Orange You Glad I Made Muffins?


Oh my gosh, I am SO SO excited to get this post up tonight!

After several hours of kitchen experimentation, I present you with this:

Ain’t he cute?

But before I get into any details…I have to get into some details!

Not making much sense? Don’t worry, I will!

See, a few months back, I was contacted by the lovely people over at NuNaturals
(shout out for one of our awesome Blend Retreat contributors…whoo!)
about trying two of their newest products:

I was immediately intrigued!

Little did I know that in a few days THIS is what would show up at my door:

More Stevia than you can shake a sugar-free stick at!

Not to be confused with Pixi Sticks, or any sort of limb coming from a tree that inspires nineties country music! ๐Ÿ˜‰

ย But any who…onto the sweet stuff!

As soon as my “loot” arrived, I got to work seeing what magic it could make out of my meals…

Remember these guys?

Yep, my bottle of lemon Stevia saved the day when, after a trip to the store for ingredients to make lemon poppy seed pancakes, I forgot the frickin’ lemons!

So what else did I try?

There’s just something about the combo of lemon and blueberries!

And this breakfast of OIAJ (oats in a jar) definitely did NOT disappoint! The lemon Stevia sweetened my oats just enough and gave a nice crisp, buttery lemon flavor that paired SO well with the tart frozen blueberries!

But as fantastic as both the pancakes and the oats were, the star of tonight’s post are these beauties:

Soft and flakey, orange and creamy, these muffins just scream SUMMER!

And guess what…they’re vegan AND gluten-free!

You’re welcome! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Orange Creamsicle Protein Muffins

By:ย Heather Powers

Prep Time: 10-15 minutes

Cook Time: 22-24 minutes

Ingredients (6 regular-sized muffins)

  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/8 cup coconut flour
  • 1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/8 cup agave syrup
  • 20 drops Orange NuStevia
  • zest of one orange (about 1-2 teaspoons)


1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a muffin tin with foil liners (or coat pan with a generous amount of non-stick spray)
2. In a medium-sized bowl combine flours, protein powder, baking powder, salt, xanthan gum, and chia seeds and stir together.
3. In a separate bowl, add milk, oil, agave, stevia, and orange zest and stir to combine.
4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until all the flour is incorporated.
5. Spoon batter into muffin liners filling 3/4 of the way full.
5. Bake for 22-24 minutes or until the tops are slightly browned.
6. Once done, transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
7. Enjoy alone with a glass of milk or coffee, or crumble over your favorite yogurt for a protein packed breakfast!

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Mmm, mmm, MMM!

Even though I’m not a huge sweets person and rarely ever sweeten my foods, I do occasionally get a craving for something more. I found the NuNaturals liquid Stevia drops to be the perfect way to give just enough sweetness to satisfy my momentary sweet tooth.

I just can’t believe it took me so long to try baking with it!

Call me a procrastinator…or call me genius…I DO think I perform best under a bit of pressure…but I DID in fact wait until the last week of the month to knock out one of my main goals for June…

Wait…did somebody say giveaway?

Oh yes, yes SOMEBODY did!

And this is where it REALLY gets good.

Not one…not two…not three…but FOUR winners will be chosen to receive one bottle each of the new lemon and orange NuNaturals Stevia…all you have to do is enter!

To “hoops or jumps” entry:
Tell me what your favorite summer treat is and the best way to enjoy it!

Giveaway Deets:
Contest will run until next 11:59pm CST next Thursday, July 5, 2012
Only open to US residents

Good luck!!

While the products from NuNaturals Stevia were sent to me free of charge, this review is of my own personal opinion and in no way was I compensated for it.


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86 Responses to Orange You Glad I Made Muffins?

  1. YUM! Those look super delicious girl!
    But my favorite summer treat is ice cream or frozen yogurt. It’s just so freakin’ yummy, I can’t help it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Laurel C says:

    I love to make slushies and smoothies in the summer, especially when it gets HOT!! I’ve been wanting to try the NuNaturals, so I hope I win some ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Missy says:

    Those look so good -I knew when I saw the orange and the stevia out on your counter (on IG) that you were doing something orangey! They look so good!
    Ice cold watermelon (seeded, red or yellow meat) is my fave summer treat -eaten outside. All fruit tastes better outside for some reason!

