Tis the season! The fall season that is. After making my mom's delicious pumpkin bread recipe (which includes 3 CUPS of sugar...) I decided I needed to find a healthy alternative for my fall-ish pumpkin cravings! Hence, my Clean Pumpkin Protein Muffins! I mean, not only are these muffins made with clean ingredients, but they have PROTEIN. Morgan's favorite thing.
These muffins took a total of 30 minutes to make, I had ALL of the ingredients lying around my house, and they are sure to satisfy your pumpkin sweet tooth without the added calories, fat, or sugar.
Try 'em out before winter sneaks up on us! Your house will smell amazing (and your roomates will thank you).
Clean Pumpkin Protein Muffins
1 can pumpkin puree
1/2 c. egg whites
1/2 c. unsweetened apple sauce
1 serving plain nonfat Greek yogurt
2 T. all-natural peanut butter
1 t. vanilla
4 packets stevia
1 c. oat flour
2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder
1/4 t. baking soda
1/2 t. baking powder
1 t. pumpkin pie spice
1 t. cinnamon
olive oil cooking spray
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Mix together the pumpkin, egg whites, apple sauce, yogurt, peanut butter, stevia, and vanilla in a large bowl with an electronic mixer. Add in the oat flour, protein powder, baking soda, baking powder, and spices and mix until well-combined.
Prep your muffin tins with a coat of olive oil cooking spray and you don't even need to use muffin liners!
Spoon your muffin mixture evenly into each muffin tin (makes 15 muffins)
Now bake them for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees! You will know they are done when a toothpick or knife comes out clean. Allow the finished muffins to sit in the tin for about 5 minutes before removing them..... Then indulge :)
The pumpkin puree can be found on any grocer's shelves. Make sure its pure pumpkin with no added sugars. In my first batch of these muffins, I only used 2 packets of stevia and thought they tasted a little bland (oops, this girl has a sweet tooth problem) so I thought 4 packets would add the perfect amount of sweetness. Oat flour can be found in the organic section of your grocery store (this is also what I use in my Homemade Protein Bars so you can get multiple uses out of it)!
Now I'd call that a clean muffin!
So much deliciousness, I can't handle it. Store your muffins in tupperware and go ahead and freeze a few to keep them fresh for next week! They will still taste great.
Enjoy! and LETS GET HEALTHY!