The BEST Healthy Keto Collagen Brownies EVER! With a fudgy center, and rich chocolate flavour, these healthy low-carb brownies will disappear in no time. Plus, since they are packed with a healthy dose of collagen, these keto brownies quickly become a high protein snack!
Healthy Low Carb Brownie
For years, I have been making different variations of keto brownies. From my early days making this Costco copycat Keto Tuxedo Cake incorporating chunks of brownies, to this flourless Chocolate Brownie Souffle, I do not think that I will ever stop coming up with a variety of ways to make healthy low carb brownies!
Let's face it, I am borderline a "brownie addict"!
So, trying really hard to add more protein into my diet (you can read all about Protein-Sparing Modified Fasting here), I decided it was high time to create a high protein brownie recipe that was sure to please even the pickiest brownie connoisseurs!
By simply adding a handful of ingredients in a bowl, these keto collagen brownies are true perfection - fudgy, dense and filled with rich chocolate flavour, and packed with protein!
Plus, since each healthy low carb brownie contains only 60 calories and almost 8 grams of protein, these delicious treats can be part of any healthy diet!
The BEST Collagen Brand
I was recently introduced to Naked Collagen and was skeptical to try it as I have not really liked any of the popular brands of collagen on the market today. Every collagen I have tried (until Naked) had this weird, what I would refer to as a "farm" taste. Not exactly my favourite flavour, needless to say!
However, I was AMAZED when I tried Naked Collagen Peptide protein powder. It has absolutely ZERO flavour or smell.
Naked Collagen has only one ingredient (collagen peptides) and is sourced from pasture-raised cows in Europe. It is odorless, tasteless, and easy to mix in with your favorite drinks. Each serving includes 9 grams of protein and only 35 calories.
If you have given up on collagen powders (like I had!), I urge to try the Naked Nutrition Collagen and I am 99% sure, you will not be disappointed!
With that being said, do NOT try this recipe with a collagen powder you do not like as you will absolutely NOT like this recipe!
P.S - Each keto collagen brownie clocks in at only 2 grams of net carbs and over 7 grams of protein!
Benefits of Adding Collagen to your diet
Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins found in the human body. It is responsible for providing strength, structure, and elasticity to the skin, bones, tendons, ligaments, and connective tissue
Here are some benefits I found on the Naked Nutrition website:
- Support Radiant Skin - Collagen is vital for skin hydration and elasticity. Loss of collagen often contributes to dry and wrinkled skin as we age. Supplementing collagen peptides can help your skin stay smooth, hydrated, and firm.
- Promote Strong Hair and Nails - Collagen contains amino acids that promote the production of keratin, a protein that plays a vital role in healthy hair and nails. Taking collagen can promote strong nails and healthy, moisturized hair.
- Boost Joint Health - One of collagen’s functions is to help maintain your cartilage and protect the joints. Decreased collagen production can increase the risk of joint health conditions. Optimal collagen levels can promote strong and healthy joints.
Ingredients for making Keto Collagen Brownies
This easy collagen recipe ends up making the most delicious healthy low carb brownies. Here is what you will need to make these keto brownies:
- Collagen peptides - I can not vouch for how this recipe turns out using any other collagen powder but I can tell you that using Naked Collagen produces AMAZING results.
- Vanilla Casein - I used Nutricost Vanilla Casein which contains under 1 gram of sugar and over 20 grams of protein. Do NOT use whey protein powder instead as this recipe will NOT turn out.
- Almond flour - I used Blue Diamond Superfine Almond flour but any superfine almond flour should work.
- Cocoa powder - You will want to use unsweetened cocoa powder. I LOVE Droste for a robust chocolate flavour and Black cocoa powder for a deep rich and slightly less acidic brownie.
- Sweetener - Any type of sweetener will work. I always like to use a combination of allulose, stevia, and monkfruit. If you like your brownies REALLY sweet, feel free to add additional sweetener.
- Egg - Make sure that your egg is at room temperature, otherwise it could cause your oil to harden.
- Coffee - Using leftover coffee from your morning cup of Joe helps to bring out the chocolate flavour. However, if you do not have any leftover coffee, replace the coffee with equal amounts of almond milk.
- Almond milk - For this recipe, we are using almond milk instead of oil to keep the calories low. However, feel free to swap out the almond milk with softened coconut oil.
