Healthier You: Copycat Starbucks Protein Pumpkin Muffins
One of the most difficult parts of any fitness journey is changing your mindset around food. Cutting certain foods out and incorporating new ones into your diet can be challenging for many people, and that's okay! Here at AstroFlav, we want to help you along your fitness journey by providing you with delicious (and healthy) recipes that will keep you dedicated to your fitness journey while allowing you to enjoy what you eat.
September is here, which means pumpkin recipes are in full effect! This week's Healthier You recipe is inspired by the famous Starbucks Pumpkin Bread, but healthy (and in muffin form). With 8 grams of protein per muffin, these Protein Pumpkin Muffins are perfect for fall!
Copycat Starbucks Protein Pumpkin Muffins
ALL YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE
All-purpose flour: I used all purpose flour; you can sub with oat flour, whole wheat, or GF flour. Have not tested the recipe with almond flour yet!
AstroFlav Cinna Crunch IsoMix: Cinna Crunch works best for this recipe to give a cinnamon spice to correlate with the pumpkin flavor.
Unsweetened apple sauce : To replace the egg and butter in normal pumpkin recipes!
Pumpkin purée: Can't have pumpkin muffins without the pumpkin!
Greek yogurt: Non-fat Greek yogurt adds additional protein to this recipe.
Almond milk: I used unsweetened almond milk. Can sub for soy, oat, or regular milk.
SF maple syrup: Swap for light brown sugar, honey, or real maple syrup.
KITCHEN EQUIPMENT REQUIRED FOR THIS RECIPE
1-2 oven-safe muffin trays
TIPS FOR CREATING CHOCOLATE PROTEIN BROWNIE
Don’t over-bake:If muffins are over-baked, the texture will come out to be very dry.
Allow the muffins to cool while still in the muffin tin for just a few minutes. This helps create steam that releases the muffins from each cup.
Mix well, but don’t over-mix. You don’t want to mix the batter so much that it becomes too dense and hard to stir.
Experiment with toppings & mix-ins: Can make a cream cheese frosting or add nuts to give these muffins some extra flavor!
Add milk: Add a little extra almond milk if batter is too dry.