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Strawberries & Cream Protein Muffins

Strawberries & Cream Protein Muffins

For breakfast, in my eyes at least, protein is king.  I’m forever looking for new ways to get protein into my morning diet.  Sure, I love a carb as much as the next girl, but protein is what keeps me from getting the shakes like some weird-o crackhead an hour after I eat.

(Side note: Did you know Google Docs has “crackhead” in its dictionary? Yeah, the more you know haha).

I generally stick to the same ol’ scrambled and/or fried eggs routine in the morning, but while I love them, eggs can get old every single day. About a year ago, I discovered Kodiak Cakes. Now, this isn’t a sponsored post and I’m not getting paid to say this in any way, but their protein breakfast mixes are my morning savior.

I can have pancakes and still feel full a couple hours later and do it without the jittery feeling a morning donut or stack of regular pancakes and syrup give me.  I call that a win.

That jittery shit is no fun (and is likely to set me off in a panic attack which, let’s face it, just ruins the whole day) so avoidance is key.  And so when I started brainstorming ways to get more protein into my morning while also fitting in fruit AND having the whole thing be what my 8-year-old describes as tasting “exactly like a cookie”, sign me up like yesterday.

These strawberries and cream protein muffins are the breakfast you’ve been waiting for your whole life. No diggity, no doubt.

They’ve got a glorious sweet strawberry taste throughout with little pockets of sweet cream cheese scattered through the whole muffin, a delicious morning treat.


Ready? Let’s get makin’:

First, preheat your oven to 350 F.  Grab your muffin pan (the regular size one, not the fun size or jumbo Costco-style size), line each muffin cup with a cupcake liner and then spray each liner with cooking spray.  That’s how you keep the muffins from ripping apart and staying attached to the liner so you end up having to gnaw on the liner to get most of your muffin remnants… Everyone does that, right? …

 Make sure you spray the liners with nonstick spray.

Make sure you spray the liners with nonstick spray.

Set that aside.

Next up, pour your Kodiak Cakes mix into a large bowl.

 Whole wheat, oats & honey mix

Whole wheat, oats & honey mix

Then add your sugar.

Strawberries and Cream Protein Muffins
Strawberries and Cream Protein Muffins
 YASSSSS

YASSSSS

Then add your softened butter (I just microwaved mine for like 30 seconds, no need for any fancy “softening” here), vanilla, and crushed dried strawberries.

Strawberries and Cream Protein Muffins
 Crushed freeze dried strawberries are so pretty

Crushed freeze dried strawberries are so pretty

(As a side note, I take about 2 cups of freeze dried strawberries {I got mine at Trader Joe’s, but I’ve seen them other places like Target} and pop ‘em in a Ziploc, then smash them on the floor with my rolling pin. Works like a charm).

Next up, add your egg. I live dangerously and crack mine right over the bowl.

Strawberries and Cream Protein Muffins
Strawberries and Cream Protein Muffins

Then, add your milk and stir until everything’s mixed in.

Strawberries and Cream Protein Muffins

Set the bowl aside and grab your cream cheese. It should be cold, the softer it is, the harder it is to cut.  Plop it onto a cutting board and chop it into little bite sized pieces. This is really subjective, whatever sizes look best to you, just go with your gut.

Strawberries and Cream Protein Muffins

Dump the powdered sugar into a small bowl.

Strawberries and Cream Protein Muffins

Throw your cream cheese pieces into the bowl with the powdered sugar and toss around to coat.

Strawberries and Cream Protein Muffins

Lastly, dump your cream cheese pieces and any remaining powdered sugar into the large bowl with your muffin mix in it.

Strawberries and Cream Protein Muffins

Fold the mixture together being careful not to over mix. You still want to have all those glorious cream cheese pockets of Heaven throughout the mix.

Fill each muffin tin about ¾ of the way full.  Just eyeball it.

Strawberries and Cream Protein Muffins


Bake for 14-18 minutes (mine took 17, but my oven runs a bit cool) or until set in the middle.

Strawberries and Cream Protein Muffins
Strawberries and Cream Protein Muffins

Strawberries & Cream Protein Muffins

A delicious breakfast treat of sweet strawberries and tangy cream cheese bites filled with protein for a hearty breakfast.

Makes: 18 muffins

Strawberries and Cream Protein Muffins

Prep time:

Cook time:

Ingredients:
  • 2 c Kodiak Cakes Flapjack & Waffle Mix - Oat and Honey
  • 1 3/4 c skim milk
  • 3/4 sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 c butter, softened
  • 1 c dehydrated strawberries, crushed (the 1 c is after crushing, you'll need about 2 c pre-crushed)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 c powdered sugar
  • 4 oz cream cheese, cut into bite sized pieces

Instructions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a cupcake pan with liners and spray liners with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. Mix all ingredients except for powdered sugar and cream cheese into a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. Place powdered sugar into a small bowl. Set aside. Cut cream cheese into small, bite sized pieces and toss into small bowl with powdered sugar. Toss to coat.
  4. Pour remaining powdered sugar and all cream cheese pieces into bowl with muffin mix. Fold together. Fill each muffin cup 3/4 full and bake for 14-18 minutes, or until center is set.
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Enjoy!

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