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Protein Coconut Cupcakes

Well I hope everyone had a happy New Year. I wanted to start the New Year off with something on the lighter side, like these Protein Coconut Cupcakes. I know this is the time of year everyone starts their new diets and workout programs and that’s great! I myself am on Jamie Eason’s Live Fit Trainer and have just 3 more weeks to go on it! I started to see the most progress in phase 3 so I am glad I didn’t give up early on, just stick with it and do your best! While on this program I also have used a few of Jamie Eason’s recipes like this Cinnamon Swirl Protein Bread, and in my opinion is a healthier alternative to a cinnamon roll. And it’s also where I got the inspiration for these cupcakes! I used organic brown sugar to sweeten the cupcakes and used a reduced fat cream cheese frosting. For the finishing touch I toasted unsweetened coconut flakes and sprinkled them on top of the cupcakes for the finishing touch!

Whatever your goals and resolutions may be, I wish you the best of success in the New Year.

Protein Coconut Cupcakes

Protein Coconut Cupcakes

Protein Coconut Cupcakes

Protein Coconut Cupcakes

Protein Coconut Cupcakes

Yield: 15

Ingredients

COCONUT

  • 1/2 cup organic unsweetened coconut flakes

CAKE

  • 1 1/2 cups oat flour
  • 2 scoops vanilla whey protein
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon table salt
  • 1 cup organic brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup organic unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons coconut extract

FROSTING

  • 12 ounces reduced fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar, sifted

Instructions

COCONUT

  1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position. Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Spread coconut evenly on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown about 10 minutes, stirring half way through. Remove coconut from oven and set aside to cool.

CAKE

  1. Adjust your oven’s temperature to 375 degrees. Line muffins tins with cupcake liners or spray with nonstick spray. In a large bowl whisk together oat flour, protein powder, baking soda and salt. In a medium-sized bowl whisk together brown sugar, applesauce, yogurt, egg whites, coconut milk and coconut extract. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk to combine. Using an ice cream scoop or ¼ cup, measure out cake batter into prepared cupcake pan. Bake cupcakes on middle rack for 20 minutes. Cool cupcakes in pan for 10 minutes then invert on a rack to cool completely.

FROSTING

  1. In a large bowl, gently mix the cream cheese and vanilla together by hand with a rubber spatula. Do not use an electric mixer this will turn your frosting into soup. Add powdered sugar and combine until smooth. I it will look like it won’t want to combine but it will, just keep mixing! Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let frosting chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour until spreadable.
  2. Once cupcakes have cooled and the frosting is ready, pipe or spread frosting on top of cupcakes and garnish with toasted coconut. Cupcakes are best eaten the day they are frosted; store covered at room temperature until ready to serve.
Nutrition Information:
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 272Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 210mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 3gSugar: 29gProtein: 10g

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Protein Coconut Cupcakes

 

Protein Coconut Cupcakes

Protein Coconut Cupcakes

Yield: 15

Ingredients

COCONUT

  • 1/2 cup organic unsweetened coconut flakes

CAKE

  • 1 1/2 cups oat flour
  • 2 scoops vanilla whey protein
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon table salt
  • 1 cup organic brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup organic unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons coconut extract

FROSTING

  • 12 ounces reduced fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar, sifted

Instructions

COCONUT

  1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position. Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Spread coconut evenly on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown about 10 minutes, stirring half way through. Remove coconut from oven and set aside to cool.

CAKE

  1. Adjust your oven’s temperature to 375 degrees. Line muffins tins with cupcake liners or spray with nonstick spray. In a large bowl whisk together oat flour, protein powder, baking soda and salt. In a medium-sized bowl whisk together brown sugar, applesauce, yogurt, egg whites, coconut milk and coconut extract. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk to combine. Using an ice cream scoop or ¼ cup, measure out cake batter into prepared cupcake pan. Bake cupcakes on middle rack for 20 minutes. Cool cupcakes in pan for 10 minutes then invert on a rack to cool completely.

FROSTING

  1. In a large bowl, gently mix the cream cheese and vanilla together by hand with a rubber spatula. Do not use an electric mixer this will turn your frosting into soup. Add powdered sugar and combine until smooth. I it will look like it won’t want to combine but it will, just keep mixing! Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let frosting chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour until spreadable.
  2. Once cupcakes have cooled and the frosting is ready, pipe or spread frosting on top of cupcakes and garnish with toasted coconut. Cupcakes are best eaten the day they are frosted; store covered at room temperature until ready to serve.

Notes

Cupcakes are best served the day they are made/frosted. Store at room temperature.

Nutrition Information:
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 272Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 210mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 3gSugar: 29gProtein: 10g

Did you make this recipe?

Tag @thecakechica1 on Instagram and hashtag #thecakechica1

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Philip Murad

Friday 8th of January 2016

WOuld a different type of flour - Almond flour - work in this?

Mary

Friday 8th of January 2016

I haven't tried this with almond flour so I am not sure. If you do try it let me know how it comes out.

Lynn | The Road to Honey

Monday 4th of January 2016

Wow Mary! These cupcakes are to die for.

During the past months, the hubby has been going to an intense Bootcamp course which has pushed him to make other lifestyle changes such as eliminating caffeine and increasing his protein intake. I do a lot of baking; however, he doesn't want to eat my creations as he would rather reserve the calories for more protein rich foods. I'm thinking these cupcakes might be the perfect compromise for him when he is craving a treat. I can't wait to give these a try. Best of luck on your training program.

Mary

Monday 4th of January 2016

Thank you!

Brianna Danner

Monday 4th of January 2016

I love coconut, and these look amazing. Great job.

Mary

Monday 4th of January 2016

Thank you!

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