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Refuel Recipes: Pumpkin and Butternut Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins

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Refuel Recipes: Pumpkin and Butternut Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins

Now that the temperature has dropped below 100 degrees, it must mean it’s fall in Texas! And besides allergies, we all know what Fall brings: all things pumpkin. Whether your pumpkin affinities are kept secret or not, these pumpkin chocolate chip protein muffins are the real deal. These seasonal snackers are not only packed with protein and low in sugar, but also are super easy to make and are great for meal prep. Throw everything into a blender or food processor, bake, and enjoy! 

Pumpkin and Butternut Squash Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins

(Adapted from Eat the Grains)

Serving size: 1 Muffin  | Number of servings: 12

Nutrition facts per serving: Calories – 128 | Fat – 6.4g | Carbs – 14.3g | Protein – 7.1g

Prep time: 5m | Cook time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats or ¾ cup oat flour
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup butternut squash puree
  • 1 cup 0% fat plain Greek yogurt 
  • 1 egg & 1 egg white
  • ½ cup packed natural or vanilla flavored protein powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ⅓ cup walnuts (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Add the oats to a blender or food processor and blend until a powder forms, or about 20 seconds (you can omit this step if using oat flour)
  3. Combine the oat flour with the remainder of the dry ingredients (except the chocolate chips and nuts) in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add the pumpkin, squash, Greek yogurt, egg, egg white, pumpkin pie spice, and maple extract to the mixing bowl and whisk until well combined and smooth. 
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts
  6. Distribute into 12 lightly greased muffin liners, or silicone muffin liners
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. If you’d like more moist muffins, aim for 25 minutes.

Who wrote this post...

Chloe Mizianty

Chloe Mizianty

Chloe Mizianty is a former collegiate athlete turned strength training and functional movement fanatic. In 2016, she dove head first into the field of fitness, and she hasn’t looked back since. Chloe joined Renew in 2017 as an athlete while coaching with an outdoor boot-camp style fitness company, then formally joined the Renew team in 2022 as a personal trainer, nutrition coach, and pregnancy and postpartum coach. When she’s not in the gym, you can find her outside on the trails, on a paddleboard, or trying any of the hot dining spots with her husband. If she had it her way, Chloe would be staring out at the Pacific Ocean from her garage gym while doing the best benchmark workout ever: Linda.

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