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Orange Cardamom Muffins

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Storm Jonas left Atlanta in a hurry, taking with it most of its snow. But, like all that lost-luggage that gets left at Atlanta Hartsfield Airport, Jonas forgot to take its frigid temperatures with it. Now, while 24 degrees F (-4 C) might be flip-flop weather for some of y’all Northerners, it was downright bone-chilling for me – especially since my daughter and I were out running in it in the wee hours of Sunday morning!

Whaaaatttt??? Why that’s just crazy you say!!! And, you are right!

At least, that’s what I was thinking as we were walking from the car to head to the start line for The Atlanta Hot Chocolate 5K/15K! I’d promised my daughter that this year we would experience it – it would be one of those one-and-done races and I had to keep good on my promise.

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It was a frigid start – if not for my ski-mask, I’m pretty sure I’d have had icicles dangling from my facial orifice! I couldn’t tell you much about the race because it went by in a blur – maybe that ski mask wasn’t as warm as I thought and my brain was frozen?

But when we got to the finish line, we were given a finisher bowl with hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and fixings to dip into the fondue! Now I understood why this is called America’s sweetest race!

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It was too cold for us to stand around outside, so we grabbed our finisher bowls and headed to the car to savor them. In the car I had a couple of Orange Cardamom Protein Muffins and they went so well with that chocolate fondue! Now, these muffins are not high in sugar, in fact – they have no added sugar, other than what’s in The Premier Protein Vanilla Protein Powder and The Premier Protein Vanilla Shake. And, they also happen to be grain free and butter free – talk about healthy eh?

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While my first attempt at combining orange and cardamom in a grain free loaf was a bust, these muffins sure hit the spot. By the way, if you make a couple batches of these and store some in a cool place for a couple of days, their flavors get even more intense! But – if you happen to have some chocolate fondue around, am thinking there’s no way there’d be leftovers of these!

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Orange Cardamom Protein Muffins

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Shashi
Y'all have got to try these grain-free, butter-free, refined sugar-free Orange Cardamom Protein Muffins at least once because I'm sure y'all are gonna love them! They are perfect for breakfast or a snack after a workout!


  • 1/2 cup Premier Protein Vanilla Protein powder
  • 1/4 cup Coconut powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
  • 4 tablespoons orange juice I used freshly squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Premier Protein Vanilla Shake
  • 1 tablespoon walnuts optional


  • Pre-heat your oven to 375
  • Grease your muffin trays with coconut oil
  • In a bowl, add the Premier Protein Powder, coconut powder and baking soda and stir together with a spoon
  • Then add in the orange zest, orange juice, eggs melted coconut oil, and Premier Protein Vanilla Shake and stir well
  • Spoon mix into 4 muffin cups and sprinkle with walnuts (if you prefer) and bake for 12-15 minutes.
  • Let cool and store in an airtight container.
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  1. monika says:

    Hi! Two things: 1) I don’t know if this is a problem on your end or Foodgawker’s, but you can’t access this page from Foodgawker; and 2) Great recipe! I’m adding it to my mix of breakfast foods for work!

  2. I love orange and cardamon together such a perfect pair… I am certain that these muffins would be gone in nano seconds here. Hong Kong had their first major cold spell in over 40 years with snow possible. It is bad because unlike in the midwest we do not have heaters.

  3. Yikes! That sounds like it was a really cold race. Love the look of these muffins. The flavors sound so good!

  4. I love you for putting the metric temperature conversion in there! And while -4C is pretty warm for us up here, you definitely wouldn’t catch me walking around in flip flops 😛 You WOULD definitely catch me with my hand in the muffin jar trying to steal one of these beauts, though. And orange with cardamom?! Sounds SO good!

  5. Mir says:

    This weather has been totally off the chain craazzzzy! And it’s been making me crave carbs, so these muffins are it. I’ve been meaning to bake with cardamom, and now that you’ve paired it with orange I really want to try it!
    And props to you for running. I have a rule that I don’t run when it’s below freezing. It makes the lungs burn so badly!

  6. Shash-eeeeeeee!!! I cannot believe you were out running in 24°. No flip flop weather for this northerner, though I do think my blood thinned during my years in the south. Chocolate fondue you say? I might have run the race just so I could have the fondue and dip the muffins. But maybe you’d let me have a muffin fondue dip even if I didn’t run the race. What say you???? Must try these muffins one way or another!!!

  7. These look so delicious and moist!I love that they are made with protein powder!

  8. Wowza! You guys impress me to no end! So happy they had a little sweet reward at the end of your run – you certainly earned it…and then some! I love the flavors in this muffin; we went out for Indian the other night and ended our meal with a small bowl of rice pudding enhanced with cardamom…I loved it. Cardamom is delicious!

  9. These muffins are stunning Shashi, orange and cardamom are such a fantastic flavour combination!! Love that they’re grain free too!

  10. I LOVE the cardamom in these! Such an underused spice. Perfect post workout/run treat 🙂

  11. These protein muffins look like they would actually fill me up! Love it!

  12. Ashley says:

    haha um yeah, you are crazy for running in this! It’s so cold!! lol These muffins look just wonderful – cardamom is a newer favorite of mine and with the orange must be delicious!

