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This recipe is a little out of the ordinary for me. As you guys know, I mainly share recipes that have no sugars and no grains (#nsng). I love this style of eating because the “rules” (if you can call them that) are simple – avoid all sugars and grains and you’re good to go.
But once and a while, I like to mix it up a bit because if there’s one thing I know my audience tends to love, it’s oatmeal. You guys can’t seem to get enough of it, and I can understand why – it’s cheap, it’s versatile and come the winter, it makes for pretty hearty breakfast food.
So in honor of your oatmeal obsession, today I’m sharing a quick oatmeal recipe that’s not only very low in calories, but also simple to make. And because I’m all about nutritional bonus points, I’m adding protein powder to this recipe. If that doesn’t appeal to you, just leave it out and continue without it. Either way, the egg whites, and the protein make this recipe super healthy and very high in protein.
But before I get to the recipe, I’m going to answer the question I know all of you are thinking!
Can you taste the protein in the muffins?
100% no. Baking with protein, particularly whey protein is simple and does not alter the taste of the final product one bit. It does, however, add an extra protein boost to your baked goods, keeping you fuller longer and therefore eating less throughout the day. Pretty smart, right?
And while I’m answering questions, you’re probably also wondering…
Wait, Isn’t Oatmeal Healthy?
Yes, oatmeal has long been considered a healthy grain due to its fiber content. It also has anti-inflammatory benefits and it’s very high in magnesium and vitamins B & E. However, this only applies to simple, unsweetened and unflavored oatmeal. Grab-and-go oatmeal that comes in single-serving packs tends to be high in sugar, particularly corn syrup, which is something you want to avoid. I recommend reading labels and opting for a natural, unprocessed option, like Bob’s Red Mill. They go to extensive efforts to ensure their oatmeal is gluten-free and it’s so good sweetened with a little stevia and a few fresh berries!