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by Guest Author April 26, 2019 3 min read

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Unlike traditional brownies, this recipe is paleo, gluten, grain, dairy and sugar free.

It contains plenty of nutrients, such as magnesium, potassium, vitamin E, and polyphenols — plus, quality fats from the grass fed ghee which helps to keep you satisfied and stabilises your blood sugars. Each square contains 9g of fibre and 11g protein thanks to the added collagen.

Recipe and Photos by Jordan Pie

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. It gives structure to your skin, bones, muscles, and connective tissue. Unfortunately as you age, your body produces less of it which can often result in ageing, fine lines and wrinkles. However, adding collagen into your diet can help to improve skin elasticity, reduce wrinkles and cellulite and even increase skin moisture so you can have beautiful glowy skin.


Collagen also has a multitude of other health benefits, including; improving sleep, digestion, hormonal balance, strengthening joints, accelerating weight loss and it even aids in healing and repairing a leaky gut. Collagen contains an amino acid called glutamine which has been found to reduce inflammation, heal damaged cells and build new tissue in the intestinal wall, as well as coating, protecting and soothing the lining of the gut wall.


However, when it comes to getting the most health benefits from your collagen powder, it’s important to choose a high-quality product. Not all brands of collagen are created equal. It’s important you look for a collagen product that uses pasture-raised, grass-fed or organic raised animals that haven’t been given steroids or antibiotics etc. We also advise to avoid products that are mixed with additives, preservatives, guar gums, flavours, maltodextrin or other unnecessary ingredients.


In this recipe we’ve used the Collagen Peptides from Primal Collective because of its superior quality. Primal Collective Grass-fed Collagen is neutral in flavour. It’s also textureless so it dissolves easily into hot liquids such as coffee, hot chocolate, matcha or turmeric lattes. It can also fantastic blended into smoothies, mixed into cake, pancake or cookie batter or into delicious brownies like these!


Another incredibly nourishing ingredient in these brownies is Primal Collective Grass-fed Ghee which a fantastic option for those who cannot tolerate butter. Primal Collective Grass-Fed Ghee is 99% casein and lactose free, meaning even most dairy-sensitive people can usually tolerate it well.Ghee is the perfect addition to this recipe as it’s adds a beautiful subtle nutty, caramel flavour. It also packs a whole host of amazing health benefits too.


Ghee contains antibacterial and antifungal properties making it a fantastic way to help boost your immune system and protect against infection. It is also rich in Vitamins A, D, E, & K which are fat-soluble vitamins, they are essential to maintaining a healthy metabolism and have many different health benefits. Including;

  • Vitamin A and E have been shown to act as powerful antioxidants
  • Vitamin A and D are critical in immune function as well as in bone health and development
  • Vitamin D helps with the proper functioning of synapses in the brain
  • Vitamin A plays an essential role in our liver health, fertility, hormone balance and long-lasting energy
  • Vitamin K2 is essential for the body to help utilise minerals, including calcium

So now you know how good these brownies are for you, what are you waiting for? This recipe is so quick and easy,all you need is a food processor and an oven timer to make sure you don’t overcook the brownies.



Double Chocolate Protein Brownies

Makes 8 squares | Prep; 5 minutes | Cooking time; 15 minutes

Double Choc Collagen Protein Brownies

Brownie Ingredients

1 cup blanched almond meal
4 large eggs
½ cup Primal Collective Grass-Fed Ghee or Primal Collective Grass-Fed Ghee & Organic Coconut Oil Blend
⅓ cup lakanto (or use ½ cup if you prefer it sweeter)
½ cup cacao powder
¼ cup Primal Collective Grass-Fed Collagen Peptides
1 tsp gluten free baking powder
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla
2 pinches of salt

Topping
½ -¾ Bulletproof Chocolate Fuel Bar or ½ -¾ block of quality dark chocolate, broken pressed into the top of the brownie

Salt to sprinkle on top (optional)

    Instructions

    1. Preheat your oven to 170C or 340F. Line a bread loaf tin with baking paper.
    2. Add all the brownie ingredients into a large bowl and mix to combine.
    3. Scoop the mixture in the pre-lined tin and spread it out evenly.
    4. Press ½ of the broken chocolate bar into the top of the brownie evenly.
    5. Place the brownie into the oven for 15 minutes, or until cooked to your liking.
    6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before slicing.
    7. Sprinkle a small amount of quality salt flakes over the top and enjoy.




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