Oct 28

Mocha Mint Protein Muffins + Giveaway

M is for Monday.


I swear I didn’t plan this.

This weekend had an M theme, which happens to work really well for Katie’s Marvelous Monday link up.  See what I did there? ;)


1. Meringues

My company is a cloud-based technology. Rather than handing out boring collateral like pens at the executive meeting, I ordered cloud-like meringue cookies!  Dyed blue and stuffed in pumpkins for Halloween.

Essential Pumpkin

Thanks to Henri’s Bakery for doing a great job on this custom order – I’ve been going there since I was a kid!

NO, I didn’t eat one… 2 weeks to go!


2. Muscles

Speaking of 2 weeks to go, I had my second to last posting practice with my trainer before my competitions!  I have never loved posing, but I’m learning to look forward these Saturday sessions – I get to spend the day posing and training with some of the most inspiring competitors around.

This Saturday’s session made me more excited than ever for these next competitions, and for the next year where I’m 100% committed to hardcore BUILDING.  I love lifting.


3. Mom

This weekend was my mom’s birthday.  She’s turning 29, once again. ;)

I was really excited to have her over for brunch.  She opened presents  and I made her my jicama nachos with shrimp, pico, yellow tomato, and #yolkporn.  She save this #strangebutgood creation two thumbs up, which means the world since she is the one I have to thank for my love of food and creating in the kitchen.



4. Muffins

Not just any muffins.  I accidentally made Mocha Mint Protein Muffins.

These were going to be a version of my coffee pancakes.  I accidentally added too much egg, so I decided to bake them instead. This is what a Thin Mint would taste like as a muffin.  Talk about an awesome mistake!

I used Dunkin Donuts’ seasonal Mocha Mint coffee, but you could use any flavor and add extracts.  I added peppermint extract because the DD coffee isn’t actually very mint-y.

Mocha Mint Protein Muffins

Mocha Mint Muffins

  • 2 T oats
  • 1 T coconut flour
  • 1 T (10g) chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp no-salt baking powder
  • 1/4 C egg whites
  • 1/4 cup brewed coffee (I used mocha mint)
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
  • 6-8 drops vanilla liquid stevia
  • Optional: chocolate chips, cocoa powder, nuts


In a small bowl, mix dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and stir to combine.

Pour into prepared muffin tins and bake ~25 mins.

Makes 2 muffins (or 3 squares in my slightly smaller silicone mold).

Note: I learned that this recipe can be doubled when I made more to have for breakfast this coming week.

This mistake was even sweeter because it gave me a recipe to link up to Heather’s MMAZ.  She told me seeds could count as nuts.


5. Munchies

It’s Halloween.  You have candy coming out the you-know-what.

Just in case you want to give your blood sugar a break, I have a giveaway for one of my favorite bars.  One of you will win a whole box of thinkThin High Protein Bars.



Normally a “thin” bar wouldn’t appeal to me; however, my dad actually got me into these.  When he was getting chemo, all he wanted where the chocolate fudge bars.  Random craving, right?

I came to love them.  The 20g protein is perfect for a quick fix post-workout or on the run.  It keeps you full, gives you a pop of energy, and has 0g of sugar.  They’re also gluten-free!

My favorites right now are the Cookies ‘n Cream and the Chocolate Toffee Nut, but you can choose your own!

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I am literally back-to-back in meetings all week.  Between that and gym time, blogging may be sporadic.  Does anyone else think of Clueless when they use the word sporadic? 

What is your favorite protein-filled snack to-go?

What was the last happy kitchen accident you had?



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  1. Ari @ Ari's Menu

    I love peppermint mocha anything! Such a great combination!

  2. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta

    Oh, your mom is as pretty as her daughter! Happy Birthday to her! Love the meringue cookies. Great idea!

    1. Laura

      Debbie, thank you so much! I am flattered. :)

  3. Gaby

    I love baking high protein cakes like the deep dish cookie pie I made tonight using blended split peas and coconut flour. I also love anything topped with pb!

    1. Laura

      That sounds fantastic! Nothing better than a warm, doughy cookie.

