Zero Sugar, Macro-Friendly, Dairy & Gluten Free, High Fiber, & Easy Protein Brownies
We are firm believes it does not have to be pumpkin season to go all out with pumpkin-themed recipes. Anyone else agree?
In fact, pumpkin is the perfect swap for typical higher fat ingredients and does a lovely job keeping these brownies nice and moist :)
There’s only 5 main ingredients in this recipe (not including spices), and there’s a ton of variations and substitutions that can be made to allow these brownies to work for everyone!
Ingredient spot light: Organic Peanut Butter
Our favorite brand/product to use is Once Again Organic creamy peanut butter, unsweetened & salt free!
When choosing a nut butter, take note of the ingredients. Some brands sneak a ton of other, unnecessary ingredients (like sugar, salt, etc!) that are totally unnecessary for a tasty nut butter. This particular product of Once Again has 1 ingredient: organic peanuts.
PS: if you’ve got a peanut allergy, feel free to swap peanut butter in this recipe for any other nut butter, like almond, cashew, sunflower seed, etc!
You Will Need
2.5 cups pumpkin puree (300g)
76g organic peanut flour (we use Anthony's - only 1 ingredient: organic peanuts)
80g natural peanut butter (5 tbs)
1 scoop protein powder (we use True Nutrition egg white protein)*
36g cacao powder (unsweetened cocoa powder will work too)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
sweetener of choice (we use stevia 1/4 tsp pure stevia ~ about 1/4 to 1/3 cup baking stevia/other sweeteners)
Begin by preheating oven to 325 and spray/oil a baking pan of choice (or line with parchment paper)
In a small bowl, mix peanut flour with enough water to make a peanut-butter like consistency. Add water slowly to ensure no clumping
Mix in peanut butter until both are well combined
Transfer into a large bowl and add in the rest of the ingredients, stirring until all ingredients are incorporated
Add additional sweetener to taste
Bake for about 20 minutes (depending on baking dish/oven power)
Remove from oven and let cool. Store extras in fridge, they are just as good 2-3 days later!
*Other types of protein may work out differently, however wheys/casiens/vegan powders should work out just fine.
Tip: these are even more delicious with chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, or additional peanut butter on top!
Macronutrients: 8 carbs, 5 fat, 9 protein (and 4g fiber!) for 1 brownie (out of 10)