New recipe for ya, well, rather a new modification of a lovely recipe made by Kierston over at Candyfit. On her blog, Kierston has some really great posts about fitness, her life and general inspiration and motivation, not to mention some awesome recipes that you should definitely check out. One thing I really like about her blog is that I can relate to her love of fitness and style of cooking (she cooks for fuel and nutrition!). What is more amazing is that she has even spent quite a number of years struttin her stuff on the fitness stage. With all this said, you should definitely show her some love and take a peek over at her blog! 😀
I happened to stumble upon Kierston’s Banana Carob Chip Protein Loaf after paroozing her weekly eats via the WIAW party hosted by Miss Jen over at Peas and Crayons and decided that it had to be made! Due to wanting it to fit my own macros a few minor changes to her original recipe and it came out delicious! Super moist and subtly sweet from the banana. Yum! Check our the original recipe here. Just note that she also made one with almonds so make sure to check that out too!
Cacao Nib-ilicious Banana Protein Muffins
Inspired by Candyfit
- 1.5 cups oats
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 2 tbsp flax meal
- 2 scoops chocolate whey protein powder (I used my New Zealand Swiss Chocolate Probiotic Whey)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 packets of natural Stevia (granular)
- ~17g of raw cacao nibs
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 100g banana, mashed
- 1/4 cup 2.7% plain goat yogurt (can probably use greek yogurt)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1 cup liquid egg whites
- 3-4 tbsp unsweetened almond milk (may need the extra 4th tbsp if using greek yogurt or depending on your whey powder of choice)
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
- Pulse 1 cup of your oats into a flour and then combine all of the rest of the dried ingredients together except cacao nibs
- In a separate bowl, combine all of the wet ingredients
- Fold the wet into the dry
- Fold in cacao nibs
- Spray or grease a 1/2 dozen muffin tin (or use regular muffin tins OR you can use 2 muffin tins and portion out 12 portions, just decrease baking time!) and portion out your mixture into the tins equally
- Toss in the oven and bake until the tops of the muffins are set and golden and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out pretty much dry (again, you want a tad bit of moisture left because of the use of the coconut flour) ***I tented the muffins with tin foil to ensure that they did not brown quicker than they baked but you can experiment with it.
- Let cool completely before taking out of the tins and enjoy hot or cold!
Per serving (or half of 1 of the 6 muffins)
122 calories, 4g of fat, 13g of carbs, 9g of protein, 1g of sugar, 3.6g of fiber, 41g sodium (baking powder mostly)
The reason I cut the muffins in half for a serving is so that I can use it to toss in my proats before my workouts, but the nutritional information for one whole muffin (1/6 of the recipe) is great too!
You know what else is great about these muffins?
Magnesium: Cacao nibs are a very high source of this very important mineral which aids in proper circulation, bone health and muscle functioning
Potassium: Found in both the cacao nibs and bananas, this electrolyte is important for decreasing muscle cramping, maintaining proper fluid balance and blood pressure
Fiber: Found in the oats, coconut flour, cacao nibs and flax meal, both soluble and insoluble fibers aid with keeping you regular and satiety
Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs): Important for so many body processes including heart health, lowering inflammation, nourishing skin, nails and hair, and so many more. The flax meal in these muffins provide one of the EFA’s, ALA, which can then be converted to the two crucial EFA’s, DHA and EPA.
Iron: Found in both the oats and the cacao nibs, iron is important for preventing iron-deficiency anemia which results in fatigue due to the lack of iron in the body to help the red blood carry oxygen in the blood to the cells. Iron is also important for immunity through helping to produce white blood cells to then fight bacteria.
So there you have it, delicious and nutritious! That’s what I call a power snack 😀 So where have I been snackin on these babies as of late?
In my proats of course…
…as a mid morning snacky on my rest days…
….and also if I haven’t reached my carbs for the day they also get eaten along side my nightly peanut butter casein pudding treat…
Love those lil specks of cacao nibs. Crunchy, moist and delicious! Thanks so much to Kierston for my new snack obsession. Big thumbs up from the boyfriend too 🙂
I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!