So I’ve teamed up with the amazing brand USN to bring to you a recipe for a delicious, healthy, protein-packed alternative to brownies. They’re basically a brownie, but I guess you could also call them a vegan gluten free protein bar too.
USN sent me their vegan chocolate protein and honestly it has to be one of the best I have tried!
The gluten free protein bars are suitable for vegetarians and vegans, is gluten free, and comes in both chocolate and vanilla flavour.
These gluten free protein bars (brownies) only use natural sweeteners, USN’s delicious vegan protein powder, and of course, absolutely no flour; making them fudgier and more gooey than ever.. you’re seriously going to LOVE these.
Here’s How To Make Gluten Free Protein Bars
If you’re going to make these delicious vegan and gluten free protein bars, you’ll need the following ingredients..
- Black Beans (400 grams): Black beans are a good source of plant-based protein, fiber, and various vitamins and minerals such as folate, iron, and magnesium. They provide a creamy texture and contribute to the protein content of the bars.
- Medjool Dates (1 Cup): Dates serve as a natural sweetener and binder in the recipe. They are high in natural sugars, dietary fiber, and various vitamins and minerals, including potassium and magnesium.
- Cocoa / Cacao Powder (1/2 Cup): Cocoa or cacao powder adds a rich chocolate flavor and provides antioxidants. It also contributes to the overall flavor of the bars.
- USN Raw Pro Protein (2 Scoops): This protein powder boosts the protein content of the bars. Its specific nutrient profile would depend on the brand and formulation, but it’s likely to contain a mix of protein sources, vitamins, and minerals.
- Smooth Nut Butter (1 tbsp): Nut butter adds healthy fats, protein, and flavor. It also helps with the binding and texture of the bars.
- Coconut Oil (2 tbsp): Coconut oil provides healthy fats and helps bind the ingredients together. It can contribute to the texture and flavor of the bars.
- Maple Syrup (3 tbsp): Maple syrup acts as a natural sweetener and enhances the overall taste of the bars. While it’s a more natural alternative to refined sugars, it’s still a concentrated source of sugar.
- Vanilla Extract (1 tsp): Vanilla extract adds flavor to the bars and complements the other ingredients.
- Non-Dairy Milk (Splash): Non-dairy milk is likely added to adjust the consistency of the mixture. It helps blend the ingredients and achieve the desired texture for forming the bars.
Protein (USN Raw Pro) Brownies (Vegan & Gluten Free)
- 400 grams Black Beans drained and rinsed
- 1 Cup Medjool Dates (soak in boiling water for 10 minutes then drain)
- 1/2 Cup Cocoa / Cacao Powder
- 2 Scoops USN Raw Pro Protein
- 1 tbsp Smooth Nut Butter of choice
- 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 3 tbsp Maple Syrup
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Splash of Non Dairy Milk
- Preheat the oven to 180c and roughly line a 9×9" brownie tin with baking paper (and grease using coconut oil)
- Place all the ingredients in a food processor and process on high for a couple of minutes (until a consistently smooth batter forms)
- Pulse again if there's any bits or lumps left
- Spoon this into the lined brownie tin and smooth over with a spatula
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, then leave to cool in the tray for at least 20 minutes
- Then, slice into 9 squares
Are Protein Bars Gluten Free?
Protein bars can come in both gluten-free and gluten-containing varieties. Whether a protein bar is gluten-free depends entirely on the ingredients used. Some protein bars are specifically labeled and marketed as gluten-free to cater to individuals with gluten sensitivities, allergies, or those following a gluten-free diet.
To determine if a protein bar is gluten-free, you should carefully read the ingredient list and any allergen information provided on the packaging. Look out for ingredients like wheat, barley, rye, and oats (if they’re not specifically labeled as gluten-free oats). These ingredients are common sources of gluten.
If you are following a gluten-free diet or have gluten sensitivities, it’s important to choose protein bars that are certified gluten-free or that clearly state “gluten-free” on the packaging. Additionally, be aware that some protein bars might be processed in facilities that handle gluten-containing ingredients, which could lead to cross-contamination.
Always verify the product’s gluten-free status before consumption, especially if you have strict dietary restrictions related to gluten.
Can Celiacs Eat Whey Protein?
Yes, whey protein itself is gluten-free, as it is derived from milk and does not inherently contain gluten. However, be aware of cross-contamination!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the main ingredient in these brownies?
The main ingredient in these blondies is black beans (it sounds crazy, I know, but it works).
Are these brownies vegan?
Yep! Totally, 100% vegan (as long as you follow the recipe)
Are these brownies flourless?
Yes, these blondies are flourless.
What kind of protein powder is used in this recipe?
I used USN Raw Pro Protein in this recipe; but you can use whichever you like.
What kind of nut butter can I use in this recipe?
You can use any smooth nut butter of your choice in this recipe.
What type of sweetener is used in this recipe?
Maple syrup and Medjool dates are used as the sweeteners for these vegan and gluten free protein bars
Is there any dairy in this recipe?
Nope, this recipe is non-dairy
Is the recipe gluten free?
It is indeed gluten free.