Chocolate Protein Muffins

I know, it says zucchini is the 1st ingredient, and raw zucchini at that! No, it is not a typo, and no, you can’t taste it in the finished product. So why zucchini? Well, firstly because it is very good for you; Zucchini is low calorie and a great source of fibre. It is rich in vitamin A, flavonoid and poly-phenolic antioxidants such as carotenes, lutein and zeaxanthin. These compounds help scavenge harmful oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species from the body that play a role in aging and various disease process. Secondly, protein powder in baking can make things dry and taste like cardboard, so rather than add too much more fat for moisture, I added zucchini. Pumpkin purée would do the trick to, or apple purée, probably even avocado….zucchini just worked for me and I haven’t tried it with the others so give it a whirl and let me know how you go.

400g zucchini, puréed raw
3/4 cup flavorless protein powder
1 cup flaxseed meal (you can use LSA or almond meal instead)
3 eggs
1 heaped tbsp nut butter
1 tbs cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup raw cacao
Stevia to taste or a few tbs honey or agave
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Pour into cupcake moulds and bake at 160C for 20-25 mins or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Don’t over cook these or they will be really dry! I eat mine as they are on the run or warmed up with a bit of Coconut Milk Yoghurt over the top!

The plain version

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Or warmed up with Coconut Milk Yoghurt.

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9 thoughts on “Chocolate Protein Muffins

  1. thewhitedish says:

    Unsweetened applesauce or apricot nectar would be good to make them moist too. Like this!

  2. Thanks @thewhitedish that sounds delicious too! Love the sound of the apricot nectar!

  3. Sophie33 says:

    What a beautiful creation! I love that last shot a lot,…pure pleasure!

  4. Yes @sophie33 they were really yummy!

  5. Jacinta says:

    Is there meant to be that much cinnamon?

  6. Hey Jacinta, yep 😉 I use loads but you can definitely use left if you are not as keen on cinnamon as me! Use a pea protein powder too if you have it, retains heaps more moisture than whey protein 😉

  7. Jacinta says:

    Okay 🙂 I was just wondering, i loved them when i made them last anyway! Thought i’d ask before i made my next batch. And perfect! i use pea protein anyway. Thanks so much, love them

  8. Awesome! Thank you. I think because I try not to sweeten things too much, cinnamon makes everything taste a bit sweeter… Hence the obsession and large amounts. Glad you liked them. Have you tried the coconut Choc ones I posted a few days ago? Ah-Mazing 🙂

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