Chocolate Chickpea Protein Brownies

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  • Servings : 12
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 25m
  • Ready In : 35m

There seems to be a lot of love for my (sweet potato) protein brownies but not everybody liked the idea of sweet potato in a brownie.. so, listening to demand here is a new chocolate protein brownie recipe, minus the potato (and replaced with another secret ingredient!!).


  • 1 can (240g drained) chickpeas
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 scoop (25-30g) chocolate protein powder*
  • 100g dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp coconut or veg oil
  • 2 heaped tbsp oats**
  • 2 tbsp sugar or stevia (calorie free sweetener)***
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

*Or swap for ~1 tbsp cocoa & ~3 tbsp milk powder OR hot chocolate powder!

**To make this recipe gluten free use gluten free oats.

***Someone has also swapped the sweetener for dates!

Protein Brownies


Step 1

Add the chickpeas, egg whites, chocolate protein powder, oats, sugar/stevia, salt and baking powder to a food processor.. whizz until smooth

Step 2

Melt the oil and dark chocolate chips for a few minutes in a microwavable bowl and add to the food processor then whizz again

Step 3

Pour in to a small baking tray lined with baking paper and smooth out with a spatula

Step 4

Bake in the oven for 25 minutes at 175 degrees C until cooked

Step 5

Slice in to 9-12 slices, allow to cool and enjoy!

*Nutritional information provided is for a 12th of the brownie mixture

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who sends me pictures of my recipes on Twitter & Facebook - here are a selection!!

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Above: made with vanilla protein powder

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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

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Recipe Comments

Comments (29)

  1. posted by Abi Schofield on May 24, 2013

    Hi, tried these last night and they are yummy! Just wanted to know the sugar content of these brownies though?
    I am trying to keep my sugar intake to a minimum :)


    • posted by Nics Nutrition on May 24, 2013

      Hey! The sugars are just 5g (from natural sources). It’s a low GI food which means that it won’t spike your blood sugars :) Hope this helps! x

  2. posted by Katherine Hutchinson on June 6, 2013

    Hi i was just wondering do you think i could use vanilla protein powder instead and still be chocolately?

    • posted by Nics Nutrition on June 6, 2013

      Hello! If you add vanilla protein I would add some cocoa too :) Let me know how it goes! Nic x

  3. posted by Rob on July 25, 2013

    Just tried these and they taste very bland and like chikpea!

    • posted by Nics Nutrition on July 25, 2013

      Hey! Sorry to hear that, you sure you used all the ingredients in the right quantities? I’ve never heard anything bad before about this recipe (I get lots of feedback on twitter!) .. perhaps the choc sweet pot brownies are more up your street :)

  4. posted by Rob on July 26, 2013

    Think I will try it again. I did use all the ingredients and followed the recipe as written. As I have been keeping my insulin spikes to a minimum (successfully) I was curious about sugars that occur naturally and their reaction to insulin?

    • posted by Nics Nutrition on July 28, 2013

      It’s a low GI product but hard to predict what blood glucose levels will do given any exercise that day, other food eaten with it, quantitiy eaten etc.! You may prefer the sweet potato brownies (another low GI product!).

  5. posted by Dee on November 10, 2013

    These were AMAZING!

    I only melted half the choc chips & just added the rest to the final mixture so it gave little “puddles” of choc in the finished brownie.

    These will be getting made again for sure. So easy to make!

    • posted by Nics Nutrition on November 10, 2013

      Ooh that sounds amazing! Thank you so much for your great tip Dee! Enjoy :) x

  6. posted by Daniel on January 9, 2014

    Was considering making these this weekend. Can you use maple syrup or honey in place of sugar?

    • posted by Nics Nutrition on January 9, 2014

      Hello! I personally would use stevia or xylitol but you could add honey to taste – just not too much so that the mixture doesn’t become soggy – maybe add slightly more of the oats if using honey! Let me know how it goes :) x

  7. posted by Hannah on January 13, 2014

    These were amazing made with Cadbury’s fudge hot chocolate powder instead of protein powder, very happy flatmates :)

    • posted by Nics Nutrition on January 13, 2014

      Ooh great swap! Thank you so much for your pic & comment Hannah! x

  8. posted by Annette Stevenson on January 16, 2014

    Just put these in the oven. Hope they’re not too moreish as I am a chocoholic! Better than eating lots of chocolate biscuits I suppose. X

  9. posted by Annette Stevenson on January 16, 2014

    Just out of the oven and they are delicious!

  10. posted by Hannah on March 6, 2014

    Just made these again with raisins in, so nice! :) xx

    • posted by Nics Nutrition on March 6, 2014

      Oooh love that addition!! Thank you for your lovely comment :) xx

  11. posted by Karis Glanfield on March 26, 2014

    Hello, I was just wondering which protein powder you used or would recommend to make these? Thank you x

  12. posted by Clair Bage on April 4, 2014

    These are amazing!! Totally addicted :) I made the first batch and replaced the sweetener with dates and they were delicious. I had to make another batch yesterday and added a heaped tbsp of PPB and used the dates again instead of sweetener. My kids love them! Thank you for the recipe :) xx

  13. posted by Emma on June 5, 2014

    Hey, I really struggles to blend the chickpeas what could make this easier? Although it was tough I did eventually manage to make these brownies and they were amazing!

    • posted by Nics Nutrition on June 5, 2014

      Aw that’s fab! Perhaps add a touch of hot water to help them blend in the future? x

  14. posted by Sophia galpin on July 29, 2014

    This look absolutely incredible! I am definitely going to make them! Your pictures always look so good!! Xx

  15. posted by Erika on January 8, 2017

    Hey, hey! Just wondering if anyone has used this recipe who follows IIFYM diet? And how you went about calculating macros?

    • posted by Nics Nutrition on January 8, 2017

      Hey! It’s in the blue and white box above the macros xx


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