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Heart Shaped Protein Brownies – Fudgy and Grain Free!

by Heather

You’ll love this easy heart-shaped brownies recipe with a boost of protein! The brownie batter is made with 10 ingredients and leaves you with delicious fudgy brownies. Baked in a heart silicone mold and made with nourishing ingredients – these brownies show love with their goodness and taste! Each heart brownie has 8 grams of protein in it.

heart shaped protein brownies with chocolate chips around on a white surface.

Heart Shaped Protein Brownies – Fudgy and Grain Free!

I don’t really need a special occasion to make homemade brownies, but with Valentine’s Day nearing, I wanted to make something for that special day.

With a heart mold in hand, I started testing these protein brownies. The first couple of tries were flops, but test number 3 (this recipe) was such a hit!

The base is made with almond butter and zero flour and leaves you with fudgy, tender, and slightly chewy brownies. They’re sweetened with honey (or maple syrup – both are delish!), and of course chocolate chips.

These healthy protein brownies can be made into the shape of a heart, or any shape! They’re great baked in mini muffin tins for bite-size brownie bites and also in a regular square baking pan.

overhead of one of the heart shaped brownies on a plate.

Why you’ll love this recipe

One-bowl recipe – Made with minimal ingredients, these one-bowl brownies are quick to prep, and clean-up is a breeze!

Protein in every bite – I love an easy treat with more goodness, and each of these heart-shaped protein brownies gives you 8 grams of protein! An easy and sweet way to add a bit more protein to your dessert.

Gluten and grain-free – No flours needed here! The almond butter acts as the “flour”, but also adds such a good texture and flavor. If you need gluten-free treats or are baking for someone with celiac disease, let this be your new go-to brownie recipe!

What you need for protein chocolate brownies

What you need for protein chocolate brownies

Scroll down to view the recipe card below for the full ingredients list, nutrition facts, and step-by-step instructions.

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How to make Valentine brownies

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil your heart-shaped silicone molds. This recipe will make 12 heart brownies using this sized mold.

Step 2: In a mixing bowl add the almond butter, eggs, honey, melted coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Mix until the wet ingredients are fully combined.

Step 3: Add the protein powder, cocoa powder, baking powder, and sea salt and stir the dry ingredients until combined fully. Stir in the chocolate chips.

How to make Valentine brownies

Step 4: Scoop and pour batter into the prepared silicone molds. Bake brownies for 8-10 minutes until the top looks like it’s just about done baking. Don’t over bake or you’ll end with a cake-like consistency.

Step 5: Let the brownies fully cool before removing them from the molds.

Note – To add extra chocolate goodness to your Valentines brownies, drizzle melted chocolate over the cooled brownies and sprinkle with pink Valentine-themed sprinkles!

Watch me make my new favorite brownie recipe

The full how to video can be watched below, or on my YouTube channel!

Can you make this without a heart silicone mold?

Yes! You can still make heart-shaped brownies using this recipe but without silicone molds.

Bake the brownie batter in a square pan lined with parchment paper. Let the brownies fully cool, then remove them and place them on a cutting board. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut the brownies into hearts!

three brownies from the brownie hearts recipe stacked on top of each other

How to store

Cooled brownies can be stored in an airtight container on the counter at room temperature or in the fridge.

I prefer storing them in the fridge. The texture gets even better when chilled!

You can also freeze your individual heart brownies. Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet and freeze the brownies until solid.

Once frozen, transfer the brownies into a freezer bag, label it, date it, and keep them frozen for up to 6 months. Enjoy Valentine’s day brownies whenever you want!

close-up of heart brownies with chocolate drizzle

Substitutions, optional variations & dietary adjustments

Below you’ll find a list of substitutions that will work well in this heart brownies recipe. 

If you try something different out, please leave a comment below letting us all know how it turned out!

Almond butter – Peanut butter and cashew butter are both great options here. Cashew butter will give you less of a nutty taste. For a nut-free option, try sunflower seed butter or tahini!

Eggs – Egg whites would work okay in this recipe, however, an egg substitute like flax egg would not since there is no flour to give the recipe stability.

Honey – This recipe is delicious with maple syrup too!

Coconut oil – Melted butter is a fantastic substitute. Avocado oil would work as well.

Chocolate protein powder – To omit protein powder, swap in almond flour for it or oat flour. You can also use a vanilla protein powder, however, the brownies won’t be quite as chocolaty.

Mini chocolate chips – Regular-sized chocolate chips are a good option too. You can also chop up your favorite chocolate bar to use here!

overhead shot of heart shaped protein brownies on a white surface

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Heart Shaped Protein Brownies – Fudgy and Grain Free!

You'll love this easy heart-shaped brownies recipe with a boost of protein! The brownie batter is made with 10 ingredients and leaves you with delicious fudgy brownies. Baked in a heart silicone mold and made with nourishing ingredients – these brownies show love with their goodness and taste! Each heart brownie has 8 grams of protein in it.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time18 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: almond butter, brownies, chocolate, cocoa powder, coconut oil, protein powder
Servings: 12
Calories: 257kcal
Author: Heather

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil your heart-shaped silicone molds. This recipe will make 12 heart brownies using this sized mold.
  • In a mixing bowl add the almond butter, eggs, honey, melted coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Mix until the wet ingredients are fully combined.
  • Add the protein powder, cocoa powder, baking powder, and sea salt and stir the dry ingredients until combined fully. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Scoop and pour batter into the prepared silicone molds. Bake brownies for 8-10 minutes until the top looks like it’s just about done baking. Don’t over bake or you’ll end with a cake-like consistency.
  • Let the brownies fully cool before removing them from the molds.
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Nutrition

Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 114mg | Potassium: 222mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 57IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 128mg | Iron: 1mg
Heart Shaped Protein Brownies

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XO

Heather

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