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Cicchetti and GF Triple Chocolate Protein Muffins

I had a really interesting topic on my mind for today, but as I am still getting caught up after my weekend with my family, I just didn’t have enough time to develop it. So, I thought that I would give you all another recipe to follow up on Friday’s Skoop Review! Basically, Suzlyfe is going to be Food Lyfe for a bit (today and tomorrow, at least).

Before we get to that, some professional work, then my amateur hour attempts.

Sunday night, my family (minus Alex, as he had to work) when to everyone’s favorite small plates place, Cicchetti (posts here and here). I’m going to cover it pretty quickly because we got several repeat dishes, which were just as amazing as the first time that we had them. I’m only going to talk about the new dishes! Before we sat down, I enjoyed the Venetian Sunset (gin, Aperol, Lemon, soda), Dad had a Sazerac, and Mom had a Bellini. Loved the Bellini, and I liked the Venetian sunset (love their presentation as always). Perfectly refreshing and light, but a bit grapefruity. I may have drank it a bit fast–it definitely didn’t taste like alcohol! Cicchetti Venetian Sunset suzlyfe Cicchetti suzlyfe nonna foccacia shaved salad 2 We started with that amazing foccacia spread (with house giardenara, kumquat marmalade, olives, and European butter with sea salt). Dad and Chris shared Nonna’s Meatballs (holy crap that sauce….). I had the shaved veggie salad (PEAS and that dressing!) and Mom had the anjou pear salad with gorgonzola dolce (just realized no picture…). cicchetti prosciutto mortadella flatbread short rib ravioli suzlyfe For our next course, Dad got the La Quercia Prosciutto (with rhubarb, strawberry, and mint), Mom and I split the Mortadella pizza (with the spinach, asparagus, ricotta and pepperoncini), and Chris got the short rib ravioli (more sauce mmmmm). We also shared a bottle of Chianti. And then desert. Mom and Dad got Irish Coffees (whiskey on the brain after sitting at the bar haha) and I got some decaf, and then we (of course) got 2 desserts. cicchetti affogato sundae suzlyfe The Reverse Affogato (Cinnamon sugar donuts, coffee gelato, milk) and the sundae of everyone’s dreams. The donuts were perfectly light, I ate the crumble right up, and the gelato (the milk was poured over the gelato to mimic the affogato, which is espresso and ice cream) was just the right amount of coffee. And if you are unfamiliar with the sundae, you have to go back to my review of it. Tiramisu gelato (tiramisu is in the gelato, no joke), amarena cherries, Fernet Braca Mente Fudge, and pistachio crumble. And that brings us to another treat, which I have found is best eaten in the same way that we ate the affogato–dipped in milk!

These muffins are healthy goodness disguised as chocolatey decadence. I;’m usually not a big chocolate-based baked goods person (I used to be, but nowadays I like a little more balance, a little less hit-over-the-head), but these are pretty darn tasty, and the perfect amount if you make smaller sized muffins. And then have another one because you can’t stop.

Essentially, I don’t know what I like. Everything I just said is a lie, except that you should make them and the banana ones and then you can yin and yang like a champ 😀

GF Triple Chocolate Chunk Protein Muffins (Makes 6 large or 12 small) Chocolate skoop muffins suzlyfe close Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup GF oats
  • ½ cup GF All Purpose Flour (try Arrowhead Mills) or (non-gluten free) whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/3 cup chocolate protein powder OR Viva-Vanilla Skoop B Strong (what I did)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp each baking soda and baking powder
  • 2-3 Tbsp sugar/substitute (based on taste preference—less if you are using stevia as well)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp Maple syrup or ½ tsp chocolate stevia (I went with Dark Chocolate Stevia)
  • ¼ cup plain greek yogurt
  • ¾ Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • ½ cup hot water
  • Optional: ½ Tbsp brewed cold coffee
  • Add-ins: Dark and Milk chocolate chips (or whatever, really!)
  • Spices: Cinnamon, clove, salt


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Mix dry ingredients
  • Combine wet ingredient (but not the hot water!)
  • Add wet to dry. Use hot water to reach desired consistency and break up any cocoa powder bombs
  • Let batter sit for a few minutes to come together
  • Fold in add-ins (except for pb/jam). Spoon into greased muffin tin. If adding jam or pb to the inside, spoon to half full, drop in the pb/jam, then finish over top
  • Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes (small) or 12-18 min (large), turn halfway, or until toothpick comes out mostly clean
  • **For the classic bakery muffin chocolate chip top, bake for 2/3s of the time, then add additional chocolate chips to the top and finish baking!

Chocolate skoop muffins2 suzlyfe 2 The first time I did this, I didn’t add enough sweetness, and I got a delicious, but much more dark chocolatey flavor. The second time, I added the dark chocolate stevia and a little more sugar (what you see now) and that did the trick. These are so rich in flavor that they stand up to everything, but the best way to eat them, I found, was with a glass of almond milk. See what I mean? Now where is my coffee gelato???

