I have finally perfected my chocolate protein brownie recipe!

(cue applause)

For years, I’ve been baking an applesauce brownie that is genuinely tasty. Recently, I started wondering how it would taste if I replaced some of the flour with protein powder.

If you’ve tried experimentation like this before, you know the result can be a gooey mess.

But I have been road-testing, and these brownies bake well, keep well, and taste delicious.

At 135 calories, 14 grams of protein, and no added sugar, they’re a lot of fun if you’ve been eating higher protein but need a little break from constant Greek yogurt, egg whites, and protein shakes.

Here’s how to make them…

Instructions for my Chocolate Protein Brownie Recipe

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray/butter a pan.


  • 1.5 cups applesauce
  • 8 dropper-fulls liquid stevia
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1.25 cups chocolate protein powder (for my pea protein powder, that was 4 scoops)
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt

Bake on 350 for about 45 minutes, but check frequently after 30 minutes by inserting a knife into the middle of the brownies until it comes out clean. They do bake all the way through and shouldn’t be gooey/wet when done.

Depending on the type of protein powder you use, you may need to experiment a few times to get the balance right. I used Garden of Life pea protein.

Allow to cool, and divide into 8 servings.

For pre- and post-workout, I eat them plain. But if I’m enjoying one as a sweet treat, I add peanut butter and/or vanilla ice cream.

Rachel Trotta

I am a Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Physique and Bodybuilding Specialist, and Women's Fitness Specialist. I live in New Jersey in the NYC metro area, and I coach clients online all over the world. As a trainer and health writer, my mission is to make healthy living sustainable for the average person. I’m also a wife, mom, nature lover, runner, avid cook, weightlifting aficionado, history nerd, travel addict, and obsessive podcast listener. Get in touch!

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