How often do you think outside the box? OK, I’m talking about a pancake mix box here. Not the mysterious box that everyone tells you to think outside of. This is afterall, me. I think outside food boxes for the most part. Life is more fun that way. The other day when I stopped for my cappuccino, I wanted a muffin.
Mainly because I saw the muffins while standing in line. I didn’t really even give muffins a thought until that moment so my stomach probably didn’t want the muffin but my brain sure did. So instead of opting for a pure carb muffin to go with my caffeine fix, I came home and whipped up a batch of high protein muffins.
The best part about mine? I ate 5 muffins instead of just one of theirs and still came out ahead in the calories and macros. Like way ahead. Wait till you read the nutrition details below. Boom!
High Protein Carrot Cake Muffins
- 1 scoop (34g) vanilla protein powder, divided
- 2 egg whites
- 1/2 cup (53g) just add water pancake mix
- 2 oz baby food carrots
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix 1/2 scoop (17g) of the protein powder with the remaining ingredients and about 3 Tbsp water to make a batter. Divide into a non-stick muffin tin or silicone muffin cups.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes until done. Remove from oven and cool slightly. Mix the remaining 1/2 scoop (17g) of protein powder with a little water and frost the muffins.
Makes about 5 muffins at approximately 307 calories for the entire batch – 31g protein, 39g carbs, and 3g fat.
- I used Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes mix because that’s what I had. You can use any pancake and waffle mix where you just add water. Target and Walmart have their brands along with Aunt Jemima and others.
- You can use any veggie or fruit puree in place of the baby food carrots. Pumpkin, applesauce, butternut squash. Those all work well. Be brave and expand your puree collection. 😉
I will also tell you that the next day I used this exact same recipe, except I made waffles in my waffle maker. I got 4 gorgeous and tasty waffles. So make ’em muffins, make ’em waffles. Your choice. I bet you could even pancake ’em. If you do, let me know in the comments.