Minneola oranges are a cross between a tangerine and a grapefruit. They are a bit tart, but sweet as well. You can absolutely make this recipe with regular oranges, but I had Minneolas on hand! This type of citrus is available from January to April. Oranges of course are a great source of vitamin C. Don’t forget they also have fiber, folate, and thiamine. One orange is approximately 120 calories and has 3 grams of fiber and 83 milligrams vitamin C! The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for vitamin C is 60 mg per day. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that is essential for collagen production and repairing and maintaining skin, bones, and teeth. It acts as an antioxidant which protects cells against damage caused by free radicals and boosts our immune system against viruses and bacteria, as well as improves iron absorption.
Bonus: this recipe is made using protein powder. Baking with protein powder can be tricky, but it’s a fun way to add protein to baked goods. Make sure to store any baked items made with protein powder in the refrigerator! More protein powder recipes to come.
Orange Cranberry Protein Muffins
- 1/2 cup vanilla protein powder
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp Minneola orange zest
- 1/4 cup egg whites
- 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- Juice 1/2 Minneola orange
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix together protein powder, almond flour, baking soda, and orange zest. Add in egg whites, almond milk, coconut oil, and orange juice. Stir until all ingredients are fully incorporated. Fold in dried cranberries. Spray 6 cup muffin tin with cooking spray. Add batter evenly. Bake 15 minutes. Let cool before removing from muffin tin. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
Serves: 6 | Serving size: 1 muffin
Calories: 176, total fat: 12 g, total carbohydrates: 9 g, dietary fiber: 1 g, sugars: 5 g, protein: 7 g
Have you baked with protein powder before? What’s your favorite recipe? Tell me below!