Chocolate Chunk Protein Cupcakes
These Protein Packed Chocolate Chunk Cupcakes Are Gooey, Rich and SO Delicious. Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, with Paleo and Keto Options.
Thank Goodness it's Hump Day. Those of you who follow my Instagram will know this, but my goodness this week has been crazy. I returned home from traveling to a burst water heater, a flooded garage, and all my clothes were covered in gloopy, sticky chocolate clumps thanks to a magnificent explosion of shampoo and protein powder. Fun! Anyway, let's just say I'm looking forward to the holiday weekend. We are heading to D.C. for a mini getaway and couldn't be more looking forward to exploring and ignoring all of our homeowner responsibilities.
Firstly, I know that not all of you will be fans of protein powder and that's okay. Protein powders are not for everyone, and this recipe is not for everyone either. One of my big goals of Bella Grace Wellness is to provide content for everyone and for my followers to pick and choose which recipes best suit their lifestyle. I believe so strongly that nobody knows your body better than you do, and therefore it's up to you to listen carefully to what your body needs and desires to function optimally. Whether you follow a Paleo, Keto, Vegan or Flexible Dieting lifestyle, whether you eat dessert or not, whether you eat vegetables or not, I want this space to be full of nutrient-dense content that can encourage ALL people to eat the way their body loves.
I personally keep a high-quality protein powder in my pantry at all times. I love it as a convenient snack, grab and go meal (especially when traveling. This girl HATES airport food) and in baked goods.
Recipe creating with protein powder is an art form. It truly requires hardcore science and maths to figure out the ratio of ingredients when you bake with this stuff. 100% worth it though. These cupcakes are not only delicious and have a lovely texture, but are packed with protein, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. I repeat. All of these nourishing nutrients in a CHOCOLATE CUPCAKE!
A few things to note:
Of course, the nutrient level will depend also on the protein powder you use. I used the Isagenix chocolate protein powder in this batch as I wanted a more balanced macronutrient-dense cupcake full of added vitamins and minerals, but have also made these with the Ancient Nutrition Chocolate Bone Broth Protein Powder for a lower carbohydrate, Keto version. I recommend both protein powders for their high-quality sourcing (zero pesticides, herbicides, hormone or antibiotic raised animals, etc).
As for the sweetener, if you are opting to use a powdered sweeter like Swerve or coconut palm sugar, that's absolutely fine! Just be sure to add a little more nut milk. You want the batter to be slightly runny rather than thick and gloopy.
I have found through lots of trial and error that protein powders don’t like heat. 325F is a really good temperature to not dry out or burn these protein powder baked goodies. Be sure that your oven is preheated too. You will have varied cooking times if you don’t plus it will overcook the outside and undercook the inside. That doesn’t make for good eating and trust me when I say you want these slightly gooey anyway.
We just demolished a few of these fresh out of the oven with a generous drizzle of nut butter on top and a few extra chocolate chunks melted on top!
Chocolate Chunk Protein Cupcakes
3 scoops chocolate protein powder
2 tablespoons almond flour
1/2 cup organic cocoa powder
1/3 cup sweetener of choice (I used raw local honey)
1/3 cup extra-virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup nut milk
2 organic eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks (I used the Pascha brand)
1) Preheat the oven to 325F and line a cupcake pan with liners.
2) In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
3) In a separate bowl, whisk together melted coconut oil, sweetener and eggs.
4) Add dry ingredients and wet ingredients together. Stir to combine.
5) Add chocolate chunks and stir again.
6) Fill the liners 3/4 to the top with cake mixture. Top with a few extra chocolate chunks.
7) Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Yum! I personally don't think these cupcakes need frosting but try making some homemade coconut whip frosting or drizzling with nut butter for extra deliciousness.
Isabella Grace is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner focusing on toxin-free, natural living to its fullest extent. Her mission is to provide personalized integrative health solutions to create sustainable, lifelong change and enable you to live, love, and serve at your fullest health potential.
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