- Baking soda & Salt
Easy High Protein Brownie Recipe Instructions
This easy collagen recipe comes together in under 5 minutes with just a mixing bowl and a spoon!
Combine all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk until incorporated.
Add the wet ingredients and stir until combined.
Pour the mixture into a greased loaf pan. Sprinkle with sugar-free chocolate chips, if desired.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until the center just begins to set.
Remove from oven and allow the keto collagen brownies to rest for at least 2 hours before slicing.
Hint: These keto brownies will be VERY soft when they first come out of the oven to make sure to allow them to fully cool before slicing. You can place them in the fridge before slicing for nice and neat slices.
What is the difference between Dutch cocoa powder and Black cocoa powder?
Black cocoa powder is VERY dark (think Oreos!) and has a less bitter taste. However, black cocoa powder is a less strong chocolate taste. Either one works for this high protein brownie recipe.
What is the secret to making the best brownies?
Higher quality cocoa powder = better brownies. My favourite (albeit expensive!) cocoa powder is Droste. Second in line (and much cheaper) is Hershey's. As for black cocoa powder, Modern Mountain is the company I use. Also, do not overbake the brownies as they will not be gooey in the middle.
What is the best way to cut brownies?
Wait for them to cool. Try your best to resist eating these guys straight out of the oven. Letting them cool makes them gooier and fudgier, and they’ll be less likely to crumble when you slice them. Plus, they’ll have an even richer chocolate flavor. Trust me, it’s worth the wait!
What can I use instead of Casein?
You should be able to replace the vanilla casein with vanilla pea protein powder. If you choose to use unflavoured casein or pea protein powder, you may need to add additional sweetener or vanilla extract.
How do I store these high protein brownies?
I like to store these brownies in the fridge but you can also freeze the brownies. Stored in the fridge, the brownies will last 2 weeks and in the freezer, up to 3 months.
Can I make a larger batch of keto brownies?
Yes. Simply double the recipe and bake the keto brownies in a 8 x 8-inch square pan.
What is the best way to bake these keto collagen brownies?
I like to use a loaf pan for baking these keto brownies as the pan heats up quickly. However, you can also use a metal, glass or ceramic loaf pan instead. Just remember that the thicker the pan, the longer it will take to bake the brownies.
*I do not love overly sweet desserts so if you want sweeter brownies, you will want to add additional sweetener to this recipe.
**Feel free to add a sprinkling of chocolate chips on top if you wish. Do not fold them into the batter as they will sink to the bottom since this batter is quite thin in consistency.
***When these brownies come out of the oven, they'll be super gooey in the middle. Allow them to cool completely, about 2 hours, before you slice into them to give them a chance to set up. They'll continue to firm up the longer they're out of the oven. If you still prefer a firmer brownie, store them in the fridge.
More Easy Collagen Recipes
Looking for other easy collagen recipes like this? Try these:
More Keto Chocolate Dessert Recipes
Here are some more of my favourite chocolate desserts:
- ½ cup collagen peptides
- ¼ cup almond flour
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ cup Vanilla Casein protein powder (I used Nutricost)
- ¼ cup sugar substitute
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup leftover coffee (or almond milk)
- ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a silicon loaf pan or line a loaf pan with foil or a parchment sling to allow for easy removal. Set the pan to the side.
- In a small bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients.
- Add the egg, leftover coffee (if using) and almond milk until incorporated.
- Pour the mixture into the loaf pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, if using.
- Place the pan in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the center just begins to set. Remove the brownies from the oven and allow them to FULLY cool IN THE PAN before trying to slice (they will firm as they cool).
- add additional sweetener if desired
- I use a silicon loaf pan but if you use a thicker ceramic pan, you may need to add additional baking time to this recipe.
- Feel free to add additional sweetener to suit your taste
- Feel free to sprinkle the brownies with sugar-free chocolate chips before placing them in the oven.
- For easy slicing, once the brownies have cooled, place them in the fridge to firm before slicing.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Category: Dessert, Snacks
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American, Fall, Holidays, Winter
- Diet: Gluten Free
- Serving Size: 1 brownie
- Calories: 60
- Sugar: 0.3
- Fat: 1.7
- Carbohydrates: 3.5
- Fiber: 1.6
- Protein: 7.4
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