  4. Lucie@FitSwissChick

    Those Meringue Cookies are adorable! What a great idea!
    And Moms are the best, right? I feel them same, her approval is the most important to me.
    And that’s one great mistake! It’s funny cause I hate to drink coffee, but eating it is different, I like it!
    I guess the giveaway is US only?
    Happy Monday Beauty!!

    1. Laura

      I’m a terrible coffee drinker too – I can never finish a cup!

  5. Arman @ thebigmansworld

    Happy birthday to Mrs.Strangebutgood! She’s a lucky one to have a twerking little stunner for a daughter. 2 weeks out!? No way!

    I LOVE think thin bars, I smuggled every flavour from the States! Favourite protein filled goody to snack on has to be jerky when I’m in a time pinch- easy, tasty and…salty.

    1. Laura

      LOL! I’m kind of surprise mom didn’t read this and ask about the twerking… ;)

      Duuuude… what if they made Vegemite jerky?!

  6. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    The cookies came out awesome! Great idea. Happy Birthday to your Mama!

  7. Amanda

    Happy Birthday to your mom! She actually could pass for 29, and I’m not just saying that! She looks really young! :) Those muffins look amazing too!

    Oh and my favorite protein snack on the go would probably be a smoothie made with protein powder and some frozen fruit thrown in or a KIND bar. Maybe not a ton of protein in the KIND bar but they are a good little snack on the go.

    1. Laura

      She read this and I think you made her day. :)

  8. Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com

    Awww-what a sweet shout out to your mom – Happy 29th birthday to her!
    Thanks for sharing these muffins – they sound GREAT!
    My mom introduced me to Think Thin bars are they are superb! I almost feel like I am eating a candy bar – they taste so good!
    My fav protein pick up is a protein shake or a couple scrambled eggs with marmite and avocado.
    Those blue meringue cookies are an awesome idea!
    2 more weeks – YIKES!

    1. Laura

      Ohhhh… Marmite with avocado and eggs sounds so good! Except I’m in the Vegemite camp. ;)

  9. Davida @ The Healthy Maven

    My Mom is turning 29 again too! What are the odds?!?! LOL!

  10. Corinne

    Wow those posing photos are looking great; you’re going to smash the competition! Happy birthday to your mumsy!!

    1. Laura

      Thank you!!! I still struggle, but feeling more confident this time around. :)

  11. Miz

    My girl LOVE LOVE LOVES when I surprise her with a THINK THIN bar as her school snack.
    She would bring one every day if she could.

  12. Alex @ therunwithin

    wait meringues are my favorite thing ever, my favorite protein right now has to be tilapia.

    1. Laura

      Ewwwww… you can have all my tilapia. I can’t stomach that competition staple anymore. ;)

  13. Linz @ Itz Linz

    favorite protein snack to go? some type of protein bar for sure! so easy and so many options!

    1. Laura

      Baby-growing fuel! ;)

  14. Kaila @healthyhelperblog!

    MAKING DEM MUFFINS!!! They sound great! Mint and chocolate are my weakness!

    1. Laura

      Oh, good! Let me know what you think!

  15. Autumn Wieland

    Probably nuts and CLIF bars!

  16. Lee

    I can’t believe you didn’t try the cookie! That’s some willpower. Let’s see, protein. I eat a lot of eggs and greek yogurt.

    1. Laura

      Confession: they aren’t my favorite. If it had been a chocolate chip cookie that may have sent me over the edge.

  17. janet @ the taste space

    Looking great, Laura! Those protein bars sound great. I usually eat a nut+fruit combo.

  18. Maureen

    My love for peppermint mocha will trump my love for pumpkin in about 4 weeks! Happy Monday!

    1. Laura

      I know… I’m waiting for the peppermint mocha frenzy!

  19. Khushboo

    Happy birthday to your momma! Despite their name, I love Think Thin bars…one of my faves to date! Greek yogurt with applesauce is my current favorite protein-rich snack :)

    1. Laura

      Why don’t I ever remember to mix Greek with applesauce?! Gotta change that.

