Mocha Almond Butter Brownies
I think these are the best brownies I’ve ever posted on here. I also think I’ve said that before, but I’m serious this time. These are BOMB, and ridiculously nutritious, which makes them even better. They are completely flourless, and instead use protein powder. I know this concept is not anything new (in fact, I have done it before), but I used an extra special protein powder this time.
My friends over at Sunwarrior came out with a brand new product called Illumin8, and it is ah-mazing. They sent over the mocha flavor for me to try and I quickly fell in love. It is like protein powder on steroids because it has so many extra benefits. It is actually considered a full meal replacement because it contains so much more than just protein. Let me give you a breakdown:
- Protein – packed with a mix of plant-based protein to keep your muscles fueled
- Good Carbs – energizing, gluten-free complex carbs from amaranth, quinoa, garbanzo, and lentil sprouts
- Healthy Fats – chia, flax, and coconut supply the healthy fats you need for energy, vitamin absorption, and healthy brain function
- Vitamins – contains vitamins that come straight from organic herbs, essential oils, and superfoods
- Minerals – contains macro and trace minerals from preserved plant-life
- Fiber – contains soluble and insoluble fiber as well as antioxidants for gentle cleansing, hydration, and a happy digestive tract
- Enzymes – specifically customized enzymes to help maximize the absorption of every nutrient
- Probiotics – stable and acid-resistant friendly bacteria to keep your digestive tract running smoothly
Sunwarrior calls this the CORE 8, and it basically supplies us with everything we need to cover all of our nutritional bases. I wasn’t kidding when I said this stuff was amazing, and the taste is just as good. Their mocha flavor is delicious, and it is what just sends these brownies over the top.
Have you ever had a brownie that had all of these nutritional benefits, and actually tasted great too? Yeah, me either, until now. They are slightly fudgy, have a nice texture from the added chocolate chips, and have a really cool flavor from the mix of mocha and almond butter. My husband couldn’t get over these, and kept telling me how delicious they were.
And just when I thought I couldn’t love Sunwarrior any more, they also sent all of this in a SUPER cool wooden box filled with lots of goodies. Can we talk about this Trimr cup real quick? It is amazing, and is one of the only drink dispensers that I’ve seen where you can drink from a straw OR flip the top and chug your water. It has a 32 oz. capacity AND has a shaker contraption attached to the straw! So you can throw your Illumin8 or protein powder, shake it up, and go!
Oh, and as a little bonus, I made you guys a simple smoothie recipe too!
Mocha Banana Smoothie
1 frozen banana
1 scoop Mocha Illumin8
2 tsp maca powder (optional)
1 cup unsweetened vanilla soy milk
handful of ice
Directions – add all of the ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth and creamy!
I can’t wait for you guys to try this stuff, I really think you are going to love it! If you do try these bomb brownies, I want to see! Take a picture and tag me on Instagram and hashtag #thewheatlesskitchen!
- 3/4 cup Sunwarrior Mocha Illumin8 (*see notes)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup creamy almond butter
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla soy milk (or milk of choice)
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips (I used Enjoy life dairy-free)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray an 8x8 pan with non-stick spray.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the Illumin8 powder, baking soda, and salt, and whisk to combine.
- Add the almond butter, eggs, and soy milk and whisk again to combine until you have a smooth batter. Add the chocolate chips and use a spatula to fold them in.
- Transfer the batter to the pan, smooth out the top, and bake for 15-17 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let them cool for at least 5 minutes before you cut them.
*If you don't have Illumin8, you can use a mocha or chocolate flavored protein powder.
Where are the nitrition facts in ea recipe pls. It all sounds good.
I don’t add the nutrition facts in my recipes, but I’m sure you could easily enter all of the ingredients to an app like MyFitnessPal and find out 🙂 (I may start doing the nutrition facts in the future)