Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Chocolate Pumpkin Protein Muffins

After receiving my order of CocoCardio in the mail from iherb.com, I wanted to test it out in a recipe. CocoCardio is a powder made from organic cocoa, beet juice powders, and hibiscus extract. It turns a pretty reddish color when its mixed with liquid ingredients. The ingredients in this powder contain many antioxidants and phytonutrients (phytonutrients are organic components of plants that are thought to promote health. "Phyto" originated from a Greek word meaning plant). So not only are these muffins delicious, but they are super healthy! If you don't have CocoCardio, you can use cocoa powder. I ordered mine from iherb.com. You can use my discount code ZSG766 for money off your first order :)



Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins

Ingredients:

1 cup oatmeal, ground into flour
1/2 cup chocolate whey protein (I used Cellucor)
1 scoop (7.5 grams) CocoCardio (or about 1 tablespoon cocoa powder)
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 packets stevia
1 cup pumpkin
4 egg whites
1/4 cup almond milk (or any)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray.
2. Grind oatmeal into flour (I used my Ninja food processor). Add the protein powder, CocoCardio, stevia, and baking powder. Blend to combine. Place into a medium size bowl.
3. Blend together wet ingredients (pumpkin, egg whites, milk). Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients until mixed well. Do not over mix!
4. Place batter evenly into the muffin tin. Bake about 20 minutes, or until knife comes out clean. Cool and eat!

Makes 6 muffins

The nutrition information may vary depending up on the brand of ingredients used:

Nutrition Information: 112 calories, 1.5 g Fat, 15 g CHO, (4 g Fiber), 11 g Protein