You know whats better than Pumpkin Spice? Pumpkin Spice with Dark Chocolate. And you know what’s even better than that? Dark chocolate and pumpkin spice all packed into a healthy protein muffin. BOOM. Heaven in a snack.
I’m sure a lot of you have heard of Kodiak Cakes, and if you haven’t already, you really have to get on board! Kodiak Cakes makes incredible pancake/waffle mix that is super high in protein. The mix can also be used to make muffins and other yummy treats. I LOVE it because I can make delicious tasting baked goods and waffles absolutely guilt free and high in protein. A serving of this delicious mix (3 pancakes) is only 190 calories and a nice 14 grams of protein and low 3-8 grams of sugar (depending on which flavor mix you buy). Those stats are pretty damn amazing for a pancake mix!! They are also amazing stats for muffins- protein muffins that don’t taste like they are healthy, I swear!
Kodiak Cakes makes a Pumpkin Spice flavor for the season, but I like the Dark Chocolate flavor for muffins because they come out super rich and delicious. PLUS, you can get a little creative and add different flavors like peanut butter, coconut etc. BUT for this recipe we are obviously focusing on the Pumpkin Spice because it’s the first day of October and the pumpkin craze is in full swing!
And just a little side note, these muffins are also high in fiber and the pumpkin puree gives a little health boost. I love to have one post workout or any time of day when my sweet tooth hits.
This recipe couldn’t be easier too- the mix takes out a lot of the guess work so you just add in the few other ingredients, pop them in the oven and patiently wait for them to be done!
*Recipe makes 12 full sized muffins
Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Protein Muffins
2 cups Dark Chocolate Kodiak Cakes Mix
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 large egg
3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons Earth Balance vegan butter, softened (or grass fed real butter)
1/3 cup pumpkin puree (pure pumpkin, not pie mix!)
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients in the bowl and mix with a whisk until combined completely. Spray a muffin pan with coconut oil spray well- you don’t want the muffins sticking!
Spoon the batter evenly into the muffin cups in the pan, filling each 3/4 the way full. Sprinkle a little bit of pumpkin pie spice on top of each muffin- just a dash- and put them in the oven. Bake for 16-20 minutes. Mine usually take about 19 minutes…but everyones oven is different! They are finished with a knife or toothpick comes out clean when poked.
These can be stored in the fridge in a sealed container for easy snacking!