A super light and fluffy and moist chocolate chip muffin mug cake which packs a protein punch and is low carb- It’s also ready in under a minute! This healthy 1 Minute Low Carb chocolate chip muffin is also naturally gluten free, vegan, paleo and sugar free!
Over the past few months, I’ve felt a little stagnant with the recipes I’ve been sharing. Don’t get me wrong- I’d never, ever post something just for the sake of it- In fact, you’ve probably noticed less posts going up recently, and that is the reason why. I’ve been in search of some form of inspiration or ideas to bring some challenges/fun back in the kitchen and I *think* I may have found it….in one of my mates!
If you’ve been a long-term reader on here, I’ve mentioned quite a few times that several of my friends compete in semi-professional and professional bodybuilding. In fact, it was because of them I shared these super fluffy pancakes– It was one of their ‘go-to’ breakfasts (and dinners, apparently) during their final weeks before they hit the stage.
One of my friends, Luke, is currently prepping for his next competition in February! After catching up with him last week, it was quite interesting to observe . Some of you might see from media outlets that the art/sport of bodybuilding can be quite physically, emotionally and mentally damaging. What might start out as a ‘temporary’ diet or lifestyle change can in actual fact, leave VERY long lasting repercussions- Obsessive thoughts, body image issues and even extreme levels of orthorexia or binge eating.
What I admire about my friends that have and continue to compete is that they really have a sensible and approach to it. I don’t want to dive into it too much here, as I’m going to get Luke to share his diet, journey and other bits and bobs on it next week, but let’s just say he will break MANY stereotypes out there.
Moving forward, I’m excited to see what I can come up with in the kitchen to add to his weekly meal prep- I’m going to narrow down his favorite sweet and savory recipes and give them a competition-friendly spin on them…without tasting like cardboard, having asparagus in it, or being grilled like a bird.
One thing I DO know is that he is a fan of are fluffy chocolate chip muffins. During our university days, we conveniently had a Mrs.Field’s coffee shop directly opposite us. While their muffins don’t hold a flame to their cookies (my GOD, their cookies), we had a mutual friend who worked there and would always fend off muffins to us. Being poor university students, we’d gladly accept and every Tuesday and Thursday mornings, before our Business Stats lectures (gross), we’d arrive with muffins in tow and our laptops ready to
play Age of Empire take notes.
So while I wait for an extensive list of (manageable) foods, I’ll kickstart with our mutual favorite- This healthy low carb chocolate chip muffin!
Make this healthy 1 Minute Low Carb Chocolate Chip Muffin and let’s raise our carbs to kickstart this new fun experimenting…
Fitness prep style!
Healthy 1 Minute Low Carb Chocolate Chip Muffin
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder 32-34 grams
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 T coconut flour
- 1 T granulated sweetener of choice
- 1 large egg OR 1/4 cup liquid egg whites omit for vegan option- see notes below
- 1/4 cup milk of choice I used unsweetened almond
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp butter OR coconut oil melted (optional, but adds a fluffier texture)
- 1-2 tsp chocolate chips divided of choice
For the microwave option
- Grease a microwave safe bowl with cooking spray and add the vanilla protein powder, baking powder, coconut flour and sweetener of choice and mix well.
- Add the egg/whites and mix into the dry mixture. Add the milk of choice. vanilla extract and melted butter/coconut oil (if using) and half the chocolate chips- If batter is too crumbly, continue adding milk of choice until a very thick batter is formed. Top with remaining chocolate chips and microwave for 60 seconds, or until just cooked in the centre.
For the oven option
- Follow as above, but bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes, depending on consistency desired- Muffin is cooked once a toothpick comes out 'just' clean from the center.
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I ate soooo many muffins during my uni days, but they definitely weren’t as healthy as these! I’m interested to read more about Luke’s bodybuilding prep – it sounds like he has a very sensible and safe approach to the whole thing!
Absolutely! It’s refreshing him (and a couple of others in his boat) do it in a smart way!
YUM! Perfect little dessert right here when my energy is zapped!
🙂 Absolutely! Cheers!
I used to have massive Tim Horton’s chocolate chip muffins pretty regularly, but this looks like it’d be much mores substantial… and cost-effective. Also, Mrs. Fields ?
OMG TIM HORTON’s!! Those muffins were the first thing I ate in Columbus haha… I was hungry walking from German village to Alchemy.
GLOWING. And so fluffy!
LOL. Unlike the pancakes….which were crying and so moody.
Hahaha! Age of Empires was the best game ever. I wonder if they have a new release of that one out? I think the last one I played for AoE III…and it was pretty legit. Anyways, I got distracted. Back to the muffins. Love me a good muffin! I’m not a chocolate-for-breakfast kinda guy, but I will gladly take these chocolate chip muffins as a midday snack. And then again as a midnight snack. 🙂
Omg. I forgot to tell you about AoE- I used to get told off by my mum for never picking the Persians but…THEY SUCKED! They didn’t have the fun machines which could blow up the Town Center lol!!!
Could you use an avocado in place of the butter or coconut oil? Hmm maybe only in a brownie recipe perhaps (which I just looked at the 4 ingredient brownie) cause who wants a green looking choc chip muffin? ??
I’d probably be accepting however.
Also I’ve made avocado chocolate pudding just using 3 ingredients. Organic Avocado, (seed removed and scooped out the ingredient) cocoa powder, and organic raw honey…mashed and stirred with a fork pretty forcefully and I was in shock at how much it tasted like chocolate pudding but better and better for you. I ? avocados.
You’re recipes are awesome and inspiring. I think I’ve pinned quite a few.
Much Success to you.
Haha, I’d totally be accepting of it too 😉 Although I think if you add a good amount of cocoa, it masks it up beautifully 😀
You are too kind, Christie 🙂
That’s so neat that you get to develop recipes that will help your friends prepare; I’ve always been a bit suspect of competitions, but it sounds like they have a really balanced take on all of it.
It can be quite difficult to approach, but they have a healthy mindset 🙂
This was delicious !! I don’t have any chocolate chips so I just left them out and had a vanilla muffin. I left the sugar out because I didn’t feel that it was needed, and it came out perfectly, subtly sweet. When it was done cooking I topped it with a tablespoon of creamy peanut butter.
🙂 The peanut butter topping sounds perfect 🙂 Thanks, Gaby!
I’d like to try one of you recipes, they look so yummy, but I have a question.
What does T mean in you recipes ?
Thanks for you answer.
Hi there! Tablespoon, so 15 mls 🙂
how many carbs in one chocolate chip muffin?
Feel free to calculate it using an online calculator 🙂
Is the nutrition information on here for the recipes? Looked at chocolate chip muffin in mug
Some recipes, if not, use myfitnesspal to calculate! 🙂
Looks good! But when you say 1 T coconutflour, is that one tablespoon? What does the T stand for?
Awesome, thanks ^_^
Hi! These recipes look great. Would love to try but is the protein powder necessary? Sorry I must come across as ignorant but I’ve never used anything like it before. If it has to be in there – do you know if the resulting muffin is safe for 2 year olds to consume?
Thanks for your time!
Hi there, it is necessary for this recipe- I’m not sure about 2 year olds, best to ask your doctor.