long awaited pumpkin protein muffin

October 7, 2011

I’m a big late night snacker.

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I have never been, nor will I ever be, one of those girls who can eat dinner and just be done for the night. Are you kidding me? In between 8 and 10 o’clock at night is basically my prime snacking time — that is, of course, if I make it until 10:00 (which is highly unlikely).

I go through phases with my nighttime snacks. I went through a granola phase. I’ve gone through a coconut milk ice cream phase. I’ve gone through a peanut butter toast phase. Right now, I’m in my protein muffin phase.

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So technically that’s not the whole truth — I’m in a “protein muffin with some greek yogurt on top with some apple slices, raisins, and peanut butter” phase. There, I said it. You now know my deepest and darkest of secrets.

I guess there was this one time where I mentioned a pumpkin protein muffin recipe, and everyone jumped on me like I was with holding the key to happiness (I was). And that’s technically not the whole truth either because I’m pretty sure I dangled that protein muffin thing in front of you for at least five WIAW’s.

I’m sure you have heard that patience is a virtue.

I have trained you well, my young grasshoppers.

It is time.

Pumpkin Protein Muffin

Serves: 1
Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes

  • 1 scoop Sunwarrior protein powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp. ground flax + 3 tbsp. warm water, left to sit for ~3 minutes)
  • cooking spray

First things first — grab those ingredients!

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Spray an individual baking dish (or mug) with cooking spray.

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Add your 1 scoop protein powder, cinnamon, and baking soda to your baking dish. Give it a whirl with a fork to mix it all up.

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Once the protein powder mixture is well incorporated, add your pumpkin, flax egg, and vanilla to the dish.

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Stir, stir, stir until it’s all mixed up.

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And microwave this bad boy for 3 minutes. Let it sit for about one minute. It should come out looking something like this.

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You’re not done quite yet! Take a butter knife and loosen the muffin away from the edges.

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And flip your baking dish over onto a small plate. 10 points to anyone who can figure out where I got my baking dish from!

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You’ll be left with a delicious protein muffin, ready to be devoured!

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There are a few great things about protein muffins. For one, the clean up is quite minimal.


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Second, they are quick to make and filling to eat. And last but not least, they are a blank canvas for many toppings! I never just stop with the protein muffin. There is always something on top of it — jams, nut butters, Greek yogurt — the possibilities are endless.

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Question: Are you a late night snacker? What is your favorite late night snack?

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