Chocolate Orange Muffin Recipe

These muffins will help you see in the dark! Not really….but the carrot in them contains vitamin A which helps improve immunity to illness and protects the skin and eye health.

This is yet another healthy recipe that can be knocked up and cooked within 30 mins; 10 mins prep and 20 mins cooking. Most of my clients have extremely hectic lifestyles which can often mean making poor decisions about what they eat. As a personal trainer I help them consider sweet alternatives that are more nutrient dense and easy to make. These chocolate orange muffins are no exception. Packed with protein too, they really do fill you up rather then send you into an uncontrollable sugar craving spiral that a normal muffin would do. Oh and you won’t get a muffin top with these bad boys either. Enjoy!

Unlike muffins you’ll buy at the supermarket, these muffins are not only packed with goodness but contain around 120kcals. RESULT!

#Foodhack – Frozen bananas
Ever tried freezing bananas? Give it a go. Buy a load of bananas, let them ripen. Peal them and then shove them in the freezer. They can be used for protein shakes, smoothies or recipes like this. Freezing does change the consistency to mush which is perfect for these options.

These muffins can be frozen.

Makes 8

10 mins prep. 20 mins bake time

Ingredients:

• 1 large egg
• 150g carrot grated
• 1 large ripe banana
• 50g porridge oats
• 20g (2 tbsp) chia seeds
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 1 tsp orange extract (check out cake aisle in supermarket)
• 40g unflavoured/chocolate protein powder
• 50g chopped dates (they give a toffee texture)
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• 1 tsp ground ginger
• 5g grated fresh ginger
• 1 tsp cocao powder
• Sprinkling of mixed seeds to decorate
• Oil spray (for the muffin cases)

Additional optional ingredients:

• 1 tbsp flaxseed
• 20g grated 85% dark chocolate
• If you don’t have chocolate protein powder, then use another flavour. Just remember if you are using flavoured then choose one that you know will complement your mix. If you are using unflavoured you may need to sweeten.
• 1 tsp sweetener (stevia, xylitol, maple syrup, honey) – use this if you don’t like dates. I know it’s bad but I usually do a little taste and if more sweetness is needed then I add this. I’ve yet to need to add any sweetener however.
Grated carrot

Mix all ingredients Spoon into muffin holder Sprinkle nuts and seeds Chocolate Orange Muffins

How to make:
1. Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees Celsius
2. Grate carrots
3. Mash banana and egg in a bowl. Then add the carrot and all other ingredients
4. Mix together well. The consistency should be loose (add a little milk if the mix seems dry)
5. Lightly spray the muffin cases with a little oil (makes it easier to remove them once cooked)
6. Pour a spoonful of mix into the muffin cases – a large heaped tablespoon should be enough
7. Sprinkle your mixed seeds over the top
8. Bake for around 15-20 mins or use a skewer which should come out clean from the centre of the muffin
9. Once cooked remove from the muffin cases onto a wire rack so that their bottoms don’t get soggy.
10. Then eat away!

Chocolate Orange Muffin Recipe

Serving suggestions:
• Mix juice of half an orange with greek yoghurt.
• Grate dark chocolate over the top
• Custard, ice-cream, sweetened coconut milk
• Simply have as it comes with a tea/coffee