  20. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    Happy birthday to your mom! I usually keep a protein bar in my purse for on-the-go snacking.

  21. Meredith B.

    Greek yogurt is definitely my number one. But I also like to make a protein packed combo of peanut flour, maca powder, and cocoa powder, mixed up with some almond milk and eaten with a banana or lentil chips. Yum!

    1. Laura

      That sounds delicious! Will have to try it out. :)

  22. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast

    I really see you in your mom’s smile- so pretty! I tried several ThinkThink samples at the last race expo I was at and liked all but one. Yum!

    1. Laura

      Thank you so much!

      I still want to try the coconut flavor you mentioned on your blog! I’ve only have the “regular” protein bars.

  23. Jody - Fit at 55

    I found Think Thin bars years & years ago – my 40′s sometime & loved them. At that time I had to search them out – only a couple places sold! They are good!

    OK – the Mocha Mint coffee – does it taste more chocolate or what since not minty? :)

    Course I love the cookies, :) & your mom looks amazing!!!! If she is in her 50′s – DANG! I wish!

    The bobybuilding cartoon cracked me up – love!

    I can’t believe you are so close – looking amazing!

    1. Laura

      Thank you! She’s 56 years young. :)

      Congrats on the WIN!!!!

  24. Carolyn

    Favorite protein snack: Greek yogurt!

  25. Melissa @ Treats With a Twist

    I love these bars! When I’m rushing around and don’t have one on me, I like to pop into a grocery store and grab one. Or, I’ll grab a Greek yogurt then snag a spoon from the deli and eat it in my car :)

    1. Laura

      I want your ritz cookies to snack on… :)

  26. Katie G

    I usually make some sort of protein muffin or bar to take in my lunches for work. Keeps me going through that 3pm slump!

  27. Maren

    Um first of all, your mom is stunning! I see where you get your looks! :) Happy Birthday to her! I am obsessed with Quest bars. Maybe a little too obsessed actually. I’ve forced myself to cut back a little!! Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. Laura

      Thank you so, so much!

      I can’t blame you for the Quest obsession… They’re my favorite quickie baked good!

  28. Kaitlin

    My favorite go-to is a Quest bar! I’ve tried ThinkThin once and really like it too

  29. Kelsey

    My favorite protein snack is a PROTEIN BAR! my fav is QUEST BAR… but I like them all pretty much :)

  30. Renata

    KIND bars are yummy and convenient too!

  31. Kaitlin

    I used to eat these all the time at school. I would put a peanut butter bar in the freezer and it would be like a reese’s cup! I don’t really have a go-to snack, but love nut butters with pretzels or celery

    1. Laura

      That’s brilliant!!! I just stuck a few in the freezer – thanks!

  32. Kierston @candyfit

    You look so much like your Mama!!!!

    Lovin’ the recipe :)

    Posing…you gotta love it!

  33. Brittany @ Barr & Table

    It’s a toss up for me between greek yogurt or a protein bar and I LOVE think thin bars!

  34. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    Those muffins sound fantastic. I still have never used coconut flour. I actually like Think Thin bars – just not the name so much. The PB is my fave, not too sweet. I actually keep them on hand for a quick protein snack or Greek yogurt

    1. Laura

      You should try coconut flour – it give everything an amazing silky texture!

  35. Allie

    I like to have beef jerky as a protein snack to go! YUM.

    I can’t believe how fast your competition is coming up! YAY! And your mom is gorgeous :)

  36. Hayley

    I love quest bars ,but I would love to try these!!

  37. Yoojin

    My favorite protein-filled snack is definitely greek yogurt! I always make sure to add a spoonful of almond butter with some fruit, and I’m set :)

  38. She Rocks Fitness

    I haven’t had a Think Thin bar in a long time and I had no idea that there was 0g of sugar…That is awesome! Yeah to Mom’s turning 29 every year. Love when Mom gives that thumbs up to our creations. Have a happy Monday!

  39. Britton

    I love all natural protein bars that have minimal ingredients or a good protein/veggie smoothie!!!

