Chocolate Orange Protein Muffins

by Kristine on January 15, 2013

in Breads, Muffins, Cookies, Gluten Free, Kid Friendly, Recipes

Chocolate Orange Muffins - BusyButHealthy.com

Chocolate and orange together is a tasty combo. I actually have a similar recipe in my e-book, but I wanted to make a varied version with added protein. It came out a big success!  These are great for on the go, but I do recommend re-heating them after they’ve been in the fridge. Then the chocolate chips all melty and crazy good just like when they’re fresh out of the oven.

Chocolate Orange Protein Muffins

Makes 18 muffins

1 1/2 cups oat flour (make your own by grinding quick or old fashioned oats in your blender/food processor)
1/2 cup stevia baking formula (or 10-12 packets of stevia) *or your favorite sweetener
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup chocolate flavored whey protein (I used Whey Gourmet Naturelle Chocolate)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
1/4 cup fresh orange juice (juice from approx 1 medium orange)
2 tsp orange zest (from approx. 1 orange)
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 egg whites (1/4 cup plus 2Tbsp carton kind)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In one large bowl, sift together dry ingredients (oat flour, stevia, cocoa powder, protein powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt).  You will be left with a bunch of oat grain in the sieve after. Dump that in the bowl after. You’re sifting mainly to break up the clumps of the cocoa powder.

Next, to the dry ingredients, add in the chocolate chips, stir.

Then add in all your wet ingredients to the same bowl (orange zest, almond milk, orange juice, applesauce, egg white). Stir until blended.

Place batter into a muffin tin sprayed with cooking spray or lined with liners until 2/3 full (I love these Reynolds non-stick liners).  Bake for 11-15 minutes or until the muffins are just firm on top and a toothpick comes clean.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge. After being in the fridge, they tend to dry out, so to make them fresh-out-of-the-oven again by microwave or re-heating each muffin for 15-20 seconds.

Nutrition (per muffins)   Calories: 78   Fat: 2g   Carbs: 11.5g   Fiber: 3g   Sugars: 2.6g   Sodium: 174mg   Protein: 5g

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I'm Kristine Fretwell, busy mom of 2 little girls, author, blogger, and former pro fitness competitor. I love almost any kind of cookie, anything coconut or pumpkin flavored, and Thai food. A perfect day for me is enjoying my family, getting to the gym, and whipping up a new healthy recipe. I've got a collection of over 300 healthy recipes, and other tidbits like fitness and health tips. My recipes have been featured on websites such as Huffington Post, Savvy Mom, Shape and Skinny Scoop.
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  • S

    Hi Kristine,
    Would the muffins last in the fridge for 18 days or would it be a better idea to freeze 6 and take them out once the first 12 are done?

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      They definitely won’t last 18 days in the fridge. One week max. I’d just keep out what you think you’d eat in a few days and freeze the rest. They freeze really well.

  • Sarah

    I individually wrap my version of these as soon as they have cooled, and have not had any issue with them drying out, even days later..and my kids love them!

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      Awesome! I will try that! Thanks!

  • http://theguiltlesslife.wordpress.com/ Anna @ The Guiltless Life

    Oh I love chocolate and orange together, such a perfect combo! I do have the baking blend for stevia, but I might actually skip that this time and try using my Orange and Chocolate liquid stevias I got from NuNaturals!

  • Shawnaa

    I’ve got these in the oven right now. But .as usual when I went to make them I realized that I was missing a few ingredients;like an ORANGE and egg whites. So I used the flax egg idea from one of your previous postings and threw in some coconut. I did have orange juice…so it will be interesting to see how these come out;-)

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      Haha sounds interesting! Yah I want to know how that combo works! Tropical at least!

      • Shawnaa

        They tasted ok…they would have been better with orange zest though. My main problem is I find that stevia leaves an after taste…I used only 1/3 c . Any suggestions…should I perhaps dissolve it in liquid first or just use less??

        • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

          Which brand stevia you use? I find that makes a difference. Dissolving won’t. Ypu could also just try something else…perhaps xylitol?

          • Terrid405

            I find Stevia leaves an aftertaste as well. Can you recommend a good brand?

          • Shawnaa

            I used krista .

          • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

             Mmm, it must be personal preference then. I use Krisda too and find it doesn’t have an aftertaste. I also really like NuNaturals, it can be bought online. On like I mentioned, next try xylitol if you want another non-sugar alternative. You may like that instead. Its pretty interchangeable with sugar.

          • Shawnaa

            I just re made these. This time with orange zest , juice and egg whites…no flax eggs lol. They,re much better:-) also used way less stevia and I’m not getting the yucky after taste.

          • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

            I’m guessing you may have a concentrated stevia and need to use way less. Problem with stevia can be they come in so many ways, packet, vitamin-looking bottle, baking formula, drops etc. Hard to convert sometimes. Glad it worked out well 🙂

          • Shawnaa

            I use krisda

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