{Eating Clean}: Protein Cupcake.

by Katelyn Block on July 8, 2012 · 42 comments

Hey there! Guess who made something yummy last night?

Yeaaaaaaah buddy.

Last night, I came home from my road trip with a serious need for some protein (and minimal carbs) before bedtime. Carbs at sleepy time = I’m going to be up all night. Just how it is. So, I threw together a few ingredients that I had on hand (which you might too), and made this delicious cupcake of satisfying goodness. It really is that yummy.

For all of you that need a little extra somethin’ before bedtime (or even while you’re waiting for dinner!), this is a great way to hit the spot when you need it most. Small, simple, and satisfying, this is bound to keep you from stuffing your face with a whole box of Oreos. Not that it’s ever happened around here before.


Protein Cupcake

by Katelyn Block

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Keywords: microwave breakfast dessert snack gluten-free low-carb kosher low-sodium nut-free soy-free sugar-free vegan vegetarian high protein

Ingredients (1 Cupcake)


  • 1/2 scoop (or 2 Tbsp.) vanilla protein powder
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut flour (or flour of choice)
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1/4 tsp. stevia extract
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2-4 tbsp. milk (almond-coconut blend ova hurr)


  • square of dark chocolate
  • scoop of nut butter
  • granola (I used Pure Bliss Eats granola)
  • maple syrup or agave


  1. Add protein powder, flour, chia seeds, stevia, and baking powder. Mix.
  2. Pour in just enough milk to create a dough-like consistency. Add more if necessary. You don’t want the dough to be too tough!
  3. Grease a mug or bowl with coconut oil (or butter if you’re into that), and pour in batter.
  4. Microwave for 2-3 minutes, or until the top has developed a slight crust.
  5. Let cool for a minute or so, and top with whatever makes you chipper.
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This isn’t really a cupcake. It isn’t even anything close. Let’s be honest here, everything is so much fancier when you give it a cute name, next to something as gross sounding as “cupcake”. If I had called this the Protein Microwave Thing, it wouldn’t be nearly as awesome. Truth? Amen. But if you’d like to make it look more like a cupcake, you can add your own frosting by mixing a couple of tablespoons of protein powder with almond milk, or topping the thing with coconut butter. Yum.

Hungry? Satisfied? Want some dessert but not digging the sugary boxed stuff? Make one of these. You are super welcome. Keep eating clean and sweating dirty.

Much love,
Your resident Lazy Girl.

How do you satisfy a craving?

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{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

Diana July 8, 2012 at 6:37 PM

I just made a variation of this for lunch – normally I go for the typical pumpkin protein muffin with coconut flour, but I may have to try your chia seed recipe. These things are amazing when it comes to crushing my hunger, but for cravings, I tend to whip up a quick hot chocolate (made with skim milk unless I have almond milk around, but whatever floats the boat on that particular occasion) :)


Katelyn Block July 8, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Home-made hot chocolate is unreal. I load it up with cocoa powder!


kristi @ sweetly fit July 8, 2012 at 6:56 PM

coconut flour is so awesome in baked goods. This looks just scrumptious! :)


Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness July 8, 2012 at 7:09 PM

This looks awesome! Such a great way to fight a craving while getting in protein! I always try to have protein before bed too so this is a perfect nighttime snack! Bookmarking this recipe for sure!


Sarah July 8, 2012 at 7:23 PM

I love easy microwave cupcakey things like this – I crave banana bread ALL the time (kind of weird) so I just make a smaller version in a mug, toss it in the microwave and in a few minutes I have my very own piece of banana bread! So yum!


Katelyn Block July 8, 2012 at 11:37 PM

I grew up eating banana bread 24/7. Trust me, totally normal.


Melissa S July 8, 2012 at 7:46 PM

This looks fantastic! I am going to have to try this at work to tame my appetite!


Meg July 8, 2012 at 8:14 PM

gosh you always make me smile :) I love the way you write <3 great recipe too love xoxo


Katelyn Block July 8, 2012 at 11:36 PM

Thank you, girl! I try to write like I speak.


Purely Twins July 8, 2012 at 8:24 PM

haha sometimes we make things that are not traditional looking, it is hard to find the right name to call it.
the other day we made a muffle (muffin+waffle) :)


Catherine @ Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth July 8, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Hahaha muffle! I want!

