Gluten Free Protein Brownies

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Gluten Free Protein Brownies are wonderfully cakey brownies filled with oatmeal, chocolate chips, peanut butter, and honey, made without protein powder. These brownies are guaranteed to satisfy chocolate lovers, and they’re even dairy-free!

If you love Gluten Free Brownies, you’ll love this protein-packed version!

Gluten free protein brownies topped with coconut flakes are shown next to a bowl of coconut.

Why You’ll Love These Chocolate Protein Brownies

  • Cuisine Inspiration: American
  • Primary Cooking Method: Oven
  • Dietary Info: Gluten-free, Dairy-free
  • Skill Level: Easy

I definitely have a sweet tooth, especially a sweet tooth with a penchant for chocolate. So if I can find a dessert that’s a little better for me and can fuel me up instead of weigh me down, then I’m all in! But that doesn’t mean I want it loaded with weird or hard to find ingredients that I don’t always have in my pantry.

These super chocolatey protein brownies are packed with filled with protein-rich oatmeal, chocolate chips, peanut butter, honey, and coconut. After struggling to find a protein brownies recipe made without protein powder, I decided to share my own!

Here’s why you’ll want to make them often:

  • Gluten and dairy-free. This simple recipe is both gluten and dairy-free, making it a nice choice for those who have food sensitivities.
  • Keeps you going. The hearty dose of peanut butter plus oats and oat flour packs a protein punch that will give you an energy boost. My favorite Protein Pancakes are another tasty example of this combo in action.
  • Adaptable. Go ahead and add more nuts or omit the coconut if you prefer! I’ve detailed some variation suggestions lower down to help you adapt this recipe if you like.
A stack gluten free protein brownies is shown next to a jar of milk.

Brownie Ingredients

I’ve outlined the ingredients you’ll need for this protein brownies recipe below. Check the recipe card at the end of this post for a printable ingredients list.

  • Peanut Butter: Use creamy peanut butter. I like to use natural peanut butter so it’s not too sweet.
  • Honey: Or substitute maple syrup or granulated sugar if needed.
  • Avocado Oil: You can also use vegetable oil or another neutral oil.
  • Eggs: Bring the eggs to room temperature before making the brownies.
  • Vanilla Extract: Pure vanilla extract gives the best flavor.
  • Almond Milk: Unsweetened almond milk or another non-dairy milk of your choice. You can use regular milk if you’re not making this recipe dairy-free.
  • Oat Flour: You can buy gluten-free oat flour or make homemade oat flour by pulsing gluten-free oats into a fine powder using a blender.
  • Cocoa Powder: Make sure to use unsweetened cocoa powder so that the brownies aren’t overly sweet.
  • Quick Oats: Use certified gluten-free oats, if needed.
  • Baking Soda and Salt
  • Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • Unsweetened Coconut Flakes: Omit these if you don’t care for coconut.
The ingredients for gluten free protein brownies are shown portioned out with text labels, including cocoa powder, peanut butter, vanilla, honey, eggs, salt, oil, oat flour, and oats.

Variations on These Protein Brownies

Try these fun ways to make this protein brownies recipe your own!

  • Try different chocolate chips. You can also use milk chocolate chips if you don’t need to keep dairy-free and like a sweeter chip. Or, if you don’t have chocolate chips on hand you can leave them out. The protein brownies will still be nice and chocolatey.
  • Use crunchy peanut butter. I mostly use smooth peanut butter to make this recipe protein brownies, but if you like more crunch you can use crunchy peanut butter instead.
  • Add nuts. Throw in 1 cup of chopped walnuts if you like nuts in your protein brownies.

How to Make Gluten Free Protein Brownies

You can see my method for making this protein brownies recipe below. Refer to the recipe card for printable recipe instructions.

  • Prepare. Heat the oven and prepare a baking pan.
  • Mix wet ingredients. Blend the peanut butter, honey, oil, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  • Whisk dry ingredients. Now whisk together the oat flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Combine. Add the wet mixture to the dry, mix to combine, then fold in the oats, chocolate, and coconut.
  • Bake. Spread the batter evenly in the pan. Bake at 350ºF for 20-25 minutes, until the brownies are set.
  • Cool and cut. Let brownies cool, then cut them into squares.
Five gluten free protein brownies are scattered on a piece of white parchment paper.

Tips for Success

Here are a few easy tips for making the best protein brownies:
  • Make your oat flour. If you wish, you can use pre-made oat flour or easily make it yourself. Pulse certified gluten free oats in a blender or food processor until they form a fine powder, then use it in the recipe.
  • Bring ingredients to room temperature. Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature before you start baking. This will help them better incorporate into the brownie batter.
  • Adjust the chocolate and coconut. Feel free to play with the ratio of chocolate chips and coconut depending on the chocolate or coconut flavor you want. You can leave out the coconut if you don’t care for it.
  • Test the brownies for doneness. The easiest way to do this is to stick a toothpick into the center of the brownies. If the toothpick comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, the brownies are done!

How to Store Brownies

  • Countertop. Store protein brownies in an airtight container on the counter for up to 5 days.
  • Fridge. Place the cooled brownies in an airtight container and store them in the fridge for up to 7 days.
  • Freezer. To freeze leftover protein brownies, wrap each one in plastic wrap, and place them in a freezer-safe bag. Store them in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw the brownies in the fridge before eating.
Cut protein brownies are shown on a piece of parchment paper and topped with coconut.
Cut protein brownies are shown on a piece of parchment paper and topped with coconut.
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Gluten Free Protein Brownies

Gluten Free Protein Brownies are wonderfully cakey brownies filled with oatmeal, chocolate chips, peanut butter, and honey. They're made without protein powder, and they're dairy-free!
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¾ cup honey
  • ½ cup avocado oil (or vegetable or another neutral oil)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 ½ cups gluten free oat flour
  • cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup gluten free quick oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • cup unsweetened coconut flakes (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9×13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray or line it with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, add the peanut butter, honey, and oil, and blend together with a hand mixer. Mix in the eggs and vanilla extract. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, add the oat flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together.
  • Add half of the flour mixture and half of the milk to the peanut butter mixture and blend it in with
  • the mixer, then add the remaining flour mixture and milk. Fold in the oats, chocolate chips, and coconut (if using).
  • Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. Check brownies and if needed add 2 minutes at a time until set up.
  • Let brownies cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove from the pan to cool completely. Cut into 12 to 16 pieces.

Notes

  • You can buy oat flour or make it by pulsing certified gluten free oats in a blender or food processor to form a fine powder.
  • Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature.
  • Store brownies in an airtight container on the counter.
  • Feel free to play with the ratio of chocolate chips and coconut depending on the chocolate or coconut flavor you want.
Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Protein Brownies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 338 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Trans Fat 0.01g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 28mg9%
Sodium 244mg10%
Potassium 222mg6%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 43IU1%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimers: Please discuss your individual dietary needs (i.e. gluten free) with a physician. Even when not specified, be sure to verify all ingredients are gluten free, if needed, by reading labels on all packaging and/or confirming with the manufacturer this varies by brand and can change at any time. Nutrition information shown is an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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4 Comments
  1. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes

    These sound so good! It’s nice to have options that are better for you while still making you feel like you’re indulging!

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