  4. I am SO making these muffins. Holy yum. I love chia in muffins – they’re like poppy seeds!

    Favorite summer treat on the new bodybuilding diet is now the zucchini bread protein smoothie I posted today. Sounds weird, tastes good. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I LOVE the idea of an orange protein muffin. How unique!!

  6. Taylor says:

    Those muffins look so good!! My favorite summer treat has to be a good old fashion ice cream cone but with a recent purchase of an ice cream maker I have been making homemade frozen yogurt, those NuNaturals would be a great flavor addition! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. funny, i was just about to make orange muffins today because i had a bunch of oranges sitting around..and now i have a recipe- i just might have to tweak it a little because i don’t have orange stevia. hmm my favorite summer treat is homade avocado chocolate fudge pops! mm-mmm, and good for me too ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. teabagginit says:

    i used to SPRINT to the ice cream truck to get orange dream ‘sicles! these muffins look awesome! now my favorite summer treat is watermelon – not by the slice … the whole thing!

  9. Beth says:

    Favorite summer treat would have to be a cold, refreshing smoothie!

  10. Oh my these look amazing! Totally summer.
    My favorite summer treat is watermelon! So sweet and juicy!

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  12. Oh my! I usually don’t like orange-flavored foods, but orange creamsicle is a whole other deal and protein-packed too?!

  13. Cass says:

    My favorite summer treat would have to be rhubarb crisp with a dollop of non-dairy ice cream!

  14. amy marantino says:

    my favorite summertime treat is cold, cold watermelon.

  15. Shannon H says:

    I think one of the best Summer snacks is some fresh, chilled fruit. Melons are really good in the Summer and we have amazing peaches in Colorado. Other than fresh fruit, I love Sorbet when it’s really lot. I love fruit if you couldn’t tell haha.

  16. Lisa says:

    Um FRO YO, of course! After a hard day’s (or week’s) work!

  17. Danielle says:

    My favorite summer treat is definately fro “cho”, especially topped with cereal ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Ray says:

    Blueberry pie with a scoop of frozen yogurt made with fresh blueberries!

  19. Esther says:

    My fave summer treat is probably ice cream cake or ice cream sandwiches. Something about the chocolate cookie/cold ice cream combo…mmm!

  20. Lauren says:

    I loveee frozen yogurt in the summertime ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. My favorite summer treat is frozen yogurt (homemade of course!) or arctic zero.

  22. I Love baking however I am not the best baker out there but regardless of my outcome I find the experience of baking to always be fun and relaxing.

    I am loving smoothies this summer! I have seen lemon infused smoothies all over and would love to be able to try one!

    Those muffins look amazing by the way!!

  23. Meg says:

    Ice cream is by far my favorite summer treat! I love buying a scoop with a couple of friends and plopping down on a nice wooden bench and slurping it down like I did when I was little:)

  24. Lindsay says:

    Those look AWESOME! will have to add that to me “Recipes I want to try” collection!
    My favorite summer treat is frozen yogurt – being lactose intolerant steers me away from real ice cream, so the frozen yogurt is the next best thing – SO YUMMY! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Katie says:

    They look delicious!! I have bottles of that nunatrulas stuff – but no idea what to use it for! (If I win, pick someone else – but thank you for the recipe!!)

  26. I love fresh fruit topped with granola or maybe just some cacao nibs.

    Your muffins look insanely good!

  27. Carly Clark says:

    Those muffins look yummy! I may have to do some combing of yours and peas and crayons muffin recipes to make my batch(: haha i can never settle on just one recipe. My favorite summer treat is a smoothie in a bowl; now for a flavor? hmmm right now I’m loving my banana cream whey with matcha powder, weird; yes, but very tasty (with frozen bananas, almond milk, espresso powder and ice!)


    In the summer I gain what I like to call water (melon) weight. ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Alex says:

    Nothing like fro-yo over the summer!

  30. sarah says:

    MyGosh do I want to make these muffins- stevia and coconut flour are like 2 of my favourite things!

    Strawbs n bloobs are awesome summery delights:)!

  31. Gina says:

    I love fresh berries and they are even better when on top of frozen yogurt of course!

  32. 91% Chocolate Lover says:

    All the fresh fruit that is now in season! Strawberries, watermelon, cherries, peaches, etc.

  33. Erin says:

    Blueberries! I eat them by the handful, like popcorn!

  34. Anne says:

    Nectarines are my favorite in the summer time. Delicious!!!!

