Protein Blueberry Muffins.

For those of us who spend a lot of time lifting weights and engaged in strength training, it’s not always easy to get your recommended daily protein intake.

I, for example, aim for about 140 grams of protein per day – and, short of eating a half dozen chicken breasts, it’s not always easy to reach my quota. (Find out how much protein you should be eating each day.) Even after drinking a protein shake or two, it becomes necessary to find creative ways to sneak in a little extra protein.

I’ve always heard that adding protein powder to baked goods is an easy trick. The other day, I decided to give it a try with a healthy, butter-free blueberry muffin recipe that I’ve always enjoyed. (For my healthier muffins, I mix one bag of frozen blueberries into a package of Dr. Oetker’s organic oatmeal muffin mix.)

Turns out, it takes a little practice to get the proper ratio of protein powder to muffin mix. Too much protein powder and your muffins will taste dry and chalky. Too little protein powder, and it’s not really worth your effort. For me, the magic ratio was one scoop or protein per every three muffins – which works out to about 10 grams of extra protein per muffin.

The best part is, the muffins taste great!

If you’ve ever tried a protein shake, then you know that, unless they’re loaded with lots of unhealthy fat and sugar, they rarely taste good. In fact, the unpleasant taste of protein supplements is a common complaint about which folks email me. Though I often remind people that protein supplementation is about function more than taste, I’ve discovered that protein muffins are a great way to combine a little of both.

If you are challenged to reach your daily protein intake and balk at the taste of protein powder, I’d encourage you to give this tip a try. And if you have any other creative ways to get some extra protein (keep it clean!), let me know in the comments below!

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Comments

  1. Davey Wavey talking about how to get extra protein? Not going there…too easy.

  2. Couple things I do

    Brownies with whatever brownie mix I want to use, cut down on the mix and replace it with the protein powder and a little greek yogurt, almond milk and apple sauce to keep it moist.

    I love pumpkin so I usually also make pumpkin custard with greek yogurt instead of condensed milk or cream cheese for when I really want a nice creamy pumpkin dish.

    I actually tried this for a snack today:
    15oz Pumpkin Puree, not the pre-spiced mix for pumpkin custard
    28G of unflavored protein powder (NOW brand)
    Pumpkin custard spices to taste:
    ~230 calories and 29G of protein

  3. Different protein brands have a different concentration of powder in their powders, and may have different sized/volume scoops. How big is your scoop, Davey? (I’m not snickering, really.) If someone needs to use a larger amount of their brand of powder to get the same quantity of protein, one may have to adjust the amount of liquid added to the mix.

  4. Thanks for finally talking about >Protein Blueberry Muffins.
    | Davey Wavey Fitness <Loved it!

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