Low Carb High Protein Cinnamon Swirl Muffins {Gluten-Free}

When you’re trying to lean out AND maintain your muscle mass, diet can get a bit boring. Really boring.

There is only so many eggs, pieces of chicken and stalks of brocolli a person can eat before they want to throw in the towel and eat all the bread and pasta in site.

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Or maybe that’s just me?

To be honest, things have been easy so far but that’s because I’ve had a lot of fun playing around in the kitchen.

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The first time I cut carbs was when I trained for a figure competition…

It was horrible.

I was irritable, actually downright bitchy, frail, lethargic and just “blah”. I wasn’t giving my body the fuel it needed and it let me know.

This time around, I’m wiser. Thank goodness! I understand nutrition 100,000x better and I understand my body.

Plus, I know more foods than just eggs and chicken. Whoop!

So when a craving for donuts recently hit (thanks in part to listening to Girls Gone Wod Ep. 55 with Krissy Mae Cagney), I had a brainstorming session of what I could do to satisfy this craving before it turned ugly.

High Protein Gluten-Free Cinnamon Swirl Muffins

High Protein Gluten-Free Cinnamon Swirl Muffins

Ingredients:
  • 1 Cup Cauliflower (cooked & cooled)
  • ¾ Cup Vanilla Protein Powder
  • ½ Cup PB2 (or other powdered peanut butter)
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 4 Tsp Stevia (granules)
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Ghee
  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  2. Blend together cauliflower, protein, peanut butter powder, eggs, coconut oil, 3 tsp stevia, baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, melt ghee. Stir in cinnamon and remaining 1 tsp stevia.
  4. Pour main mix evenly into muffin trays. Add ½ tsp of cinnamon mix to each and stir with a toothpick for “swirls”.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes until slightly golden brown and cooked through.

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Nutrition Info:

98 Calories — 3.5 g Carbs — 9.3 g Protein — 5.9 g Fat
 

Oh and did I mention, they’re delicious? The ghee-cinnamon swirl just takes it up a notch to keep a slightly buttery flavor that is to die for.

My donut craving is gone!

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Cauliflower Flatbread

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Gluten Free Acorn Squash Cranberry Cashew Muffins

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Paleo Grapefruit Poppy Seed Muffins

#paleo grapefruit poppy seed muffins

 

 

What’s your favorite donut?

I love a classic glazed but can’t remember the last time I had one! Dan’s favorite is chocolate glazed… which I have never had!

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