Christmas Protein Brownies

Brownies are always a hit during the Christmas season, but what about your protein needs?
We’ve got you covered there with some delicious Christmas Protein Brownies, which are made with the awesome Beast Protein. Spencer Miller, aka the Macro-Chef, did a great job coming up with this protein twist on Christmas brownies, and we’ll tell you how to deliver this easy-to-make treat.
Stay festive, enjoy a healthy protein-packed brownie that tastes delicious, and also get one step closer to those 2017 goals!

Christmas Protein Brownies
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 scoop Beast Sports chocolate protein powder
6 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree (NOT pie filling)
1/4 cup nut butter (peanut butter or almond butter work great)
2 large eggs
2 tbsp. granulated stevia/preferred sweetener
1 tbsp. coconut oil, melted

White Chocolate Ganache (optional, but delicious)
1 cup white chocolate chips
1/4 cup heavy cream

Toppings
1/4 cup crushed peppermint candy
2-3 tbsp. Christmas sprinkles

Method
Preheat oven to 350F.
Add all ingredients to a food processor, and then process until a thick, but smooth batter forms.
Line an 8×8 cake pan with foil, spray with nonstick spray, and then spoon batter evenly into pan.
Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. Check at 15 minutes to make sure they don’t over bake.
Once cooked, let completely cool and make white chocolate ganache.
Add heavy cream to a microwave safe bowl and microwave for about 1:00 to 1:30, or until boiling.
Pour heavy cream over top of white chocolate chips, and then stir to incorporate and melt the chocolate chips.
Let ganache cool to room temperature and thicken, and then pour over top of cooled brownies.
Sprinkle 1/2 the brownies with crushed peppermint candy, and then make the other 1/2 with Christmas sprinkles.
Cut into 16 brownies and enjoy!

,Nutrition
Nutrition per brownie, out of 16 (includes ganache): 140 calories, 5 protein, 15 carbs, 7 fat