\Net carbs. About 3 per muffin Prep time: 10 minutes, Cooking time: 30 minutes. I did not invent the idea of using whey protein powder as a substitute for flour: Low carber Gloria Koch did, and her invention has since spawned a flood of recipes from sweet to savory. (Search for “Low Carb Soul Bread” on Google or Facebook to get started.)
This variation, in muffin tins, works as a biscuit, a muffin, or even as a substitute (though not an exact match) for Yorkshire pudding. It works well as the biscuit part of biscuits and sausage gravy. It can be made in a variety of sizes (Larger sizes need more cooking time) and shapes. Regardless, it needs a mold because the mixture itself is too liquid to hold a shape. Hence, muffin tins, muffin top pans, brownie pans, bread loaf pans, are all worth exploring
- 8 ounces softened cream cheese
- 3 Tbsp melted butter
- 2 1/2 Tbsp avocado or olive oil
- 2 1/2 Tbsp whipping or heavy cream
- 2 eggs + 1 egg white
- 1 cup plus 3 Tbsp unflavored whey protein powder
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
- 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Sesame seeds or grated Parmesan cheese to taste
- Preheat oven to 325F.
- Grease a muffin pan (or other baking pan)
- In a large bowl, mix wet ingredients (cream cheese, butter, oil, cream, eggs, and egg white).
- In another bowl, whisk the dry ingredients (protein powder, baking powder, xanthan gum, garlic powder, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar).
- Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and lightly whisk or blend until just combined.
- Fill each muffin mold about 3/4 full. You’ll probably get about 9 muffins, so fill the other cavities with about 1/4 inche of water
- Sprinkle tops with toasted sesame seeds and/or Parmesan cheese.
- Bake 30 minutes, golden brown on top and firm to the touch. Remove and let cool in pan 15 minutes, then flip out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- Note that cooking times vary according to size of the mold. Thinner portions need less time.
Serves 9 (average muffin size). About 3 net carbs per muffin.