Do you like chocolate based baked goods or do you like things accented with chocolate?  Cookies and milk? Cookies and coffee? Cookies, coffee, and milk and pistachio brittle? 

Merci, Becky!

Merci, Becky!

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  • Reply Lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    All of it looks so yummy. I don’t normally order salads out bc I have them all the time at home. But lets be honest they are never as good at home as they are at a restaurant. Well at least mine aren’t.
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    August 26, 2014 at 5:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha I know what you mean. I love love love salads, so they are often my go to, but it is also because I tend to dissect and then reassemble my food salad like anyway! Also, with the Crohn’s thing, I like to be able to see what I am eating. But I do agree, salads are often over priced. This is a great one, though, with some of the freshest ingredients around.

      August 26, 2014 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply Run Colby run

    I’m loving Foodlyfe!!! All looks beyond delicious. And I love me a Bellini. Loves it. I’m not much of a chocolate girl—I’m more of an chocolate accent. After all accessories make the outfit! 🙂

    August 26, 2014 at 6:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      haha so, so true. And you know that I love me some accessories. What is so funny is that I love chocolate (LOVE) but I have definitely come to prefer vanilla/plain bases with chocolate accents. Again, I’m all about balance. I loved me chocolate fudge brownie ice cream, but now I tend towards flavors that incorporate the fudge, the chocolate, and the brownie, rather than being WABAM

      August 26, 2014 at 12:46 pm
  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    Ohhhh, can’t wait to try those, although I prob won’t make them gluten free, but you never know. And I’m still on the hunt for a chocolate protein powder!

    August 26, 2014 at 6:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I like Designer Whey protein powder, and I know that they make a chocolate. I just don’t tend to buy chocolate protein powders because if I use protein powder in a smoothie or whatever, I am likely not making a chocolate base–I save that for my ice cream 😀

      August 26, 2014 at 12:48 pm
  • Reply Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie

    I like ad much chocolate as humanly possible, so these look perfect!
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    August 26, 2014 at 6:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope you try and love them!

      August 26, 2014 at 12:47 pm
  • Reply Michele

    I have a bunch of the Skoop B so might try with the GF oats? They look delicious!
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    August 26, 2014 at 7:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Do it! I made mine that way, and I love them!

      August 26, 2014 at 12:49 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    I bet coffee gives them a nice little flavor. I have lots of muffins to make this week. 🙂
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    August 26, 2014 at 7:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha if is definitely muffin a palooza out there. I like the coffee because it accents the chocolate and help to balance everything out with a bit more depth.

      August 26, 2014 at 12:53 pm
  • Reply AMBER

    OKAY, I NEED YOU TO MAKE THESE FOR ME RIGHT NOW, because I am lazy and hate baking/am impatient/eat the batter/the batch before it usually even cools. BUT SERIOUSLY, these totes look so tasty it’s not even funny!

    What’s GF AP? Almond Paste?
    And chocolate Stevia?! WHERE can I obtain that? I am clueless on healthy foodie items!
    AND I used to HATE chocolate, found out I was lactose intolerant/had Celiac and became obsessed with it (go figure, because now it’s harder to indugle, but I find my ways) I want HIT ME OVER THE HEAD chocolate flavor, I love cakes, and all things ooey and gooey, cakey, and fudgy, no crunchy! With a glass of lactaid!
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    August 26, 2014 at 7:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      AP= all purpose and you crack me up. I eat half the batter as well. Thus why I never actually hit a full batch, haha

      August 26, 2014 at 1:24 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh and vitacost and Whole Foods typically have chocolate stevia 😀

      August 26, 2014 at 1:25 pm
  • Reply Ursula

    I’m totally going to “treat myself” to these babies this weekend. They look so good and I’m experimenting with GF baking because so many of my friends can’t eat my muffins and scones, which leaves me gorging on an entire batch…not good. Thanks for sharing my dear. Also that food, yum! The fresh bread and the assorted the olives are my dream appies. DREAM APPIES.
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    August 26, 2014 at 9:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh, then you would DIE over this spread. Some of the best olives in a restaurant. Not too oily, and just warm enough….

      August 26, 2014 at 1:32 pm
  • Reply Sara @ lifebetweenthemiles

    I really wish you could bake/cook me all these delicious things! Whenever I read these posts I want to eat…is 10:45 too early to dig into my lunch? HA! I like chocolate, but not as much as Robyn. And cookies and milk are the perfect combination!
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    August 26, 2014 at 9:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Whoever came up with the cookie and milk thing should be sainted, in my opinion. And pouring milk over a muffin is extraordinary.

