Tip: The 5-Minute Brownie Bowl Recipe

The Bummer About Brownies

What sucks about making brownies is the whole cooking process. Preheating the oven, getting the kitchen hot, making a huge mess out of mixing bowls and pans, then waiting around for half an hour while it cooks.

That’s a lot of hoops to jump through just for a snack.

So how ’bout we change that to a 5-minute cook time without heating up the whole dang kitchen?

Oh I know what you’re thinking, you smug meathead: “Maybe snacks SHOULD be hard to make so that people don’t eat them all the time.” (Totally something I would say as a smug meathead.)

Valid point, but these brownies are high protein, low carb (for a dessert), grain free, and full of the same nutritional benefits that are in your grandma’s pumpkin pie.

Take a look:


  • 1 cup of pure pumpkin puree (about half of a 16-ounce can)
  • 2 scoops chocolate Metabolic Drive® Protein
  • 2-4 tablespoons of monk fruit sweetener, Stevia, Splenda (or any sugar substitute of choice)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Butt-loads of cinnamon

Options for Extra Deliciousness

  • 2 tablespoons of dark chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped almonds
  • Cocowhip (whipped cream topping made with coconut oil)


  1. Mix all the ingredients together. (Not the whipped cream.)
  2. Lightly spray a separate bowl with avocado oil or whatever cooking oil you have.
  3. Add the mixture to the oiled-up bowl and evenly distribute it.
  4. Put it in the microwave and zap it. Since microwaves vary, start with just 3-4 minutes, then check it for doneness. But if your microwave is weak, go for the full 5-minute cook time.
  5. Let it cool a bit, then enjoy.

Note: Since this recipe doesn’t contain eggs, you can eat it slightly undercooked in the middle… for extra deliciousness.

Calories and Macros

Now it’s going to seem like a lot of calories compared to a conventional brownie, but keep in mind this is AN ENTIRE BOWL full of brownie. And it’s as dense as eating a whole meal (breakfast anyone?).

If you took a conventional brownie recipe and ate an entire bowl of it, you would be eating several times the calorie content of this. Likewise, if you were to cut this down to the same size as a conventional, one-ounce brownie, the calorie content would seem like nothing.

  • Calories: 319 (without the options for extra deliciousness)
  • Carbs: 32 grams (8 from fiber)
  • Protein: 42 grams
  • Fat: 4 grams

Tip: Can’t eat the whole bowl? It’s a lot! Especially if you have a girly stomach.

So try cutting the recipe in half. Use half a cup of pumpkin, one scoop of protein, and just a tablespoon of sweetener. Then cut the microwave time to about 2-3 minutes.

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Does the 5-minute Japanese towel method actually burn belly fat?

A doctor developed a simple weight loss hack over a decade ago, which simply uses a towel to burn belly fat. So we asked an expert if it actually works…

We’d try everything to lose belly fat these days.

From hopping on the celery juice trend, to attempting intermittent fasting or the keto diet, there’s nothing we haven’t tried. And yet, that stubborn belly fat won’t seem to budge.

But one less common method many of us haven’t tried yet, is the Japanese towel method.

Over 10 years ago, a Japanese physician named Toshiki Fukutsudzi developed a unique method to get the body in shape. The method claims to help get rid of belly fat, improve posture and strengthen back pain, simply by using a towel.

The reason Fukutsudzi says it works is because he discovered that that an extra layer of fat around the belly is actually a result of misplacement of your pelvic. By correctly exercising this area and the pelvis placement, your waistline is reduced.

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How to do the Japanese towel exercise:

1. Take a medium-sized towel and roll it into a cylinder, no less than 38 cm long and approximately 10 cm wide. Wrap it with some sort of string or band so it stays put.

2. Sit yourself down on a flat, hard surface. A yoga mat on the floor will work best. Put the towel behind you.

3. Gently lie down on your back holding the towel so that it is placed at the parallel to your navel, against the small of your back.

4. Place your feet shoulder-width apart. Your toes should be touching each other.

5. Stretch your arms above your head, palms down, with your pinkies touching. Make sure your toes and pinkies are facing each other.

6. Now hold this position for at least 5 minutes.

7. Afterwards, stand up slowly as your bones and joints may have slightly moved during the exercise.

According to Fukutsudzi, you’ll notice results within a month if performed daily.

Does the Japanese towel method actually work?

But as magical as the method sounds, is this just another weight loss hack we should be sceptical about? And how much truth is behind this technique?

According to personal trainer and yoga instructor Kirsten Scott, it’s a little bit more complicated than just losing belly fat.

“All our organs and limbs, including the intestine and stomach, connect to the brain via the vertebral column,” she explains to body+soul. “It is true that misalignment of the bones, reflected in bad posture, can mean that nerve pathways are constricted.

“The part of the spine between the ribs and the small of your back is where the intestine nerves are connected, so if you slouch or push your pelvis too far back, it may result in digestion issues, such as constipation, bloating, gas and acid reflux.”

So… “while constipation and bloating make your belly appear bigger, it is not fat; it’s just the waste that is not being eliminated.”

Basically, some of the weight you may lose as a result of practising the method every day might just be a result of your food baby disappearing.

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