These low carb strawberry protein muffins are great for snacking, eating alongside breakfast or packing in your lunch. They're made with pea protein and almond flour, don't contain any added sugar and are completely grain free and dairy free. These are the best paleo protein muffins!
I can't wait for strawberries to be in season!
I purchased some a few weeks ago. They looked great, but had absolutely no flavor. I guess that's what I should have expected being that it's still the dead of winter...but I couldn't resist.
Despite strawberry season being a few months from now, I still wanted to create a healthy, high protein strawberry muffin. The solution: freeze dried strawberries! And the result: this low carb strawberry protein muffin recipe.
Using Freeze Dried Fruit in Baked Goods
I've started experimenting with freeze dried fruit in my baking for a couple reasons.
First of all, freeze dried fruit is available year round. Now, you may be able to find fresh strawberries, apples and blueberries every month of the year, but they don't tend to taste good unless they're in season. But freeze dried fruit? It always tastes great.
Also, the lack of moisture in freeze dried fruit makes it easier to bake with. I don't have to worry about the fruit sinking to the bottom of my muffins. Plus, I get a condensed, bold flavor without having to add extra sweetener.
And lastly, freeze dried fruit, adds a natural touch of color. It's a great way to color baked goods or no-bake treats without the use of dyes or food coloring.
Needless to say, I'm pretty stoked about these gluten free protein muffins. They have many great attributes and they taste fantastic.
- gluten free & grain free: these flourless protein muffins are made with pea protein and almond flour
- dairy free: no whey, no butter, no milk
- no added sugar: only sweetened from the protein powder and freeze dried fruit
- soft & moist: no one likes a dry protein muffin!
- easy to make: batter is made in a food processor (or blender)
These strawberry protein powder muffins really are something else!
Ingredients in Strawberry Protein Muffins
Here's what you need to make these easy paleo protein muffins:
- almond flour - for making moist, grain free muffins
- pea protein - I used Nuzest strawberry pea protein. Any flavor will work, but I recommend a pea protein for best results.
- freeze dried strawberries - may be swapped with any freeze dried fruit, or omitted
- baking soda - helps make fluffy protein muffins
- salt - to enhance the falvor
- eggs - needed to bind the ingredients. I have not tested this recipe with an egg replacement.
- yogurt - I used Kitehill unsweetened almond milk yogurt. Any yogurt should work as a replacement.
- almond milk - to thin the batter. Any plant based milk will work instead.
- vanilla extract - for flavor
How to Make Strawberry Protein Muffins
These low sugar protein muffins are made by simply adding all ingredients to a food processor and blending! If you don't have a food processor, then a high powdered blender will work.
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with 10 silicone muffin liners.
Next, add all ingredients to the food processor or blender. Blend until batter is smooth. Note: if you want the strawberries to show up a little better then only add half of them to the batter at first. Once the batter is smooth, add the remaining strawberries and pulse to mix them in.
Pour batter into a lined muffin pan (10 muffins) and bake at 350 degrees for 25-28 minutes.
Lastly, remove the muffins from the oven and cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Then remove them from the pan and cool them on a cooling rack to room tempearture.
How to Store and Eat Paleo Protein Muffins
Like most paleo muffins, I recommend storing these in the fridge. However, these will keep in an air tight container at room temperature for a couple days.
These low carb Strawberry Protein Muffins are great for meal prep. Eat them as a healthy breakfast or pack them along with your lunch.
I prefer eating these pea protein muffins all on their own, but they go well with many toppings too. For instance, slather on some nut butter or dairy free cream cheese. If you want more of a treat, drizzle a bit of honey on top.
More Paleo Protein Muffin Recipes
Looking for more grain free and dairy free protein muffins? Check out these favorites from my blog:
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Healthy, low carb strawberry protein muffins that are gluten free, dairy free and paleo friendly.
- 1 cup blanched almond flour (90g)
- ½ cup strawberry pea protein (57g)*
- 1 cup freeze dried strawberries (28g)
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup dairy free yogurt (I used Kitehill almond milk yogurt)
- ½ cup almond milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line a muffin pan with 10 silicone muffin liners, set aside.
- Place all muffin ingredients in a food processor or high powered blender. Blend until smooth, stopping every so often to scrape the sides.**
- Pour batter into lined muffin pan and bake at 350 degrees for 25-28 minutes.
- Remove from oven, cool 5 minutes in baking pan, then transfer muffins to a wire cooling rack.
- Best stored in fridge up to one week.
*Use my affiliate discount code "bakeitpaleo" for 15% off any Nuzest purchase
**If you want strawberry chunks visible in your muffins (like the ones pictured) then add only half of the freeze dried strawberries to the mixture (step 3). Blend until batter is smooth. Then add remaining freeze dried strawberries and pulse batter a few times.
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