This cheeky recipe is perfect when you fancy something sweet but you don't want to indulge too much (perfect for a mid-week dessert). Because let's be honest, I have something sweet to eat after dinner pretty much every single day (even if it's just square of dark choc or a protein mug cake).
I wanted to create a recipe that was high in protein but still satisfied my sweet tooth. To do this I added a scoop of Awesome Supplements chocolate whey protein to the mixture (if you haven't tried it yet buy some ASAP... and no, I'm not paid to say that). The high protein and fat content from the nut meal also makes these muffins really filling so you don't need more than one (which stops you going back for more and more... come on, we've all been there).
I used walnut meal in this recipe because I had bought some from this adorable elderly couple at the local food markets a few weeks ago (it is SO important to support local farmers - the food is so much more natural and a much better quality). However, you could switch it for almond meal or hazelnut meal or any other nut meal if you want to!
Recipe (6 large or 12 small)
- 1 1/2 cup walnut meal (or other nut meal)
- 1/4 cup cacao
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder - I use Awesome Supplements which you can buy here (UK only)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 3 eggs
- 2 tbsp sweetener of choice (optional - I made this without any because my protein contains sweetener)
- handful of shredded coconut (optional)
1) Pre-heat oven to 160 degrees (fan forced).
2) Combine walnut meal, cacao, protein powder and baking powder in a large bowl.
3) In a separate bowl, mix together eggs, oil, milk and sweetener if using.
4) Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix well to form a batter.
5) Spoon mixture into prepared muffin/cupcake holders, top with shredded coconut if using and bake in oven for 20 minutes or until cooked through.
6) Serve warm with melted dark chocolate drizzled on top.