Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Recipe Wednesday - Blueberry Protein Muffins

A big Thank You to Sara at Sanaworld for the basis of this recipe. I've tweaked and tweaked and have now come up with this version of blueberry protein muffins. These are quite dense, but very tasty!

Blueberry Protein Muffins

1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup oatmeal (measure first, then grind in a food processor)
1.5 cups vanilla whey protein powder (about 6 scoops)
1/4 cup Splenda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
6 oz lite firm tofu
1 container blueberries (1 to 1.5 cups)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix the first 6 (dry) ingredients in a large bowl.

3. Blend the remaining ingredients (except for the blueberries) in another bowl until smooth, either with a blender/food processor or an immersion blender.

4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix together. Stir in the blueberries.

5. Spoon into muffin tins lightly sprayed with nonstick spray up to 3/4 full. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.

I frosted mine with a cream cheese frosting from Sharron Long's Extreme Lo-Carb Cuisine. Here's the recipe for that:

3T butter
2 oz neufchatel or cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 packet Stevia Plus
8 packets Splenda
dash of salt
1/4 cup milk and egg protein powder (about 1 scoop)

1. Cream butter, neufchatel cheese, vanilla, salt, SteviaPlus and Splenda until smooth.

2. Add milk and egg protein a little at a time, blended well each time.

This will be very thick but is easier to spread if you let the neufchatel cheese and butter sit out for a bit first. I usually make it in a blender and add the milk & egg protein slowly in through the top. This will frost exactly 12 muffins.

Each muffin, with frosting, has:

152 calories
14.4g protein
5.7g fat
11.1g carbs
1.4g fiber

I am super excited because my Precision Nutrition V3 arrived yesterday and I've been reading like a madwoman! I started with Gourmet Nutrition V1 (included with the PN V3) because I am always looking for new recipes. (I already own Gourmet Nutrition V2 and love it!) I like how V1 is not just a recipe book, but also has tips like how to flip an omelet, and little history lessons on things like quinoa and kung pao chicken. Tonight or tomorrow I should have some time to get into the actual tenets of the program, but for now I am drooling over the recipes! :)

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