Paleo Protein Brownie Bites
You’re going to love these.
Remember the Paleo Cookie Dough Bites I posted forever ago?
Well, I made a brownie bites version. And, dare I say, they’re even better than the others?
They’re super quick to whip up, too. You can use a food processor if you want. Doesn’t that look like extra-thick brownie batter? Swoon.
If you happen to have a five-year-old around, they’re usually more than happy to stick their hands in food and “help” — mine sure is.
I tried to get these done really quickly before the two-year-old noticed because we’re working through some allergies, and I didn’t want him to eat a bunch of these.
I was too slow. *facepalm*
Don’t worry. His meltdown lasted about 45 seconds before I handed him a bowl of watermelon to eat. He’ll do anything for melon.
There’s a little secret in these brownie bites…. Rootz Protein Powder.
What are your thoughts on protein powder and meal replacement shakes? I always liked the idea, but I had two problems with them…
- They always hurt my stomach when I drank a recommended serving. Always. My husband is a supplement junkie so we’ve tried at least a half dozen brands of protein powder, and it was always the same for me — stomach cramps. I’d usually put half the recommended amount in a smoothie to keep my stomach happy, and I liked that they kept me satisfied for a long time, but I was still leery because….
- The ingredient lists are usually sketchy. Granted, some are far better than others, but most use whey protein as a base, and I can guarantee you it wasn’t grass-fed whey or even organic. The vegan powders usually had pea protein and other grain-based proteins — not ideal when you’re trying to eat grain-free for inflammation issues. Some had loads of synthetic vitamins and less than desirable sweeteners.
Enter: Rootz Protein Powder. Rootz is the only paleo-friendly protein powder on the market. All of the ingredients are paleo-friendly, and the only sweetener is some stevia. AND IT DOESN’T MAKE MY STOMACH HURT. (That’s my favorite part.)
Rootz Protein Powder only comes in “Chocolate Banana Nut” which is rather deceiving. As an avid banana hater, I was relieved that it doesn’t taste like banana. Also, there aren’t any nuts in the mixture — just coconut. (Coconut is technically a tree nut, but not usually considered a nut.)
I love whipping up a quick smoothie with Rootz after my BBG workouts. (I’m still doing it — 9 weeks in now. I know, I can’t believe it, either. #cleaneatingcouchpotato)
It gave these brownie bites some added sweetness and some heartiness. If protein powder isn’t your thing, just add more almond flour to replace the protein powder.
- 1 1/4 cup blanched almond flour
- 1/2 cup Rootz protein powder
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, soft, but not melted
- 2 Tablespoons almond butter
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup dark mini chocolate chips
- Combine the almond flour, protein powder, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl or the work bowl of a food processor. Blend well.
- In another smaller bowl, blend the coconut oil, almond butter, honey, and vanilla extract until smooth. Add that mixture to the dry mixture and mix well. (Alternately, you could add these individually to the dry ingredients in the food processor and pulse until smooth and blended.)
- Use your hands and blend in the chocolate chips. Roll the mixture into tight 1 1/2 inch balls and store them at room temperature up to 7 days.
2. If you don't want to use protein powder, just omit it and add 1/2 cup more almond flour.
2. You can substitute the honey for erythritol sweetener or more stevia to make these lower carb.