As I prepare to return to Canada for the holidays, Houston tugs dearly at my heart. With glorious December weather, it has taken less then 6 months for me to not miss snow. At all. Certainly, it does not feel very much like winter, but each time I cycle to work in shorts, I am positively beaming.
Life has been a terribly wonderful busy whirlwind lately, so I apologize for being behind on replying to comments and for my disappearance next week.
I have one fabulous treat to share before the end of the year, though. December is probably the only month I could get away with sharing so many treats.
This is dedicated to all those looking for the perfect homemade protein bar. In brownie form. Is there anything you can not improve by adding chocolate?
These brownies are so good for you, you wouldn’t even know it. Although I haven’t had time to make them for my Canadian excursion, I had a bit of forethought before flying to Mexico City. I was not certain of the vegan options, so I tried to cover myself with a protein-packed treat. I thought of making my chocolate mint protein bars again, but of course, I wanted to try something new.
Still based on cocoa and protein powder, this was a treat that wasn’t heavy on nuts and dates. Gooey and dense from zucchini, apple and a touch of oats and coconut flour with a heap of protein powder. Chocolate chips also added a great textural foil and bursts of sweetness. Rob decreed the chocolate chips essential to the recipe and confirmed you could not taste any hemp undertones.
While they may not be the best brownies, compared to all other brownies, they are definitely wonderful and possibly my favourite protein snack, to date. (For those interested in their stats: 219 calories, 7g fat, 26g carbs and 16g protein). I successfully halved the original recipe into my small 6″ springform pan, and it made enough for a short weekend trip.
Make sure to flatten the brownies as best you can, because there is no settling of the batter… and thus they may not look the most appealing.
Perhaps that is for the best. If you bring them to a holiday party, there will be more for you!!
Happy holidays everyone.
PS. The winner for Soup’s On was Move Eat Create.
Chocolate Zucchini Protein Brownies
Adapted from Power Cakes
2 tbsp oat flour (or blend rolled oats into flour in a food processor or spice grinder)
2 tbsp coconut flour
1/2 cup protein powder (I used Hemp Pro 70)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup grated zucchini
1/4 cup grated apple (I tried to process it into sauce but it was too little apple for the food processor, so grated it was)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp ground flax seeds
1/4 cup agave or your choice of sweetener
1/4 cup chocolate chips
3/4 cup hot water
1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. In a large bowl combine all ingredients except water. Add water and mix until well combined.
3. Place batter in a 6″ springform pan (or equivalent), smooth the top, and bake for 30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
Makes 6 pieces.