Super fudgy, peanut butter heaven and chocolate indulgence.  This is one recipe that I have totally fallen in love with.

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Despite their calorific appearance these brownies actually live on the healthier side of life. They contain no butter, flour and are low in refined sugar.  Now I kid you not these are incredibly moreish, after one square you will be totally satisfied, which is one of the secrets that I have discovered when baking with protein powder. If like me and you have a certain addiction to peanut butter cups and anything that is remotely sweet and salty then I seriously consider that you try making these.  I’m not proclaiming that I’m an expert in the field of brownie baking or anything, however I really believe that this particular recipe is a keeper. 

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Peanut Butter Cup Protein Brownies
Yields 8
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Cook Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 scoops of chocolate protein powder (60ml scoop)
  2. 2 tbsps. of unsweetened cocoa powder
  3. 3 eggs
  4. 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
  5. 2-3 tbsp peanut butter (I used Meridian crunchy peanut butter)
  6. 1/2 cup of almond milk
  7. 1 tsp of baking powder
  8. Dark chocolate chips for decoration
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven at 180 degrees and prepare a brownie tin for baking.
  2. Measure out the protein powder, cocoa powder and baking powder and place in a bowl. Mix in the eggs, vanilla extract and almond milk and stir until well combined. Stir well before pouring into a prepared tin. Add dollops of peanut butter randomly to the mix and swirl with a spoon then sprinkle over some dark chocolate chips for decoration. Bake for 15-20 minutes until cooked. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before cutting - devour and enjoy!
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Once baked and out of the oven you will be left with these melt in your mouth squares of chocolate deliciousness.  Great served cold or warm with Greek yoghurt or even ice cream if you are feeling particularly decadent – either way your belly will be so happy with you for this!

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In terms of their nutritional value they’re grain-free, gluten-free and contain no butter, so I would say that they were healthier than most brownies out there.  I would love to see if these could be made vegan by subbing in flax eggs instead of regular hens eggs – let me know if any of you try this out! Just to make you aware, the brownie batter recipe doesn’t contain any refined sugar itself, but some may be found in the type of dark chocolate chips that you use. Happy baking! 

Check out my recipe page for some more healthy meal, snack and dessert inspiration! 

What is your favourite way to eat a chocolate brownie, hot or cold?  Do you have any favourite add-ins to your own brownie recipes? 

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There are many factors that can help to keep an individual’s skin looking and feeling healthy. A balanced, healthy diet can help people not only minimise, treat, and prevent certain skin problems, but also enhance their skin’s natural beauty. For example, studies show that about one third of individuals who suffer from acne can see a connection between what they eat and their acne breakouts. Similarly, many individuals can find a connection between other habits and specific skin problems including dry, itchy skin and wrinkles; along with an unhealthy diet, smoking and unprotected exposure to the sun can have a detrimental effect on skin tissue. 

Diet

A poor diet puts people at risk of developing various nutritional deficiencies which may include:

  • Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acid deficiency, which negatively affects skin health by preventing it from retaining water, which is critical in keeping skin moisturised, supple, and wrinkle free.
  • Vitamin A (beta-carotene), C, D, and E deficiency, which has a significant impact on skin structure, potentially leading to specific issues (e.g. skin lesions and the inability to produce new cells).
  • Zinc and selenium deficiency, which affects skin cell turnover and causes abnormal skin pigmentation and skin lesions, putting people at greater risk of developing dermatitis and skin cancers. 

Smoking

Smoking deprives skin of oxygen and vital nutrients, contributing to uneven skin tone, sagging, age spots, and wrinkles. As a result, many smokers not only appear pale and unhealthy, and they also look years older than they actually are. According to experts, people who smoke are also more likely to develop psoriasis, a skin condition characterised by thick, scaly patches on the elbows, hands, feet, back, or scalp. 

The sun

Numerous studies have demonstrated that brief, unprotected exposure to sunlight is beneficial to the body, promoting vitamin D synthesis, lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol, boosting immunity, and positively impacting particular skin disorders such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, and fungal infections. 

Conversely, spending too much time in the sun without using a sunscreen or block can have a detrimental effect on skin, depleting its supply of natural oils and drying it out. Furthermore, ultraviolet radiation burns skin and changes its structure. Premature aging of the skin, bleeding from fragile blood vessels right beneath the skin’s surface, and skin cancers are the most common consequences of prolonged, unprotected exposure to sunlight.  

Steps to a healthy body and glowing skin

Eating right can help anyone have healthy, beautiful skin, but what does “eating right” actually mean? Generally speaking, eating right basically means adopting a diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Specialists suggest that vitamins A, C, and E along with fatty acids, zinc, and selenium not only nourish and protect skin against free radicals, but also reverse skin damage and help to extend its youthful appearance. Fish, lean meat, organic leafy greens, vegetables – especially tomatoes, carrots, bell peppers, and avocados – fruits, whole grains, nuts, olive oil, and water are essential for maintaining beautiful skin. For the best results, individuals should cut back on white bread, pasta, and refined sugar. 

A skin care regimen should also include the use of pure organic Argan Oil. Rich in essential fatty acids, ferulic acids, antioxidants, carotenoids, polyphones, saponins, and sterols, Argan Oil is renowned for its exceptional skin conditioning, repairing, and healing properties. 

Have you seen your own diet and lifestyle choices effect the look of your skin?  What kind of changes have you made to make improve the look of your skin?

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