Energy Brownies for runners
SunButter, also known as sunflower seed butter, is a healthier alternative to traditional peanut butter. It’s also a great option for anyone that suffers from a tree nut allergy but still wants to enjoy the taste and health benefits of peanut butter. Let’s go over some of the best health benefits of SunButter and a delicious recipe for SunButter brownies.
More Vitamins and Minerals
The good news is that not only can you enjoy a delicious alternative to peanut butter; the health benefits may also outweigh the more traditional option. For starters, SunButter has a significantly higher amount of magnesium, vitamin E, and unsaturated fat. These are key nutrients that your body needs to remain healthy.
A Great Protein Source
Each serving of SunButter you have will offer about 7 grams of protein. This equals out to be around 14 percent of the average person’s daily recommended intake. As every runner knows, having enough protein in your system is crucial for maintaining energy levels and strength. Adding in a serving or two of SunButter throughout the day can help you meet those needs.
Easier on Digestion
Unfortunately, there are many people that avoid having peanut butter because it can be difficult to digest. SunButter offers an alternative to peanut butter that is much easier on the digestive system. Many people that cannot properly digest peanut butter without discomfort find that they have no problem digesting SunButter. This is because SunButter has twice the amount of good fiber compared to peanut butter and as most know, fiber helps aid digestion and promotes a healthy gut.
My favorite SunButter Energy Brownie Recipe
SunButter brownies are an absolutely delicious way to incorporate SunButter into your diet and receive all of the wonderful health benefits.
• 1 cup of SunButter
• ¼ cup coconut oil (melted)
• ½ cup of applesauce (or water)
• ½ of cacao powder
• 2 large eggs
• ½ cup of coconut sugar (or sweetener of your choice)
• 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
• ½ teaspoon of salt
• ½ cup of chocolate chips (optional)
• ¼ teaspoon of baking soda (leave out for a more fudgy consistency)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper or spray with non-stick oil.
Combine the SunButter, coconut oil, eggs, applesauce, coconut sugar, cacao powder, salt, vanilla, and baking soda. Mix in chocolate chips.
Spread the batter into your prepared baking dish and let cook in the oven for 25-30 minutes. If you prefer a softer, slightly underdone brownie, remove them from the oven at 25 minutes. The brownies may continue to cook slightly after they’re removed from the oven.
Enjoy the brownies warm or store them in an airtight container. Make sure to check out my SunButter Protein Shake recipe and my SunButter Cookies for runners.
Last Updated on 8. December 2020 by
Sabrina Wieser is a running expert based in New York City and the founder of Runningbrina - She is a USATF Level 3 and IAAF Level 5 Endurance Certified Coach and experienced marathon runner. She completed over 35 long-distance races and helped over 200 clients to cross their personal finish line. Her expertise in enhancing running performance through training and nutrition has been recognized by many within the running community and different media outlets such as Huffington Post, the Dr Oz Show and adidas running.