Fudgey Chocolate Zucchini Muffins (Keto)

Fudgey Chocolate Zucchini Muffins (Keto)

Fudgey

Dessert for breakfast is kinda my thing if you haven’t noticed…

Thankfully these muffins are packed with healthy fats, micronutrients and fibre that will keep you full for hours! A muffin with a cup of bullet-proof coffee has become my new go-to breakfast!

These are super easy to make and freeze well for an easy make-ahead breakfast or snack!

Ingredients:

*If not using vitafiber syrup, you can try adding an additional 30-60g almond flour and a bit of almond milk or heavy cream, you’ll also need a little more sweetener.

**You can use all of one sweetener to replace the 2. Just take into account the fact that Truvia is 3x sweetener than sugar so you’ll likely need 7-9 tbsp of a typical sweetener that measures like sugar rather than the 3 tbsp called for.

Vitafiber acts like a flour and sugar substitute and helps the muffins to rise slightly better.

Serves: 15

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350*
  2. Spray/grease 2 muffin pans with coconut oil or line with muffin wrappers (I also spray the wrapper with coconut oil to prevent sticking!)
  3. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  4. Stir in your wet ingredients and then fold in the zucchini and chocolate chips (I reserved 1 tbsp(15g) chocolate-chips to decorate the tops), add additional sweetener if needed.DSC_1057
  5. Use a muffin scoop to evenly disperse the batter to make 15 muffins.DSC_1059
  6. Top the muffins with a couple chocolate chips each and place in the oven for 15-18min.
  7. Muffins should be almost set (DO NOT over-bake!). They are meant to be fudgey so after 5-7min remove from the pan and let them cool on a wire rack to set fully. (OR eat one immediately because being impatient is a part of baking). DSC_1064
  8. Store in an air-tight container after muffins have cooled completely. Freeze, store on the counter for a few days or store in the fridge! Enjoy!

Nutrition (1 muffin): 16F/5C(NET)/7P & 7g fibre

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High Protein Keto Cinnamon Rolls w/ Cream Cheese Glaze

High Protein Keto Cinnamon Rolls w/ Cream Cheese Glaze

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Keto Cinnamon Rolls…saying those three words together is just plain weird right?

But maybe not.

Keto Cinnamon Rolls are DEFINITELY a thing, but making keto cinnamon rolls vs. the regular flour and sugar laden cinnamon rolls is a whole other ball game.

First off, almond flour, the base to this recipe, has no gluten. Gluten is the protein found in bread that gives it it’s elasticity and airy-ness. No gluten=no gluten strands formed=dense “bread”.

Thus, in this recipe I have added vital wheat gluten(the isolated protein from bread) back to the recipe, this means we have all the gluten we need, without the carbs!

Tip:*Xanthan gum is also great for creating a similar texture to gluten!*

I’ve also added a teaspoon of sugar to this recipe. (OMG SUGAR, SAM, WHAT ARE YOU THINKING, THIS IS A KETO RECIPE!! SUGAR??).

Yes, I realize sugar is not keto guys, I haven’t lost it(yet) but thankfully yeast is a pretty greedy little monster and will eat up all of that sugar for us while it activates!

(I feel like I can relate to this on a physical level..GIVE ME ALL THE SUGAR.)

But it’s pretty great, huh?

This recipe also offers a whopping 20g of protein and 4g of fibre per serving making this a totallllly acceptable breakfast option (or lunch or dinner..I don’t judge).

What doesn’t this recipe offer??

Okay, maybe a self-baking option…but I mean where’s the fun in that? Obviously watching dough rise is one of my favourite past times..

But enough jokes, since this recipe isn’t going to bake itself, this is where you come in.

High Protein Keto Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients:

-1/4 cup vital wheat gluten(36g)

-2 scoops(56g) Quest all purpose whey protein

-2 cups(224g) almond flour   +1/4(28g) cup reserved

-1/2 an envelope yeast (or 1 1/4 tsp) 

-1 tsp sugar (will be eaten by the yeast!)

