We spend a LOT of time together in the summer, with this comes lot of bickering and arguing. When the bickering and arguing turns to incessant fighting, many times it’s because at least one person needs a snack. I’ve been trying work more protein into their snacks.
I’ve been experimenting with adding protein powder to different recipes. Rice Krispy Treats with protein powder went over well for me, my son and some of our friends, but wasn’t received well by my daughters. No one noticed it in pancakes, and I stopped myself from adding it to coat french toast. Chocolate Chip Muffins with Protein Powder was a unanimous hit for all of my kids (and their friends)! So I made them again and wrote down the recipe to share.
I’ve been using Orgain Vanilla Protein Powder (amazon affiliate link) . I like it better than some that I have tried. I don’t like artificial sweetener taste, and my kids can’t stand the grittiness a lot of powders add to smoothies. The amount of powder you put into recipes will depend on your tastes, goals and the formulation of the protein powder of your choice. You may need to add more liquid (and can probably cut out some sugar) if you want to add more. Don’t quote me on this, but I figure each muffin in this recipe packs about 7 grams of protein from the protein powder, plus a little more from other ingredients, which is more than a hard boiled egg. It comes with sugar content, but not bad when they ask to eat a couple in a sitting!
Chocolate Chip Muffins with Protein Powder
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (or white whole wheat)
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup + 2 tablespoons milk
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips + more for sprinkling on top
- 1 cup vanilla (or chocolate) protein powder [I used Orgain Vanilla Protein Powder (amazon affiliate link)]
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners, grease muffin tin, or prepare silicon muffin cups.
- Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, protein powder and 3/4 cup chocolate chips in medium sized mixing bowl (or stand mixer). Add milk, oil and egg into the flour mixture and stir until just uniform. Don’t over mix.
- Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Sprinkle tops of muffins with some extra chips.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove from pan and allow to cool on wire rack (freeze for later!) or eat them warm.