Pre-Workout Espresso & Almond Mini Chocolate Protein Cups
PLEASE NOTE: From here on out, I’ll be posting ALL my recipes in both cups and grams! That being said, please don’t forget to bookmark (and ideally print out) my new ingredients’ conversion sheet; that way you’ll be able to work through – and convert – all my previous 1.5K+ recipes.
These Protein Chocolate Cups are absolute madness! So so so tasty – a perfect (polygamous?) marriage between almonds, coffee…. and dark chocolate. If you like almond butter cups, you’re in for a treat! Literally. A perfect pre-workout bite of POW.
I’m calling them ‘mini’ because I made them inside truffle cases instead of muffin cases. So they’re tiny. Properly bite-sized. They’re delicious and perfect before the gym, alongside an espresso – for that kick of karakaPOW! They take about two minutes to assemble, 30 in the fridge, and use only five ingredients. One of the ingredients is our brand new Whey Protein Pow Mix.
I’ve been screaming about my mixes all over social media these last few days and what I’ve noticed is that a lot of people still don’t know what the mixes are – or what exactly they are for. Let me tell you why that is:
It’s because there is NOTHING like them out there.
This is seriously the height of innovation in the world of protein foods! Trust me on this, there is no one with more protein cooking experience out there. The mixes are completely in a league of their own. They are 100% all-purpose and designed to make cooking with protein quick, convenient, and EASY. I created them not to launch another protein product in the market, no. I created them because I just couldn’t sit back any longer, write books, create original content, write for magazines, consult with big businesses, and not get involved in bringing into the world the ONE product that I have ALWAYS dreamt of finding on store shelves. And in my kitchen.
So I did it. I created these mixes after years and years of cooking with protein and hearing what your primary issues and concerns: e.g. dry foods, hard-to-find ingredients, too many proteins to choose from, etc. My goal from the beginning was simple: to create the absolute BEST product to make protein foods with. It took me a long time to find the right ingredients! But eventually I did, to make easy for you guys to follow all my recipes and get them right EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. No matter what your cooking experience, background, or location (because I’ll ship you our mixes globally – see Note below if you’re outside Europe).
You know what I mean? It HAD to be done.
What the mixes do is take away the need for you guys to buy protein powders to cook with and scout out special ingredients. They make creating your own protein bars, truffles, pancakes, and baked goods CHILD’S PLAY. Effortless. Simple. Easy Peasy! And I cannot WAIT until you get your hands on them because you’ll see what I mean the second you use them to create your own recipes and follow the ones I post here at Pow. Recipes like the ones I wrote for the back of our packaging. Or like the ones I’ll be regularly posting here. Recipes like this one, for Espresso & Almond Mini Chocolate Protein Cups! Check it out:
1/4 cup (28g) Whey Protein Pow mix
2 tbsp (32g) almond butter
1 tbsp (10g) of your sweetener of choice (I used Sukrin’s granulated erythitol but coconut sugar or granulated stevia would work really well too)
Freshly-brewed espresso to bind (I used 20ml)
3 squares (30g) 70-90% dark chocolate (I used 85%)
1. Melt your chocolate in a bain marie (i.e. a glass bowl on top of a pot of boiling wohrah).
2. As the chocolate melts, make the filling of your cups by mixing the rest of the ingredients together, adding a tiny bit of coffee at a time, until you get a thick batter. Taste the batter for nomms. But try not to eat it all! You’ll be tempted, trust me. But mobilize some restraint, OK? Because the cups, I promise you, they’re worth it.
3. When the chocolate has melted, pour half of it between 6 truffle paper cups. Then, add a dollop of the filling on top and cover them with the rest of the melted chocolate.
4. Put them in the fridge for 40 minutes and then just ‘unmold’ them (check out the video I uploaded a few months ago to see how it’s done). You can use paper or silicone mini cups. This time I used paper truffle cup. Please bear in mid that, if you want to make them bigger, all you need is to use regular-sized muffin cups.
5. After unmolding… they’re all yours, baby! Enjoy :-)
Macros per cup (out of the six you get from the mix above): 78kcals, 4g carbs (out of which 0.8g is fiber so net carbs = 3.2g), 3.5g protein, 5.7g fat (mostly from the nut butter!)
Note: To be one of the first to get our mixes, you can pre-order them mixes here today. They will ship out on the 14th of October so, in two days! If you live outside Europe – in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or beyond – this week we will unveil brand new and much improved shipping rates at shop.proteinpow.com so please wait until you receive our International Protein Pow Newsletter (sign up here) before you place your order!