Love this idea, Chef! Too cute!


Katelyn Block July 11, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Thanks girls! And yum — I love the sound of muffle!


Alex July 8, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Looks delicious!! Love anything and everything that is a healthy treat and made with protein =)


Melissa July 8, 2012 at 9:26 PM

That looks so yummy!!! I am so excited because I went to a health food store downtown today and I found Sunwarrior, I have never seen it in Canada before, so I picked up a huge bag of vanilla, so excited to try it!


Katelyn Block July 8, 2012 at 11:32 PM

AH you have to try it! No excuses now. ;)


Lea July 8, 2012 at 11:19 PM

The carbs before bed things is so true. I can drink a whole cup of coffee and be knocked out 5 minutes later, but a bowl of oatmeal and I am up all night.

That cupcake sounds delicious too. I need to stock up on some protein powder so I can try it out!


Katelyn Block July 11, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Haha, know what you mean! So true about the coffee. GET PROTEIN POWDAAA


Chuck July 9, 2012 at 1:10 AM

Mmmm this looks good yo. Gotta love the coconut… especially the amazing real stuff from a can!


Katelyn Block July 11, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Yussssss da coconut cream!


Miz July 9, 2012 at 5:10 AM

we love love love a variation on this here too.


Katelyn Block July 11, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Bloggers do it best.


Angela @ Happy Fit Mama July 9, 2012 at 5:13 AM

I think the not so pretty foods usually are the best tasting because you try to hide the ugli-ness with pretty toppings!

Looks yummy!


Katelyn Block July 9, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Haha SO true!


misszippy July 9, 2012 at 6:27 AM

Endlessly impressed with the creativity of some of you foodies! Those sound really great and not so bad for you either. Thanks for sharing!


Katelyn Block July 11, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Better than not-so-bad — it’s GOOD for you!


Katie @wishandwhimsy July 9, 2012 at 6:54 AM

These sound amazing. I love finding and trying new protein recipes!


christy July 9, 2012 at 7:30 AM

That Protein Microwave Thing looks good! (;

I usually just crave ice cream, onion rings, or cookies. Those are my downfalls. Always.


Katelyn Block July 11, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Yes. SALTY THINGS. I can’t stop.


Kierston July 9, 2012 at 7:52 AM

Amazing! Mmmm!

None of my baking has included flour as of yet! I’ll use coconut flour the moment I do :)



Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 9, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Mm sounds tasty! I do a similar protein ‘cupcake’/muffin creation with protein powder and pumpkin (the link is http://eat-spin-run-repeat.com/recipes-2/?recipe_id=6006676 if you’re interested) and it never fails to satisfy a sweet tooth! Sometimes I’ll eat it for breakfast after a workout, or before bed since I know I’ll be up super early working out the next morning. Happy Monday! :)


Katelyn Block July 11, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Yum! Love that we all share similar ideas.


Krysten Siba Bishop (@darwinianfail) July 9, 2012 at 9:41 AM

These look AMAZING! I am definitely going to try these especially now that I am training for my marathon. Extra protein is a MUST!


Katelyn Block July 11, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Been there! Good luck on marathon training!!


Stefanie @TheNewHealthy July 9, 2012 at 10:21 AM

LOVE! I actually made something super similar last night but mine had applesauce rather than milk! Great minds think (and snack) alike! ;)


Katelyn Block July 11, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Elle July 9, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Awesome! I am just starting to use ‘alternate flours’ and so excited to try this out! Pinning!


Katelyn Block July 11, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Thank you!


Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly's July 9, 2012 at 10:55 PM

This sounds delicious, I will definitely be trying this soon!


Melissa S July 18, 2012 at 9:53 PM

I have tried to make this a couple times without success. The first time I followed your recipe, but it was very dry and extremely crumbly. The second time I added more coconut milk and some coconut oil, but again it was dry and very crumbly. Any suggestions??


Katelyn Block July 18, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Did you add chia seeds? The more chia (or eggs!) the better!


Melissa S July 19, 2012 at 9:22 AM

I added chia seeds! What was the consistency of your cupcake? Maybe I will try flax or egg! I am determined to make this work!


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