Making these muffins is a cinch. You can mix by hand which allows to incorporate all the ingredients quickly without overdoing it, a little touch for decorating them and that’s about it.
Depending on the sweetness of the pumpkin puree you’re using you can cut on the sugar. You can always replace it with Splenda sweetener to make them sugar free. Also feel free indulge on spices. I really enjoy the flavor combination of pumpkin and cinnamon; next time I’m going to add a little more than what the recipe calls for. So feel free to adjust those things to taste.
What came out of the oven were some pretty good muffins, worthy of your palate. Packed with protein, fibers and all the nutrients pumpkin brings along!
Pumpkin Protein Muffins Print this Recipe!
Inspired by Smitten Kitchen
(makes about a dozen)
1 cup / 4.5 oz / 125 gr whole wheat flour
½ cup / 2 scoops of protein powder (unflavored or vanilla)
1 cup / 7.5 oz / 215 gr pumpkin puree
⅓ cup / 45 ml vegetable oil
2 flax eggs (or 2 whole eggs or 4 egg whites)
1 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice (ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon mixed together)
1 cup / 7.5 oz / 215 gr brown sugar (or 1 cup of baking Splenda®)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon rolled oats
Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C), and place a rack in the center. Put liners in muffin cups.
Combine flour, protein powder, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl.
In another bowl whisk together pumpkin puree, oil, flax eggs (or eggs or egg whites), pumpkin pie spice, sugar, and salt until smooth, then whisk in flour mixture until just combined.
Stir together cinnamon and rolled oats in a small cup.
Divide batter among muffin cups (each should be about three-fourths full).
Then sprinkle tops with cinnamon-oats mixture.
Bake until puffed and golden brown and wooden pick or skewer inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.
Cool in pan on a rack five minutes, then transfer muffins from pan to rack and cool to warm or room temperature.
One muffin scores around 180 calories, with 7 grams of protein, 18 grams of sugars and 6 grams of fats (good ones). It’s not bad for a healthy breakfast.
If you bake them with Splenda (instead of sugar) those figures drop significantly: just 117 calories per muffin with the same amount of protein and fats but only 0.1 grams of sugar.
However, you’ll sacrifice a bit on the taste.
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