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Mini Protein Muffins: Lemon Almond Poppy Seed

These mini lemon almond poppy seed muffins are perfect for a quick breakfast on-the-go, pre-workout snack, or dessert. It takes about 30 minutes from start to finish to prepare. The lemon doesn’t overpower the almond poppyseed and has just the right amount of sweetness to help curb that sweet tooth. Needless to say, if you are on a cut and counting your macros—this is the perfect protein packed muffin for you. If you have kids, these would also be a great healthy cupcake or muffin alternative!

Close-up picture of one mini protein lemon almond poppy seed muffin. They are about the same size as little bites but the healthier alternative.
If you’ve ever had “Little Bites,” these are the high protein, healthy, and less sugar version.

They are made with Kodiak Cakes— whole grain and protein packed— “Almond Poppyseed Flapjack & Waffle Mix.” You only need 5 more ingredients to make these macro-friendly muffins.

mini lemon almond poppy seed protein muffins macros and nutritional info on myfitnesspal.
**Per mini muffin. You can search and add my recipe via MyFitnessPal to track your macros and/or calories.**
Top-down picture of kodiak cakes almond poppy see flapjack and waffle mix, mini loaf of lemon almond poppy seed cake, and mini protein lemon almond poppy seed muffins.

Here are the ingredients you will need:

-1 egg

-1/2 Silk Vanilla Almond Milk 80

-2 Cups Kodiak Cakes Almond Poppy Seed Mix ( $4.99 at Target: https://bit.ly/2T72BL1)

-1/2 Cup of melted coconut oil

-1/2 Cup of Coconut Palm Sugar

-Lemon Zest of 1 lemon & 2 Tsp of lemon juice

Products used up close: Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes Flapjack & Waffle Mix in the flavor Amond Poppy Seed, Silk Vanilla Almond Milk 80 Cals, Nutiva Coconut Oil, Whole Lemon, Wholesome Organic Coconut Palm Sugar
I bought the Kodiak Cakes on Target.com and got the 2-day delivery. I purchased the Nutiva Coconut Oil and Wholesome Organic Coconut Palm Sugar from my local health foods store.

I’m no newbie when it comes to baking or cooking. So, I know that when you bake, you should separate the wet and dry ingredients first before mixing the two slowly together. Well, great news is, that if you throw it all in and mix, you will still have moist and delicious lemon almond poppyseed muffins.

****The only semi-time consuming—semi-complicated thing is zesting the whole lemon. Just make sure you only zest the yellow outer skin and not the white part. It will be bitter if you do.

These mini protein muffins are fool-proof!

1.) Preheat your oven to 350F.

After mixing all of your ingredients together, the batter should look like this:

How the batter for mini protein lemon almond poppy seed muffins should look
How the batter for mini protein lemon almond poppy seed muffins should look
It’s kind of like a whipped peanut butter or softened icing consistency.

2.) I let my batter sit for about 5-10 minutes after it’s all mixed up.

So, since you have 5 minutes to spare, here’s a quick funny anecdote about why I decided to make these muffins mini-sized. Don’t judge me okay?

I bought this 24-cup-mini-muffin pan from Target.com for $8.99 thinking that I got a steal of a deal—also thinking that they were normal sized muffin cups (Just like I bought 2, hella tiny loaf pans on Amazon for $10—as you’ll see in the post somewhere.) **So, note to self & others—Always read the description. If you think it was a steal of a deal, it’s probably a mini size! On the bright side, it should be easier to adjust your serving based on your macros since they’re tiny.

Back to the recipe…I still don’t have one of those mini scoopers to make sure all my mini muffins are the same size, but now that I have an unexpected new mini muffin pan—I guess I’ll purchase one. Next recipe with this pan, I’ll show you.

3.) Use mini muffin liners or spray your pan with non-stick coconut oil –even if it is a non-stick pan. I like to be very sure it’s coming out easy for me. Fill each cup about 3/4 of the way like so:

How the batter for mini protein lemon almond poppy seed muffins should look in the mini muffin pan

They don’t rise too much, so no need to worry.

4.) Bake for 13-16 minutes depending on your preference.

If cooked for 16 minutes, they should come out like this:

How the  mini protein lemon almond poppy seed muffins should look in the mini muffin pan when cooked for 16 minutes

**My first batch was in there about 16 minutes and came out a little too dry for my taste. My second batch, which was made in one of the mini loaf pans was baked for 13 minutes and came out moist, with the slightest hint of batter which is my fave! So, I’m not entirely sure if it was because of the pan difference and/or time difference. See pic below for the loaf results.**

How the  mini protein lemon almond poppy seed muffins should look when bitten into, showing texture

Loaf Pan Results at 13 minutes:

Moist Mini Loaf of Lemon Almond Poppy Seed Cake baked at 13 minutes with the Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes Almond Poppy Seed Box.
Close up of loaf cut in half to show the texture and moistness of the Moist Mini Loaf of Lemon Almond Poppy Seed Cake baked at 13 minutes with the Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes Almond Poppy Seed mix
You can even tell in the pictures that these mini lemon almond poppy seed muffins are more moist and less crumbly.

Let it cool. Don’t let it cool. It’s best fresh out of the oven. These mini protein lemon almond poppy seed muffins store well in an air-tight container or good-quality zip lock baggy. I refrigerate them to make them last longer and just pop them in the microwave for about 30-45 seconds to warm them up. You could also freeze them if you want.

Next time I try making something with the Kodiak Cakes Almond Poppy Seed mix, I plan to make a recipe version using non-fat greek yogurt to give it a little more protein. It is also supposed to be lower carb and more moist than this type.

I really hope you enjoy these mini protein lemon almond poppy seed muffins. You can print the recipe below:

Mini Protein Muffins: Lemon Almond Poppy Seed

The star ingredient in these macro-friendly muffins is Kodiak Cakes Almond Poppy Seed Flapjack & Waffle Mix.
Prep Time5 mins
Resting Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy breakfast, healthy dessert, healthy muffins, kodiak cakes, kodiak cakes muffins, low cal dessert, low calorie snacks, low carb muffinss, low carb snack, protein bites, protein muffins, protein snacks
Calories: 105kcal
Author: kaitlin

Equipment

  • Mini Muffin Pan

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Kodiak Cakes Almond Poppyseed Flapjack & Pancake Mix
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Palm Sugar I used the wholesome brand. You can sub brown sugar.
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil I used Nutiva brand. You can sub melted butter or other oil of choice.
  • 1/2 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk I used Silk brand/80 cal. Sub any milk and add 1 tbsp vanilla extract.
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 whole Lemon zested, 2 tsp juice

Instructions

  • Preheat Oven to 350F.
  • Spray Non-stick oil on muffin pan or add muffin liners.
  • Mix all ingredients and let sit for 5-10 minutes.
  • Fill muffin cups about 3/4 way full.
  • Bake for 13-16 minutes. Check at 13 minutes and taste.

Notes

When zesting your lemon, make sure you only zest the yellow part. If you zest the white part, it will be bitter.

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