-2 tbsp truvia sweetener (or 1/4 cup of sweetener that measures like sugar)

-1/4 tsp salt

-6 tbsp unsweetened almond milk

-2 tbsp water

-2 1/2(37g) tbsp butter

-1/2 a well beaten egg

Filling:

 -5 tbsp truvia (or 1/3-1/2 cup of sweetener that measures like sugar)

-1/2 tbsp cinnamon

-3 tbsp butter-softened

-Pecans (optional)

Glaze:

-1 tbsp coconut oil

-2 tbsp cream cheese

-1/4 tsp vanilla extract

-1-2 tbsp almond milk (optional- makes a glaze rather than a thick frosting)

-1 1/2 tsp pasteurized egg whites(safe at room temp.)

-2-3 tbsp splenda or another sweetener(to taste)

Directions:

  1. Combine all dry ingredients except the reserved flour in a large bowl.
  2. Heat your butter, milk and water in a microwave safe cup for roughly 50s to a minute. 
  3. Stir the warm mixture into the dry ingredients along with the egg.
  4. Use a spoon to start forming a dough. Add the extra 1/4 cup almond flour as you go to make it less sticky.
  5. Use your hands to begin kneading the dough.
  6. Knead it for roughly 3-5min (it contains quite a bit of vital wheat gluten so we want to be careful we don’t over-knead or it will become too dense).
  7. Next form the dough into a neat ball and sprinkle the bottom/sides of your bowl with almond flour before placing it back down.
  8. Cover the bowl with a towel and move it to a warm location like an oven that still has a bit of heat in it but is not hot, or use the microwave method (just heat water or nothing particular in it for about a minute or so before placing the dough in to rest).
  9. After and hour, remove the dough from the bowl and place it on an (almond) floured surface. 
  10. Roll the dough to be a rectangle roughly 12×9 inches in size (about 1/4 inch thick)(see instructional photo for a better idea-don’t mind the 5-year-old style rolling pin)DSC_0441
  11. Using a spoon, spread the butter gently over the entire surface of the dough then combine your cinnamon and sweeter of choice and sprinkle on top. DSC_0446DSC_0452
  12. Roll the dough, long-side to long-side, being careful not to tear it. Tuck in the ends and use your fingers to press any cracks back together if they do occur. DSC_0458
  13. Next, slice the dough into 7 even pieces and place them, inner-side up, in a butter or coconut oil greased baking dish. DSC_0469
  14. *Cover the rolls and let them rise for another 30-45 minutes in a warm location.DSC_0476
  15. Finally, bake the rolls uncovered at 375* for 15-18min. (I purposely took them out a little early so they wouldn’t over-bake).DSC_0483
  16. Combine your coconut oil and cream cheese in a microwave-safe dish and microwave it for 30 seconds.
  17. Mix in your egg whites, vanilla and sweeter and almond milk until it becomes smooth.
  18. Drizzle or spread on the glaze on each cinnamon roll and then don’t wait for them to cool at all, just tear them straight out of the pan and devour them like a crazy hungry keto monster. DSC_0510
  19. JK. If you want to be normal and not burn your mouth(that definitely didn’t happen to me…..)then wait for the cinnamon rolls to cool before gently removing them from the dish with a knife or spatula (trust me, it will make your life SO much easier).
  20. NOW you can devour them. ENJOY!DSC_0565

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  21. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge or freeze until you have another cinnamon roll craving!

*Note : You CAN skip step 14 if you are in a hurry BUT I recommend completing the recipe as written for best results.

Nutrition per 1/7 of recipe WITH frosting (these are SO filling btw guys): 31F/5C(NET)/20P

Nutrition per 1/7 of recipe WITHOUT frosting: 27.5F/4.8C(NET)/20P 

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EASY – High Protein, Keto Chocolate-Chip Muffins

EASY – High Protein, Keto Chocolate-Chip Muffins

IMG_9266Easy-Peasy-Lemon Squeezy is the best way to describe this recipe.

All you need is 1 bowl and just under 10 minutes of your time to put them together.

They make an awesome grab and go breakfast as they contain a healthy dose of protein and fat and…well, they aren’t eggs (anyone who’s ever been Keto knows the struggle of trying to find a good breakfast alternative).

These muffins will sustain you for hours with their high fibre content and will probably help with those nagging cravings for something carby and delicious in the morning!

I’ve also shared this recipe in video format to show you how easy they truly are!

