Monday, July 30, 2012

Clean Eating Yam Protein Muffins

So, it's really hot outside. Middle of July in Arizona hot. Add monsoon season in there and random nights with lots of rain and get hot, muggy, sticky weather. Do you know the last thing I feel like doing in such conditions? Cooking! Turning on my oven in painful and so is going outside to grill... BUT the good news is in two short weeks I will be on the beach in San Diego for an entire week. And because of this glorious vacation I know I need to kick it up a notch the next two weeks so that I can be bathing suit ready! So, I sucked it up and turned on both the oven and grill yesterday-- quite the sacrifice, I know :) Over the next two weeks I'm going to drop my carbs down just a touch and swap out some of my oat-y,rice-y type carbs for yams and veggies. I will also be sure to get all my cardio in, lots of water, and kick the protein powder. 

A couple of my favorite ways to eat yams are shredding them on a grater and cooking them like hashbrowns or baking them and then adding some coconut oil and cinnamon. YUM x 2. After today though, I have a new favorite way of eating yams... Yam muffins! They're really simple, nothing fancy about them- but they are a great grab and go when you need carbs and protein but don't want something starchy.


Ingredients 
3 cups mashed yams
6 egg whites
2 scoops vanilla whey protein
1 T cinnamon
2 tsp all spice
1 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt 


Directions
1. Pierce 3-4 yams with a knife a few times and place in microwave for 10 minutes.
2. Place yams in mixer and mix until yams are mashed. The skin usually separates at this point and I take out about half the skin. 
3. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. 
4. Place mixture in muffin tins and bake for 20 minutes at 350. 

This made 12 muffins, each with about 70 calories, 10g carbs and 7g protein.

Keep in mind, the base of these is yams, not flour so they are not going to be your typical "muffin" consistency. 

What do you guys do to get ready for a beach vacation? 

28 comments:

  1. Whoa, these are amazing. I need to try these. Yams are so delicious.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hi Brittany!

    I just wanted to let you know that you inspired me to try James's program.
    Thanks for your amazing blogs!

    I can't wait to start his program and diet! Do you still love it??

    ReplyDelete
  3. These look delish! I live in San Diego! we have nice weather right now!

    ReplyDelete
  4. i would like to try and bake without the protein powder, for some reason I haven't liked it lately...prob because my husband instisted on getting a different brand that I don't care for. Anyway...thinking about making these tonight, what do you think about using oat flour or maybe almond flour instead?
    Thanks...
    ~Heather

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm sure it would change the consistency, but you can give it a shot!

      Delete
  5. Ohhhh, yum!!!! Plan on sharing these in my link round up on Friday!

    ReplyDelete
  6. These look AMAZING!! Definitely adding to my list!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Could canned yams work or is it best to use fresh? I just ran out of yams last night!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I've never used them... should be okay if it's just yams no other ingredients

      Delete
  8. Random question! Why will you be kicking the protein powder? I'm curious :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Whole foods are always best... your body doesn't have to work to break down the protein, when you eat whole foods you actually burn calories in the digestions process.

      Delete
  9. Pinned it! Looks awesome! Mmm!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Ooh! That looks awesome. I imagine they taste similar to pumpkin pie! Must try this. Thanks for posting!

    ReplyDelete
  11. THANK YOU FOR THIS! Making these right now :) Seriously, THANK YOU! I have to have a carb source mid afternoon and NEVER know what to have, but I think I could sit down to this :) xoxo

    Love you b

    ReplyDelete
  12. I just wanted to let you know that I have been reading your blog for quite a while now, but never have I commented! Thankyou for awesome recipes and being inspiring to me! It's so weird that it's hot where you are, I live in Australia and its our winter now. I can't wait for summer!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  13. this is the best post i have read on my birthday! thanks for all of your great recipes!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Ok, i love yams so i'll definitely have to try this! enjoy your beach vacation! i'll be heading to san diego as well in september, i can't get enough of that place!! :D

    ReplyDelete
  15. I made these today and they're delicious. I had a blonde moment and forgot the baking soda. Still good. They taste like pumpkin pie. Kids loved them too. Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Hey B, was just wondering whether they are suppose to be rather moist.....or did I just not bake them long enough? haha

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They are really moist-- If you think about it, it's really just a baked potato with some added protein so you won't get a bread-like consistency like the other protein bars

      Delete
  17. The flavor of these is amazing!! I think I did something wrong though because mine, too, were really moist.. I was wondering if you use the egg white measurements given on the carton and if you line your muffin tin with cupcake liners? I did but wasn't sure if maybe that locked in the moisture. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I don't use liners but I do use the measurements on the carton... see my answer above about the moist-ness :)

      Delete
  18. love love loveeee sweet potato protein muffins! i'm totally making these tomorrow!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Mine came out crazy moist, I couldn't even take them out of the muffin pan. I'm going on 40 min baking. They are tasty tho :)

    ReplyDelete

Recent Posts