Gluten Free Protein Brownies

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It’s not often that you hear “brownies” and “healthy” in the same sentence. But if they tasted as good as a regular brownie, wouldn’t you rather enjoy a gluten free brownie that was at least a little healthy? And wouldn’t you rather your kids get a protein bonus out of their brownies, too?

 These gluten free protein brownies are everything you’ve ever wanted in a fudgy, chewy chocolate brownie, but they’re gluten free and made with plant-based protein — that’s a lot to love!

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Gluten Free Protein Brownies on Seriously Gluten Free Cutting Board from Words With Boards. (click photo above for link to cutting board)


And to make it even easier to get from point A (wanting a brownie) to point B (enjoying a brownie), this recipe is a simple one bowl recipe. Less fuss and more brownie!

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Again with the brownie points … pun intended!

I have a few other gluten free brownie recipes that I bake when I’m in a brownie mood, and they’re all delicious in their own right (just search “brownie” in the search bar at the top of any page on Everything from Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies to Gluten Free Zucchini Brownies! But today, this recipe is my new favorite. Probably because it checks off all the best brownie boxes AND I can have two (or more) without feeling (too) guilty.

This is no black bean brownie recipe. Nope. It’s a real brownie recipe made with real brownie ingredients but with added protein. No kid will turn up their nose at these chewy nuggets of chocolate heaven.

To get the most fudgy chocolate flavor, I didn’t even use cocoa powder — I went all in with 100% cacao PLUS semi-sweet allergen-free baking chocolate chips. These gluten free protein brownies are the real deal.


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You may be wondering where the protein comes from if I’m not using beans in these brownies. Good question! It’s OWYN!*

If you haven’t heard about the plant-based protein I’m using in this recipe, take a minute to look into OWYN (Only What You Need). I’ve been loving this brand for awhile now, and incorporating their protein into all kinds of recipes because it actually TASTES good and it boasts some impressive nutritional benefits.

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Each drink contains 20 grams of plant based protein, amino acids, fiber, Omega-3s and even greens like spinach, kale and broccoli. All OWYN products are also all certified gluten free, vegan, non-GMO and even low-FODMAP. The OWYN Cold Brew I’ve used in this recipe also has 113mg caffeine from Peruvian coffee. (Fee free to use the Dark Chocolate OWYN — or just chocolate milk — instead, if you don’t want to caffeinate your kids before bed!)

I’ve been reading a lot about the brain health benefits of coffee lately, and it seems that most research on the subject has determined that there are some protective components of coffee that seem to ward off cognitive decline (I’ll take all that I can get!). From helping to prevent mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s and even Parkinson’s Disease to just boosting brain function in general, there are lots of reasons to find more ways to enjoy coffee in your day.

gluten free protein brownies

Cold brew coffee is a bit different from your typical brew in that the roasted coffee beans (remember those health benefits!) are steeped for anywhere from 2 hours to 24 hours before drinking. No water is added to the coffee to water it down, but the flavor is much more smooth, full bodied and robust, without the acidity that many of us find troubles our sensitive stomachs.

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Add to the health benefits of coffee the health benefits of 100% cacao, and you might just convince yourself to start eating these brownies for breakfast.

Using this high percentage of cacao lowers both the fat and sugar content of the chocolate and offers more health attributes from its naturally occurring flavanols — compounds which have cell-protecting, free radical-fighting antioxidant properties. These flavanols can actually lower blood pressure, improve blood flow, reduce risk of stroke in women, and lower bad LDL cholesterol while raising good HDL cholesterol. 

All in all, these brownies pack a lot more healthy than you might imagine!

If you can’t get your hands on any OWYN today, but need your brownie fix, brew a cup of coffee and use it instead, or even your favorite chocolate milk will do, but the coffee really enhances the rich chocolate flavor without leaving any coffee taste — it’s magic!

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And to get that classic brownie “crust” on top, add the sugar to the melted chocolate and butter when it’s hot — it really makes a difference!

This one bowl (or more accurately here, one pot) Gluten Free Protein Brownies recipe not only makes a brownie you can feel better about, but it makes it easy!

I make this recipe on the stovetop with a homemade double-boiler of two similarly-sized pots, the bottom one with about 1 inch of water. The boiling water heats the butter and chocolate without burning it with direct flame. It makes the recipe nearly fool-proof!

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Then whisk in the gfJules Flour and stir until smooth.

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Voila, the perfect gluten free protein brownies!

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Brownie batter ready for the oven.

Don’t forget to line your pan with oiled foil or parchment for easy removal and cutting.

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Just look at that yummy brownie “crust” on top!


Hope you love these brownies as much as we do!

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Yield: 16-20 brownies

Gluten Free Protein Brownies

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These gluten free protein brownies are everything you've ever wanted in a fudgy, chewy chocolate brownie, but they're gluten free and made with plant-based protein -- that's a lot to love!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes



Preheat oven to 350ºF (static).

Arrange a sheet of parchment paper or aluminum foil in an 8 x 8-inch baking pan, pressing to cover the bottom and up the sides. If using aluminum foil, lightly spray with cooking oil. This step will make it easier to remove the brownies from the pan by pulling up on the paper or foil and leaving behind a clean pan.

Prepare a double boiler or a medium-size pan filled with 1 inch of water, with a slightly smaller pan sitting on top of the pan with water. Boil the water in the bottom pan, then cut the flame back to low-medium and add the chocolates and butter to the top pan over the simmering water. Stir and remove from heat when melted.

Add sugars and stir while the mixture is hot.

Add vanilla, eggs and OWYN or coffee, stirring to integrate.

Whisk in gfJules Flour and salt, continuing to stir until all lumps are smooth.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25–30 minutes, or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in center comes out with only a few wet crumbs (not totally clean, or they’ll be overcooked!).

(As a rule, brownies are much better on the un-done side, as opposed to the overdone side.)

Cool brownies in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Lift the brownies from the pan by pulling up on the paper or foil.

Completely cool brownies on a wire rack. Cut into squares with a clean plastic knife or pizza cutter and serve.

Yield: approximately 16–20 brownies, depending on size cut.


A plastic knife or pizza cutter are the best ways to cut brownies neatly!

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Your new favorite dessert or perhaps even breakfast! I won’t tell!

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Gluten Free Protein Brownies, perfectly chewy and fudgy with a little bit of good-for-you! made with gfJules

**I’ve partnered with OWYN (Only What You Need) to use their products in order to increase the nutrition in many popular gluten-free recipes. Some links to products may be affiliate links. As always, all opinions are my own.  See my disclosure policy for more information. Working with select brands I love allows me to keep bringing you free recipes, and I hope that in the process, you’ll learn about some of the safe gluten free products I choose for my family. Thanks so much for your support!

For more recipes using OWYN on my gfJules site, just use the search bar at the top and search OWYN. You’ll find everything from protein bites to Butternut Squash Soup to donut holes to black bottom cupcakes … to lots in between! It’s a great ingredient for gluten free baking — why not use it to make your recipes healthier, too?



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  1. Thank you for this I have recently discovered Owyn Dark Chocolate protein drinks and want to do more with them!

    Is there a way to cut down the sugar and caffeine and still have them turn out?

    Thank you!

  2. Can Stevia/sugar blend be used in any of your cake, cookie recipes?
    I’ve been making your sandwich bread recipe at least once a week and love it. I changed the liquid that I add. Lime sparkling water and beer have been my favorites so far.

    • Hi Mary, yes Baking Stevia will work. It’s blown to be the same volume as regular sugar, so use the 1:1 “baking” variety for best results. So glad to hear you’re loving my sandwich bread recipe and putting it to good use!!!

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