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Blackberry & Licorice Protein Muffins

November 10, 2013

I absolutely love cakes!!

 

The only way I can successfully keep up my clean eating lifestyle is by making healthy & delicious alternatives.

 

I really enjoy baking muffins because they make great, easy on-the-go snacks, as well as yummy desserts. I never skip breakfast and that’s largely thanks to the fact that I always have a healthy, homemade snack in the fridge on those busy mornings. I highly recommend an easy-to-make, healthy and inexpensive snack like my Peanut Butter, Coconut & Cranberry Protein Bars or any of my muffins, especially if you’re trying to be better at eating breakfast, or trying to replace sugar-filled baked goods to go with your morning latte.

 

Licorice root is known for its antiviral, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant and antioxidants properties. It’s been used for medicinal, as well as confectionery purposes for centuries by the Chinese, Greek and Egyptians. It is a natural sweetener and should therefore be enjoyed in moderation.

 

In Denmark, where I live, licorice, both salty and sweet, is the national candy of choice. I have acquired quite a taste for this candy and especially during these chilly months I crave it most. So I was excited when I realized I could enjoy licorice without the candy element by buying organic licorice root powder. It’s delicious! And a little bit goes a long way.

 

Ingredients (makes approx. 16 muffins)

  • 1 1/3 cup oat flour (I use spelt)

  • 1/4 cup flax seed meal

  • 3 scoops vanilla protein powder

  • 1 1/4 tsp. baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda

  • 1/4 tsp. salt

  • 2 tsp. Stevia

  • 1 tbs licorice root powder

  • 2 egg whites

  • 1 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/4 cup skimmed milk (I use lactose-free)

  • 1 1/2 cup blackberries (fresh or frozen)

 

Method

  • Preheat oven to 170 C

  • Make your oat flour and flax seed meal by grinding oats and seeds in the blender.

  • In a medium sized bowl mix all the dry ingredients together (oat flour, flax seed meal, protein powder, baking powder, baking soda, stevia and salt)

  • In the smaller bowl mix all the wet ingredients together (egg whites, apple sauce, vanilla and milk)

  • Fold the wet ingredients into the bowl with dry ingredients till batter is well mixed and smooth.

  • Pour into a greased (with cooking spray) muffin tray, filling them only halfway or 3/4 at the most as they will rise.

  • Take 2 blackberries at a time – gently but firmly press them into the center of each muffin.

  • Bake for 18-20 min. Keeping a sharp eye to not overcook. Test with toothpick if it doubt, if it comes out clean, they are done.

  • Let them cool

  • Sprinkle some licorice root powder on top before serving and enjoy!  :)

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