Frosted Pumpkin Protein Brownies

There are three reasons you should make this:
1. It tastes like it'll wreck your diet. But it won’t.
2. Enjoy a holiday dessert without giving up your weight loss efforts or derailing your fitness journey. 
3. Take this to your family's Thanksgiving dinner, swap it out for desserts that leave you lethargic, and feel like you’re not missing out.
This recipe makes a small pan of brownies with four generous servings. Sometimes relatives are resistant to anything new that might be good for them. But you could eat this all by yourself without any repercussions except for being full. 
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 scoops low carb vanilla protein powder *
  • ⅓ cup coconut milk (not light)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1-2 tsp liquid stevia **
  • several liberal dashes of your favorite holiday spices
Mix ingredients. The batter should be thick, not liquidy. 
Spray your pan with coconut oil and cover it in a thin layer of protein powder. (This is the best tasting non-stick method I’ve found.)
Bake for 40 minutes on 375. You can reduce the bake-time a bit if you want them fudgier. The bake-time will also depend on your elevation and the size of the pan you use. I used an 8X5 pyrex glass pan.
Allow to cool before frosting them. These actually taste better chilled -- almost like pumpkin fudge.
*Biotest’s Metabolic Drive bakes really well and has great consistency for recipes. 
** Since everyone has a different preference for the level of sweetness, the amount you use is up to you. 1 tsp will be a milder sweetness. And if you’re not a fan of Stevia, feel free to swap it out. Just tweak the proportions of other ingredients if your sweetener of choice is in powder form.
Frosting Ingredients:
  • 2 scoops Metabolic Drive
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • Liberal dashes of your favorite holiday spices
Frosting Directions:
Combine thoroughly.
Try not to eat it.
Put it in the fridge to thicken. 
(If you ever wanted to eat this with a spoon you could, and I would support that.)