  13. These muffins are gorgeous!!! And being healthy I know I can easily indulge without feeling guilty!

  14. You know I am all about those protein baked gooods! I’ve actually got some protein muffins going up later this week! 🙂 Also, you would not catch me running in cold weather. I barely run as it is. You could POSSIBLY convince me to do an HIIT workout, but then I’d probably just do it inside. 😉 Lovely recipe Shashi!

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so much Ashley – I’m not sure what happened – I think my brain was taken over by aliens – that’s the only sensible explanation to me running in the cold! 🙂
      Cannot wait to see your creation!

  15. Nice job for getting out there and running in 24°F weather! Granted, that’s a balmy spring day up here, but you know. Haha! Just kidding. 24° is cold no matter where you are. But speaking of working out in cold weather, I just finished a weekend curling tournament, so it was 4 games in 4 days. Hey! With your running experience in this 5k, I think you and lil Shashi are ready to come on up and give curling a shot. It’s a fun sport for sure! I’ll take you out curling as long as you promise to bring a batch of these orange cardamom muffins with you. Deal? Ok good. 🙂

    • Shashi says:

      David – every time I read your posts that mention curling, I keep thinking it sounds like a heck of a lot of fun AND you bring food!!! Now that’s a team I you wouldn’t ahve to twist my arm to join! I’ll bring the muffins and you bring that strwaberry cake? Oooh – and that pizza with roasted/baked grapes? 🙂

  16. Oh my goodness, you RAN in this weather?! You are crazy, my dear. But I admire your commitment! I would have wimped out FOR SURE. 🙂 Love these orange cardamom protein muffins! I really love that they are healthy! I’m always looking for a great post work out snack, and these would be PERFECT…. if i don’t eat them all for breakfast first. 🙂 Nom Nom Nom. Cheers, my dear! <3

    • Shashi says:

      Haha – Cheyanne, you cannot imagine how many many times I had to talk myslef into going – when we got there I even contemplated staying in the car and getting to the finish line without running the whole course just to get the finisher bowl! But – my kid was watching! GAH!!! 🙂
      BTW Thanks so much! XO

  17. I’ve never made orange muffins but they sound amazing! I’ve gotta give ’em a try!

  18. Ramona W says:

    Goodness.. you are braver than me running in the freezing cold like that. I can’t stand the cold… I think it’s my Sri Lankan blood… so yes you are a braver SL for sure!. 🙂 At least you had these sunshine orange and cardamom muffins to enjoy with your other yummy finish line goodies. 🙂

    • Shashi says:

      Haha – I have that same Sri Lankan blood, Ramona – I’m never running in the cold again – at least not when it’s in the 20s! Once when I was visiting friends in Indiana durinf my cllege years and the temp was -3 F, I attempted to go run but turned around at the end of the driveway!

  19. I wish I could have some for breakfast today!

  20. Catherine says:

    Dear Shashi, congratulations on your race what a fun and exciting experience! I love the blend of flavors in these muffins…I can’t imagine how perfect they must be with a little chocolate, but then again, what isn’t good when dipped in chocolate?! Perfect, healthy muffin to keep on track. xoxo, Catherine

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so much Catherine! Yes – you are right – these muffins were spectacular with the chocolate – thinking these could be cupcakes with soem chocolate frosting! mmmm mmm mmmm good! xoxo

  21. Just look at the beautiful texture of these muffins! These photographs just make me want to grab into my screen and sink my teeth into these.

    Absolutely fantastic.

    But one thing Shashi. Where are the pictures of you running with the ski mask on? 😉

    • Shashi says:

      Haha – Neil, I am usually the one behind the camera – my daughter took some videos, but they are too goofy to share – maybe when I meet you and Lynne one day?
      Btw thanks so much – the texture surprised me too – especially since these had no flour in them 🙂

  22. These are great breakfast muffins and also perfect for post strength-training!

  23. Our temperature was the same, just in Celsius. I’m sure these were perfect for dipping into chocolate

  24. Asha says:

    BRAVO my friend, Bravo!! You are so so awesome and so proud of you and your little girl. Both are awesome. I cannot imagine standing in that weather for 10 minutes and you ran, oh wow. Impressed. I hope you enjoyed the hot chocolate my dear, you deserve a few cups.
    This muffin look sso so good, love cardamom and orange together, perfect and the texture is even better. Nice my dear.
    Have a great week.

    • Shashi says:

      I sure did enjoy that hot chocolate at the end of the race – Asha – this was the first time I chugged the hot chocolate! 🙂
      BTW – thanks so much sweet friend!
      Hope you have a great week too! xx

  25. lindsay says:

    anything below 55F is cold to me! LOL! But glad you are okay and hope it warms up! pass me some muffins while you are stuck inside. haha.

    • Shashi says:

      Lindsay – that’s usually my mantra – I don’t know what possessed me to run in this weather – maybe it was my daughter – maybe it was the chocolate!!! 🙂