I am thinking of sharing more of my future content in videos like this one, sort of like the “Tasty” videos..but healthy, haha. So please let me know what you think and comment if you’d like more recipes like this one!

Without further ado, here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

-1 & 1/4 cup(120g) almond flour 

-2 scoops(56g) unflavoured protein powder (I use this one )

-1/4 cup(28g) coconut flour

-1/2 tbsp baking powder

-4 tbsp truvia

-4 tbsp splenda

-1/4 tsp salt

-1/4 tsp xanthan gum

-1/2 cup almond milk (optional: sub heavy cream for the almond milk)

-1/4 cup(60g) coconut oil or butter (melted)

-2 eggs-whisked

-1/2 tbsp pure vanilla extract

-1/4 cup(60g) semi-sweet, sugar-free chocolate chips (I use Krisda!)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350*.
  2. Line a muffin tin. Optional, spray muffin wrappers with pam or coconut oil to prevent sticking.
  3. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix just until combined.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips.
  6. Scoop batter into lined muffin tin. *Optional: Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with additional granulated sweetener.
  7. Bake at for 18-20min or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Cool on a wire rack.
  9. Eat immediately or store in an air-tight container and freeze for later!

*They are best served warm with a pat of butter or a bit of almond butter!

Enjoy!

Nutrition(serves 8) Per Serving: 20F/5C(NET)/12.5P & 6g fibre

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Low-calorie Cinnamon Sugar Protein Donuts

Low-calorie Cinnamon Sugar Protein Donuts

hikingLight, fluffy airy, and highly addictive.

Guys, these donuts were epic and legit taste better than donuts I’ve bought. MAKE THEM NOW. (I mean like if you want to..no pressure).

Even my junk-food loving, “I will not eat anything remotely healthy” brother liked them.

I’ve also recorded a video to go along with this recipe to help you guys out and to give you a close up look at how delicious they look!

Ingredients:
-1/2 cup +2 tbsp white flour (100g)
-1/4 scoop quest all purpose protein powder (28g)
-2 tbsp splenda
-1 tbsp white sugar
-1 tbsp truvia
-1 tsp baking powder
-1/4 tsp cinnamon
-1/4 tsp salt
xanthan gum (pinch)
-1 egg (well beaten)
-1/4 cup + 2 tbsp almond milk(90g)
2 tbsp vitafiber syrup(30g)
-1 tbsp butter-melted (15g)
-1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Sugar Topping:
-1-2 tbsp truvia
-1/2 tsp-1 tsp cinnamon
-1 tbsp white or brown sugar(optional)

-1 tbsp(15g) butter (melted) for coating the donuts

Directions:
-Preheat Oven to 325* and grease donut pan.
-Combine all dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl
-Combine all wet ingredients in a small bowl (beat the egg first then add the rest of the ingredients).
-Combine wet and dry ingredients until thick batter is formed.
-Pipe into donut pan (using a plastic bag, cut the corner off after filling it with batter OR use a piping bag)
-Bake for 6-8min or until tops spring back/do not de-flate when -touched.
-Cool on a wire rack for 5min.
-Brush butter onto the top and bottom of a donut then roll in the topping mixture.
-Place on a serving plate and repeat!
-Store in an air-tight container (best eaten the first day!)
Enjoy! 🙂

Per Donut(makes 8): 120cals, 5g protein, 16g carbs, 4g fat & 3.2g fibre
(3g of sugar per donut)

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Muffins

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Muffins

 

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Muffins
Recipe Type: Dessert, Snack, Breakfast
Author: Sam
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 11
Gluten-Free, filling, high-fibre muffins, perfect for a snack or a quick breakfast grab.
Described as:
-“The best muffin I ever ate”.
-“So moist, much better than the store-bought ones!.”
Ingredients

 

Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350*F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine oat flour(or ground oats), almond flour, spices, salt, baking soda and baking powder.
  3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together sugar, Truvia and coconut oil.
  4. Next, whisk in the eggs and applesauce.
  5. Gradually add your dry mixture to the wet ingredients, whisking well to combine.
  6. Fold in the apple and almonds then spoon into a lined muffin tray.
  7. Optional. top with additional apple/almond pieces for presentation.
  8. Bake in pre-heated oven for 21-25min or until a toothpick comes out clean and the top is no longer wet to the touch.
  9. *Careful not to under-bake*
  10. Cool on a wire rack.
  11. Optional: Brush the tops with butter and sprinkle cinnamon sugar OR mix together the ingredients for the simple glaze and drizzle on top.
  12. Enjoy!
Serving size: 1 Muffin
Calories: 184, 21 Carbs, 4g protein