    1. Laura

      Smoothies are my favorite too!

  40. Georgiana

    String Cheese is a favorite protein snack!

  41. Jentry Nielsen

    nuts are definitely one of the easiest, best on the go protein snacks. so easy to travel with, and still so delicious! :)

    1. Laura

      Agreed! I’m eating almonds right now, actually. :)

  42. Anna

    I did not know about those Think Thin bars. I am usually skeptical of stuff like that, but those sound pretty good for you. My favorite protein on the go is cheese, always cheese. It’s probably too much of a favorite, actually :) So I try not to keep too much of it in the house…

    1. Laura

      I’ll bring you one to try. :)

      Cheese is a weakness for me too. Nothing better than a good aged gouda!

  43. Cassie @ RedLetterDaye

    I love Quest Bars, or making my own protein bars, but I have tried the Think Thin bars and they’re actually quite good.

  44. Choc Chip Uru

    Mocha and peppermint? That’s a new one but i love it :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  45. Abby

    My favorite protein to go is either Quest bars or Greek yogurt!

  46. Rebecca

    My favorite on-the-go protein is string cheese or the new LaraBar ALT bars, but I’m looking to try something new with more protein and these seem perfect! The flavors you suggested sound great

    1. Laura

      Have you tried their Pumpkin Spice flavor? I loved it!

  47. keira

    Quest bars! mmmmm.

  48. Christine

    favorite protein to go = protein power shakes

  49. virginia

    favorite protein to go snack is greek yogurt

  50. Amy Lauren

    My favorite protein snack to go is definitely almonds :). I love them!

  51. Megan (The Lyons' Share)

    You’re so creative on the meringues! I love Think Thin bars, too – I wish they had fewer ingredients, but they’re really good, and great nutritionals! My favorite on the go protein snack is either Quest bars (sorry!), Think Thin bars, Greek yogurt, or string cheese :).

  52. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    My mouth is OPEN! Toss one of those mocha mint treats in my mouth PLEASE! :)

    And I cannot get over how stunning your mama looks!!!!!! I hope I look like a hottie like her at 29!!

    1. Laura

      Same here! She complains, but I keep telling her she looks like a damn spring chicken!

  53. Brittany @ Delights and Delectables

    You sold me at mocha mint!

  54. Hannah

    I like mixing coconut flour, protein powder, and almond milk into a “pudding”.

  55. Ray

    I enjoy nuts and nut butters for a convenient protein!

  56. lindsay

    i like my balls for protein.. not an M but if you get the MOcha ones they are. hehe.

  57. Jess @ JessieBear

    Love those bars!

  58. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning

    You look SO much like your mom!!
    I go through phases with mint. I was OBSESSED with it this spring and put the NuNaturals peppermint stevia in my smoothie every single morning. But MOCHA mint… that I might have to try! I’m sure it’s delicious (I trust you!)

  59. Katie

    I love these bars! for on the go protein i like josephs lavish wraps with greek yogurt+almonds+protein powder!

    1. Laura

      Those wraps sound good! I love lavash.

  60. Mary

    My favorite protein to go is either deli roll ups (Boars Head prefered!) from turkey or chicken breast. Otherwise, it’s some sort of protein bar. I’ve never tried Think Thin but would love the opportunity!! ;) good luck in your competition! To a newer weight lifter, you are so inspiring!!

    1. Laura

      Thak you, Mary! I’m a big Boar’s Head fan too – I love that they have a no salt turkey.

  61. Jordan D

    I love dry-roasted edamame, especially the wasabi flavor! But I also really enjoy ThinkThin bars and Quest bars when I’m in the mood for something sweet.

    1. Laura

      Same here – I have a whole box in my desk!

  62. Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate

    I seriously love the meringue idea. Come teach my marketing classes please? My professors are sleep-inducing and certainly wouldn’t think to order meringues. They are all about the pens. Actually, even better than meringues? Hand out your mocha mint protein muffins. ;-)

    1. Laura

      My market prof was the same way! You’d think having a personality would be a job requirement for marketing professors!

