Indeed, I am always on the lookout for a dessert that won’t induce a plethora of guilty feelings. So far, I haven’t found much. Especially anything that’s on par with a warm, gooey,  and chocolatey brownie. When I was browsing mindlessly through Instagram the other day, I happened to stumble across a beautiful photo of brownies, with a surprising caption. These brownies were called “workout brownies”. “Hey, I work out, and I like brownies, how can I get a hold of these?” I pondered.

Turns out, they’re by the famous vegan dessert blogger Chocolate Covered Katie. I found the link to the recipe and decided to give it a go. May I just say, before I tell you how everything went, Katie’s photos look absolutely beautiful and scrumptious. Truly mouthwatering, even.

Image from chocolatecoveredkatie.com
Image from chocolatecoveredkatie.com

So here are Katie’s recipe and my recipe side by side. I followed her recipe to the best of my ability, but of course, hers had certain options that were up to the chef’s tastes.

Katie’s recipe (click here to see the full page from her site)

  • 1 cup overripe mashed banana or applesauce
  • 2/3 cup nut butter of choice, or allergy-friendly sub
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp chocolate protein powder, or additional cocoa – I used ALOHA Chocolate Protein Powder
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup liquid sweetener of choice OR additional banana
  • optional mini chocolate chips, crushed walnuts, etc.

My recipe

  • 1 cup overripe blended banana
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter, 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp chocolate protein powder (Vega)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Lilly’s stevia-sweetened chocolate chips

So, how did they turn out, you ask? Ehhhh.

Not overly offensive, but definitely pretty gross. Note that I chose her banana option because I can’t recall the last time I had applesauce in my kitchen. This led the brownies to taste really, really banana-ey. In addition, they were really peanut butter-ey. I didn’t even use all peanut butter. The misleading part is that when they cook in the oven (325 Fahrenheit for 25 minutes, by the way) they smell like delicious real brownies. They come out, however, not being the case. They even look strange, which I suppose Katie covered up well by putting frosting on them.

I think I’d overall give the recipe a 3.5/10 score. I appreciate the effort of creating a semi-healthy and vegan brownie recipe, but I think they were pretty disappointing. To be fair, Katie does mention in her article, “I know it’s completely frustrating when a healthy-tasting recipe claims to taste exactly like a real hot fudge brownie… so I will tell you right now: These are not supposed to be like a decadent dessert. Just as you wouldn’t serve a tray of Luna Bars at a fancy dinner party or bake sale, I wouldn’t recommend the workout brownies for a party either. They are definitely more of a healthy snack or dessert meant for people who enjoy the wholesome taste and nutrition of healthy desserts.” So I’m not going to totally bash her for this. But even for a healthy snack, I think I’d rather have an apple or a protein bar. Thanks for tuning in to my baking adventure!

For Katie’s article, please click here: https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2017/06/08/workout-brownies-healthy-recipe/