  35. karina says:

    my favorite summer treat is chocolate froyo on a cake cone!

  36. Danielle says:

    Gazpacho is perfect in the summer at picnics. It’s even better if it’s watermelon gazpacho!

  37. gail says:

    My favorite summer treat is fresh strawberries. It has become an annual event to pick fresh berries with my mom. Priceless!

  38. Tamara says:

    My favorite summer treat is frozen yogurt. I love it topped with fresh strawberries and kiwi.

  39. Trish says:

    Lovely little muffins you made there, my dear!

    My perennial summer favorites are fresh pineapple, mango, and watermelon. But my NEW summer fave was inspired by a little ice pop maker I picked up at Ikea:

    I brew up a couple of cups of green tea, sweeten lightly with orange blossom honey (you could use orange stevia, too!), and freeze. Then, I have a handy cold treat for those nights when I don’t have any calories left in my bank.

  40. jodie says:

    Frozen yogurt with seasonal berries.

  41. jeanette says:

    I would love to try these! I love frozen yogurt in the summer and I would try to use these with some greek yogurt for a frozen treat.

  42. Alexandra says:

    Favorite summer treat is frozen MARGARITAS! Does it get any better than that?

  43. Helene Trapper says:

    Honestly summer is my absolutely favorite season of the year when it comes to food. It is a hard pick because I just LOVE all the summer fruits, especially the berries AND DO MY BEST TO HAVE SOME EVERYDAY. So whether it is in muffins, on top of cereal or yogurt , in pies a la mode or in a big frosty smoothie. But then a big peach or nectarine dripping juice always “sends me to the moon”. So many choices, so little time!

    I am very interested in the NuNaturals, as I am a diabetic and looking for a natural sugar substitutes I can use in baking and cooking. I will keep my fingers crossed on the contest. Meanwhile I am writing down muffin recipe for the future.

  44. katie says:

    FAV summer treat- def froyo!! I LOVE avocado tart froyo with some fruit! Its so refreshing on these hot summer days. I like enjoying it with friends!

  45. Debbie says:

    My favorite summertime treat is frozen yogurt with fresh fruit…especially peaches and cherries. Yum!

  46. Kelly says:

    Your recipes look amazing! My kids adore muffins & pancakes, so I’m thinking I may need to give these a try. ๐Ÿ™‚

    My favorite summer treat is good old-fashioned watermelon – cut into slices and enjoyed in all its dripping glory on the front porch! SO delicious!

  47. Patricia Small says:

    Strawberry shortcake. And the real stuff, not the sponge cake for the store, real yummy homemade shortcake and fresh whipped cream.

  48. sherie beemer says:

    fresh homemade salsa’s peach & roasted pineapple is one of my fav’s it’s sweet enough if you leave hot peppers out to even use on toast. a snack of toast with cream cheese and fresh peach & roasted pineapple salsa yummm

  49. Lisa says:

    These muffins sound delicious! Hmmm, my favorite summer treat? Definitely Hawaiian Ice. It’s cool and refreshing on a hot day and is always fun to treat the family to.

  50. Cassie says:

    Thank you for the gluten free muffin recipe…can’t wait to try it!!!
    My favorite summer treat most recently is homemade lemonade, and the lemon stevia would be fantastic! It is so refreshing and addicting…I’ve had it everyday for the last month!!

  51. I love NuNaturals! I have only tried the vanilla, but I would LOVE to try these other flavors!

    My favorite summer treat has to be fresh salads made from veggies out of the garden. I know it’s not really a “treat” but it is just way too hot during the summer to be eating much of anything else. And, believe it or not, I’m not a big ice cream fan!

  52. Rachel says:

    Green smoothies! – frozen banana, spinach/kale, almond milk, ground flax, and greek yogurt!

  53. Brandi says:

    I love the taste of mangos with blueberries and blackberries. I just throw all that in a bowl and eat away. Makes a great snack, an addition to breakfast or a simple dessert after lunch or dinner.

  54. Watermelon. I eat it straight up! ๐Ÿ™‚

  55. kim says:

    my favorite summer treat is definitely watermelon! I could eat a whole one in one day!

