With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, now is the time to plan your special day. Whether you are spending a romantic evening with your loved one, celebrating your fabulous single self with friends, or snuggling up on the couch with a Redbox movie and some wine (we’ve all been there – plus hey, Hallmark and Hershey’s created this holiday, right?), make sure you consider your strategy for avoiding the major diet pitfalls this holiday can bring.
Having a plan for navigating around your worst Valentine’s Day food temptations will not only help you keep off those extra pounds of fat, it will bolster your willpower. If you love sweets, Valentine’s Day can be particularly rough on your diet. But instead of denying yourself something sweet, why not replace the empty calories of candy or chocolate with something delicious and healthy? Better yet, show your sweetie that you care with something homemade! These sweet potato muffins are guaranteed to hit the spot.
- 12 oz. of cooked sweet potato* (skin off)
- 1/3 c. unsweetened almond milk
- 2 1/2 scoops of your favorite protein powder
- 4 egg whites
- 2 whole eggs
- 2/3 c. uncooked rolled oats (not steel cut, or even partially steel cut, it messes up the texture)
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
*For a delicious variation, try Japanese sweet potatoes! They are red on the outside and creamy white on the inside.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Evenly blend all of your ingredients together. I personally use a food processor to shred the oats even further for a smoother texture. Use a muffin pan with 12 baking cups and evenly pour in your batter. Bake the muffins for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick poked into one of the muffins comes out clean. The bake time may vary slightly based on the strength of your oven.
Next, make your protein frosting. Stir together 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder, slowly adding water and stirring until a thick mixture is created. My favorite frosting flavor for these muffins is cinnamon roll, using MyoFusion Cinnamon Roll protein. It’s amazing! Allow the muffins to cool slightly; about 5 minutes should do the trick. Finish by evenly spreading your frosting over all of the muffins. This recipe makes 12 muffins.
Put them in a nice tin and give them to your special someone. Enjoy and don’t overindulge, please!