Zesty Cranberry Muffins

Can you tell I am on a ‘zest’ kick? It is amazing to me how a little bit of lemon zest can go a long way! I admit that I am also on a cranberry kick. A special friend (thank you Cindy ;) ) got me hooked on her cranberry casserole last winter and lets just say I have a freezer full of cranberries :D

As promised, I decided to make a blog post of a recipe that did not include protein powder. It does not mean you cannot use protein powder in the following recipe, instead you would just sub out the cottage cheese and replace it with protein powder.

4 egg whites
º c (62g) cottage cheese (whipped smooth)
Ω c old fashion oats (40 grams) grinded
º c (30g) cranberries
2 g SF FF lemon pudding mix
1 tsp lemon zest
Splenda 2-3 packets (optional)

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees

ï First grind oats, whip cottage cheese and chop (or blend) cranberries to desired consistency.
ï Then add the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.
ï Pour batter into greased muffin pan.
ï Bake for 25-30 minutes (in deep muffin pan) @ 350 degrees Baking time will lessen in smaller muffin pan.

Nutritional Information: Entire Batch (mine made 2 giant muffins)
Calories: 279 Fat: 4.0 g Carbohydrate: 36.1 g Protein: 25.5 g