Monday, October 31, 2016

Cranberry & Cacao Nib Protein Muffins

Heyyyyy, muffin fans, I have an incredible recipe that you are guaranteed to love and bake again and again. This recipe combines naturally sweet dried cranberries and cocoa nibs with an all-star cast of nutritious and delicious ingredients for a fluffy, yet protein-packed muffin. They’re truly the best of both worlds and, basically, you need to have a stash of these babies in your kitchen at all times. Thank you to Nuts.com for partnering with me on this blog post!

Oh, how I love a good muffin. I honestly love all muffins, but I especially appreciate a muffin that is at least at little bit healthy. I mean, most are essentially cupcakes disguised as muffins since they’re typically loaded with refined carbs, tons of sugar, icky fats… yada yada. Long story short, they’re not super healthy.

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At the same time though, the truly healthy muffins are, well, kind of gross. You know what I’m talking about, right? They’re usually dry, much too dense, and somewhat flavorless without an ounce of sweetness. C’mon now. If I’m going to eat a muffin, I want it to taste like a muffin, which is why I am so excited to share this recipe for Cranberry & Cacao Nib Protein Muffins.

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Guys, these muffins are LEGIT. They’re semi-healthy, satisfying (each with 6 grams of protein), and they taste so amazing. The dried cranberries add a perfect amount of sweetness while the cacao nibs contribute a tasty little crunch with each bite. They’re light and fluffy like traditional muffins, but they have some serious staying power, too.

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Since I developed this recipe a few weeks ago, I’ve made sure to have a batch on hand or in the freezer for a quick treat. They’re an awesome grab-and-go snack both before or after a workout as well as a portion-controlled dessert at the end of the night. Clearly, these muffins have the potential to become a go-to recipe! 🙂

Cranberry & Cacao Nib Protein Muffins

If you haven’t heard of Nuts.com before, they’re a family-owned company that is committed to re-stocking healthy pantries with the highest-quality nuts, dried fruit, snacks, and pantry essentials. They offer more than 3,000 products, including artisan and hard-to-find products as well as hundreds of certified gluten-free and organic items. They really do have something for everyone! Some personal favorites: NY Espresso Mix (a variety of chocolate-covered espresso beans), Raw Almond Cranberry Granola Bites, Coconut Hawaiian Coffee (just as amazing, but cheaper than Marylou’s), Vegan “Cheese” Kale Chips, and a whole bunch of protein-packed snacks, which I plan to share on CNC next week!

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Cranberry & Cacao Nib Protein Muffins

Ingredients:

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine above ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

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Coat a muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray or fill with paper liners. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.

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Bake for 20 minutes or until tops of muffins are lightly browned. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.

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Makes 12 muffins

Macros: P 6 C 31 F 5



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The Haunted House

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Happy Halloween!!! The scariest day of the year has always been one of my favorite holidays. Mostly because I love October and fall, but I also love costume parties! This year I hosted a small costumed gathering at my haunted house.

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Double double toil and trouble
fire burn and cauldron bubble.
Calling all spirits with costumes made
to my little masquerade!

I’ll have tricks and just a few treats,
there will be spiders and a rockin’ beat.
Join me in fun, but be aware
that terror and fright will also be there.

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Mazen’s school project was the centerpiece of the living room ; )

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Sarah made her famous vomiting guacamole pumpkin!

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I dressed up as the Statue of Liberty! The bridesmaid dress I wore in my sister’s wedding made the perfect costume. I made my crown using this template. So if you don’t have a costume ready for tonight, wear aqua and print the crown on cardstock!

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My friends surprised me with this birthday cake and song. <3

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We partied into the night, but I rallied for Mazen’s soccer practice the next morning.

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Look at this sweet boy!

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Saturday we went for a bike ride on the greenway…..

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And opened Halloween cards and packages from grandparents!

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And that afternoon we went to a pumpkin carving party in our neighborhood!

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I think ours is a skeleton or ghost? You tell me!

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We didn’t compare to the talents of this pumpkin carver!

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Pot-luck dinner! YUM!

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Sunday = all day sports. Soccer x2. Keeping up with my fantasy football team that evening!

What are you Halloween plans?! I can’t wait to help Mazen put on his ghost costume.



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