Pre-Workout Espresso & Almond Mini Chocolate Protein Cups
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 a handful of simple all-natural ingredients :-)
1/8 cup (around 12g) ground gluten-free oats (or oat flour)
1/8 cup (9g) whey protein powder
1 big tbsp. (9g-10g) coconut flour
2 tbsp (32g) almond butter
1 tbsp (10g) of your granulated sweetener of choice
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 xxing 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. Note: if your dough is turning out too wet, add a bit more of the coconut flour. If it’s turning out too dry, add more of the coffee!
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. 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!)