1.31.2011

Protein Muffin V2

I went back to the protein muffins tonight. I should say, I started the protein muffins over from scratch. I pulled out a baking book and found a muffin recipe that I thought I could modify. Then I went online to do a little research for butter replacement and egg yolk replacement in baked goods.

There were a few mistakes I made with the last recipe that I should have noticed. First, that other recipe had no leavener. There also was no mixing order. And there were too many things going on. There are several different egg and butter replacement options, like applesauce, pumpkin, yogurt, and bananas. The previous recipe used all of them. So using a blueberry muffin recipe, I'm starting Protein Muffins V2

Ingredients:
1 1/2 c oat bran
1/4 c ground flax seed
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 c Greek yogurt (blueberry or vanilla flavored)
1 tsp olive oil
2 egg whites
1 tsp lemon juice
1 c blueberries

Preheat oven to 400. In a food processor, blend flax seed and oat bran until fine (optional if you like more texture). Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside. Combine egg whites, yogurt, and lemon juice in a large bowl until well blended. Fold in dry until mostly combined. Fold in blueberries. Do not over mix.

Place in muffin tins and bake for 18-20 min, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Before baking:

After baking:
Now these turned out good! Much better than the last batch. Moist, with good flavor. John still didn't like the texture but any bran muffin is going to have more texture than a normal muffin. I probably will try once more version, but I haven't quite figured out how I can get any more protein in these muffins. I did a rough calorie estimate based on the raw ingredients. Here's my breakdown per muffin:
  • 84 calories
  • 2.6 g fat
  • 6 g protein
  • 2.5 g fiber

The actual values will vary depending on the yogurt you use. Be careful to measure out the yogurt since I noticed the serving sizes can vary. If you want to use plain yogurt, you will probably need to add some honey. There is enough sugar in the flavored yogurt that the recipe doesn't need additional sugar.

I haven't quite figured out how the previous recipe had the calories and protein it said. Unless they were jumbo sized muffins. I'd like to try to get the protein up to 10g per muffin, but if I add any more volume to the recipe, it will increase the number of muffins in the batch so it won't be a complete gain. I could add whey protein, but I'd prefer that these stay as natural as possible. Hmm, sounds like a challenge. I'll be coming back to protein muffins again.

1 comment:

Christi said...

Thanks for sharing!