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Brace Yourselves.

November 14, 2011

If you’re just checking in after a great weekend, here’s what you might have missed:

Pumpkin Bread Protein Oats and a Mocha to calm pre-race jitters!

I got prepped for my 10-miler

And I ran an awesome 10 mile race in Chicago!

Today’s post has some delicious treats just for you all. But you have to wait, workout first!

After my 10 mile race on Saturday, I knew some hot yoga would be perfect to stretch out my legs. I had bought a Groupon to Bikram Yoga River North Chicago for 20 classes, and finally decided to give it a go! I’d heard a lot about Bikram being really intense, so I was very nervous!

I woke up starving so I had to eat something before class. I put some peanut butter and Trader Joe’s Cranberry Apple Butter on a rice cake, and added slices from half a banana.

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I took the bus down to the studio and thought I was in the wrong place at first, it was in a really nice office building! The people there were so nice and made sure that I knew what to expect and how the class would go. I set up my mat and towel, scared, but ready!

Turns out, Bikram yoga was basically a longer version of the classes I had been taking at Core Power Yoga. I knew all the moves, we just spent more time on them! I loved the instructor and can’t wait to go back!

Now, it’s time for what you’ve all been waiting for. Remember last week when I tried out the Pumpkin Protein Pizookie from My Food N Fitness Diaries?

Well, I spent the rest of the week hard at work, coming up with my own recipes and variations on the pizookie/microwavable cupcake. I never really understood the pizookie thing, so these are cupcakes. Get ready.

Chocolate Chip Banana Protein Cupcake

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1 T flour (I used gluten free baking flour or garbanzo bean flour)

1 T protein powder (I use Sunwarrior; also you can use a whole scoop for a larger cupcake)

1/4 tsp baking powder

1 packet stevia

1/4 smashed banana

1 T applesauce

1 + 1/2 T milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)

1/4 tsp vanilla

chocolate chips


Mix all the dry ingredients together, then add the liquid ingredients (including banana) but NOT the milk. Add 1 T of milk and mix, if you need more, then add more. It should be somewhat liquidy. Microwave for 30-35 seconds if you’re only doing 1 T, microwave for 40 seconds for a scoop of powder. Also, I use these times because I like it a little undercooked. Add 5-10 seconds if you want it to be more “baked”.

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Next up? Chocolate time.

Chocolate Mousse Protein Cupcake


1 T flour

1 scoop  protein powder (since there is no banana, the whole scoop adds more volume)

1 tsp cocoa powder (use more if you like it more chocolaty)

1 packet stevia

1/4 tsp baking powder

1 T applesauce

1 + 1/2 T Milk (I used unsweetened chocolate almond milk)


Same as above, but no banana involved. Also, this one is REALLY good under-cooked, because it’s more mousse-like.

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Last but not least, this one was inspired by my Blueberry Muffin Protein Oatmeal:

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Blueberry Protein Cupcake


1 T flour

1 scoop protein powder

1/4 tsp baking powder

1 packet stevia

1/4 tsp vanilla

1 T applesauce

1 + 1/2 T milk



Same as the Chocolate Chip Protein cupcake!

I am OBSESSED with these right now! They are so delicious and packed full of protein!


Let me know if you try any and like them, or if you have any problems with the recipe working. Also let me know if you have any flavors you’d like to see!

Have you ever tried Bikram, or any other kind of yoga?

18 Comments leave one →
  1. November 14, 2011 9:41 am

    gah the chocolate mousse one sounds AMAZING. I must try that!

  2. November 14, 2011 10:23 am

    That chocolate one looks insane! Must try that soon!

  3. Sienna permalink
    November 14, 2011 1:32 pm

    Do you always use vanilla protein powder or have you tried chocolate?

    • November 14, 2011 3:07 pm

      This is the first time I’ve used Sunwarrior, I had to switch when I found out I was gluten and soy intolerant. I’ve tried chocolate before in other brands, but I always like the vanilla better.

  4. November 14, 2011 1:32 pm

    Good idea…where did the idea come from? With all this protein power, I think it would be great after a workout.

  5. November 14, 2011 7:58 pm

    Love your adaptations! I’ll have to try them out!

    • November 14, 2011 8:03 pm

      The chocolate is my favorite! But I never would have come up with them without your recipe!!

      • November 14, 2011 8:08 pm

        I was definitely eyeing the chocolate one! 😉 Just so you know too, “pizookie” comes from a restaurant I love, BJ’s. They coined the term because they are known for their pizza, so they came up with the “pizookie” = pizza + cookie. They are a half baked cookie pizza heaven! 🙂

  6. Jane permalink
    December 3, 2011 9:30 am

    For the blueberry say you used 1 scoop of powder (is that equal to 20 g?). I wonder if it would work with quinoa flour as the flour type…

    • December 3, 2011 3:25 pm

      One of my scoops is 21g, you can also use 1 tbl if you want it smaller, just use a little less milk. I’ve tried garbanzo bean flour, coconut flour and Bobs Red Mill GF baking flour. If you use the gf baking flour alone (2 T and no powder) it comes out really chewy, but the garbanzo bean flour is fine alone. The coconut flour had a very weird texture, so i don’t recommend that. I haven’t tried quinoa flour, so let me know if that works!

      • Anonymous permalink
        January 2, 2012 8:54 am

        If you don’t have apple sauce could if be left out or is there a substitute I could use? I am really trying to add the extra protein in due to muscle wastage.

        • January 2, 2012 9:01 am

          I’ve used canned pumpkin which is about the same. I’ve also used mashed banana, but it’s a denser cupcake. You could probably try out anything with a similar consistency?

  7. Kate permalink
    February 23, 2012 5:01 am

    Just came across this and love, love, loved it! The banana choc chip with white choc chips and some crumbled walnuts was delish and super easy. Have increased my workouts and am loving high protein snacks

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