Autumn can mean different things: thoughts about the end of warm summer and holidays, darker and colder days, also mornings, when you wake up in a dark room… and sun that suddenly becomes not warm anymore.
However, autumn can also mean dark evenings that shout for a cup of warm tea, chocolate or wine with friends, being closer to the one you love, sharing one blanket and… smell of a freshly baked pie.
I love the magic of each season: different veggies and fruits that are filled with vitamins and minerals, which boost your immune system better than anything else. For me autumn is a season, when we can enjoy pumpkins, sweet plums, pears and of course juicy apples. Not to talk about the variety of apples that you may find, if you want.
Thus, I use this season as a great chance to come up with new recipes, suitable for shorter and colder days.. Recipes that boost your mood and bring smile to your face.
One of such magical, mood boosters is a well known apple pie.
For me apple pie is a traditional treat of autumn. I still remember my mom baking apple pies every autumn, smell of cinnamon and sourness of apple… mmm.. taste of a warm pie. I also remember getting older and going to cafes, where I loved ordering a piece of warm apple pie, topped with vanilla ice cream.
So the first protein sweet that I came up with this autumn is dedicated to all the sweet memories that I still keep in mind, to my family and to my man, who is the one to enjoy the taste of a healthy, rich in protein, my new sweet autumn treat.
Inspired by the taste of a traditional apple pie, these muffins require only 15minutes for preparing dough. Additional 15 minutes require your mental strength: not to open the oven until the muffins are completely done.
But let me warn you: unfortunately, these muffins are really delicious, so at my place they lasted for only a day. Next day the plate was empty.
Wanna grab a piece of real autumn treat? Then find 15 minutes on a late weekend evening, invite some friends, maybe only your best friend or boyfriend and enjoy the process of baking these small sweet protein babies.
As we say in Lithuania: “Skanaus”!
Makes 12 muffins
120g oat flour
90g Vanilla Whey protein powder (you may use any other taste too. I used Banana Whey protein powder, Coconut Whey could also be an interesting taste to use)
45-60g stevia sugar (depends on how sweet you want the muffins to be)
3tsp Gingerbread cookie mix
1/2tsp baking powder
1/4tsp baking soda
a bit of salt
1 chopped apple
240g Greek yogurt (I used a cream one, low-fat yogurt, but you can also use a fat free one)
2tsp coconut oil
160g egg whites
- Preheat oven to 175 degrees. Prepare 12 muffin forms, if you are using paper forms, you may spray a bit olive oil into the muffin forms to make sure that you will remove paper easily as the muffins are done.
- In one bowl combine oat flour, protein powder, stevia, gingerbread cookie mix, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- In another bowl mix Greek yogurt, coconut oil and egg whites until fully combined. Stir in the chopped apples.
- Add in the flour mixture and mix well until the dough is well blended.
- Divide the dough evenly among the prepared muffin forms.
- Bake for approximately 15-20 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown and a tooth pick inserted in the center of the muffin comes out clean. Let cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.