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Double Chocolate Protein Muffins

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FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.

Calories 267
Protein 14g
Fat 10g
Carbs 32g
Total Time 35 minutes

In the morning I have some of my strongest cravings for sweet foods.  And my morning workouts do little to curb those cravings – if anything, they intensify! If you’re like me, then you understand this real struggle.

The sweet cravings are particularly strong when I’m dieting down which is why I enjoy coming up with delicious ways to satisfy my sweet tooth while not derailing my wellness and fitness goals.

Meet this chocolate zucchini bread made into muffins and boosted with protein!

Cooking with protein and making calorie-conscious treats can be tricky; but, they are rewarding from a macronutrient (and taste standpoint) if you do it correctly.

Here are my tips to remember:

  • Use less butter and oil – swap with applesauce and zucchini. In this recipe I used less than half of the oil I would normally for a baking recipe and instead used unsweetened applesauce and grated zucchini to give flavor and make the bread/muffins moist.
  • Drain water from grated zucchini.  Zucchini is loaded with water and can help keep the baked product moist.  But there is a fine line, and people tend to cross it by not remembering to squeeze out the excess liquid from the zucchini after grating.  This helps keep the baked product together.
  • Don’t add too much protein! Protein has a tendency to harden when heat is applied to it so the end result is dry, hard baked goods. If you’re trying to boost the protein, you don’t always have to add more protein powder.  You can also use ingredients such as Greek yogurt and egg whites.  Also, consider using a tad less flour than you normally would since in some instances, protein can act as a flour.
  • Watch the added sugar.  Remember that many whey protein powders have natural sweeteners added, so you may not need to “crank up the sugar” as much as you normally would without the protein.

 

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Double Chocolate Protein Muffins

Ingredients

Makes 8 large muffins

  • Dry 
    • 1 1/4 cup oat flour 
    • 2 scoops chocolate isolate whey (I used MAN Sports Clean Protein – Chocolate)
    • 1/3 cup cacao or 60%+ dark chocolate powder 
    • 1 tsp salt 
    • 1 tsp baking soda 
  • Wet
    • 2 eggs 
    • 1/8 cup coconut oil (melted) 
    • 1/3 cup coconut sugar 
    • 1/2 cup 2% Greek yogurt 
    • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 
  • 1 cup grated zucchini (squeezed) 
  • 1/3 cup 60%+ dark chocolate chips/nibs 
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk 
  • Garnish (optional) 
    • 1 or 2 dark chocolate chips/nibs on top of each muffin 
    • Swerve zero calorie confection sugar
Steps
  1. Set oven to 350F.
  2. Grate a medium zucchini until you can fill about 1 cup with the shavings. Wrap the zucchini in a cloth towel (or cheesecloth) and squeeze the water out of it. Set it aside.
  3. Mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  4. Then, beat eggs, coconut oil and coconut sugar together in a separate bowl. Add the remaining listed wet ingredients and stir/fold everything together.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and fold everything together. Be careful not to over stir the batter.
  6. Fold in grated zucchini, chocolate chips and almond milk (add more tablespoons of almond milk if the batter is too thick).
  7. Spray a muffin mold with nonstick cooking spray, then evenly divide the batter among the molds. If desired, add 1 or 2 chocolate nibs on top of each muffin.
  8. Bake between 22 and 25 minutes, or until you can pierce the muffin with a toothpick and it comes out clean.

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Calories
267
Protein
14g
Fat
10g
Carbs
32g
Sodium
-
Fiber
5g
Sugar
14g
About the author

FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.