When most people think of muffins, they usually picture an unhealthy snack that’s loaded with carbs, sugar, and other fattening ingredients. Indeed, most of the muffins that you’ll find in bakeries, grocery stores, or coffee shops aren’t exactly good for you. However, it’s certainly possible to make a healthy muffin. That should come as no surprise to regular readers of our site, as we’re all about making healthy, low carb alternatives to all kinds of different foods. These protein-packed muffins are fantastic for fueling muscle growth and speeding up recovery times after your workout sessions. Instead of using refined wheat flour, sugar, and the other usual suspects involved in making muffins with no nutritional value, these muffins are made with nothing but all-natural whole food ingredients. I’m sure you’re going to love them!
Protein Muffins That Are Incredibly Delicious and Nutritious
After preheating your oven to 350ºF and lining a muffin pan with paper cups, you’ll want to start your muffin batter off by mixing together the vanilla flavored whey protein powder with almond flour, and baking powder. Using almond flour is a much better option than refined wheat flours, as it’s incredibly nutrient-dense. It’s an excellent source of healthy fats, protein, fiber, and other nutrients. I don’t use refined wheat flours at all anymore — the process of milling and refining them doesn’t just destroy most of their natural nutrient content, but the added “nutrients” are actually toxic to our bodies.
Set your almond flour mixture aside, and then beat together your two large eggs and four tablespoons of Stevia for 3-5 minutes, until the mixture is pale and fluffy. Next, gradually mix in ½ cup of plain Greek yogurt and ¼ cup of melted butter. Adding Greek yogurt into the recipe helps to increase the total protein content while also providing plenty of gut healthy probiotics to your muffins. Probiotics provide a wide range of great health benefits, some of which include treating and preventing diarrhea, boosting the immune system, and relieving hypertension. (1)
Add your almond flour mixture in with the Greek yogurt mixture until everything is well combined, and then gradually fold in ⅓ cup of fresh blueberries. I’m sure most of you are well aware of the fact that blueberries (as with most berries) are considered to be an antioxidant powerhouse. They’re an excellent source of vitamin C, fiber, folate, vitamin B6, and other essential nutrients.
Blueberries are known to be quite beneficial for your heart health, and there’s even evidence they provide some beneficial anti-cancer properties as well. (3) Once you’ve folded the blueberries in, all that’s left to do is fire your muffins into the oven for 15-20 minutes and then you’ll be all set to enjoy a healthy muffin snack that offers plenty of protein.
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Protein-Packed Muffins to Fuel Muscle Growth
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 6 1x
½ cup vanilla whey protein powder
½ cup almond flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 large eggs
4 tbsp or to taste granulated Stevia or other low carb granulated sweetener
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
¼ cup butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup fresh blueberries
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- Line a 6-cup muffin pan with paper cups. Set aside.
- In a bowl combine the protein powder, almond flour and baking powder. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat the eggs and sweetener until pale and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes.
- Add the Greek yogurt and melted butter and beat until well combined.
- Add the almond flour mixture and mix to combine.
- Fold in the blueberries.
- Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups.
- Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before serving.