Ellen Humphreys is an actress, freelance content producer and micro-influencer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Born and raised in Oklahoma, trained in Boston + refined in Los Angeles, she’s chosen the high desert as her home base to build a career as a creatrix, thinker + writer. A devoted stewardess of the Earth and the life around her.

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Protein Banana Bread Brownies


I have a confession to make. It’s about the world of “influencers”, brand partnerships, and getting free stuff:

I have no idea what the fuck I’m doing.

Some many moons ago, Kodiak Cakes started mailing me stuff. I must have given them my address, cuz they had it, and an enormous box of pancake mixes showed up at my door. I couldn’t possibly have been happier, and that remains true to this day, when, roughly monthly, I get sent a random box of baking mixes.

I haven’t always been a great blogger when it comes to making and sharing lots of recipes, but boy have I learned a lot in this time. Like:


1) Every single product Kodiak Cakes makes is amazing
They’ve sent me everything from flavored pancake mixes to gluten-free mixes to all-purpose baking mixes and all in-between, and I’ve never been disappointed. Coming from a true amateur baker (these ain’t my first box mixes, if you know what I mean) — they’re fool-proof, and always delicious. My highest recommendation? The Almond Poppy Seed Flapjack + Waffle mix. To. Die. For... and all you need is water, a little coco oil or butter, and a skillet.


2) You don’t need to own anything expensive in order to bake
I can’t afford a stand-up mixer, are you kidding me? I don’t even have an automated hand mixer — I just have these forearms, and a partner who’s usually around to take a turn. But I’ve yet to need it. I always thought that cooking and baking were hobbies mostly out of my reach, because they required all this expensive equipment. My kitchen is as sparse as they come, but with just mixing bowls, measuring cups, one baking dish, a cookie sheet + muffin tin, I’ve been able to make a ton of sweets + breads.


3) You aren’t limited to the instructions on the box
When Kodiak sent me a box of, like, SEVEN boxes of brownie mix, I started scream-laughing, because what was I supposed to do with that?! After considering just passing them out to the community at large, I realized that this was a great opportunity to see how versatile these things were — and if I started bringing brownie-like desserts everywhere I went, I was bound to make a new friend or two, right?


I decided to take this month and make as many different recipes I could make with a box of Kodiak Cakes protein brownie mix. With 8g protein per serving, too, the opportunities were endless!

So here’s the first.

Well, the second, if you count the by-the-back batch I made with my boyfriend and then promptly devoured in literally one day.

This protein-packed brownie banana bread is *exactly* what you're expecting, as long as you're expecting gooey, chocolatey brownies with a creamy banana bread flavor. Not your mama's banana bread with a little cocoa powder in it, but something truly special.

No one is born a great cook. One learns by doing.
— Julia Child, My Life in France

Protein Brownie Banana Bread

3 overripe bananas
2 eggs (or vegan egg sub)
3tb coconut oil
2tb water
1 box Kodiak Cakes Protein Brownie Mix

Preheat oven 350*
Smash bananas in large bowl with a fork
Mix in wet ingredients
Add box mix
Combine with a fork
Pour into greased baking dish
Bake 20-25mins
Let cool for at least 15 minutes to let the gooey center set.