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reGen’s Protein Packed Muscle Brownies

August 29, 2011

I am lucky enough to be part of Team reGen™, a sponsored athlete team. It is a really great product made from natural cocoa (heck yea antioxidants!) and has the 3:1 carb:protein radio needed for muscle recovery. Honestly, I almost wish it wasn’t meant for post-endurance activity, I’m often tempted just to drink it because I just like the chocolate taste.

Most of my time down here in Atlanta has been spent running and training for my upcoming marathons, because of this I also had to shift my diet a little. Normally I eat a primarily plant based diet which leaves an insane deficiency in protein (some of my friends reading this are probably shaking their heads thinking ‘suddenly NOW you realized this?!’). Yes, I’ve known, but I just really love my eggplant.

I have been playing with different recipes and adding whey or beans to just about everything to help. A while ago I found a recipe for Black Bean Brownies, which is a surprising recipe. No flour whatsoever, just grind down some black beans and chocolate and you’re set for a muscle-man dessert.

While planning out what races I want to run in the next few weeks it occurred to me that since reGen™ is made with natural chocolate, this must be awesome for baking. I’m pretty sure baking brownies from their product is the last thing the sponsorship expected, but it works pretty well and I highly recommend it.

The basic recipe included the following: 2 bottles of reGen™, 1 c. cocoa powder, 2 cans of black beans, baking soda, eggs, vanilla, salt, and chocolate whey.  I hesitate to give you the entire recipe that I created because I have yet to perfect it. But I will give you a few tips that I learned:

-This time I did not have a food processor or blender to grind down the black beans, so I just used the mixer until it was pasty and it still left the batter a bit chunky. While this is fine for me, but I’d suggest blending first.

-I used 3 scoops of chocolate whey for this batter and it was too much. Next time I would scale down.

-Instant coffee is a recommended addition since it enhances the flavor of chocolate (even if you don’t like coffee like myself).

-While reGen™ has a lot sugar in it, I still found it necessary to add about a ¼ cup. You could also just add melted chocolate if you wanted to add even more of a chocolate punch. I’ve done it both ways and like the chocolate route  better.

-These recipes have NO flour in them. If you like a more cake brownie (like some of the whey brownie recipes), you could use almond or oat flour.

-I didn’t use any fat (butter, oil, shortening). Not necessary, but I’d put in a stick of butter next time. This is specifically important if flour is added since it now adds gluten and butter plays a big role in maintaining a certain texture in the batter. This is also why most recipes will have liquids and solids mixed separately and over-mixing can be an issue.

I have about 12 races coming up in the next 3 months, so you can catch me in my reGen™ gear and let me know and I’ll give you a bottle or two to try out. Check out the website for more information, or like them on Facebook.

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  1. January 6, 2014 6:41 am

    Thanks so much Sweet Mandy for sharing the taco ccekhin. It’s definitely a hit and I’m thrilled you liked it too. Thanks much for hosting another great party…soooo many yummies here. (I’m out of town this week but so thankful I didn’t miss seeing this post!=)

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