The question I get asked a lot is how to make treat recipes more healthy. People want to be able to reduce the sugar, reduce the fat, up the protein and still have the same flavour. (In short a lot of you want to have your cake and eat it – which I get, so do I). What I pretty much always say is that you can’t have everything. So, if you want less sugar, then eat less of the sugary thing, if you want less fat, eat less of the fatty thing. If you want more protein, eat more lean meats, cheese and protein rich pulses.
Except… well I have a recipe for you that adds more protein to brownies without making them rubbery or tasting in any way worthy. I’m not going to lie; they’re still rich in fat (which I don’t limit in my diet; my skin needs it) and include sugar too. But they have added whey protein which is not just for body builders and long-distance runners, oh no. Whey protein is a natural ingredient (it’s the by product of cheese production in case you didn’t know which means it’s rather sustainable) and it contributes to growth and maintenance of muscle. Which is important to anyone, but especially important if you’re female. It’s a complete protein, meaning it has all the amino acids your body needs. So, what I’m giving you here in this recipe is essentially a chocolate brownie that tastes good and is helping you eat a good diet. You can thank me later. Head to WheyForLiving.com for more inspiration.
Makes 12 good sized brownies or lots of little ones
- 210g unsalted butter
- 250g caster sugar
- 150g soft brown sugar
- 540g good quality, dark chocolate, finely chopped
- 5 large eggs
- 85g plain flour (or round almonds if you prefer)
- 80g chocolate whey powder
- 120g 0% fat Greek yoghurt
Line a baking tray about 30 x 20cm with baking paper and preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas mark 4. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over a low heat, then add the sugars and chocolate, stir well until completely smooth. Remove from the heat and add the rest of the ingredients. Whisk until completely combined, pour into the prepared tray and bake for 35 minutes. Cool on a wire rack and cut into 12 good sized brownies.