WARNING: The photos in this blog post are going to be less than stellar. BECAUSE I sold my camera! Yay! I’m selling it so I can buy myself a nice new Nikon SLR, probably in the Boxing Day sales. So until then I am relying on my iPhone for pictures. Apologies in advance. But truthfully, a protein muffin is not the prettiest thing to photograph, so it’s not like I’m ruining it for you ;).
On Monday I hosted a Vitalicious giveaway, that is now at an end (winner announced in just a second!). One of my favourite ways to eat a Vitamuffin is in a mug with milk. I’m sure this disgusts many but there are a few out there who agree with me on the deliciousness of soggy food! 🙂
Either way, the reason for my repeat telling of that somewhat embarrassing fact is because if you DIDN’T win this week’s giveaway, I have a great recipe for you to make a healthy, low-fat, vegan, gluten-free and protein-rich chocolate muffin all of your own in less than 3 minutes and with minimal mess. No need for oven preheating, no need for batter whisking…simple quick and easy, I promise.
When I need an evening snack or a protein-filled breakfast that’s quick and delicious, this is my absolute go-to.
Before I give away the recipe, however, let’s give away a Vitalicious muffin sampler! The winner is…
You were chosen completely at random – congrats! Email me at email@example.com with your name, address, phone number and email address and I’ll get your goodies shipped to you asap!
Now back to some protein business!
Quick note: I don’t sweeten the batter because my protein powder isn’t bitter and I find the cocoa powder does a great job, but you could certainly add a teaspoon of agave nectar or maple syrup. As much as I like natural sweeteners though, I do try to stay away from sweetening things if I don’t absolutely have to. Sugar is still not a necessary food group, even in natural form! 🙂
So if you’re looking for a quick protein snack to keep your blood sugar steady in between all of those Christmas goodies this weekend, zap this one up. If you’re visiting family, the only ingredients you’re likely to need to bring with you are protein powder (easily carried in a Ziploc) and maybe some flaxseed if that’s not an ingredient that’s likely to be around your family’s house. Almost everyone has apple sauce at this time of year, right?
You can serve this covered in almond milk like I do (see below for my previously displayed soggy muffin habit) or have it as a muffin, cut in half and maybe topped with nut butter or yogurt or some fruit (berries would be delightful with this chocolate muffin!).
With this lovely treat you get 4.5g fibre and just under 28g protein. Yup, not bad!
Anna’s Chocolate Protein Muffin in a Mug
INGREDIENTS (makes 1 large muffin):
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (you can use chocolate if you have it, but it’s not necessary. It will just make the recipe more chocolatey – never a bad thing!)
3 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp flaxseed mixed with 3 tbsp warm water (leave to sit for about 5 minutes to get flax egg)
3-4 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 to 1 tsp vanilla essence (more if using artificial, less if using pure)
Any add-ins you want: shredded coconut, for an extra treat maybe a few chocolate chips, maybe a teaspoon of peanut butter to give it that chocolate peanut butter taste…it’s up to you!
1. Grab a mug. Spray it with cooking spray.
2. Mix protein powder and cocoa powder together until one colour.
3. Add in all other ingredients – mix.
4. Pour into mug. Cover top of mug with a paper towel (and it will rise a bit so I recommend using a mug that won’t be completely full once you’ve put all the mix in).
5. Microwave on regular power for 3 minutes.
6. Tip out of mug onto plate/bowl and serve. Simple as that. Enjoy!
*NOTE: There are lots of protein muffin in a mug recipes out there in the blogosphere. If you want a different variety, Chelsey’s pumpkin protein muffin is a great one!
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And to everyone, have a WONDERFUL, safe, enjoyable and MERRY Christmas weekend! If you feel yourself getting stressed at any point, just remember: