Posts tagged #Chia Seeds

No-Guilt Chocolate Brownies

Double Chocolate Brownies | My Engineered Nutrition

When it comes to chocolate, I don't mess around. I love dark chocolate - the more chocolate the better. Some people shy away from dark chocolate or overly chocolate thing (whatever that means?!) but I go straight for them. 

So which chocolate lover are you? Sweet and milk chocolate or dark and rich? 

Regardless, I think we can all join hands and agree that these Double Chocolate Protein Brownies are a really winner. 

Double Chocolate Brownies | My Engineered Nutrition

Don't let these fool you. While double chocolate desserts are often synonymous with rich and decadent, these brownies pack all the decadence without the guilt. I've shared my love for fudge-like brownies in the past (with my Chocolate Pumpkin Brownies) but these are actually more towards the cake-like side of the spectrum. 

The first time I made these I thought they were too good to be true. I experimented using Hemp Protein  for the first time in these, a plant based protein I hadn't tried before. These are chocolaty, moist and best of all...each brownie is less than 10g of carbohydrates and only 3.5g of fat. THE DESSERT ANGELS ARE REJOICING!!

Or maybe it's just me rejoicing? Either way, do yourself a favor and whip up a batch of these ASAP. And if I can leave you with one final recommendation...these are sinfully delicious when paired with a scoop of ice cream. What more do you need in life?

Double Chocolate Brownies | My Engineered Nutrition

No-Guilt Chocolate Brownies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Bake Time: 25-30 minutes

Servings: 9


  • 1/2 c. hemp protein, chocolate 
  • 1/3 c. cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 c. nondairy milk (cashew, almond, etc.)
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8x8 baking dish and then line with parchment paper, this will help the paper stay in place. You could skip the parchment paper but it makes removing the brownies from the pan SO much easier and less messy.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients and whisk together. Set aside. In a smaller mixing bowl, combine all wet ingredients, whisking together to combine. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until well incorporated. Pour batter into prepare baking dish, ensuring to level out the top of the brownies.
  3. Place in oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean after testing. 
  4. Remove brownies from oven and allow to cool in baking dish for about 15 minutes. Cut into 9 equal brownies.

Nutritional Information (1 brownie)

85 calories - 4 g Protein, 9 g Carbohydrates (4 g Fiber), 3.5 g Fat

Posted on October 14, 2016 and filed under Recipes, Protein Powder, Baking, Sweet Treats.

Chia Seed Protein Pudding (Vegan)

Chia Seed Protein Pudding | My Engineered Nutrition

You know the saying "if it ain't broke don't fix it"?

Well, I eat this pudding every day and have been for probably the last 5 or 6 months. No, this is not an exaggeration. I love it and I have yet to get tired of eating this every day - so, why stop now? 

Chia Seed Protein Pudding | My Engineered Nutrition

I normally eat this in the afternoon, before I workout. Sometimes I eat it for breakfast, sometimes as dessert. That's the beauty of this simple protein packed pudding - you can eat it day or night! This is also totally customizable, which is probably why I haven't gotten bored of this.

You can use ANY flavor protein powder and top the pudding with whatever your heart desires: berries, bananas, nut butter, shredded coconut, whipped cream, chocolate chips...really, anything you want!

Chia Seed Protein Pudding | My Engineered Nutrition

This pudding requires just THREE ingredients: chia seeds, plant-based protein powder and non-dairy milk (you could actually use water in a pinch)! I must stress using a plant-based protein, as this won't have that "pudding" texture using whey protein. Instead, you'll end up with a liquefied protein syrup which is far less than appetizing (trust me, I know from experience). If you haven't tried a non-whey protein powder I highly recommend testing the waters of plant-based protein with this recipe! I personally like eating this protein as a pudding over having it as a shake, hence why I've eaten this every day for the past 6 months. Chia seeds become gelatinous when they absorb liquid, which is what gives this pudding its 'pudding-like' texture, in combination with the protein powder.

Another benefit of this pudding is that it is great source of fiber! Chia seeds are packed with fiber and there is a bit with the protein, rounding out this recipe with 5 total grams of fiber. This truly is the ultimate guilt-free treat.

Chia Seed Protein Pudding

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Set time: 12 hours (Overnight is ideal, at least 3 hours for chia seeds to become gel-like)

Servings: 1


  • 1/4 cup protein powder, plant-based (such as pea and rice protein, I recommend True Nutrition) NOTE: this will not work with whey protein as it won't set up and hold like a pudding! 
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk, such as almond, coconut or cashew milk

Optional Toppings:

  • Fruit
  • Nut butters
  • Whipped cream
  • Toasted coconut


1. This couldn't be any simpler: in a bowl mix together protein powder, chia seeds and milk. You want this to be liquid-y, not totally thick like a pudding at this point. Cover and allow to sit overnight (or at least 3 hours) to allow for chia seeds to gel. Mix after the pudding has set and serve with desired toppings. 

Nutrition (1 serving, does not account for additional toppings):

185 calories - 27 g Protein,  5.5 g Carbohydrates, 6 g Fat