I'm a big fan of brownies. I'm also a big fan of collagen. So here we are, with a pretty tasty dynamic duo.
What's collagen anyway?! And why should we add it to our food?
Collagen is a protein found in our bodies that help make up our bones, skin, teeth, hair, nails, and other tissues. It's a structural protein, which means it kind of acts like glue in our bodies. However, over time, our bodies will stop producing as much collagen, which results in your typical aging effects like hair loss, reduced bone density, and sagging skin.
Collagen peptides (what you can purchase in the store or online) are broken down and more easily absorbed by our bodies. Collagen peptides can improve your skin and hair, reduce joint pain, improve bone density and muscle mass and keep you looking more refreshed.
The great thing about collagen peptides is you can add it to anything! Coffee, oatmeal, yogurt, baking recipes - It's tasteless and mixes right in.
I decided to jazz up some brownies with this stuff, so get ready to bake because these suckers will have you going back for another and another and another and another....
2 mashed ripe bananas
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 sunflower butter (any nut butter will work)
3/4 cup of almond flour
2 scoops of collagen peptides (I use Vital Proteins)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup dairy-free mini chocolate chips
*preheat oven to 350ºF
1. Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
2. In a separate bowl, mix together wet ingredients.
3. Using a hand mixer, combine wet and dry ingredients.
4. Fill a greased mini muffin tin with batter.
5. Bake for about 10-15 minutes, until the toothpick comes out clean (cooking times will vary).
Gram your brownies!
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