large (150g) Banana mashed
- 1 scoop (30-32g) Protein Powder vanilla
- 2 Tbsp (12g) PB2 or Powdered Peanut Butter
- 1 Tbsp (5g) Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 1-2 Tbsp Water or Low-Calorie Liquid as needed
Mash an overripe banana in a bowl with a fork or backside of a spoon.
Add dry ingredients and mix, slowly adding water as needed. Your batter should be thick.
Microwave for 1.5-2 minutes. If you use a shallow bowl, you may have to cook the last 30 seconds in intervals to avoid overflow. If you're not concerned with aesthetics, use a big bowl to avoid this.
Top with fat-free whipped topping, chocolate chips, or other brownie-worthy toppings.
330 Calories | 30P | 45C | 3F
If you love chocolate like I do, this will only keep your chocolate demons at bay for so long. I would recommend checking out the double chocolate protein donuts (pictured above) or the microwaveable chocolate protein pie recipes next.
And as always, if you make this for a post-workout snack or sweets fix, tag me in your creation on Instagram. I hope you enjoy!
P.S. I put together my most popular chocolate recipes into a cookbook, The Chocolate Lover’s Survival Cookbook here. You can grab a copy for free or simply enter your info below and I’ll send it over.