Macro-Friendly Gluten-Free Protein Brownies

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Hi, I'm Tina!

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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These Macro-Friendly Protein Brownies are rich and chocolatey and made with whole food ingredients, including peanut butter, banana, and walnuts. They are naturally gluten-free!

Macro-Friendly Protein Brownies

Oooh, baby… I have the perfect recipe for you when that chocolate craving hits. These are not your average brownies made with flour, eggs, and sugar. Nope, not that!

Believe it or not, you can make a batch of brownies with whole food ingredients that are not only rich and decadent, but packed with protein and nutrition too. And, bonus, they’re naturally gluten-free! The base of these Macro-Friendly Protein Brownies is made with peanut butter and banana (hello, yum already!), and they get a boost of protein and healthy fats from protein powder and walnuts. 

Whip up a batch of these while you do the rest of your weekly meal prep. Then, when your sweet tooth calls, you’ll have a healthier treat ready to go. You can also freeze these brownies (tip: make a double batch) and take out to enjoy as needed. If you like a gooey brownie, pop one in the microwave for a few minutes for that chocolatey brownie bliss. Just add a scoop of vanilla Greek yogurt for an added protein punch! 🙂

Ingredients in Macro-Friendly Protein Brownies

  • peanut butter
  • bananas
  • cocoa powder
  • chocolate protein powder
  • dark chocolate chips
  • walnuts
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Macro-Friendly Protein Brownies

  • Author: Tina Haupert
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 brownies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake


These Macro-Friendly Protein Brownies are rich and chocolatey, and made with whole food ingredients like peanut butter, banana, and walnuts.


  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 4 bananas
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup chocolate protein powder
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (chopped)


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a cake or loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a small saucepan over low-medium heat, melt the peanut butter.
  3. In a mixing bowl, mash the bananas, cocoa powder, protein powder and nut butter until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Pour into pan, sprinkle with walnuts and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely before serving.


  • Serving Size: 1 brownie
  • Calories: 280
  • Fat: 18
  • Carbohydrates: 23
  • Protein: 11

If you want more delicious and easy macro-friendly recipes, check out my book, The Everything Macro Diet Cookbook. It includes 300 recipes for every meal and sample meal plans to make shopping and meal prep easier than ever!

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