Enjoy Baked Goods With Protein Muffins
What’s up! Let me ask you a question. Are you a fat kid at heart like me? Do you love baked goods, pastries and the like, but hate eating them in fear of all the bad stuff you’re throwing into the body? Then try this recipe for protein muffins.
Don’t get me wrong, I have cheat meals and eat the most sugar laden pastries you can think of. There’s a small local bakery here in Louisville that makes some of the best cinnamon rolls and chocolate croissants I’ve ever had. Nothing goes better with a cup of coffee than a well made pastry, fact.
The fact kid inside of me is coming out. Anyways. . .
I don’t like consuming that stuff on a daily basis. With my training and work schedule, I just can’t afford to eat bad stuff. Whenever I do, I end up getting really sleepy soon afterwards, and it destroys my work and training later on in the day.
In an effort to try and meet myself somewhere in the middle I’ve been playing around with different healthy baking recipes. Some have gone really well, and others well. . . not so much. But this protein muffin recipe is solid. You can alter it, add what you want to it and it’s awesome. It does a great job of playing the role of coffee companion in the morning or afternoon.
Don’t Fool Yourself, Muffins Are Cupcakes
Let me add this because it was a question I got from one of my students when I shared this protein muffin recipe. Why did I need an alternate muffin recipe? Aren’t muffins healthy? No, muffins are typically not healthy. Muffins are essentially a breakfast cup cake. So if you’re trying to loose a few lbs or get into the best shape possible, regular muffins are probably not the best go to for breakfast or a snack.
Protein Muffin Recipe
This recipe will make around 6 large sized protein muffins, or like in my case, about 24 mini protein muffins.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need for the protein muffins
*it’s worth noting that while I used cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. You can use any spices or flavorings you prefer. I made some with strawberry and lemon zest recently and they worked out well. I also did one with orange in it, so be creative and make whatever type of muffin you’d like best.
- 1 2/3 cup of oat bran
- 1 scoop of vanilla protein
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
- 2 bananas
- 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup of nonfat plain greek yogurt
- 2 large egg whites
- 1 tea spoon of vanilla extract
- 1 tea spoon of liquid stevia
-Preheat oven to 400.
-In a large bowl mash bananas. Try to get the consistency smooth and remove most of the lumps. This would be a great time to use those ripe bananas (the ones with the brown flecks on them) that will go bad soon. They’re super sweet and soft too.
- Add all the wet ingredients on top of the mashed bananas and mix till you get smooth consistency.
- In a another bowl. Add all the dry ingredients then whisk them together to mix things up evenly.
- Add all of the dry ingredients to the large bowl with the wet ingredients. Stir everything together till everything is mixed evenly and has a smooth consistency.
- Let the protein muffin mixture sit for about 2 minutes to thicken.
- Spray or grease your muffin tray.
- Place protein muffin batter into the cups in the tray.
- Bake for about 15 minutes or till the center is not mushy.
- Let them cool and then enjoy.
When I made these protein muffins, they came out perfect. They’re healthy, delicious and I made an extra tray of them and took them to the gym for our morning BJJ crew. We ate them after our workout and everyone was a big fan. So if you’re a fat kid at heart like me and love baked stuff. Try these protein muffins out. You can eat them for breakfast, or save them for a snack during the day. When you eat them, try putting them into the microwave for a bit to get them warm again.
Hope the recipe helps!