There’s no doubt about it: apple season is one of the very best things about fall. And what better way to enjoy an apple on a crisp fall day than in muffin form?
But while regular apple muffins are made with unhealthy things like sugar and white flour, these apple cinnamon protein muffins are gluten-free, packed with protein and contain no added sugar whatsoever. And they’re only 90 calories a muffin!
And I have to say, these muffins turned out better than I even expected. Slightly crunchy on the outside, soft and delicious on the inside with apple chunks and cinnamon everywhere, every single bite is melt-in-your-mouth delicious. I’d eat these over regular muffins any day, no question about it.
Oh, and did I mention they’re high in protein, too?
Cooking with protein powder
A lot of you guys seem to want to know which protein powders I use for my recipes. While I always like trying new brands and flavors (I’m a bit food obsessed if you couldn’t tell), for this apple cinnamon protein muffin recipe I used All-Pro Science Complete 100% Grass Fed Whey.
This was the first time I’ve tried any of APS’ protein powders, and I have to say I was really impressed! Not only are their whey powders 100% grass fed, they’re made from non hormone treated dairy, include no artificial anything, and have 23 grams of protein per serving. Awesome, right?
I used their cinnamon roll flavor for these muffins, which was really tasty and not overly cinnamon-y or fake sugary tasting—highly recommended. But I’m sure vanilla would also work fine for this recipe.
If you want to give any of their protein powders a try, I’m excited to let you know that the amazing folks at APS have generously offered a 40% discount for all 12 Minute Athlete readers! Just use code Twelve40 at checkout. This is an awesome chance to try their stuff for a highly reduced price, so definitely check it out. (Update: the code is now working! Sorry for the earlier delay.)
And now, for the recipe:
1 cup oats
1/2 cup APS Cinnamon Roll whey protein powder (or just use vanilla)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup low fat cottage cheese
1/4 cup almond milk
1 medium apple, diced
2-3 dates (depending on how sweet you like your muffins)
Preheat your oven to 350 F. Blend all ingredients together except for the apples. Make sure to remove the pits from the dates before blending!
Peel and dice the apple, then stir into the mixture.
Scoop mixture into silicon muffin liners or in paper liners that have been sprayed (no oil makes the mixture stick to the paper). Place in the oven and cook for 30 to 35 minutes, or until browned on top.
Eat warm with some nut butter (or leave plain) and enjoy. Oh, and try not to eat the entire batch in one sitting!
Tip: Make sure to store any leftover muffins in the refrigerator/freezer since they’ll go bad if you leave them out for too long. Also, I’d highly recommend putting them in the toaster oven before eating them—it helps them go from good to amazing!
Nutritional info per muffin:
Total calories: 90