      August 26, 2014 at 1:33 pm
  • Reply Brianna @ I run He tris

    Where do you get your Gluten Free AP? I want to make these ASAP! I love anything chocolately, I don’t discriminate. Chocolate with milk, chocolate in my milk, chocolate with coffee, chocolate in my coffee… you get the point. 🙂
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    August 26, 2014 at 9:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Lolz. Arrowhead Mills has a good one.
      Chocolate on my body…. 😀

      August 26, 2014 at 1:30 pm
  • Reply Becky @ Olives n Wine

    There is sooooo much food in this post – LOVEEEE it! As for chocolate and cookies, the more the better 😉 I could eat cookies with anything, all day long – hehe!
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    August 26, 2014 at 10:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I have chocolate morning, noon, night. A day isn’t a day without a little.

      August 26, 2014 at 1:31 pm
  • Reply Mama Salt

    EVERYTHING and coffee. 🙂 These sound awesome and I love that they have the option of adding the cold coffee in, which I will be doing. I have to be in the mood for something super chocolaty but I would definitely love having these around the house!

    August 26, 2014 at 10:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m definitely someone who has to be in the mood for hit you over the head chocolate, thus the ice cream 😀

      August 26, 2014 at 1:29 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Those look sooo yum! I just ate lunch and I am hungry all over again. I must make this recipe!
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    August 26, 2014 at 12:02 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      YAY dooooo it! I started making protein muffins as run recovery option (to have with my ice cream, obviously) and I swear it is the way to go!

      August 26, 2014 at 1:27 pm
  • Reply Kirtley Freckleton @ The Gist of Fit

    So I am on a muffin run this week–and I think I will literally make those right now. Good bye…
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    August 26, 2014 at 1:02 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hehehehehe I want proof

      August 26, 2014 at 1:26 pm
  • Reply Helly on the Run

    Seeing amazingness like this makes me wish I could cook. I just cant 🙁 but I love eating other people’s food! 🙂

    August 26, 2014 at 1:20 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahaha I’m hopeless to an extent–I have a few party tricks, but mostly it is just blind luck and nonsense

      August 26, 2014 at 1:26 pm
  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I recently started ordering salads in restaurants, but the choice here in the UK is lame. It is covered in cheese or just a side salad. When I was travelling in the States, the salad choice was so much better.

    August 26, 2014 at 1:29 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    Chocolate baked goods are my fav and these look phenomenal!!!
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    August 26, 2014 at 1:55 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope that you try them, or something like them!

      August 27, 2014 at 12:25 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    All that food looks amazing! And the recipe looks great- this may be a silly question but what does AP stand for? I don’t have pastry flour so curious as to what the other option is:)
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    August 26, 2014 at 4:03 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha, sorry, all-purpose. i need to go and change that!

      August 27, 2014 at 12:25 pm
  • Reply Cassie

    These look SOOOO good. I never use ACV in my baking… I seriously need to start. I think I’m so hung up on using the things that I know I don’t ever branch out and try anything new!!
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    August 26, 2014 at 9:21 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know me, I’m obsessed with ACV. But don’t add too much, haha. Then it gets kind of sour. And that is no good.

      August 27, 2014 at 12:33 pm
  • Reply Farrah

    Tiramisu gelato!?!?!? Can I please just teleport over and have you point out all these deliciously wonderful-looking places!?

    Also saving this recipe to try out with the protein powder I currently have. 😀 I’m unfortunately not the biggest fan of Designer Whey’s white chocolate flavor, so I’ve been trying to find recipes to use it up in, haha.
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    August 26, 2014 at 9:24 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      This will be perfect for it then, and I like the twist! Like a quadruple chocolate muffin! GAH amazing. And I know. I actually didn’t care for tiramisu until I had 2 versions of it (one of them at the place that I used to work DANGER) that converted me. But this stuff??? IS PERFECT

      August 27, 2014 at 12:37 pm
  • Reply Ariana

    Everything in this post looks delicious!! I need a little restaurant like that near me. I love all things chocolate and those muffins sound amazing….I especially like the addition of coffee. Thanks for sharing! 🙂
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    August 26, 2014 at 11:27 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Coffee is so great in chocolate recipes–not too much, but it just gives it depth, like adding salt to something. I hope you try them! And I seriously have a problem–my husband and I are in love with this place!

      August 27, 2014 at 12:38 pm
  • Reply Katie @glutes and ladders

    Yay for family time. As ALWAYS I am jealous of your food 🙂 I want to come go Chi town and eat all the food ever.

    August 27, 2014 at 12:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      PLEASE COME and I will make that dream a reality.

      August 27, 2014 at 12:39 pm
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    August 27, 2014 at 5:55 am
  • Reply Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    I’d definitely add in chocolate chips!
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    August 27, 2014 at 9:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Is there any other way?

      August 27, 2014 at 1:13 pm
  • Reply Thalia @ butter and brioche

    Weidly protein powder is one of my favourite tastes.. so I definitely know that I would love these protein muffins. Thanks for the recipe, they look and sound like a perfect ‘healthy’ sweet snack.
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    August 27, 2014 at 4:36 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha that really is very interesting–any flavor in particular or are you an equal opportunity protein powder lover?

      August 28, 2014 at 3:52 pm
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    August 28, 2014 at 5:31 am
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    September 18, 2014 at 5:20 am
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