As promised, I spent some serious time this weekend in L’s Test Kitchen and perfected a vegan version of the Pumpkin Protein Power Muffins I posted last week. So, for my vegan peeps waiting with bated breath for the vegan version – your wait is no longer! (Insert jump for joy). I actually think this version is BETTER (if that’s even possible) than the non-vegan version. It’s just as simple too, woohoo!
Vegan Pumpkin Protein Power Muffins
- 1 can pumpkin (16 oz)
- 1 cup diced apple (about 1 regular sized apple)
- Milled flax seed egg substitute (x 2)*
- 2/3 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup raw cacao nibs
- 1/2 cup diced pecans
- 1/2 cup coconut flour (Or whatever kind of flour you like/have)
- 1 cup applesauce (~the amount in two single-serve applesauce cups)
- 2 scoops vanilla protein powder (I used Garden of Life Raw Organic Protein in Vanilla)
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
*For Milled Flax Seed egg substitute (per one egg): Mix 1 heaping Tbsp flax seed meal (or milled flax seed – it’s the same thing) with 3 Tbsp of warm water. Stir, and allow to sit while you combine all the remaining ingredients so it can “set” up. This also works with chia seeds, and I’ve used it with a pretty dope Milled Flax and chia store-bought mixture as well.
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350°F. Make two Milled Flax Seed egg substitutes and set aside.
Step 2: Throw all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
Step 3: Mix all of the ingredients until all of the dry ingredients are wetted and well incorporated into the batter.
Step 4: Distribute evenly into a greased muffin tin (or use a liner). This time, I just used plain paper liners and they worked just fine.
Step 5: Bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Step 6: Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving. Makes approximately a dozen muffins. Enjoy!! 😀
These little guys feel like a very decadent and rich dessert, but are packed with protein and fiber to keep you full. They are perfectly sized for snacking, a quick breakfast, or a great after workout (or pre-run) snack. I currently have two in a ziploc baggie in my purse for on-the-go snacking (don’t tell anyone, because these are too good to share). 😉
I really found this vegan version to be even tastier than the vegetarian version I posted. They are a little crumblier, but they are still super moist and delicious. YUM! Grab one of these with a Chai tea, or a latte and you’ve got yourself the perfect afternoon treat. Enjoy! 😀
Hope you are all having a fantastic Tuesday, wherever you may be! 🙂 ❤