Add to the list of paleo debates the one regarding protein powder. No, obtaining protein from a powder form is obviously not as "real" or "clean" as, say, straight up beef or chicken. However, there are many paleo followers out there - myself included - that occassionally use clean protein powders as a quick protein source when they're on the go or for "in between" meals. I use an awesome whey protein powder by Stronger Faster Healthier. They have several varieties, but my favorite is their "Fuel" protein, which comes in a coconut flavor. As you can see from the label, it comes from grass-fed cows, contains coconut fat as well as apple pectin, which is a complex carb that is rich in water-soluble fibers (helping to slow the absorption of high glycemic carbs and sugars).
You can forego the protein powder in this recipe if you'd like, but I think it makes a nice addition as it adds some protein to your snack or treat without compromising the flavor. These are good, fiber-filled treats that are pretty low in sugar, completely grain-free and really yummy. I struggled with categorizing these lil' guys at first, as they are kind of a cross between a muffin and a cookie - they are both fluffy and dense and pretty much take on a "blobby" shape. Don't freak out if they don't come out looking like they belong on the cover of a gourmet magazine - they're not supposed to look pretty. They're just supposed to taste good! I hope you enjoy these as much as I did.
- 4 eggs
- 1 heaping scoop of your favorite protein powder (I used SFH - Fuel)
- 1/2 - 3/4 cup of coconut flour (if you want them fluffier, use 3/4 cup; if you want them denser, use 1/2 cup)
- 3/4 cup coconut milk (full fat)
- 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 3 tbsp raw honey, melted
- 1/3 cup enjoy life chocolate chips (if not paleo, dark chocolate chips are fine too)
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Beat the eggs lightly in a medium bowl.
3. Add in all the ingredients and mix together. Make sure the chocolate chips are evenly distributed throughout the batter.
4. Place dollops of the batter into muffins tins (using liners is optional). The poppers won't take on the shape of a whole muffin, I just liked using the muffin tin because it kept them round and puffy. If you'd rather, you can also just bake them on a cookie sheet.
5. Bake for 20-25 minutes.