Yes, you read that right. It seems impossible, yet this is a Diet Plateau Crushing Muffin Recipe. I discovered it as a joke.
During the holiday season last winter I came across an article that talked about losing weight eating oatmeal and protein for breakfast. Tongue-in-cheek I told my husband that I'd discovered how we would keep from gaining weight over the holidays.
We both laughed, like 'Yeah that will solve our problems - not!' and laughed again. We both knew there was no way we'd be able to stick to 'low carb' with tons of gatherings and parties on the calendar so oatmeal 'magic' sounded good, if a bit silly. He agreed to give it a try.
I was willing to try something new because the scales had been stuck on a plateau for several weeks and I was a smidge discouraged with my regular low carb diet.
So I began making oatmeal each morning and stirring Greek yogurt or an egg into it and adding a few extras like cinnamon and sweetener or a few berries. It was yummy and very filling.
In fact both Tracy (my DH) and I were so satisfied after breakfast that we often found ourselves working through and even skipping lunch with out even noticing. Crazy, right?
I have to admit though that I like variety and after about day 10 of doing this I wondered aloud if I basically took the same ingredients and baked it in a muffin tin if it would at least seem like a change.
After a bit of kitchen experimentation I came up with a hearty and yummy oatmeal muffin. The funny thing is that using approximately the same ingredients turns one serving of protein fortified oatmeal into 4 muffins. To me it just seemed like a lot more food. I've sometimes even saved a muffin for an afternoon snack if I didn't polish them all off at breakfast.
This made enough of a change up so we could keep going. We continued on through December and all its parties. Each of these muffins were still reasonable at 8 carbs each, just not super 'low' carb.
I should mention that I made sure I never went anywhere starving and was moderate in my treat intake, but I didn't avoid them. I also made nice balanced low carb meals for lunch and dinner whenever we ate at home.
When I stepped on the scales on New Years I was pretty shocked, I hadn't gained any weight at all -- I'd lost four pounds.
Please Note! These can be made as a batch for 1 person. The secret to even baking is to put a teaspoon of water in the tins that have no batter. (You can also double or triple the recipe as you wish.)
I've used this Diet Plateau Crushing Muffin Recipe since then and with similar results. -- Feeling full, lots of energy and breaking the plateau. -Best joke I ever ate! Enjoy! -- Laura
- ½ cup old-fashioned oats -gluten free
- 2 tsp coconut flour
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- 2 T. Swerve sweetener (or pourable Splenda)
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup almond milk, unsweetened
- 1 egg
- Optional extras:
- -1½ T. peanut butter with 1½ T extra dark chocolate chips.
- - A pinch each of cinnamon and nutmeg.
- - 1 T. chopped walnuts with 1 T. chopped dried fruit.
- Heat oven to 400 degrees.
- Pour dry ingredients into a medium mixing bowl.
- Add the wet ingredients and stir any optional extras, if desired.
- Allow batter to rest and prepare muffin tins with muffin liners and vegetable spray.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.