The Bummer About Brownies
What sucks about making brownies is the whole cooking process. Preheating the oven, getting the kitchen hot, making a huge mess out of mixing bowls and pans, then waiting around for half an hour while it cooks.
That's a lot of hoops to jump through just for a snack.
So how 'bout we change that to a 5-minute cook time without heating up the whole dang kitchen?
Oh I know what you're thinking, you smug meathead: "Maybe snacks SHOULD be hard to make so that people don't eat them all the time." (Totally something I would say as a smug meathead.)
Valid point, but these brownies are high protein, low carb (for a dessert), grain free, and full of the same nutritional benefits that are in your grandma's pumpkin pie.
Take a look:
- 1 cup of pure pumpkin puree (about half of a 16-ounce can)
- 2 scoops chocolate Metabolic Drive® Protein
- 2-4 tablespoons of monk fruit sweetener, Stevia, Splenda (or any sugar substitute of choice)
- Pinch of salt
- Butt-loads of cinnamon
Options for Extra Deliciousness
- 2 tablespoons of dark chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons of chopped almonds
- Cocowhip (whipped cream topping made with coconut oil)
- Mix all the ingredients together. (Not the whipped cream.)
- Lightly spray a separate bowl with avocado oil or whatever cooking oil you have.
- Add the mixture to the oiled-up bowl and evenly distribute it.
- Put it in the microwave and zap it. Since microwaves vary, start with just 3-4 minutes, then check it for doneness. But if your microwave is weak, go for the full 5-minute cook time.
- Let it cool a bit, then enjoy.
Note: Since this recipe doesn't contain eggs, you can eat it slightly undercooked in the middle... for extra deliciousness.
Now it's going to seem like a lot of calories compared to a conventional brownie, but keep in mind this is AN ENTIRE BOWL full of brownie. And it's as dense as eating a whole meal (breakfast anyone?).
If you took a conventional brownie recipe and ate an entire bowl of it, you would be eating several times the calorie content of this. Likewise, if you were to cut this down to the same size as a conventional, one-ounce brownie, the calorie content would seem like nothing.
- Calories: 319 (without the options for extra deliciousness)
- Carbs: 32 grams (8 from fiber)
- Protein: 42 grams
- Fat: 4 grams
Tip: Can't eat the whole bowl? It's a lot! Especially if you have a girly stomach.
So try cutting the recipe in half. Use half a cup of pumpkin, one scoop of protein, and just a tablespoon of sweetener. Then cut the microwave time to about 2-3 minutes.