High Protein Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

It's the week after my birthday which can only mean one thing: I'm old! Jks, jks, yes I suppose I am truly old now that I just turned 30 on Monday (guess I gotta edit all my social media profiles still calling myself a 20 something year old - whoops!) but realllly what my birthday always falls on is the cusp of autumn so now that my birthday celebration has past it's fully fall and I'm ready to embrace it!

I've yet to order a pumpkin spice latte but I broke out all the fall candles, bought some pumpkins for our front porch on my lunch break today, and broke in the kitchen at our new home last night baking a healthy fall recipe that literally made the entire house smell ahhhhmahhhhzingly fall/cinnamon/deliciously cozy.

My health goals have shifted from daily tracking calories and macros to overall eating more intuitively and not stressing over the numbers so much while I'm just trying to maintain my weight loss and live my life, but my many years of calorie counting and macro counting still keeps me always very aware of what I'm consuming in the back of my mind, so I'm still all about keeping baked goods low calorie and high protein when I'm making them at home when possible!

 For my first fall baking of the season I went back to an old macro-friendly recipe created from my old macro coach Poppy Locks which requires only a few basic ingredients to make and tastes great for the calories.  Now that I'm no longer tracking macros nor scared of carbs from apples anymore (older and wiser now that I hit the big 3-0) I tweaked the recipe up a bit to make this yummy high protein, healthy apple cinnamon coffee cake! 

The bars get baked in a standard 8x8 inch pan and when split into 9 servings they are each only 80 calories with equal amounts of protein and carbs while being very low fat from using applesauce in place of extra butter or oil.

They work great with coffee in the morning as a traditional coffee cake or you can add some cool whip or ice cream to enjoy as a dessert instead! Either way if you are looking for a low calorie fall treat that incorporates protein powder to add some extra protein to your diet, I totally recommend giving this recipe a try!
Full nutritional info and recipe is below: let me know if you give it a try! My next fall activity is obviously going to have to be apple picking so I can grab some nice local apples to make some more of these :)

Nutritional Information

I baked my bars in an 8 inch x 8 inch pan and cut them into 9 servings.  One bar comes out to 80 calories with 8 grams of carbs, 2 grams of fat, and 8 grams of protein.

High Protein Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake
A seasonal and tasty coffee cake using protein powder for a protein boost and applesauce to make it low fat. Modified from Poppy Locks
    • 3 Scoops (96g) PEScience Protein Powder (Snickerdoodle or Blondie Flavors work well)
    • 2 Tbs (16g) Coconut Flour
    • 3 Tbs (46g) I Can't Believe It's Not Butter (cold)
    • 2 Snack Size Containers (4oz Each/226 grams) Unsweetened Applesauce
    • 1 Small Apple Peeled and Cored (135 grams)
    • 1 tsp Baking Powder
    • 2 tsp (8g) Truvia Brown Sugar Blend
    • 1 tsp Cinnamon (divided)
          Preheat oven to 325F and spray an 8x8 inch brownie pan with cooking sprayFold together protein powder, flour and butter in a mixing bowl with a fork or by hand until combinedSet aside 1/4 of flour mixture for topping then add in baking powder, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and applesauce to the existing flour mixture and mix until a batter is formedPour batter into greased baking panCore and peel one small apple then dice into small pieces and sprinkle overtop of batterMix remaining 1/2 tsp cinnamon with the brown sugar and reserved flour mixture then bake for 25 minutes. Let cool before cutting and store leftovers in an airtight container
          Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook Time: 25 Minutes. Total Time: 35 Minutes Yield: 9 Servings

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