Keto Chocolate Protein Donuts w/ Chocolate Glaze (Gluten-Free)

Keto Chocolate Protein Donuts w/ Chocolate Glaze (Gluten-Free)

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I can’t even put into words how happy I am with this recipe…

Just please do yourself a favour and make these,

immediately. 

That is all.  

Keto Chocolate Protein Donuts w/ Chocolate Glaze

Serves: 11

Ingredients:

Chocolate Glaze:

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350*F
  2. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
  3. In another medium bowl, whisk together all wet ingredients until smooth.
  4. Combine wet with dry ingredients until a thick batter is formed. 
  5. Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper and lightly spray with oil. 
  6. Using a piping bag (or a plastic ziplock with the corner cut off), pipe thick circles just under the size of a hockey puck, leaving a hole in the middle about 2-3x the size of what you want the final result to look like. (I ended up with 11, you can use a spoon to help smooth out any edges if needed) 
  7. Bake for 6-8min or until the donuts have risen and a tooth pick comes out clean (*NOTE I took all of mine out at 6min and even if they were a little soft they stiffened up on the tray). 
  8. Cool on the tray for at least 5min before placing in the fridge to cool further. 
  9. To make the glaze, simply mix together the coconut oil and chocolate chips and microwave in increments until melted, then stir in the salt and splenda. 
  10. Once the donuts are cooled, Drizzle the chocolate glaze on top of each one.
  11. Optional, sprinkle shredded coconut or chopped nuts on top of the glaze. 
  12. Place back in the fridge (or freezer if impatient!) and cool until the glaze has set. 

Enjoy!

Tips:

  • Store the donuts in the fridge in an air-tight container, I actually prefer them best cold more-so than warm from the oven! 
  • If you want the glaze to entirely cover your donuts then use 1/4 cup(60g) sugar-free chocolate chips rather than 2 tbsp. 

Nutrition per serving: 8.5F/2.5C(NET)/5.5P & 2.5g fibre 

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Low-Carb Caramel Pecan Protein Muffins w/ Cream Cheese Frosting

Low-Carb Caramel Pecan Protein Muffins w/ Cream Cheese Frosting

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Serves: 6-8 (see below) 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup(60g) almond flour (I buy this one: Almond Flour)
  • 1 1/2 scoop(62g) vanilla lean body whey protein (or another vanilla whey) 
  • 1/4 cup(60g) VitaFiber Powder
    (OR another 1/4 cup almond flour)
  • 2 tbsp Truvia (or 4 tbsp of another sweetener that measures like sugar)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Splenda (or another sweetener that measures like sugar)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • pinch of xanthan gum
    (optional but recommended) 
  • 1 1/2 tbsp(21g) butter, melted
  • 1 egg 
  • 1/4 cup(60g) unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Cinnamon Carmel Filling:

      • 1/4 cup water
      • 1/4 cup truvia sweetener (or 1/2 cup sweetener that measures like sugar)
      • 1 egg yolk, whisked
      • 2 tbsp(15g) butter
      • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
      • 1/4 tsp molasses (leave out OR replace with yacon syrup for keto) 
      • pinch of salt
      • 1/4 tsp cinnamon 
      • 30g pecans, finely chopped (mine were lightly salted) 

Cream Cheese Frosting (OPTIONAL): 

      • 1/4 cup greek yogurt or cream cheese
      • 1 1/2 tbsp Splenda
        (more or less to taste) 
      • 1 tbsp almond milk (or any milk) (Up to 2 tbsp milk if using cream cheese)
      • 1/16 tsp of vanilla extract

Directions: 

