Pumpkin Protein Truffles

Pumpkin protein bitesIngredients

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • Pinch of salt

Topping

  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate, melted

Directions

  • Soak dates in water for 1 hour and drain before using
  • Place walnuts and oats in food processor and blend until finely ground
  • Add in the rest of the ingredients and blend until thoroughly combined
  • Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes
  • Form small balls and use fork to drizzle with melted dark chocolate

Quick Tip

  • Make these gluten free by substituting in gluten free oats!
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Omega-3 Banana Nut Muffins

omega-3 banana nut muffins

These muffins are full of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats that have tons of health benefits! Studies have shown that they can lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and even reduce inflammation which can the risk of many chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and certain kinds of cancers. These muffins contain ground flaxseed and walnuts which are great plant sources of omega-3s :)

Ingredients

Muffins

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

Topping

  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prepare 2 muffin pans
  • In a large bowl, combine flours, baking soda, and salt and then set aside
  • With an electric mixer, whip together bananas, brown sugar, and maple syrup for 2-3 minutes
  • Add the eggs, cooled melter butter, yogurt, and vanilla and beat well
  • Mix in dry ingredients until fully incorporated without over-mixing
  • Spoon batter into muffin tins and fill them about 1/2 way full
  • Combine ingredients for the topping in a small bowl and stir to create a crumble topping
  • Evenly distribute crumble amongst muffins
  • Bake muffins for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
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Gluten Free Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins

Gluten Freen Pumpkin Muffins

Let me first say that I do not advocate going gluten free unless you have an actual gluten intolerance. Just because it’s gluten free does not mean it’s healthy! Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, oats, and rye which are all whole grains and packed with fiber and other nutrients. That being said, I have tried quite a few different gluten free baked products and have found that there always tends to be a chalky, grainy aftertaste to them. Therefore, I made it my mission to develop a gluten free muffin that was just as good as a normal muffin! Not only is this cranberry pumpkin muffin free of gluten but it is also low fat, high protein, and packed with Vitamin A.

Ingredients

Makes 12 muffins

  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 cup sorghum flour
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Directions

  • Preheat overn to 350 degrees and grease a muffin pan with a canola oil based cooking spray or line with muffin cups
  • In a larger mixing bowl, combine rice flour, sorghum flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt
  • In a separate bowl, mix together both sugars, pumpkin, canola oil, eggs, and yogurt
  • Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet and once fully incorporated, fold in dried cranberries
  • Pour into muffin tins and bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean

Nutrition Analysis, Serving Size= 1 muffin

Pumpkin Muffin Nutrition Data

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