Saturday, June 27, 2015

Protein Powder Chocolate Chip Muffins

This morning, I had some extra time, and wanted to make something yummy. I love my sweets, but don't love the crash I get after eating sweet, starchy snacks. I found a recipe on Petite Athlete that I tweaked a bit. This makes a great breakfast, or snack, or just a quick pick-me-up any time you need a boost! These are INFINITELY better cold, so do yourself a favor and hold off eating them until they have cooled completely.

Aunt LoLo's Protein Powder Chocolate Chip Muffins
Makes 10 muffins
(Adapted from Petite Athlete)

1 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 eggs
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream (or full fat coconut milk)
1 Tbsp. chia seeds
2 scoops protein powder (I used Combat Protein Cookies & Cream)
3 Tbsp. coconut flour
1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking powder

Preheat your oven to 325, and prepare a muffin tin with non-stick spray.

In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until just combined. You might want to whisk the eggs first, and then add everything else. Or, be like me, and just kind of mash up the eggs in the bowl in the middle of everything, and then stir to combine. Whatever floats your boat. Just don't over-mix.

Let it sit for about 5 minutes to plump up the chia seeds, then divide into 10 muffins.

Bake at 325 for 30-35 minutes. Remove from oven, allow to cool briefly, and then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely. Enjoy! Store uneaten muffins in the refrigerator.

By my calculations, these muffins have 98 calories each, 4 grams of fat, 8 g. of carbohydrates, and 7 g. of protein.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Adapted from Against All Grain, this is my new go-to taco seasoning! (By the way, I love almost every single recipe I make from Against All Grain. It's great to find someone with taste so similar to my own preferences!)

Aunt LoLo's Taco Seasoning
(Adapted from Against All Grain)

In a glass jar, combine:
2.5 Tablespoons chili powder
1.5 Tablespoons sea salt
1.5 Tablespoons ground dried cumin
1 Tablespoon dry parsley
2 Tablespoons granulated garlic
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Cover, shake to combine. Will keep in the pantry for as long as the original ingredients would.

To use, sprinkle approximately 1 tablespoon over 1 pound of ground meat, and cook it up on the stovetop.