The Best Protein Brownie Recipe

How To
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It’s safe to say that brownies rank pretty highly in the pantheon of American culinary inventions, but like most of their compatriots – think Twinkies, corn dogs and Dunkin’ Donuts – ingesting them in large quantities won’t do your waistline any favours. This problem inspired the chefs at fitness restaurant Gym’s Kitchen ( to come up with a radical solution: replace all the sugary, processed carbs in traditional brownie recipes with the natural goodness of, yes, sweet potato. The results taste as good as they look, and offer plenty of blood sugar-steadying low-GI carbs as well as 14g of muscle-building protein per brownie. 


800g sweet potato, peeled and diced

80g ground almonds

14 dates, finely chopped

100g oats

100g chocolate whey protein powder

4tbsp cocoa powder

3tbsp pure maple syrup

1tbsp baking powder

How to Make It

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas 4.

Step 2: Boil the sweet potato in water for eight to ten minutes until soft. Drain and place it in a bowl. Mix with the remaining ingredients and mash until you get a smooth consistency.

Step 3: Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and spread the mixture evenly over it. Bake it in the oven for around 18 minutes, then slice into ten and eat. Not all at once.

The Numbers (per brownie)

309 calories

14g protein

56g carbs

6g fat

Ben Ince

Between 2010 and 2016, Ben was the deputy editor of Men’s Fitness UK, which predated, and then shared a website with, Coach. Ben also contributed exclusive features to Coach on topics such as football drills, triathlon training plans and healthy eating.