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)
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
Or warmed up with Coconut Milk Yoghurt.0
Unsweetened applesauce or apricot nectar would be good to make them moist too. Like this!
Thanks @thewhitedish that sounds delicious too! Love the sound of the apricot nectar!
What a beautiful creation! I love that last shot a lot,…pure pleasure!
Yes @sophie33 they were really yummy!
Is there meant to be that much cinnamon?
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 😉
*less not left!
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
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 🙂