Vegan Chocolate Protein Brownies


Most of you know from previous posts that I have been adopting a vegan diet for the last five weeks (or so) which is why I thought I better try some vegan baking. Going out it’s pretty hard to find nice cakes and deserts unless you’re by a health food shop (and sometimes they aren’t nice).

When Indigo Herbs* said they’d send me some protein powder I thought about how I could incorporate it within a desert. The great thing about vegan brownies is that they can be just as gooey and chocolately as normal brownies.

For the mixture I decided to make small squares of brownies so I didn’t eat too many of them too quickly. I mixed together 100g of self-raising flour, 100g of caster sugar, 3 tablespoons of coconut oil, 2 teaspoons of cacao powder, 50g of dairy-free chocolate, 230ml unsweetened soya milk, 100g of crushed almonds, 50g of dairy-free chocolate chunks and 2 teaspoons of Indigo herbs protein powder*

Apart from the flour and sugar a vegan recipe differs quite a lot because of the lack of butter and eggs which is where the oil and milk comes from. You can use sunflower oil instead of coconut oil but I thought i’d try and make them as healthy as possible for brownies. The dairy-free chocolate and cacao powder is enough to give them the chocolate look and taste but the almonds give them a slight crunch which I think is amazing. You can use any types of nuts but crushed almonds I think works best with chocolate.

indigo herbs protein powder

Having the protein powder makes me feel a little less guilty about chomping down on the brownies, and it really shows you that you can still have delicious goodies even if you are on a vegan diet. The powder I had was actually showcased as a smoothie mix, but I find protein powder can be mixed into masses of things and it worked well with the brownies.

Indigo Herbs’ company mission is to ‘empower optimum health by inspiring people to take responsibility for their own wellbeing. We do this by making excellent quality herbs and superfoods available and affordable’. This basically encapsulates exactly the reason why i’ve chosen a Vegan diet, for a healthier lifestyle.

Indigo Herbs are supporting veganuary which is a campaign inspiring and supporting people making the change to a vegan lifestyle for January. Your choice might be for health and nutritional values or animal welfare and environmental reasons.

Do you think you could do Veganuary?
December 7, 2015
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  • Reply Hannah Latoya Bond

    Now these look very good. I've heard great things about vegan cakes x

    December 7, 2015 at 9:06 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      You really can't tell the difference when you make them x

      December 7, 2015 at 10:05 pm
  • Reply Brand & Beauty

    omg that looks fabulous xx

    December 7, 2015 at 9:22 pm
  • Reply Sam

    Oh wow, these look amazing! I've been a vegetarian for around 5 years, but recently I've been trying to eat vegan whenever possible. Will definitely be bookmarking this recipe for later! x

    December 7, 2015 at 11:13 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      I find it's easy to make things vegan but hard to buy stuff when you're out! Good luck x

      December 8, 2015 at 9:27 am
  • Reply Heidi Roberts

    Those brownies look lovely and squidgy – they have extra goodness!

    December 7, 2015 at 11:38 pm
  • Reply Umber Phoenix

    I could quite easily do Veganuary. I'm already semi-vegetarian so not such a big jump really. I'm not a brownie fan but this does sound nice

    December 8, 2015 at 9:50 am
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      It's not so much of a transition when you're doing it sort of anyway. They were lovely 🙂 x

      December 8, 2015 at 10:03 am
  • Reply Working Mum Blog

    I would love to try Veganuary. I am on a vegetarian diet at the moment (only until Christmas) so could give Veganuary a try. Besides missing eggs I don't think I will have any problems. Thanks for sharing your recipe. The brownies look very tasty

    December 8, 2015 at 11:02 am
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      I had the same thing, but I jumped straight from being a massive meat eating fiend into Veganism. It wasn't as bad as I thought x

      December 8, 2015 at 11:51 am
  • Reply Dana Andersen

    I was vegetarian for two years but don't think i could ever be vegan, a huge amount of my diet is cheese and chocolate. These look pretty good though, i'll definitely give them a go! 🙂

    December 8, 2015 at 11:07 am
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      I don't find dairy free cheese or chocolate tastes much different to normal stuff, it's just a little more tricky to find x

      December 8, 2015 at 11:51 am
  • Reply Georgia C

    Ooh these look fantastic! I always thought that being vegan would be too difficult but I'm actually almost there apart from the occasional egg, oh and my addiction to cheese! Have you found any cheese that tastes similar to the real thing? And how's the veganism going?

    December 9, 2015 at 12:34 am
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      I think Violife cheese works really well to have melted on toast, and there's another cheese I got from world foods which is grated and melts a treat on things like pizza. I've found the transition much easier than I thought actually, you should give it a go in January! x

      December 9, 2015 at 9:27 am
  • Reply Cassie Thorpe

    These look delicious! I might have to try it myself!

    December 9, 2015 at 9:30 am
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      Do it you might be surprised by the results x

      December 9, 2015 at 10:01 am
  • Reply Face Up Beauty

    I train a lot at the gym, so I'm always on the look out for snacks that I can make with protein powder added. These look fab – I can sense some xmas baking coming on 🙂 Tx

    December 9, 2015 at 9:54 am
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      You could make them even healthier and opt for dates instead of chocolate! Let me know how you get on if you do make them x

      December 9, 2015 at 10:04 am
  • Reply fashion-mommy

    I think you're doing great, but it's not something I would want to do if I'm honest.

    December 9, 2015 at 11:13 am
  • Reply Laura Ferry

    Ooh these look lush! I'm not a vegan but Id certainly give them a go xxx

    December 9, 2015 at 12:32 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      That's the thing most of the time you don't even realise. Let me know if you do make them 🙂 x

      December 9, 2015 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply Shannon Ritchie

    They look so good, I love brownies so I might try this out! X

    December 9, 2015 at 4:46 pm
  • Reply Lottie L'amour

    First of all, Veganuary is my new favourite word! Haha! These look absolutely delicious – I often think about trying the Vegan life out but I don't think I'm strong enough to try it!

    Lottie xx

    December 9, 2015 at 4:48 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      I'm sure if you tried it you would surprise yourself. I did as I was a massive meat and cheese eater before! x

      December 9, 2015 at 10:37 pm
  • Reply Brand & Beauty

    Those brownies look very delicious, I haven't heard of this brand before, but is definitely something that look interesting. I would like to make this myself, perfect for my cheating days!

    December 13, 2015 at 10:36 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      Exactly, cheating but they're still not too bad for you! x

      December 13, 2015 at 10:46 pm
  • Reply Esmeralda Vermeulen

    Looks so yummy!!! Out of curiosity, did you go vegan for health or ethical (or others?) reasons?

    January 5, 2016 at 11:52 am
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      I did it purely for health reasons. I wanted to kick start my weight loss and I found going vegan really helped. I have the occassional bit of meat/ diary when I go out and really fancy something or I just want a treat but in general I keep it up 🙂 x

      January 5, 2016 at 12:19 pm

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