Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Blondies

When I was younger, I genuinely believed that there was a section of my stomach permanently roped off for dessert. No matter how much I ate for dinner, whether it was grilled chicken and veggies or a cheeseburger and fries, I always had room for something sweet. Slender Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Blondies | The Slender Student Now that I’m older and wiser, I pretty much still believe in the exact same thing.

Slender Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Blondies | The Slender Student As with everything else, though, it’s my MO to slenderize all of the meals, dessert included.

I’ve made Skinny Taste’s brownie version of these blondies and they were incredible. So fudgy, and rich, and not healthy tasting, and certainly not reminiscent of the black beans that they’re comprised of. Both my friends and family that tried them agreed, despite their surprise/dismay/disgust (?) surrounding the sneaky main ingredient. Slender Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Blondies | The Slender Student That experience inspired me in a couple of ways. First, I swapped a few ingredients to create a peanut butter blondie instead of your standard chocolate brownie. Second, I didn’t tell anyone that their dessert was chickpea-based.

Slender Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Blondies | The Slender Student Ignorance is peanut butter chocolate chunk bliss.

Slender Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Blondies | The Slender Student

Slender Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Blondies
Servings: 16 | Calories per serving: 110
Fat: 4 g (Sat Fat: 2 g) | Carbohydrate: 15 g | Fiber: 2 g| Protein: 4 g

ingredients:

1 (14 oz) canned low-sodium garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained

2 large eggs

1/2 cup PB2

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup granulated Splenda

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon oil

1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk (or dairy, skim)

1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup peanut butter chips, divided

1/2 cup chocolate chunks, divided

PAM Original nonstick spray

 

directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350° and thoroughly coat a 8×8 inch baking dish with PAM.

2. In a blender, combine your chickpeas and eggs until smooth.

3. In a mixing bowl, combine the chickpea/egg mixture, PB2, sugars, oil, milk, balsamic vinegar, baking powder, baking soda, and 1/4 cup each of the peanut butter chips and chocolate chunks. Fold with a rubber spatula until all of the ingredients are incorporated.

4. Evenly spread the blondie batter into the greased baking dish. Top with the remaining half of the peanut butter chips and chocolate chunks.

5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

Quest Bar Peanut Butter Brownie Cups

Quest Bar Peanut Butter Brownie Cups | The Slender Student Quest Bar fans are like a super fit cult. Seriously, the other day when I picked these up, the woman at the store told me that people normally buy them $300 at a time. That’s, like, a lot of protein bars. But when you consider all of the treats you can make with these (Oreos, ice cream sandwiches, peanut butter brownie cups), it becomes a little more clear how people are subsisting on Quest Bars alone. Not that I’d recommend it myself.

Just a heads up, these bars are a little pricey and sometimes difficult to find, but I like to seek them out to change things up once in awhile. They’re packed with 20 g of protein, have less than 200 calories, come in an all natural line, and are reminiscent of an ultra chewy candy bar. I’d say that’s worth the extra hunt and cash.

DSC_1490 Quest Bar Peanut Butter Brownie Cups
Servings: 2 cups | Calories per serving: 215
Fat: 7.5 g (Sat Fat: 1.0 g) | Carbohydrate: 29.0 g | Fiber: 21.0 g| Protein: 25.0 g

ingredients:

1 chocolate brownie Quest Bar

2 T PB2

1 T water

 

directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350°.

2. Unwrap your Quest Bar and microwave it for 10 seconds.

3. Using a rolling pin, a plastic cup, or your hands, roll out the Quest Bar until it’s flat and pliable.

4. Cut the bar into thirds and place two of the pieces on the cups of a mini muffin tin that’s been turned upside down. Using your fingers, mold the softened bar to the shape of the muffin tin.
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5. Cut off the excess corners to give the cups a nice rounded edge.

6. Place in the muffin tin in the oven and bake for 3 minutes.

7. While the cups are baking, re-microwave the leftover Quest piece and scraps for 10-15 seconds. Roll the pieces together into a ball, divide into two, and create two flattened circular discs. DSC_1485

8. Mix the PB2 and water, dividing the portion between the two cooled Quest cups.

9. Place the discs over the tops of the filled cups, press down, and bake for an additional minute.

Dark Chocolate Fudge Protein Brownies

Dark Chocolate Fudge Protein Brownies (less than 100 calories each!) | The Slender Student

There’s a certain feeling I get from baking that I just don’t get from cooking. Sometimes I just need to channel my inner Maggie Gyllenhaal in Stranger Than Fiction.

On the other hand, though, baking sucks. You need to measure things precisely, dirty a sinkful of dishes, and then you get stuck with dozens of sugary baked goods that will haunt you until you either give them away or stuff them in your own piehole (/muffinhole/cookiehole/cupcakehole).

Dark Chocolate Fudge Protein Brownies (less than 100 calories each!) | The Slender Student

These brownies are a different story. They’re low calorie, high protein, high fiber, and only require a handful of ingredients. Your kitchen will be clean in no time and you’ll be left feeling like you are that dynamic, tattooed girl with her own shabby chic bakery.

Dark Chocolate Fudge Protein Brownies (less than 100 calories each!) | The Slender Student

Dark Chocolate Fudge Protein Brownies
Servings: 8 | Calories per serving: 96
Fat: 3.1 g (Sat Fat: 0.3 g) | Carbohydrate: 12.5 g | Fiber: 5.4 g| Protein: 5.3 g

ingredients
2 ripened bananas
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
2 packets Stevia
2 scoops chocolate Vega One (or your chocolate protein powder of choice)
1 T unsweetened cocoa powder
1 t vanilla extract
1/4 C unsweetened vanilla almond milk (only if your batter seems try)
PAM Original nonstick spray

directions:
1. Preheat your oven to 350° and coat a 9×9 baking dish with PAM.
2. In a medium mixing bowl, mash your ripened bananas well with a fork.

Dark Chocolate Fudge Protein Brownies (less than 100 calories each!) | The Slender Student 3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
4. Scoop your batter into the baking dish and using your spatula or spoon, spread it evenly into the dish. It might help to spray your spatula with PAM too.

Dark Chocolate Fudge Protein Brownies (less than 100 calories each!) | The Slender Student 5. Bake for 15-20 minutes and let them cool completely before cutting and removing them from the pan.

recipe from Undressed Skeleton

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