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Low carb muffin recipe for staying lean and building muscle

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[Actual muffins picture above – Yes they are tasty, simple and will fill the ‘gap’]

Admittedly, I have a bit of a sweet tooth. Rather than gorging on pure chocolate all the time (like I wish I could), I’ve come up with this high protein, low carb muffin recipe to help curb the cravings.

The caveat…

Now, obviously choc-chips aren’t low carb, but you can leave them out if prefer (and substitute them for nuts or small furry animals). Also note that I’ve tweaked this recipe about 8 times, so I reckon it’s pretty spot-on.

Tasty, high protein, low carb muffins (makes 12)

Ingredient Comments
1/4 cup LSA Linseed sunflower almond mix (can be found in supermarkets).
2 scoops whey protein powder I use what ever’s around. Chocolate or banana Optimum Gold Whey are my faves.
1.5 cups oats Low GI carbs (like it really matters). Oats rock and are also packed with fibre.
1/4 tsp salt For taste. Trust me, your muffins will suck without it.
1 tsp baking powder To make the sh*t rise!
1.5 tbs stevia (or to taste) This sweetener can be found everywhere. It’s natural, derived from a plant and won’t spike your insulin like sugar will.
2 tsp vanilla extract Also for taste.
1/2 cup low fat milk For texture and protein.
2 tsp cinnamon For taste and also helps stabilize blood-sugar levels.
4 eggs More protein (and for binding).
1/3 cup choc-chips (or nuts) Flavour – need I say more?
1/4 cup shredded coconut Again, for flavour. You can leave it out if need be.
1 tbs cocoa powder Flavour again, but also good for you.
2 tbs low fat cottage cheese For AWESOME texture and a hit of protein.

Method

#1 Preheat your oven to 180˚C or 350˚F.
#2 Grease a 12 slot muffin baking tray (I use spray canola or vegetable oil).
#3 Whisk eggs into a medium size mixing bowl until thoroughly combined.
#4 Add in the rest of the wet ingredients and stir until combined.
#5 Fold in remaining dry ingredients and stir REALLY well until mixed through.
#6 Divide evenly into muffin tray.
#7 Cook for 15 mins or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
#8 Turn out onto wire rack to cool.
#9 Eat.
#10 Eat more.

Nutritional profile (based on 12 servings)

Calories 135
Total Fat 8.3g
Saturated Fat 2.0g
Cholesterol 93mg
Sodium 150mg
Potassium 93mg
Total carbs 9g
Sugars 1.2g
Fiber 2g
Protein 9g
Tasty, high protein, low carb muffins for staying lean and building muscle

AUTHOR - Clint Nielsen

Clint is a dad and husband trying to stay in shape. He's also a highly opinionated fitness enthusiast and author of Reveal The Steel. Follow him on: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Google+

  • http://livingnotsurviving.com Ahmed

    I’ve tried the low carb fluff, the low carb pancakes, and I’m definitely going to try these… thanks for the recipe!

  • http://www.fitnessbreakout.com Alykhan – Fitness Breakout

    Clint,

    Nice recipe! I’m a big fan of muffins, so low carb high protein tasty muffins sound like they’re right up my alley!

    Alykhan

  • Clint Nielsen

    Thanks guys.
    They are actually a little ‘too good’.
    Sometimes I eat 2 a day when the cravings get too much :)

  • Mel

    These are really good, best low carb, high protein muffin recipe ive tried so far!
    I’ve altered the recipe a bit to suit my taste….I cut back on the stevia and use sugar free chocolate and add one tbsp of organic coconut oil (for health benefits)

    • http://revealthesteel.com/crudefitness Clint Nielsen

      Thanks for the comments Mel!
      I like your alterations — might have to try those myself…

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  • trevor s

    Cannot seem to find “Linseed sunflower almond mix”. Is like a flour or type thing?

    I am thinking these would be dee-lish.

    Read more http://revealthesteel.com/crudefitness/recipes/low-carb-muffin-recipe/

    • http://www.facebook.com/clintnielsen Clint Nielsen

      It’s commonly referred to as LSA mix in supermarkets. Keep an eye out for that.

  • Bobby

    Thanks for the recipe it was great I added some mixed berries.

    I had problem finding the right oat. I was confused at the supermarket between oat bran, rolled oat , non-stablised oat, quick oat. I was initially searching for oat flour or something like that but couldn’t find any. so I got the oat bran which was very small particles more close to something that seems to raise in baking (nutrition fact attached).

    So I have some question:

    1- is there any limit for LSA daily consumption because these muffins are very nice and I may exceed 4 per day!

    2- your clarification about oat would be highly appreciated

    attached is the nutrition fact for oat bran, and the muffins that I baked :)
    Cheers

    • Clint Nielsen

      Hi Boob and thanks for sharing your pictures. They turned out great :).

      In regards to LSA – there’s no daily limit. It’s all about caloric intake, so you just need to be mindful of your goals, and adjust your intake accordingly. Like everything, too much of a good thing (read: 4 a day) will probably be detrimental to your progress (if fat loss is a goal you had in minde).

      In relation to the ‘oats’ – I’m not overly familiar with the differences so wouldn’t be the best person to ask.

    • http://revealthesteel.com/crudefitness/ Clint Nielsen

      Hi Bobby and thanks for sharing your pictures. They turned out great :).

      In regards to LSA – there’s no daily limit. It’s all about caloric intake, so you just need to be mindful of your goals, and adjust your intake accordingly. Like everything, too much of a good thing (read: 4 a day) will probably be detrimental to your progress (if fat loss is a goal you had in minde).

      In relation to the ‘oats’ – I’m not overly familiar with the differences so wouldn’t be the best person to ask.

  • Emily

    I just made these! Can’t tell you how they taste yet because they’re still in the oven but the batter tasted delicious!!

    • Emily

      So they ended up tasting good, but they came out really dry : I definitely let them cook a little too long. Next time I think just adding some water or a little more milk would fix that. They’re still good dipped in my coffee!

      • http://revealthesteel.com Clint Nielsen

        It can be a bit trial and error with the wet quantities dependant on the protein you use. Sometimes added oil in the mix can help. Glad you tried them!

      • http://revealthesteel.com/ Clint Nielsen

        It can be a bit trial and error with the wet quantities dependant on the protein you use. Sometimes added oil in the mix can help. Glad you tried them!