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Healthy Recipe: Chocolate Fudge Protein Brownies


Sometimes it’s just nice to be a prisoner inside your home when the weather outside doesn’t cooperate. Angela (my ridiculously beautiful wife) and I took advantage of a crappy day by staying inside over the weekend and playing around with some recipes.

I’m a firm believer that just because we are on a diet and trying to burn some fat, that life can still be enjoyable. We just need to learn to make some simple swaps and tweaks to turn not-so healthy dishes into diet-friendly masterpieces.

Enter baking.

I’m pretty terrible in the baking realm. Just takes way too much time and patience. But, when I ran across the recipe for some protein brownies, Angela and I were all in. Simple to make and just freaking delicious, despite using a pretty interesting ingredient to make it all work: black beans.

Don’t laugh.

The beans are pretty versatile and do not taste like black beans at all. In fact, they help make these brownies even chocolatey-er. Yes. I’m making up words now. The brownies were that good.

Since even I was was able to craft these wonderful pieces of fudge goodness and devour almost the entire batch in one weekend, I just HAD to share the recipe today. Big shout out to Anna Sward of for providing the original recipe.

Black Bean Protein Brownies

The Ingredients

  • 1 cup of liquid egg whites
  • 1 can (200g) of unsalted cooked black beans
  • ¾ cup of chocolate protein powder (I use BioTrust Low-Carb)
  • ¼ cup of cocoa
  • ¼ cup of agave syrup, honey or date syrup
  • 3 tbsp of coconut flour
  • 5 tbsp of cottage cheese
  • ½ tsp of baking soda

1-3 tbsp of nut butter (peanut, cashew, almond … I actually used 2 tbsp Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut for even more chocolate taste)


  1. Blend all the ingredients together until you reach a thick pancake-like batter. You may need to add an additional tbsp of coconut flour if the batter is too runny, or more egg whites if the batter is too thick.
  2. Bake it in a small brownie pan at 320 F for 45 minutes to an hour, or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
  3. Eat and enjoy

For the macro-conscious eaters, depending on the size of your brownies, you’re looking at the following breakdown: ~93 calories, 9.3 grams protein, 1.9 grams fat, 8.1 grams carbs (2.6 grams fiber)

*Original recipe found HERE 

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Pete Cataldo is a former television sports anchor that has taken his passion for fitness and turned it into his career. As a Certified Fitness Trainer, Certified Turbulence Trainer and Precision Nutrition Certified Coach, Pete is an expert in helping clients burn fat, lose weight and get in the best shape of their lives.
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