  56. Lacey says:

    In the summer my favorite treat is fresh fruit, you know, the kind when you buy it fresh from the farmers market and its still warm from outside and you can literally taste the sunshine:D mmmmm….

    also watermelon, roasted dandies marshmellows, and recently soy yogurt flavored up and stuck in the freezer to make froyo, topped with fruit and granola. yum:)

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  58. Jessica Tano says:

    I love frozen yogurt with fresh fruit during the Summer. I would be the happiest gal if I could win! I wanted to order a lemon Nunaturals stevia but the total price was like $24 with shipping. Way too expensive for my budget as a mother of 2 and a husband still in school. I’m trying to eat healthier and SO want to try your lemon blueberry coconut pancakes, but need those drops. ๐Ÿ™ Please choose me!

  59. @pluvk says:

    My favorite summer treat would have to be mangoes… I wait ALL year for them. I love to eat them with cottage cheese or as a salsa, but the fruit all by itself is my absolute favorite!

  60. carrie kaabachi says:

    Hi, this is an awesome site (I just found you through Pinterest..yay!!) My fav summer treat is cantelope blueberry fruit salad, with sweet chili powder and sprigs of mint..chilled to perfection. Leftovers get tossed in a blender the next morning with frozen blueberries for a delightful breakfast smoothie with a kick! Thanks for the giveaway, too!

  61. I love summer watermelon or corn on the cob as treats! Summer is the best!

    Also the best: your cute haircut!

  62. My favorite summer treat?!? Hmmm…I’d have to say homemade frozen yogurt! That and anything on the grill, but that isn’t sweet treat ๐Ÿ™‚ by the way I totally was going to make orange muffins with my orange Stevia but I guess illjust try your concoction first!

  63. Minerva says:

    My summer treat is a boardwalk icecream cone dipped in chocolate. ๐Ÿ™‚

  64. Wow those muffins look A-MAZING! My favorite summer treat would probably be Dip n Dots but I can only get those at amusement parks or baseball games. :-/

  65. Ohmygod heather I need this more than anyone else ^^hahaha I live in Austria and we dont get that flavored stevia! in fact plain stevia has just recently been legalized in health food stores…. waaah

    My favorite summery treat: definitely icecream !! or should I say plain black iced coffee with several giant hoops of creamy vanilla ice cream goodness! Always a winner and so refreshing!
    May I be excused , I need to go workout now ๐Ÿ™‚

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Mmm, that combo definitely sounds like a winner to me! But um, do you have a US address they can ship to if you win? Otherwise, I’m sorry to say I can’t count your entry since it’s only open to US residents. ๐Ÿ™

  66. favorite summer treat is ice cream…but really, that is year round! I am a vanilla fan! Last night I had with fresh blueberries and walnuts…yum!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I really do love the summer produce, that really is the real treat of summer!

  67. Favorite summertime treat is watermelon which is best savored by the water, preferably on a beach. I just started using stevia – would love to try these out for summertime treats!

  68. Georgiana says:

    Ice Cream with Hot Fudge Topping! ๐Ÿ™‚

  69. My favorite summer treat is…watermelon! I like it frozen, on the beach! I know you thought I’d say ice cream, because I *am* a huge sweets person, but ice cream is my favorite ALWAYS, not just summer, treat!

  70. Grace says:

    Ice cream! Served with a little bit of brownie, of course ๐Ÿ™‚

  71. Zan says:

    My current favorite treat is good old watermelon followed closely by frozen red grapes. They are perfect for a cool down after a hot outdoor exercise session in hot Texas!

  72. Anna W. says:

    my favorite summer treat is homemade frozen yogurt or coconut milk ice cream!

  73. Briana says:

    My favorite summer treat is really cold watermelon with sea salt! yum!

  74. Michelle C says:

    My favorite summer treat is a nice cold frozen yogurt from 16 handles with gummy bears and sprinkles on top for the occasional treats!!!

  75. Amry says:

    Hi Heather! My fav summer treat Haagen Daaz Coffee & Almond Crunch ice cream bars, and I enjoy them anytime, anywhere. I can’t resist them!

  76. Lilly says:

    Summer fruit, like watermelon especially, is such a treat! Also, ice cream and fro you is super in the summer ( although I do enjoy the year round ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). Those muffins look fantastic, yumm!

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  78. Rosie says:

    WATERMELON is definitely my favorite summer treat

  79. Yum! I love stevia mixed into greek yogurt! The perfect snack!

  80. Mary W. says:

    My fave summer treat would be… Hmm.. Fresh berries! I love them plain or with some frozen yogurt!

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