12 Days of Chocolate - Protein Mini Muffins

I took my basic Mini Chocolate Protein Muffin recipe and made 12 variations. They make a perfect grab and go breakfast (toss a couple in a snack sized Ziploc) maybe pair it with my Chocolate Covered Cherry or Candy Cane Protein Shake.

I love to take a couple with me when I'm going to coffee with pals since Starbucks has NOTHING for us in their bakery case when everyone is gobbling up goodies I can breakout my healthier delicious treat (but better bring extras to share, non-ops love them too.)

Shelly's 12 Days of Chocolate Protein Mini Muffins

1 Egg, beaten
3 Tablespoons Milk
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Vanilla Torani Syrup
1 Tablespoon Canola Oil
3 Tablespoons Multigrain Pancake Mix
2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa
1 scoop Chocolate Protein Powder
Pinch salt

Mix egg, milk, syrup and oil (applesauce or cottage cheese can sub for oil but 1 T divided between 12 muffins is really not a lot) and combine thoroughly. In a separate bowl, mix pancake mix, cocoa, protein powder (1 scoop = approx 1/4 cup) and salt. Tip dry into wet and stir till combined. Pour into a non stick mini muffin pan that has been sprayed with Pam.

Add something from the topping list to each one. Not too much. 1 cherry, 1 malted milk ball, 1/4 teaspoon peanut butter, sprinkle of coffee, 1/2 a strawberry, etc. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.

12 Toppings

Frozen Cherry
Unsweetened Coconut
Peanut Butter
Sugar Free Orange Marmalade
Sugar Free Candy Cane/Starlight Peppermints, crushed
Sugar Free Malted Milk Ball
Macadamia Nuts
Sugar Free Caramel Topping
Instant Coffee Crystals
Frozen Strawberry

I couldn't decide which was my ❤ favorite.

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Marrilee said...

I'm making these tonight!

Barbara said...

Your chocolate recipes sound great. I think I will bake today.

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Angela said...

Hey there! Love your site! Where do I find sugar free malted milk balls that sounds yummy!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

I get sugar free malted milk balls my local Winco Foods supermarket. If you Google them though there are lots of online sources... Fiji catalog sells them I know and I think Vermont Country too.

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mama2reese said...

I have gone to make these 2 times and am missing something!!! UGH.

We are out of eggs.

Cindy said...

Made these for MY Christmas morning treat. Loved that they are chocolate and each one a different surprise. I used some blackberries that are super sweet here right now, and s/f coconut, 1/2 tsp. of peanut butter , and cinnamon topping some.

The final compliment that made them super yummy to me, was a drizzle of s/f carmel topping.

Thanks for the great ideas. Yum!

Sue said...

OMG, these sound so yummy! Thanks for the recipe.

Missie said...

Michelle, these look amazing. I just have one quick question. I am about 2 months shy of having the RNY, (working on insurance quals), and I've heard people say that you can't let the protein powders get over 130 degrees. Obviously I misunderstood, I guess, or is there something I'm not getting? I'm an extreme newbie to all of this and just trying to understand the ins and outs of it all. Thank you for your blog and your pins on pinterest. I am learning so much from you and your experiences!! You are a blessing in this "maze" of my life! lol Missie

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hi Missie, Best wishes on your surgery! Cooking protein changes the texture... like scrambling eggs versus raw... same protein (scientifically ever so slight denaturing) but different form.

Sashimi versus cooked fish is the same idea.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Thank you for the lovely compliment too :) that was nice to log on to this evening.

LRHUNT said...

Shelly, I made these today and they came out really dry. :( Maybe I cooked them too long?? Any other ideas?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Yes sounds like it... 10 minutes is about right for chocolate ones. Maybe your oven runs hot. Some do. Like they say 350 but if you stick a thermometer in it's sometimes way higher. Give them another try they are worth it!!

nina said...

Shelly I was wondering what I did wrong. I made these but they wasn't really moist. Do you know what I did wrong?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Nina, If you went over all the ingredients and are sure nothing was left out or rounded too much then I would guess your oven runs hot... either drop the time slightly next time or test your oven temp with a thermometer.

nina said...

ty shelly im so sorry for asking the same thing the prev person had asked, I was on my phone and didn't see their question and ur reply, I will be testing my oven here shortly so that I can retry these.

nina said...

shelly I did what u said I didn't put them in for as long and instead of canola oil (cause I didn't have any) I put applesauce and they turned out a lot better, my husband and even 1 yr old was eating them. After my bypass this Wednesday which applesauce do I use if I don't want to use oil.

Lea Elder said...

Hi Shelly, I LOVE LOVE. LOVE these muffins. I made some with peanut butter that I had ground at whole foods (so without the oil and sugar in regular PB) and they were great. And I made another batch with SF caramel and added a few grains of sea salt. Who doesn't like Salted caramel!! And you are right, they are fabulous with my Starbucks coffee which keeps me from buying the junk there. I appreciate your recipes so much and look to them for inspiration even 5 +'years out from my surgery. Thank you!

Deb Snelling said...

Yummmm, used Hersey dark chocolate Cocoa. Thanks for a delicious treat.

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Laura Morgan said...

SO, I was wondering if instead of using Milk and Protein Powder, you could kill two birds with one stone by using chocolate Premier Protein Shake? What are your thoughts on that? Conversion? Protein? pro's and con's.... =)

Michelle "Shelly" said...

You could use the Premiere for the milk but would still need to add the powder... it's the partial flour replacement.

Gin said...

Hi Shelly! I love reading your blog! I was just curious, I know you are a fan of the multigrain pancake mix, but have you ever used almond flour in any of your pancake or protein muffin mixtures?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hi Gin, I do often use it... hit the search box page above and type in almond flour (also ground almonds or almond meal might get you a few) you should get a bunch of recipes come up. It's good... heavy though and minus the leavening agent so that either needs to not matter or adjusted for.

Sarah Royce said...

Any idea if I could use low carb baking/pancake mix instead of multigrain baking mix?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Probably. It's multigrain pancake mix I use.

dcdiva said...

Wow, these are SO GOOD. Thanks for the recipe! I've slipped out of good post-op eating habits and prepped a bunch of your recipes to get back into a good routine. These will DEFINITELY help with those chocolate dessert cravings!

latisha terry said...

I love your recipes but I was wondering about the nutritional value on them? Trying to stick to high protein(due to excessive hair loss) I count my proteins.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Latisha, If you click on Links and Resources above there is a section where I talk about how to find the nutritional information on mine or anyone else's recipes. You want to do that yourself because your protein stats, your milk choice, your mix, etc all that will change the final #'s but easy to calculate using the directions in the link above :)

I think you will be pleasantly surprised. They are definitely bariatric friendly, high protein, low carb, moderate fat :)