Protein Pancake Mini Muffins

Protein Pancake Mini Muffins with Chicken Sausage
Protein Pancake Mini Muffins with Chicken Sausage

I’m always looking for easy cook ahead breakfast options.  I came across a recipe for Pancake Bites that looked adorable and intriguing, but I didn’t want to use sweetener (or coconut flour), so I decided to go more savory.  This meant I could try using my basic protein pancake recipe. I added slices of chicken sausage and VOILA!

These were good warm out of the oven, but, also made a great portable snack when I put them in a baggie and took them along on a 14 mile training walk for Avon39!  They were pretty dang tasty cold and were a great, healthy snack right when I was getting peckish along the way.

Ingredients:

8 links of your favorite chicken sausage (I used Trader Joe’s Sweet Italian)
1 cup 2% cottage cheese
1 cup Greek Yogurt
2 cups oats
5 large eggs
1 cup egg whites
3 scoops multi purpose protein powder (You can certainly play with flavors, etc., but since I was going savory, I just used the plain)

Directions:

file-sep-12-5-36-46-pmPreheat oven to 375 degrees

Spray mini muffin pans with cooking spray (I use these pans, which worked great)

Cut each link of sausage into 12 slices (if you’ve got the fully cooked kind, those ends make a good snack as you’re cooking ;))

Put the slices in your mini muffin tins

Mix all the rest of the ingredients in a blender or food processor. (I have always made these pancakes by just blending everything together, but, my friend Christian had a brilliant idea this weekend… to blend the oats first to get them more “floury” and then add everything else.  I’m going to try that next time and will report back if I think the texture is significantly different, etc.)

Top each slice of chicken sausage with 1 Tablespoon of batter.

Bake for about 30 minutes… until the top of the muffins has browned and they are cooked through.  (My pans are big and my oven is a little wonky, so we actually rotated them at 15 minutes for more even cooking).

My pans are silicone… I’ve read in a couple places where cooking time with silicone pans and regular metal pans can vary, so I’d recommend just checking them ever 10 minutes or so to get the cooking time right.

For each of 96 mini muffins:  27 calories, 1 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of carbs (.2 grams of fiber), 2.9 grams of protein.

I also figured out the info for a serving of 12 muffins:  322 calories, 11.8 grams of fat, 18.2 grams of carbs (2.4 grams of fiber), 35.4 grams of protein.

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