Healthy Peanut Butter and Nutella Brownies | Recipe | Food

flour free healthy brownies
peanut butter nutella brownies recipe
peanut butter nutella brownies recipe


Last Sunday night, I had a major craving for chocolate. So, I grabbed some ingredients from the kitchen, manically chucked them in a blender and whipped up some brownies (as you do!). 60 minutes later, I settled down with a giant cup of tea, a super fudgy brownie and a gigantic smile on my face.

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that I am a sucker for baking healthy treats. Usually ones that contain protein powder and a surprise savoury ingredient. I’ve covered double chocolate chip cookies with avocado, sweet potato brownies and vanilla pancakes made with cottage cheese. They all sound a little bit weird, right? Well, let’s not judge a book by it’s cover (or a cake by it’s ingredients) because they are all yummy. I don’t mean to toot my own horn but they are. You wouldn’t even know that they had some funny little ingredients in and you definitely wouldn’t think that they were healthy.

If you don’t believe me then cook up a batch of these peanut butter and Nutella brownies and kindly share them with your family, friends or colleagues. Let them taste them and fall in love with them before you share the hidden ingredients. Trust me, they won’t believe you!

This recipe should make 8-12 servings, depending on the tray used!

To create these peanut butter and Nutella brownies, you will need:
1 can chickpeas (240g once drained)
4 tbsp. cocoa powder
2 scoops protein powder
4 tbsp. honey
4 tbsp. peanut butter
4 tbsp. Nutella
4 tbsp. milk (almond, skimmed, full-fat…whichever you prefer!)
1 egg


Thoroughly drain and dry the chickpeas, then throw all of the ingredients into the blender. Blitz away until you are left with a creamy, chocolaty batter. Then pour the ingredients into a brownie tray (or failing that- a bread loaf tin, as I did!). Pop the mix into the oven at 180°c (preheated) for 45 minutes or until a fork inserted comes out clean. Like real brownies, the top of these will crack and crunch, whilst the insides will remain fudgy and gooey.

These brownies have a lovely nutty and chocolaty flavour. They are delicious straight from the oven, when they’re still toasty and gooey. There is just something so comforting about eating freshly baked cakes.

Nutritional Info:
For each serving (1 brownie):
Kcal: 122
Total fats: 4.7g
Sat Fats: 1g
Carbohydrates: 9.6g
of which sugars: 8.6g
protein: 4g

Enjoy these nutty, fudgy brownies! And please let me know if you bake them 🙂



  1. 15th March 2015 / 11:51 am

    Wow, I never would have thought you could make brownies with those ingredients! They look amazing!

    • 16th March 2015 / 8:56 pm

      It's so surprising what things you can actually use to make yummy brownies with! Thank you, I definitely recommend you give them a try 🙂

  2. 15th March 2015 / 6:54 pm

    I absolutely love brownies but I fully hate (with some passion) Chickpeas. Can you taste them in the recipe because it looks so good but I'm a little unsure ha!? xx


    • 16th March 2015 / 8:59 pm

      Yikes, that sounds like a rather strong hatred for chickpeas! In my opinion, you definitely can't tell that there are chickpeas in this…and if you are worried you could always substitute the chickpeas for blackbeans 🙂

  3. 15th March 2015 / 8:11 pm

    Ooh I'm really in to healthy baking at the moment, so glad I found this! And I bet these are packed with protein from the chickpeas!

    • 16th March 2015 / 8:57 pm

      aw thank you! Healthy baking is the best thing! It means you get to eat a sweet treat without feeling guilty :). Chickpeas and two scoops of protein powder means these pack a LOT of protein haha 🙂

    • 16th March 2015 / 8:58 pm

      Mac and cheese with squash sounds amazing! I'm a huge lover of peanut butter too, so I 100% recommend these, especially with an extra helping of peanut butter on top ;)!

    • 25th March 2015 / 8:57 pm

      Oooh, it seriously is so tasty! You'll have to let me know if you decide to bake some 🙂

  4. 18th March 2015 / 11:47 am

    These sound absolutely delicious! Love that they can easily be made gluten free too by subbing the protein powder, definitely going to try these out lovely 🙂


    • 25th March 2015 / 8:58 pm

      Ooh, I didn't even think of that! It can be so easy to make recipes gluten free just by switching up a few of the ingedients :). I'd love to know if you end up baking these

  5. 20th March 2015 / 8:58 pm

    These look absolutely delicious! I am all for eating naturally good foods and giving your body nutrients so this alternative sounds wonderful 🙂 xx

    Sam | Samantha Betteridge

    • 25th March 2015 / 9:01 pm

      Thanks so much for your kind words! I LOVE cake so all these healthy recipes are my saviour 🙂

  6. 21st March 2015 / 8:04 am

    Erm, hold the phone. I'm going to make thus but chickpeas – insert the cry/laughy face! Can you do this without the chick peas or is there a reaon for them? I don't have any in that's all. But they do sound delicious & now I want to make them at 8am in the morning! ❤️
    Bee xxx

    • 25th March 2015 / 9:04 pm

      I know, it sounds so weird to use chickpeas in a cake but honestly you don't taste the chick peas but the cake is diviiiiine. But if you aren't sold on chickpeas in cakes you can sub for sweet potato or banana or just stick with the traditional flour :)!

  7. 23rd March 2015 / 2:07 am

    Yum YUM YUMMM I need these now, I am truly the biggest peanut butter fan these days, and if they can be classed as healthy – then this is fabulous! Shame I can't bake!

    Kayleigh xoxo

    • 25th March 2015 / 9:05 pm

      Peanut butter is life, so I overjoyed that your a fellow PB lover! Oh but you don't need to be able to bake to make these. You literally just chuck it all in a blender, give it a whizz and pop them in the oven- simple 🙂

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