Carissa’s Cinnamon Muffins

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Today’s offering is from Carissa. She got the idea for her Cinnamon Muffins from our girl Shelly at The World According to Eggface. She liked the protein muffin idea and decided to play with it and make it her own!

Here’s how it goes down.

Carissa’s Cinnamon Muffins


3/4 c. whole wheat pancake mix
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp splenda brown sugar
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
1/2 c milk
1/4 c. sugar free pancake syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine pancake mix, baking soda, cinnamon, brown sugar, protein powder and milk in a medium bowl.  Stir until smooth.
  3. Fold in syrup.  I like to not completely mix in the syrup as it adds a little extra syrup surprise in the final product…but its up to you! 🙂
  4. I pre-grease my muffin tins so they come out easier after…but again, your prerogative!
  5. Pour mixture into muffin tins until they are about 3/4 full
  6. Bake for approximately 16 minutes
Carissa really likes these muffins but report that they sometimes flatten out on her. For that, I have this to offer. Whenever making baked protein goods, investigate using double-acting baking powder. I could get into a lengthy chemistry explanation, but these guys do it better than me
The bottom line: Double-acting baking powder gives you more time to work with your batter (which you may need when incorporating protein). Also remember that, as a general rule, baked protein goods require about double the leavening agent of their non-protein counterparts. So if a recipe calls for 1/2 tsp baking powder, for a protein version you’d use a full tsp and so on. Reasoning: it’s heavier. It takes a bit more “muscle” to get it to rise! (I know we can ALL understand that analogy!)
So in the above recipe, I’d suggest 1 full teaspoon of double-acting baking powder. You can find it in Wal-Mart (Great Value even makes it!) and it costs less than $2. 
If you want a “smack yo momma” good topping for this, here’s something I’ve used on cinnamon stuff in the past:
Nik’s Cinnabon Topping
1/4 c. Lowfat (Neufchatel) cream cheese, softened
2 tbsp. unflavored Greek yogurt
No calorie sweetener, to taste
Optional: A “splick” of apple pie spice
Mix it all in a bowl then refrigerate for about 30 minutes before smearing onto a muffin. It’s best with this one if you “smear as you go.”
Thanks Carissa for sharing your muffin recipe. Keep playing with your food!
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    oooh. I have to try these! I sneak a scoop of vanilla protein powder in the muffin mixes I make for my kids – i figure giving them the extra shot of protein in an otherwise sweet breakfast can't hurt.
    thanks for sharing!

  2. Mmmm, that sounds delish! Thanks Carissa for sharing 🙂

  3. Bariatric Vitamins

    Using a whole wheat pancake mix is a great idea but don't those usually have sugar in them?

  4. How do u know how much protein it has?

  5. Anonymous,

    You can figure out the stats by plugging the ingredients you intend to use into a food calculator. Here is more info on doing that:

  6. Bariatric Vitamins,

    It depends on what kind you use. Some have very low amounts of sugar, some very high amounts. That's why you have to be an avid label reader! Here's my BF Basics series on the nutritional label that may help:

  7. Two questions for you:

    (1) When you suggest using a full teaspoon of double acting baking powder, would that be in place of the baking soda the recipe calls for, or in addition to it?

    (2) Would a low-carb baking mix, such as Atkins, work in place of the whole wheat pancake mix?

  8. Hi Elizabeth,

    Whatever the recipe calls for, you use double. So Carissa's recipe called for a half tsp, so I suggest using a full tsp instead. Good question!

    So far as Atkins, I think that's fine. You may need some additional sweetener. You would still use the full tsp of baking powder as Atkins adds the additional burden of a LOT of fiber! You might even bump up to 1.5 tsp. You'll notice if you check out my baked protein goodies they often require a lot of baking powder to rise. Worry not. It won't blow up on you. 🙂

  9. Those sound so goo! Nikki, that topping sounds awesome, i would love it! Might even be dangerous.. lol

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