Chocolate and bacon are a match made in heaven.
My kids LOVE a muffin for breakfast or a snack or as a side dish to dinner. Basically a muffin is an anytime food for them. The problem is that store bought muffins are more like cupcakes. They sure are tasty, but not very filling and provide little nutrition. Enter Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins with Bacon Streusel.
I’m not saying these are crazy healthy, but they provide protein to keep the body from pressing snooze. The best part is that this recipe is kind of a hack. On a whim, I bought a pancake mix that has added protein. I used that as the base for this recipe and added some oatmeal and flax to boost the fiber. A little honey for sweetness with the chocolate chips is the perfect balance to the salty bacon streusel on top. Each muffin has over 9 grams of protein!
After I made these, I set them on the counter to cool and had to rush out the door to pick up my son from swim practice. I wondered if anyone in the house would sneak down and grab one. Sure enough, my cell rings on my way back home. It’s my 17 year old and I could hear the muffin in his guilt-laden voice as he confesses over the phone:
“Mom- I ate a muffin. They’re really good.”
I want to be annoyed, but I can’t blame him and of course I appreciate the compliment. Who wouldn’t grab a muffin that’s fresh out of the oven? Why would he even think that MAYBE I wanted to take a picture of the full pan?
And then 2 more were gone. And then they were ALL gone. No one did the normal accusations of “What did you do to ruin these and make them healthy?” So I’ll say that’s a win for me.
- 2 cups protein pancake mix
- 1 cups oats, buzzed in miniprep
- 1/4 cup ground flax
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 slices bacon, cooked
- 1/2 cup flour
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 400°.
- Whisk together the pancake mix, 1 cup oats that were processed in mini prep, and flax meal.
- In a separate bowl, beat eggs with buttermilk, honey and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients.
- Add chocolate chips. Don't overwork the batter.
- Line a 12 count muffin pan with papers and coat with cooking spray (optional).
- Evenly distribute batter among 12 muffin cups.
- In the mini prep, process flour, 1/2 cup oats and sugar. Add coconut oil and pulse until it clumps.
- Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the streusel over each muffin, pressing into the batter.
- Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean when pressed into center.