Saturday, March 22, 2014

SIMPLE 1 BLOCK MUFFINS - SWEET POTATO & CHOCOLATE VARIATION


(Recipe makes twelve 1 block muffins)



















Ingredients:

4 eggs
Approx. 5 scoops protein powder (56g protein) -- I used chocolate flavor here
15 oz baked sweet potato* see note below on how to prepare these
3/4 c apple sauce
2 Tbsp Coconut Butter, slightly melted** (link below)
Cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda


*Cooking sweet potato:  Wrap sweet potato in foil and cook in oven at 400 degrees for about 30-35 mins until it's cooked through. I would recommend making two medium size sweet potatoes to make sure you have enough for the recipe. Once the sweet potatoes are done, remove them from the oven and let them cool enough so that you can remove the skin which is very easy to do with your hands. Once the skin is removed, weigh out the necessary 15oz for the recipe and start making your muffins!

Process:
Preheat oven to 365 degrees.
Mix  sweet potatoes and applesauce until well mashed. 
Add in eggs, cinnamon, coconut butter and vanilla and mix/blend until combined again. 
Add in protein powder and baking soda and mix until well combined. 
Pour into 12 muffins greased muffin tins and bake for about 15 mins until done.

** This is the coconut butter that I buy, so easy and shipped right to my door: Nutiva Organic Coconut Manna

Once again feel free to substitute coconut oil or a nut butter for the coconut manna -- just make sure to keep 18g of fat in order to keep the recipe balanced. 

This recipe came to exist because I didn't have enough leftover bananas from this week to make both my muffins (early AM snack) AND the pancakes (afternoon snack) so after a slight feeling of panic I decided to great creative and use a different carb source. I also think these will be better for my AM snack since the sweet potato will break down into the system and therefore better fuel me for my AM training session -- this thought also came from a quick chat with my awesome fiance :)

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