      1. Pre-heat oven to 350*F
      2. In a medium sauce-pan, combine all caramel filling ingredients except nuts.
      3. Turn heat just below high and stir constantly until the mixture starts to boil
      4. Once boiling, keep stirring constantly for about 30s
      5. Remove from heat and check thickness, it should be just a bit thinner than your average caramel sauce
      6. If not, boil a little longer while whisking constantly until desired thickness is reached (*note: it will thicken more as it cools). 
      7. Remove from heat, pour in a bowl and stir in the nuts. Set aside.
      8. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
      9. In another medium bowl, whisk together the almond milk and egg. 
      10. Add the wet to the dry mixture and stir in the melted butter until everything is combined.
      11. Using a prepared muffin tin lined with muffins cups AND sprayed with oil, fill each one with just enough batter to cover the bottom.
      12. Next drop 1 spoonful of the caramel mixture on top. 
      13. Add another scoop of the batter, enough to fill the muffin tin about 1/2-3/4 of the way full. Then repeat with the remaining caramel sauce.***
      14. Swirl the top of each muffin with a toothpick. 
      15. Bake for 18-22min or until the muffins have risen and a toothpick JUST comes out clean, don’t over-bake. (*note some caramel sauce might get on the toothpick but the muffin will be cooked!) 
      16. Mix together all Frosting ingredients if using.
      17. Cool slightly before removing from the pan. Pour frosting on top of muffins just before serving warm!

Enjoy!

***NOTE: I made 6 large muffins but you could easily make 8 regular ones, which i recommend because I believe they would rise better in the center. Nutrition is listed for both options, frosting is not included as this is optional. 

Nutrition for 1/6th of recipe:  16F/4C(NET)/11P & 11g fibre      

Nutrition for 1/8th of recipe: 12F/3C(NET)/8P & 8g fibre

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Keto Double-Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins

Keto Double-Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins

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Serves: 6

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350*F
  2. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients except sweeteners.
  3. In another medium bowl, whip together the butter, sweeteners, vanilla and avocado(I just used a fork).
  4. Whisk the sour cream and the egg into the butter mixture.
  5. Next combine with wet and the dry ingredients and add in your almond milk.
  6. Stir just until smooth and well combined, adjust sweeter if needed.
  7. Use a muffin scooper to scoop the batter into 6 tins lined with wrappers and sprayed with oil.
  8. Bake in pre-heated oven for 25-27min or until a toothpick just comes out clean.
  9. Cool on a wire-rack before eating (Or be impatient like me and eat them straight out of the oven…lol)
  10. (These are also great the next day!)

Enjoy!

*If using almond flour rather than vitafiber you may need to add a bit of extra sweetener and the finally result may be slightly more dense.

**Vital wheat gluten is a protein, it is extracted from wheat and is what gives it it’s elasticity. You do not need to worry about it spiking blood insulin levels. I prefer it over xanthan gum in recipes but either will work!

Per Muffin: 12F/5C(NET)/9P & 13g Fibre

Note: macros will be altered if using lower-fat or gluten-free options.

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Keto Molten Chocolate Protein Muffin for One

Keto Molten Chocolate Protein Muffin for One

fullsizerender-63Molten Chocolate Protein Muffin for One                                                                                          

Ingredients:

-1/2 scoop(17g) Cellucor Molten Chocolate Whey (OR another preferred chocolate protein OR 2-3 more tbsp cocoa powder )

-2 tbsp(10g) Cocoa powder

-1 1/2 tbsp Truvia (or another sweetener to taste)

-1 tbsp splenda (or another sweetener to taste)

-1/8 tsp baking powder

-1/16 tsp salt

-pinch of xanthan gum (optional)

-2 tbsp(30g) unsweetened vanilla almond milk

-1 tbsp(15g) 14% sour cream 

-1/2 tbsp(7g) salted butter or coconut oil, melted

-1/2 tbsp(7g) egg whites 

-1/4 tsp vanilla extract

-1/2 tbsp(7g) sugar-free chocolate chips (or more if desired, I use Krisda

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350*F.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Stir in the wet ingredients until smooth.
  4. Line a ramekin with parchment *also spray the parchment with oil. 
  5. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top and bake for 18-20min (or until risen slightly and JUST set, you can bake longer if you’d rather it be cooked through).
  6. Cool slightly before eating, enjoy! 

*NOTE*: I have yet to try this microwaved but I’m sure it would work as well!

Per Muffin: 16P/4C(NET)/12F & 7g fibre