Dark Chocolate Dreams Protein Cupcakes

I told you it was coming.  A new protein cupcake recipe.  Yes.  It is HERE!

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I was in the middle of baking some absolutely INSANE cookies for my husband.  

I'm seriously trying to get myself on track.  You know, 100% compliance.  I have 12 days until the inevitable chocolate bomb gets dropped on my house.  Tomorrow I'm going to set my plan in motion with FitnessRx's new 28 day plan.  The cardio is already making me nervous and I haven't left the kitchen.  I just keep telling myself that most people would have eaten the batter and a row of Double Stuff Oreos.  

I figured while I had the Kitchen Aid out, as might as well give a new recipe a shot.  I'm running an awesome giveaway (see homepage) with my friends at Peanut Butter & Co.  Fans of both of our Facebook pages are automatically entered to win a jar of Dark Chocolate Dreams (28 ounces!!!) and their new cookbook, 31 Days of Dark Chocolate Dreams.

I promised that I'd come up with some recipes of my own using this crack, I mean peanut butter.

They came out really yummy.  I'm going to frost them with more Dark Chocolate Dreams and some whipped cream cheese.  Don't judge.

Ingredients

2 Level TBSP NuNatural Stevia

4 Scoops Tera's Whey - Organic Bourbon Vanilla Whey  (or 2 standard vanilla whey scoops at 20g of protein per serving average scoop)

4 TBSP Hershey's Cocoa Powder

1/2 C Let's Do Organic Coconut Flour

1 TSP Baking Soda

1 TSP Baking Powder

1/4 TSP Salt

1 Large Ripe Banana Sliced Finely (About 1 Cup)

1 TBSP Nutiva Coconut Oil

1/2 C Unsweetened Almond Milk

1/2 C Canned Pumpkin

6 Large Egg Whites

2 TSP Pure Vanilla Extract

3 TSP Instant Espresso Powder

1/4 C Dark Chocolate Dreams All Natural Peanut Butter

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Then just mix it all together and bake in a baking spray coated 12 cup muffin tin at 350 (preheat your oven) for 20-25 minutes depending on the accuracy of your oven.  I always advise to take the muffins, I mean cupcakes out at 20 minutes and give them a pointer finger spring back test.

Let them cool before placing them in the refrigerator to keep fresh (don't leave these out any longer than the day you make them).  I like to freeze my protein baked goods in twos in freezer safe bags.  This way I can pack them for work and they are always ready to go!

These can AND WILL be modified in a variety of ways.  You can frost them with just about anything.  You don't taste the banana or the pumpkin, it's just a very rich and dense cupcake.  It's almost like a cake-truffle.  Add a 1/4 cup of chocolate chips or OMG dare I say WHITE chocolate chips to break it up.  You can top them with more Dark Chocolate Dreams or my favorite way to eat protein goodies, warmed and topped with Greek yogurt.

Alright.  It's Super Bowl time.  I have a crock pot of white bean turkey chili cooking and a nice glass of wine in hand.  The last of the FUN before I get my ass into gear.  

ENJOY!!!!

Visit Peanut Butter & Co. to order a jar of Dark Chocolate Dreams and check out the new cookbook!  Don't forget to become a fan of both of our pages so that you can be entered to win!!

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