Healthy No-Bake Peanut Butter Power Brownies
Every now and again there are days where I could use a little pick me up. Sometimes I'll grab a piece of fruit, chocolate or a handful of nuts. Sometimes I just crave sugar, calories and protein and when I do, these little power brownies keep me going.
They are packed with protein from the peanut butter and who doesn't like peanut butter?! It is delicious and has many health benefits! The oats give you slow burning and long lasting energy. The cinnamon is your source of antioxidants and the chia seeds has your daily dose of omega 3s and 6s.
These little suckers are perfect right out of the freezer! I keep a supply of them in there and when I'm in a hurry and need a boost, I pop a couple in my mouth and I'm ready for the next task at hand!
Health Benefits of Peanut Butter
Suppresses Hunger For Weight Loss
Eating peanuts and peanut butter helps control hunger without leading to weight gain.
Your Heart Loves Peanuts
Studies found peanuts lowered the risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart disease.
Lowers Colon Cancer
Eating peanuts and peanut butter may reduce colon cancer in women.
Helps Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Impairment
A study found that those getting the most niacin from foods were 70 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Peanuts are one of the foods highest in niacin.
In two studies, individuals eating five or more servings of nuts per week had a 25 percent to 30 percent lower risk of getting gallstones compared to those who rarely or never ate nuts. Although peanuts are technically classified as a legume, they were considered nuts for these experiments, so peanuts are actually the most commonly consumed ‘nut’ in the world.
Full of Healthy Fat
All of the fat in peanut butter is heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. A study found that insulin-resistant adults who ate a diet high in mono-saturated fat had less belly fat than people who ate more carbohydrates or saturated fat.
Lowers Type 2 Diabetes
Eating peanuts can reduce the risk of diabetes according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
High in Valuable Nutrition
Peanut butter has protein as well as potassium — which lowers the risk of high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. It also contains fiber for your bowel health, healthy fats, magnesium to fortify your bones and muscles, Vitamin E and antioxidants.
No-Bake Peanut Butter Power Brownies
1/2 cup Peanut Butter
1 cup Old Fashioned Oats
1/4 cup Cocoa
4 tablespoons Chia Seeds
2 tablespoons Cinnamon
1/4 cup Agave Nectar
1 pinch of Himalayan Sea Salt
Place all ingredients into a medium mixing bowl and stir everything together. Then use parchment paper to place at the bottom of a 8x4in pan and cut the corners so that the paper lays flat. Pour the mixture into the pan with the parchment paper and spread evenly. Cover and freeze for one hour. After the power brownies are solidified, slip the parchment paper out of the pan (super easy clean up!) and cut the power brownies to the desired size. I like to cut them small so that when I pop a frozen one in my mouth they instantly melt.
Thanks for reading, I hope you try this recipe and love it like I do! Please feel free to reach out to me with your healthy food alternative recipes. I LOVE new food ideas and how to swap out unhealthy ingredients with their healthier counterparts!
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