Tough Mudder Training Nutrition: High Protein Black Bean Brownies

One of my mantra’s is “you can’t out train a crappy diet,” so when training for any type of sport, aim to fuel your body with tasty, but nutritious foods. Tough Mudder Training Nutrition is no exception; and since today is Valentine’s Day and many people have a sweet tooth, I am going to share one of my original recipes for Tough Mudder Training: High Protein Black Bean Brownies.

High Quality Ingredients = Long Lasting Tough Mudder Training Fuel

I have a number of versions of this recipe as I have a habit of never making my recipes exactly the same twice – I can’t help myself, I love experimenting so feel free to do the same. I always add some type of protein powder to my baked goods. Protein is essential for muscle repair and recovery, and it is the nutrient that keeps you feeling full the longest.

One note is to choose your protein powder wisely for baking. Use too much dairy protein like whey, and the result will be dry and rubbery. I find plant proteins like pea protein to be ideal, and Vega in particular bakes up really nice.

High Protein Black Bean Brownies to Fuel Your Tough Mudder Training Nutrition

  • Prep time; 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Yield 14 muffins
  • Per serving: 90 calories, 1 gram fat, 16 grams carbs, 4 grams fiber, 5 grams protein


    • 2 medium bananas, mashed
    • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
    • ½ cup unsweetened cacao or cocoa
    • ¼ cup granulated stevia
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • ¼ cup oat bran
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 2 scoops chocolate plant protein (chocolate Vega smoothie works well)
    • 2 tablespoons chia seeds, soaked in water for 10-15 minutes


  1. In a small bowl, mash the banana. Add the chia seeds and mix thoroughly.
  2. Add the beans to a blender or food processor and process until smooth.
  3. In a large bowl, add the cocoa, stevia, protein powder, baking powder, and oat bran and mix well.
  4. Add the banana and beans to the dry ingredients and mix well.
  5. Portion into muffin tins or spread into a 8 x 8 pan. The batter will be dense and slightly sticky.
  6. Bake for 20-30 minutes until the top is lightly browned. They will be soft and slightly gooey.
  7. Enjoy!


Tough mudder black bean brownies


  1. Looks like a great recipe….going to try it…thanks.

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