breakfast muffins

Double Chocolate Coconut Protein Breakfast Muffins

I LOVE to have something sweet for breakfast. If there was a picture of a doughnut addict in the dictionary it would be a picture of me! However, having a breakfast sweet tooth isn’t necessarily good for the waistline. Chocolate and coconut go together like peas and carrots. Starting the day with a high protein breakfast sets the tone for your entire day. Using this knowledge, I created the double chocolate coconut protein breakfast muffins that hit high on the sweet and healthy scale!

The Ingredients

I know that all of these ingredients are not “healthy”. Chocolate chips are not considered by the masses to be a healthy breakfast food. What I don’t understand is how the same masses can condone high sugared and high fat granola as healthy. Categorizing foods as good or bad or healthy or unhealthy gets so complicated. These breakfast muffins are high in protein, low in sugar, and moderate in carbs and fat. Seriously a well-balanced breakfast.

It is OK to eat less nutritious foods once and a while, or mixed in with nutritious foods. The healthy fats in the egg and coconut flour, lean protein in the protein powder, and the micro-nutrients in the zucchini balance out the chocolate chips.

Quick and Easy

I love these muffins because they are grab and go. If you are a person that typically skips breakfast due to time constraints, here is your answer. These muffins also take less than 40 minutes to make, which means you can whip up a batch on Sunday night to have for the entire week!

I also like to make this recipe into bread loaves instead of muffins. Pop a couple slices in the toaster for some chocolatey high protein toast!

A Family Affair

Sometimes it can be quite tricky to get the picky eaters of the family to enjoy a healthy breakfast. Maybe you can sneak some protein in with an egg. One day you might even be able to sneak peanut butter onto pancakes. However, these breakfast muffins will be loved by the entire family for their gooey goodness. You not only get in protein, but healthy fats, carbs, and micro nutrients as well. Veggie breakfast muffins that taste like a brownie? I know I am in!

The Recipe

Double Chocolate Coconut Protein Breakfast Muffins
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups pureed zucchini
  • 1 cup of your favorite chocolate protein powder
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 whole egg
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Blend the zucchini in a blender until pureed.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients to the blender with the exception of the coconut flakes and chocolate chips.
  4. Once blended, fold in the chocolate chips and coconut flakes.
  5. Spray a muffin tin. Using an ice cream scooper, add about 1/3 cup of batter to each muffin cup.
  6. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean!
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Odds and Ends

You know how sometimes you go to make a recipe and it just does not look right and you have no idea why? Here are a few things you can do if this happens to you with this recipe!

  1. If the batter is too dry, it could be because your zucchini did not release as much liquid as mine. You can either add more zucchini, add more almond milk, or add a little bit of water. The almond milk and the water will be easier to control 😉
  2. If the batter is not a sweet as you want it to be, add 1/4 cup of stevia or coconut sugar. Just remember that the chocolate chips are going to sweeten the deal as well.
  3. Want some extra crunch? Add 1/2 cup of chopped almonds or walnuts. Both will add healthy fats and pair well with the chocolate and coconut 🙂
  4.  I use Optimum Nutrition Extreme Milk Chocolate Whey Protein. If you use a different chocolate protein powder, it may change the consistency of the batter. PE Science Chocolate Frosted Cupcake is also a great baking protein to use for this recipe!

If you are wondering how these muffins could fit into your day, check out my article on How to Calculate Macros Based on Your Goals. These muffins have an excellent macro AND micro nutrient profile 🙂

What is one of your favorite healthy breakfasts? Drop it in the comments so that I can check them out!

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