Micaiah’s Brainy Brownies

//Micaiah’s Brainy Brownies

This is a delicious treat that our oldest, Micaiah, helped me create.  It has a sneaky ingredient that’s good for your brain. Can you guess what it is?  Hint, hint: Pop-Eye the Sailor Man loves to eat it!

Try these out with your kids and see what you think! They are flour-less (a huge plus for those with gluten issues!), have a healthy fat, and are packed with fiber and nutrients from the Spinach and flax meal!

These brownies also call for Shaklee Protein to give you 23 amino acids (the building block of protein) in every bite.  We look for ways to sneak aminos into every dish…even dessert!

**The flour can be substituted with Shaklee Instant Protein, Shaklee 180 Vanilla or Chocolate protein, or Shaklee Energizing Soy Vanilla or Chocolate protein

Micaiah’s Brainy Brownies

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh spinach
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup flax meal
  • 1/3 cup Shaklee Protein (Shaklee 180 Vanilla or Chocolate, Instant Protein Mix, or Energizing Soy Vanilla or Chocloate)
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (optional, but oh, so yummy!)


The easiest way to make these brownies is to put the melted oil, agave, eggs, vanilla, and spinach in a high powered blender until spinach is completely blended.

Next, add in dry ingredients and blend until smooth.  (If you double this recipe, which we like to do, double all the wet ingredients and spinach, blend in a blender, then pour into a bowl and add dry ingredients, finishing with a hand mixer. Our container will not hold all the wet and dry ingredients when it’s doubled!  We’ve made a few messes trying!)

**If the batter appears too thick, add a small amount of almond or coconut milk (or other milk) to the blender and pulse.   You may need to stir it a bit to get the milk to the bottom of the mixture, then proceed with blending.  (A little bit could be a couple tablespoons or 1/4 of a cup)

Pour batter into lightly greased glass dish (8 x8 if single recipe, 9 x 13 if you choose to double the recipe – I almost always do!).

Bake @ 350 for 10 minutes.  We like our brownies gooey, so cook them a bit longer if you prefer.  You know they are done if a toothpick inserted into the middle is clean (but we never like ours all the way clean! The gooey-er the better!).

Add in Chocolate chips and chopped almonds before baking for a even tastier treat!


If you make our brainy brownies, Micaiah would love to know if you like them!! Leave your comments below for her to see.


If you like this recipe and want more, check out my new book called 5 ALIVE.  It is in E-Book format and contains over 125 recipes, meal plans, plus a dessert section.  This guide is great for anyone looking to lose weight or get in better shape.  It contains my 5 ALIVE concept of eating and provides recipes for 5 meals a day.  It coincides perfectly with anyone on the Shaklee 180 program that needs help with snacks and non-Shaklee 180 meals.


  • would love to have this recipe, you guys are doing such a great job! Wonderful role models.
    Go Micaiah!!

    Carolyn Vermeulen 29.01.2011
  • Hi Micaiah! I made your brownies with some friends last weekend, and everybody enjoyed them! We had to substitute whole wheat flour in for the protein, but the whole process from blending to eating was so fun! Thanks for sharing the recipe : )

    nina coyle 10.02.2011
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  • I’m Sooo Excited to try this great recipe on me and my family. We eat gluten free. Plus LOVE the Shaklee products!!

    shallyn 15.03.2011
    • Great! Let me know what you think when you try it!!! I love them best with chocolate chips in them! You can get gluten free dark chocolate chips. Yum!!

  • Micaiah – We made the brownies for my girls and our neighbors. They were a hit. Great to know there is some brain power in there, I could use little:) Awesome job! I had fun making them with my girls.

    Becky 30.09.2011
  • I just tried these out yesterday and they are so good! Loved them and so did the kids!

    Laurel 10.02.2014
    • Thank you for sharing Laurel!! I’m so glad you liked them! Micaiah has been begging to make them this week. You just confirmed. 🙂 I guess I”m baking them now too! lol

      njadmin 11.02.2014
  • Is it okay to Heat(bake) the Instant Protein?

    Claudette 26.03.2014
    • Yes it is. I have an interesting article somewhere on this that I will try to find for you Claudette!

      njadmin 26.03.2014
  • LOVE THEM!!! Thank you so much Micaiah for sharing these with us! =)

    Becky Brawley 26.03.2014
    • I just told her. 🙂 You’re welcome, she says! 🙂

      njadmin 26.03.2014
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  • Trying to veganize these! I see there is already flax meal in the recipe…thats usually the egg replacer i use. would i just add the extra amount that would replace two eggs ya think? Thanks so much for the brilliant idea! spinach in brownies….amazing

    Pallavi 27.03.2014
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