Finding a healthy alternative to your favourite treats can be like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It's fine to have indulgent treats every now and then, but if you can create a healthy version and work it into your everyday diet, what could be better? Here at Sundried, we live by a healthy ethos and believe that whatever you eat should be nutritious and good for your body so that your training can always be at its best. So we've developed a recipe for these delicious healthy brownies which incorporates the use of quinoa as a main ingredient.
What is quinoa?
Quinoa (pronounced ‘keen-wa’) is a superfood often used to replace rice by health-conscious food lovers. Its small, spiral grains expand once cooked to provide up to twice as much fibre as most other grains. The grain is also a complete protein source and contains more protein per 100g than rice and wheat. This means it has gained quite a lot of popularity in the health-food market in recent years and is now found in all sorts of recipes.
Protein Brownie Recipe
This recipe makes 6-8 brownies, depending on how you size them.
- 75g Raw quinoa (cooked weight approx. 300g)
- 50g Peanut butter
- 1 Egg
- 2 Egg whites
- 2 Scoops chocolate protein powder
- 2 Tablespoons organic coconut oil
- Pinch of Baking powder
- Preheat the oven to 190℃ or Gas Mark 4.
- Rinse the Quinoa and then cover with water in a saucepan. Use one part Quinoa to two & half parts water. Bring to the boil on the hob before leaving to simmer at a low heat whilst you prepare the other ingredients. When it is cooked, the grains will ‘pop’ and expand until they are spiral-like and fluffy.This will take approximately 15 -20 minutes.
- Melt the Coconut oil, either on the hob or in the microwave (mine takes 30 seconds at full power) and combine with the peanut butter. This is the sticky consistency which is going to hold the Brownies together.
- Separate the egg whites and then combine the egg, coconut oil, and peanut butter.
- Ensure your Quinoa is cooked (remember you want it to look fluffy), drain and combine with the rest of your mixture.
- Add a pinch of baking powder and stir thoroughly. Your consistency here needs to be sticky. If it's a little dry, try adding a sprinkle of water.
- Lightly grease a baking tray with coconut oil and/or greaseproof paper and then add your mixture. Ensure it is flat so that all your brownies have an equal thickness.
- Bake in the oven for 25 - 35 minutes. I set the alarm for 25 minutes, do a quick skewer test, and then adjust accordingly.
- Once cooked through, cut into portions and leave to cool.
There you have it, guilt free high-protein brownies. Perfect as an everyday snack or post-workout treat!