So it's been longer than I had planned for another post, but I wanted to make sure I got this just right for you guys! I know these muffins have made my finals week and the pain from my sprained back a little more bearable, so hopefully they can brighten up your life too, not to mention give you the right energy to tackle whatever you are working on :) They are also the perfect alternative to all of these unhealthy temptations that seem to be floating around lately...
Cranberry Sweet Potato Protein Muffins
- 2 medium sweet potatoes
- 2 cups fresh cranberries
- 1/3 cup vanilla protein powder (I use Optimum whey protein, but any other kind would work as well!)
- 1/2 cup egg whites
- 3/4 cup almond meal/flour
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp honey (optional)
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries (or any other add-ins, optional)
- Wash and cut sweet potatoes into smaller cubes (so they cook faster). I left the skins on because they are delicious and packed with nutrients, but you can peel them if you absolutely can't stand them. Stick the cubes in a crockpot, add cranberries, and let cook for about 2 to 3 hours, or until the sweet potatoes are soft. You can also steam them on the stove for faster cooking.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Once soft, mash the sweet potatoes and cranberries (I just used a fork) until you get a nice mixture, and let cool. I did this right in the crockpot, but if you prefer, you can transfer the mash into a blender or a food processor for a smoother batter.
- Add protein powder, almond meal, baking powder, and cinnamon, and mix well.
- Mix in egg whites, coconut oil, and honey (if desired) and continue to mix until smooth.
- Pour batter into greased muffin tins (or use cupcake liners).
- Bake for about 35 minutes or until firm, and let cool in the stove to prevent the muffins from falling. Refrigerate after a day to make sure they keep.
- Enjoy! These make a great breakfast or pre/post-workout snack, especially around this time of year!
- In addition to making muffins, you could also make these into bars and bake in a pan! Just cut and serve when cooled
- If you do not want to use protein powder, try substituting with 1/4 cup coconut flour, or just add about 1/3 cup more almond flour to the recipe.
Happy baking, and let me know how these babies turn out for you :)