Power your day with these low carb hemp protein brownie bites! Naturally sweetened, gluten free, vegan, paleo and oh so amazing. These hemp protein brownie bites taste just like dessert but are clean enough to have ANYTIME!
I just can’t kick my chocolate habit, and I’ve decided that is ok. No more sweetened chocolate by the handful for me though, that I can stick to (or my workout pants won’t fit much longer). Chocolate has been the one thing that I struggle with. Having bags of chocolate morsels and chocolate chips for when I’m recipe testing makes it so easy to stand in the pantry eating handfuls of these little babies at a time. Not in line with my goals. Nope not a bit. But these hemp protein brownie bites, well they are solving my chocolate fix desires with less calories than my usual chocolate afternoon fix. Oh and they are full of protein, fiber and healthy fats. Can you say AMAZING!
I’ve had the same bag of hemp protein in the pantry for 3 months. I just can’t get around to cooking with it because it’s flavorless and GREEN. Who wants green food. But I stopped in at a local juice bar and they had chocolate hemp protein milk and instantly I knew I just had to recreate that for post workout recovery. I’ll share that recipe soon because OMG it’s so good and perfect. But what I discovered was that chocolate covers that green color very well and because the hemp protein doesn’t have any flavor, the chocolate shines through like a charm!
I added all the usual ingredients to this, coconut oil, raw cacao powder, chia seeds, hemp protein. This is just one small superfood bomb that happens to taste just like a brownie! I sweetened this with stevia, applesauce and a touch of coconut sugar (which is goign to be deemed optional because I liked it without the sugar but Dave preferred it with the sugar). I use stevia for most of my baking and my coffee everyday. I don’t mind the taste, so it works well for me. If you struggle with the flavor from stevia, you will probably want to increase the coconut sugar to 3-4 tbs. total.
These little hemp protein brownie bites are so easy to make, you don’t even need a food processor (no dates or nuts to grind up), just your hands and the ability to not eat them all at once. I might have had to make 2 batches to have enough to photograph. LIsten I’m a busy girl these days! The gym has taken on my entire free time, but I love every single second of it. My clients are amazing and I hope they all get to try this recipe, it’s one of my new favorites!
These hemp protein brownie bites are the perfect afternoon snack. Because they are balanced in carbs, fat and protein, they will help keep you full and also satisfy your sweet tooth. That is not an excuse to overindulge though! Keep it to 2-3 servings and you will have the perfect afternoon snack or pre-workout meal. These have 69 calories, 4.8 grams of fat, 6.7 carbs and 7.7 grams of protein.
- ⅔ cups hemp protein
- ⅓ cup raw cacao
- 4 packets of stevia powder
- 2 tbs. chia seeds
- ⅓ cup plus 1 tbs. applesauce
- 3 tbs. coconut oil
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tbs. coconut sugar (optional)
- Combine the hemp protein powder, raw cacao and stevia in a bowl. Add chia seeds and apple sacue and stir well.
- Add in melted coconut oil, vanilla extract, salt and coconut sugar. Stir well until combined and the mixture is "wet"
- Form into 1 tbs. sized bites using the palm of your hand to form balls.
- Keep cold, store in the fridge.