The moment is here a recipe I’ve teased you with for probably a month now as I’ve made a dozen or so batches of these Vegan 4 Ingredient Protein Brownie Bites (gluten free and grain free too!) and posted them on Instagram stories and talked about them. I couldn’t share them until the new WholeMe flavor was released last week as that was one of our favorite ways to enjoy them and not thinking I included them in when I took photographs planning to share that version later but they were in so many photos so I had to hold off or reshoot them. The family wants to eat them as quick as I make them so that is a lot harder than it sounds.
There are so many reasons to love these little bites; they are chocolate, mini (which is always cuter), and a hit. Besides being delicious they are so easy to make and only require 4 ingredients! Yes 4, well 5 if you include toppings which are optional! They remind me of one of the first recipes I posted that I posted almost 4 years ago Chocolate Chip Banana Oatmeal Bites. Only so much easier and with less ingredients. So the 4 ingredients, bananas, nut butter, coconut flour, and Vega Clean Protein (or Sport) or cacao powder. That simple and I bet many have all of the ingredients if not 3 out of the 4 in their kitchen right now. So they are vegan, gluten free, and grain free. We love them for a quick breakfast, school or after school snack, after soccer and gymnastics, or a quick dessert.
Here is the only “odd” thing. I made them raw as balls and not crazy about them so I baked them and while they were good we like them best chilled and eat them straight out of the fridge. Not sure why, maybe because they are fudgier, hold together better, or are less dry out of the fridge? After we thought some more it’s like a chocolate chip cookie, they are great warm but there is just something about a chewy cookie after it’s cooled and they tastes and textures don’t compare. I can’t tell you for certain because as hard as I try to figure it out we eat them as quick as I make them. Oh maybe not quite as quick because really they take 20-25 minutes maybe to make and bake, sometimes I wait for the oven to warm up and they are ready to go in. So that’s how I’m going to recommend they are enjoyed, chilled.
I really don’t have much more to say, I’m still feeling under the weather (so not use to being sick and I just don’t want to rest but finally I just had to and it’s so hard for me) and sitting here trying to figure out what to say since I held off writing this post but decided to whip it up to get it to you today so I hope the photos speak for themselves.
Vegan 4 Ingredient Protein Brownie Bites
Makes 16-20 bites
1c banana puree, or well mashed ripe banana (about 3 medium)
1/2c almond butter, or peanut butter (we’ve used Peanut Butter & Co Smooth Operator, Buddy’s Peanut Butter, Wild Friends Almond Butter and Vanilla Espresso Almond Butter, and fresh homemade almond butter)
1/4c coconut flour, spoon don’t pack (Trader Joe’s)
1/2c Vega Clean Chocolate Protein, or cacao powder* (Navitas Naturals Cacao Powder)
Optional toppings, we used Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips and WholeMe Salted Peanut Chocolate Clusters, or toppings of choice
*You can try using another chocolate protein powder but I’ve only tested Vega Clean Protein (purchase at Target) and Vega Sport Protein.
Notes: You can add vanilla, cinnamon, or a pinch of salt but to keep it simple I left those out to keep the recipe simple and we like them without but do add them in on occasion depending on the nut butter we use.
Preheat oven 350F. In a medium bowl mix together mashed banana until smooth. If you puree your bananas in a food processor (I use my mini food processor) or blender you can add the nut butter right in. In a small bowl mix the coconut flour and protein or cacao powder. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together until just combine. Spray mini muffin tins with coconut oil spray, or non stick spray of choice and spoon batter into cups. Sprinkle with optional toppings. Bake 350F for 12-15 mins, they should be set but dont’ over bake. Let cool for 5 minutes and remove from pan and placing in the refrigerator where they will continue to cool and set. While they are ok warm they are best chilled so we place them on a plate and put them in the fridge and pull them from there to eat. Enjoy!Quick and easy #Vegan 4 Ingredient Protein Brownie Bites that are #glutenfree and #grainfree too! #FitFluential Click To Tweet
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Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner
Wow these look so easy and yummy! The best combo. Hope you are feeling better today
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Thank you Deborah, I’m feeling much better! They are so easy and so good, doesn’t get much better.
Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
These look SO delicious! I love recipes that only have a few ingredients in them!
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Thank you! Yes what’s not to love about a simple delicious recipe!
Ange // Cowgirl Runs
I have everything at home to make these, so I may need to whip up a batch one evening! They look absolutely delicious.
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YES! I hope you do, let me know what you think!
AZ@…And a Dash of Cinnamon
These are so easy I love it! Big fan of the protein powder addition
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Jodi @ Create Kids Club
These look so delicious! I love making this type of snack for after school snacks 🙂
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Thank you, they are definitely a after school snack fav!
Love how easy these bites are to make! I can see why they are eaten as soon as they are done! I’d do the same thing lol! Hope you are feeling better soon!
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Thank you Taylor. Yes I’m feeling much better.
YUM! I love little protein bites that require minimal ingredients! Perfect for snacks, pre workout, or dessert!
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Thank you, yes so good anytime!
Emily | EmPowered Nutrition
Those look so yummy! Perfect for when you’re craving brownies 🙂
Oh they satisfy the brownie cravings for sure!
These look dangerous. Too yummy, too easy to make and too easy to devour them in one sitting. But I’ll still say “Yes, please.”
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They are BUT you’ll have help eating them so it works out great. Otherwise just ration them. They are really filling too.
I could definitely get behind these! They look sooo good, and I love how they’re vegan too!
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Thank you Abbey!
Julie @ Running in a Skirt
mini really is more fun! These look soooo yummy and delightful! I’ve got to try them!
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I LOVE how simple these are! AND healthy to boot! I definitely need to try these beauties!
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Thank you, I hope you do and love them as much as we do!
Simple and delicious. That’s my kind of recipe.
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Meg @ With Salt and Wit
Great way to get some protein in! Love when you can enjoy your snack!
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Oh these are definitely enjoyable!
I’m so excited by these! I know coconut flour isn’t easy to swap, but I think it will be in these, so I’m going to try!
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You can’t have coconut flour Alisa? Hmm…we’ve made muffins like these many times with oat flour and oats I will have to try that in our next batch. If you try something let me know how it works.
These are the cutest little snacks ever!!!
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