Easter Special Carrot Cake Protein Muffins (GF & Low Sugar)

Here in Brazil, Easter is a huge event.

Months before you begin to see Easter eggs popping up all around town. Cities become flooded with chocolate wrapped in shiny paper, hung from store ceilings and displayed on every available shelf.

The variety is mind blowing. Every single brand of chocolate you can think of has their own creation, usually a blown up size of the original (50cm kinder egg anyone?).

So, on a holiday that decides to throw the temptation of all temptations in our faces, how do we keep from falling into an endless pile of open wrappers and devoured chocolate while clutching a horrible tummy-ache?

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We focus on the Easter bunny of course! Poor guy, with all that chocolate and sugar out there, he must be seriously craving some goodness.

What do you feed a bunny? Hmmm… Carrots!

Now, since we all know that this is in fact about us and not so much about said Bunny (Sorry Mr.Bunny), we don’t want to simply eat a stick of carrot. So we’re making it into a muffin!

Carrot Cake Protein MuffinsA delicious, moist, scrummy muffin!Carrot Cake Protein Muffins

I’ve loved carrot cake for as long as I can remember. I don’t care what people say, it is not a boring cake! It is amazing. Delicious. Heaven.

Made healthy? Into a muffin-type? Even better!

In this, we’ve got oats for that amazing fibre content, which is great for digestion and also keeps you full for longer. Also, have I mentioned it helps lower cholesterol? Yep. Love oats.

For an added protein kick (since we don’t want just carbs in this), there is some protein powder and greek yogurt in there. Not to mention the good fats from the walnuts and seeds!

The sweetness comes from the bananas and the applesauce, so there is no need to add any icky refined sugar as it comes naturally from the fruit!

Carrot Cake Protein Muffins

Your body will definitely thank you for choosing these over those massive store-bought Easter eggs.

If you still feel like you need some form of chocolate this Easter, then go ahead and add some cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips in there. Those are high in antioxidants so would be a good addition to your yummy cake-muffin hybrid!

Carrot Cake Protein Muffins

To make 12 muffins, you will need:

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free oat flour/oat bran*
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 medium bananas, ripened
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup plain nonfat greek yogurt
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups carrot pulp**
  • 1/2 cup each of sunflower & pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

 
Instructions

Start by pre-heating your oven to 200˚C.

In a large bowl, mash your ripe bananas – I used a fork and it worked fine. Once it’s nice and mushed up, add your applesauce, yogurt, egg whites, and vanilla. Stir together until combined.

Use another bowl to mix together your oats, protein powder, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. Add your dry mixture to your wet, and let the batter sit for a couple of minutes so it can thicken.

Divide the batter evenly into your cupcake tray. Should be about 2 full tablespoons of batter per muffin.

Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Remove from the oven, and once the muffins have cooled for 5-10 minutes, remove from tin and place them on a cooling rack.

I like to devour mine warm with some almond butter spread on them. So so good!

Notes

* You can make oat flour by simply blitzing your oats in a food processor
** Carrot pulp is the leftover fibre of the carrots when juicing. If you don’t have any, grated carrots will do, but add a little less moisture

You can make this recipe vegan by making sure you use vegan protein powder, and substituting the greek yogurt and eggs with chia seeds and flax, thickened in water for a few hours.

These are perfect for freezing! Simply place in the microwave for one minute and enjoy.

Recipe inspired by Monique from Ambitious Kitchen

Carrot Cake Protein Muffins

How about you guys, what have you got planned for this Easter?

Have you got any Easter traditions?

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  • Emma

    These look absolutely scrummy – and healthy? Sign me up!

    And definitely sign me up for 50cm Kinder Egg!

    Hmm maybe…

    • I’ve had my fair share of the huge kinder eggs, and they are, indeed, quite awesome! X

  • Emily Rowbotham

    Is it bad that I would ditch the 50cm Kinder Egg for one of these?! I’m trying to explore ‘skinny/healthy’ baking a lot more at the moment, you always seem to have some delicious recipes like this Teffy!

    Hope Brazil is treating you well!

    Emily xx

    My Ginger Bread Journey

    • Same! Healthy baking and cooking has been playing a bigger and bigger part of my everyday! Can’t wait to see which ones you post, you’re an awesome baker! X

  • These look so tasty. I do love carrot cake so this would be a great one to bookmark to make one weekend! I don’t have too much planned over Easter but I can’t wait for the 4 day week. YAY!
    http://www.diamondcanopy.com

    • I had mine slathered in almond butter – so so good! But if you want a more carrot cake frosting, something cream cheesy could work! X

  • Katie

    These look amazing! Will definitely be making a selection of these and courgette muffin high-brids!

    Katie <3

    • Ooo sounds great! I once made a courgette brownie that was delicious! X

  • This looks amazing!! I can’t wait to try it!

    Diana

    http://www.ManhattanImageandStyle.com

    New Blog Post: Healthy Habits You Must Add To Your Routine

  • Note to self: go to Brazil for easter next year! Second note to self: make these carrot muffins, because YUM.

    • You could always try and smuggle all Easter eggs back with you! X

  • Scarlett Wonderland

    I would So celebrate easter more if I thought I would be getting these cooked for me, YUM! x

  • How good do these look! they look better than the ones you find in Pret. Pinned!

    Buckets & Spades

  • Tanya Jean

    These look absolutely scrumptious! 🙂
    xo TJ

    http://www.hislittlelady.com

  • Christel

    Ahh these looks soo good! Happy Easter 🙂

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  • Sara

    Wow these looks seriously amazing, I’m drooling all over the
    screen here, I have to tray this receipt ASAP, I bet it taste as good at it
    looks, it doesn’t seem so complicated to prepare, I will give it a tray! You
    have a lovely blog!
    http://fashionandpopculturemagic.blogspot.com

  • mary

    absolutely LOVE carrot cake! i remember attempting to make and it and went horribly wrong 🙂 may have to try this recipe out

    http://www.marylee31.blogspot.com

    x

  • Laura

    Oh my they look so yummy, love that it has walnut and seeds!

    xXx

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  • easter – chocolate – bunnies – carrots – muffins….

    I love your links Teffface 🙂

    And these look like the ideal antidote to the cocoa coma!!

    x x x

    {The Lobster & Me}

  • BadTasteToast

    Looks superyummy! Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe, I pinned it to my Pinterest because I’ve been looking for low-carb, low-sugar and similar recipes lately! 🙂

  • Beth

    Yummy, this looks so good. I love this post.

    Beth x
    TheBritishGirl.co.uk

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