Recipe: Klean Protein Carrot Cake Muffins

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Recipe: Klean Protein Carrot Cake Muffins

Carrot cake-inspired muffins with added nutrition from raisins and nuts, topped with a vanilla protein cream cheese frosting sounds pretty indulgent, but this delicious recipe is a brilliant nutritionally balanced option.

Featuring our Klean Isolate (Unflavoured) Whey Protein Powder, these tasty muffins contain 10g of protein per serving and a more enhanced nutrient profile compared to shop-bought, high-fat cakes.

Homemade muffins can be a great on-the-go snack – just take a little of the cream cheese frosting with you in a tub to spread on top when you’re ready to tuck in. You can also pop your muffin in the microwave for a few seconds before eating to warm it up nicely. Mmmm…

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Carrot and banana mixture:

  • 2 bananas, peeled and mashed.
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and grated
  • ¼ cup rapeseed oil
  • ¼ cup apple sauce or crushed pineapple in its own juice, drained
  • 1/3 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped (optional)
  • 1/3 cup raisins

Wet ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup honey or agave syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Dry ingredients:

  • ¾ cup white whole wheat flour (try oat flour for a gluten-free option)
  • ½ cup Klean Isolate (Unflavoured)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg

Cream cheese frosting:

  • 225g low-fat cream cheese
  • ½ cup fat-free Greek yoghurt
  • ½ cup Klean Isolate Whey Protein Powder (Natural Vanilla Flavour)
  • Sprinkle of sweetener


  • Preheat the oven to 160°C.
  • Spray an 18-hole muffin tin and lightly dust with flour to prevent sticking. If you want to use muffin cases, spray these with the oil.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, peel and mash the bananas using a fork or potato masher.
  • Peel and grate the carrots and add to the bananas, along with the nuts (if using).
  • Pour in the oil and applesauce.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with the sugar, honey or agave syrup and salt. Whisk for around three minutes, or until light and airy.
  • In the same bowl as the wet ingredients, sift the flour, Klean protein powder, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Fold to combine.
  • Then, add the carrot and banana mixture to the other ingredients.
  • Fill each muffin cup or case until three-quarters full and bake for 15-18 minutes or an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  • While the muffins are baking, mix the cream cheese and yoghurt, then add in the vanilla protein powder and sweetener.
  • Store in the fridge until firm, then use to top the cooled muffins. Store the frosted muffins in the fridge.

Nutritional Content Per Serving (Recipe Makes 18): Calories: 145; carbohydrates: 23g; fibre: 2g; protein: 5g; calcium: 4% of an adult’s daily value (DV); potassium: 3% DV; sodium: 3% DV; iron: 5.5% DV; magnesium: 3.8% DV; phosphorus: 4.3%; selenium: 7.1%; vitamin A: 7.3%; vitamin B6: 5% DV; niacin: 5% DV; vitamin C: 5.5% DV; vitamin E: 6.6% DV; vitamin K: 5% DV; folate: 3.25% DV; thiamin: 6.66% DV; riboflavin: 5.88% DV.

This recipe was provided by Karlyn Grimes, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., C.S.S.D., founder of Simply Simple Health and author of The Everything Anti-Inflammation Diet Book. *Our medical experts have been retained as consultants in advising Klean Athlete. They are compensated for this service.

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