I call these Cakecups because they're like protein filled chocolate cups but, instead of being filled with a soft protein filling, they're filled with muffin and nut butter ;-) The beauty of this recipe is that you can try it with any and every protein cake or muffin you make so that if you don't have all of the ingredients for these muffins, you can just make other ones and end up with the same muffin cakecup delight (e.g. you can try it with any of my protein muffins here). Just place a dollop of nut butter on top of your muffin and throw some melted chocolate on it. You don't even need that much chocolate - a square of dark Lindt will easily cover three muffins. What you get if you do this is a thin layer of chocolate BOOOM to bite through on your way to the UMPHHHH of the nut butter and the OH LA LA! of the muffin. And the recipe? It's easy as 1-2-3 (4):
1. Ingredients, blended together and baked inside 22 paper muffin cases for ~20 minutes at 180 C (356 F):
1 cup of mocha whey protein
1 cup of egg whites
1 cup of cottage cheese (you can sub this with a thick greek yogurt or quark?)
1/2 cup of oatflour (or ground oats)
1/4 cup of pumpkpin puree (could sub this with cooked sweet potato)
2 tbsp of 100% cocoa powder
3/4 cup of coconut milk (this one)1/4 cup of chocolate brown rice protein powder1 tsp of baking powder
2. Once they come out, let them cool and, when ready, spoon half a tbsp of nut butter on top.
3. Then, in a glass pot sitting on top a pot of boiling water, melt some dark chocolate. I melted a full bar of 90% to cover 22 muffins but I imagine you may make a smaller batch so just eyeball it, calculating 2~3 muffins per square (depending on their size).
(4 - in parenthesis because, can this really be called a step?) Put them in the freezer for 10 minutes until the chocolate sets.
You can eat them whole or cut them up and enjoy them in smaller bites. Taken together, they actually turned out a bit more like protein bars than they did cake. This is because of the '1 cup of whey protein' they had in them. If you want to make them cakier and/or think outside the whey, you could use casein instead of whey and/or sub some or all of the whey with hemp protein and/or more brown rice protein pow. Whatever you do though, have fun with the recipe, tweak it so it contains what you like best, and make these babies yours ;-)
Macros per 1 out of 22: 109kcals, 9.1g protein, 4.6g carbos (1.5g sugars), 6.1g fat (2.5g sat) and 1g fiber.