Monday, March 2, 2015

Double Chocolate Protein Muffins

I've been trying to get more protein in my diet, because I am an absolute carb-fiend--ESPECIALLY this time of year.  Even my favorite "go-to" protein sources are a little carb-heavy--I have to have fruit with my cottage cheese, and Chobani Flips (Coco Loco OMG....) while delicious, still have a TON of sugar. 

Srrsly, sOooooo good.

We’re doing a Wellness Challenge at work, so I made one of my goals “Get at least 75g of protein every day”.  After some initial struggles, I’ve fallen into a bit of a routine:

Breakfast:  hard boiled egg, cottage cheese w/fruit, skim chocolate milk (sometimes I go with shredded wheat cereal instead of the cottage cheese…I know, I know…WILD CHILD!!!)

Lunch:  typically leftovers (a protein & some veg or pasta)--like today, it's chicken parm & whole wheat spaghetti from last night

Afternoon snack: yogurt and some veggies, or some microwave kettle corn

Dinner: usually fairly balanced--protein, veg, and a starch

...which is good for tracking nutrition, but a little boring at times.  Plus, I mean...egg burps.

So I decided to skim through Pinterest and find a tasty protein-rich muffin option.  I bought some soy-based protein powder a few weeks ago...chocolate flavored.  Which is cool--so long as it's being mixed into something that is SUPPOSED to taste like chocolate. I know I could make myself protein shakes or smoothies each morning, but really, I need something I can just grab-n-go in the mornings.

Know what's supposed to taste like chocolate?  Chocolate chip muffins.

(That idea may or may not have been inspired by a trip to Sam's Club over the weekend.  Did you know their double chocolate muffins back in the deli are 680 calories a pop?  And for that splurge, you get 8g of protein and 37g of fat.)  We can still get 8g of protein--but with WAY fewer calories.

I was a little skeptical about these at first because the batter didn't taste that sweet.  Or super-chocolately.  But the final product?  AWESOMESAUCE.  Light and moist and plenty chocolately.  The cinnamon, coffee and vanilla really help the chocolate flavor pop--without adding a bunch of sugar.  I made a batch of 12 and then stuck them in a gallon Ziploc in the fridge.  Pop one in the microwave for 15 seconds, then nom while you head out the door.  Perfection for a gal like me who typically eats breakfast on the way to work or at her desk.

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INGREDIENTS: (modified from the recipe here)

  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup old fashioned oats (if you want to up the fiber, you could sub in extra oats for some of the flour)
  • 1 3.9 ounce package dry pudding mix (I used Mounds--the coconut adds a nice layer of flavor)
  • ⅓ cup protein powder (I used chocolate flavored--a chocolate PB would also go really well in this)
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 3 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3  cup cold coffee
  • ½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat your oven to 350F.  Then, in a large bowl or stand mixer, combine the dry ingredients.

Now beat in the wet ingredients until thoroughly combined, but don't over mix.  The batter will be slightly thick--this is okay.

Line a standard muffin pan with cupcake liners (easier cleanup and helps them store better in the fridge--less of the muffin is exposed to air so they won't dry out as quickly) and divide the batter evenly into the cups.  Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick placed in the center comes out clean.  Should make exactly 12 muffins.

Next batch I may try integrating some Greek yogurt in place of some of the wet ingredients to bump up the protein even more!  I think there are a lot of different spins you could put on this recipe---add peanut butter, try a different type of pudding mix, add in some chopped nuts...There are tons of possibilities!

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NutriFacts: (per muffin)

Calories 183.0

  Total Fat 4.1 g

  Saturated Fat 1.9 g

  Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3 g

  Monounsaturated Fat 0.4 g

  Cholesterol 31.0 mg

  Sodium 362.0 mg

  Potassium 127.2 mg

  Total Carbohydrate 29.1 g

  Dietary Fiber 1.1 g

  Sugars 14.5 g

  Protein 7.7 g

2 comments:

  1. Yummo! I need to try these! I make my muffins ahead of time and freeze them two to a baggie. I've read online they last 3-6mo in the freezer, plus it is nice to make a big batch and know you're going to get lots of breakfasts out of them!

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    1. I hope your family likes them! I love a muffin in the morning--like cake for breakfast! :D

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