  63. Mint C. D./Deirdre

    My favourite protein snack on the go would be carrots with peanut butter, but if we’re talking about bars, I like thinkthin and quest bars. :)

  64. Ellyn

    Love protein bars and hard boiled eggs!

  65. Mona

    Favorite protein snack to go would be any sort of protein bar…these think thin bars look awesome!

  66. april

    i love larabars, hard boiled eggs, and greek yogurt for easy protein snacks!

  67. Christy

    This recipe looks great!!

    My favorite protein snacks on the go are either boiled eggs or protein shakes.

  68. Yoojin

    trailmixxxx, all the combinations :)

  69. Parita @ myinnershakti

    Happy birthday to your mom! She honestly doesn’t look a day over 29 :)

    And good luck with everything leading up to your competion. You got this!

  70. Heather @ Better With Veggies

    I have a dirty secret about my favorite protein snack – I started eating Quest bars occasionally and they are awesome!! I tried so hard to find a low-carb bar that was high in protein without whey, but I was unsuccessful. The secret is out. :)

    1. Laura

      Whaaaaaat?! Welcome to the dark side. Have you baked one yet?

  71. Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly's

    I love boiled eggs!

    1. Laura

      I’m a recent convert – they travel so well!

  72. getfitchick

    These muffins look amazing! I love protein bars, balls, muffins – anything – as a protein snack!

    1. Laura

      Thank you! I always have some sort of bar or muffin in my freezer.

  73. purelytwins

    muffins look delicious! mint, coffee and protein = YUM

  74. Brittany

    I love ThinkThin Bars!

  75. Tess Moore

    Yummy recipe once again!!! Happy Birthday to your mom….beautiful! I probably would say eggs are a quicky protein snack or pancakes.

    1. Laura

      Thank you so much! I’m with you on the eggs – I eat them every day!

  76. Jody - Fit at 55

    I am loving your coffee protein pancakes to go!

  77. Amy C.

    My favorite protein snack to go are Quest bars! So yummy!!!

  78. Shelby R.

    I love quest bars for a protein snack on the go! Also love egg muffins!

  79. Chatelaine

    I wish I had a favorite! i’m still searching. Lately I make sure my purse has atleast KIND bar or Lara bar in it since I know what’s in those. I haven’t really liked protein bars in the past so I’m always hesistant to buy a whole box.

    1. Laura

      Those are both great bars! Have you tried microwaving the Lara bars? It’ tastes like dough!

      1. Chatelaine

        Ohhh now there’s an idea!!! can i stick that metal like packaging in the microwave or go for a plate? I just bought a box of ThinkThin bars at Target. They were on sale…… gonna give those a try :)

        1. Laura

          Definitely remove the packaging first! Metal in the microwave isn’t good. The sparks are for a second, but the aftermath notsomuch…

  80. Vera K

    I’ll make a protein shake.

  81. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    Haha! Omg, Clueless! I swear there are quotes from that movie that will forever be ingrained in my mind! Every time I roll through a stop sigh, I say, “I totally paused! ” Lol

    And dude! I was trying to make pancakes when I accidentally made my kabocha muffins! I need to get back in the kitchen and test that “mistake” again…I’m still not convinced it wasn’t a total fluke even though I wrote down all the ingredients! haha!

    Happy {belated} birthday to your mama! She doesn’t look day over 29!! What did you get her? I may only be 28, but my eyes are like 72…I can’t see that little shit! Lol

    PS, very clever and creative idea on the cookies…even thought I have a hard time calling a meringue a cookie…it’s more of a cookie skeleton! Haha!

    1. Laura

      Ha! I’m going to start doing that involuntarily now. Traffic court, be damned!

      If you need a tester for those muffins, you let me know. I’m so benevolent…

      I got mamma another Longchamp bag. She loves them – last year was the navy on ont he left and this year I got her the tan.

      P.S. I dislike meringues… it was easy to not have a bite.

  82. Tara | Treble in the Kitchen

    I’m such a muffin lover!! These look so tasty!! :)

  83. Jody - Fit at 55

    I am friggin excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you!

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