This is the best banana protein muffins recipe! These gluten free muffins are a healthy breakfast or snack that are so easy to make and have 12 grams of protein per muffin. Made with protein powder, almond flour, bananas, peanut butter, oatmeal, and chocolate chips, the ingredients blend perfectly to give these muffins the perfect flavour and light, fluffy texture.
Why you will love this recipe:
- These protein powder banana muffins are packed with protein! They’re made with protein powder, almond flour and peanut butter to make them a high protein muffin recipe with 12 grams of protein per muffin.
- They are so easy to make and only take 20 minutes to cook.
- The flavour! The combination of the vanilla protein powder, oats, ripe bananas, chocolate chips, and peanut butter blend perfectly to give these muffins the most delicious taste and the best light and fluffy texture.
- These muffins are made in one bowl so the clean up is so simple and easy.
- They make great leftovers and store really well in the freezer so they are a great meal prep option.
- They are a healthy breakfast or snack.
- Besides being high in protein they are also gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free and I’ve included instructions for making them vegan too.
Key ingredients and substitutions:
- Ripe bananas – bananas add a delicious natural sweetness to this recipe. Be sure to use ripe and not green bananas.
- Protein powder – the key ingredient for these protein muffins – I recommend using a vanilla or unflavoured protein powder for this recipe – this is the protein powder I use and love which is both vegan and gluten free.
- Almond flour – I love baking with almond flour as it helps add more protein and healthy fats to baked goods. I don’t recommend swapping the flours for this recipe.
- Peanut butter – to help give these muffins a delicious flavour and add even more protein and healthy fats – be sure to use natural, smooth, unsweetened peanut butter. You could swap this for another nut butter such as almond butter or cashew butter.
- Quick cooking oats – oats help give these muffins a light and fluffy texture – these are the sprouted oats I use. I don’t recommend using rolled oats or steel cut oats for this recipe.
- Honey or maple syrup – to give these muffins the perfect amounts of sweetness, while keeping them refined sugar free and naturally sweetened.
- Dark chocolate chips – because chocolate just makes everything better!
My favourite protein powders for making these muffins:
- Nuzest protein powder – this is both vegan and gluten free and is the protein powder I personally use.
- Natural Force Organic Grass Fed Vanilla Whey Protein
- Raw Grass-fed Whey Protein
- Better Nutrition Grass Fed Whey Protein
- Organika Collagen Peptides
- Ancient Nutrition Keto Collagen Vanilla Flavour
How to make this recipe:
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
While the oven is preheating, add all the ingredients, except the chocolate chips, to the bowl of your standing mixer and blend them well until smooth. Then stir the chocolate chips into the batter by hand.
Using parchment paper muffin cups, line a muffin tray, and then transfer the batter to the muffin cups.
Lastly, put the tray in the oven and bake the muffins for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted inside comes out clean. Then let the muffins cool!
- Be sure to use smooth, natural peanut butter rather than sweetened peanut butter for these muffins.
- I recommend using a vanilla protein powder, or an unflavoured protein powder for these muffins.
- Use room temperature eggs for best results.
- These muffins freeze really well.
Variations and add ins:
- If you can’t have almond flour I would use cashew flour instead.
- To make these muffins gluten free: use gluten free oatmeal and gluten free protein powder.
- To make these muffins dairy free: use a dairy free protein powder.
- To keep these muffins refined sugar free be sure to use chocolate chips or chocolate chunks sweetened with coconut sugar.
- To make these muffins lower in sugar: you can omit the chocolate chips.
- To add some crunch to these muffins feel free to add some chopped nuts such as pecans or walnuts.
- You can substitute the peanut butter with another nut butter or seed butter such as cashew butter, hazelnut butter, macadamia nut butter or almond butter.
- Instead of protein powder you can use collagen peptides (either unflavoured or vanilla).
How to make these muffins vegan:
Use a vegan protein powder and instead of using eggs, use chia seed or flax seed eggs instead. Just note that they will likely not rise as much. You will also need to use maple syrup instead of honey.
How to store:
Store these muffins in an air tight container on the counter for 3 days, or in the fridge for a week.
Frequently asked questions:
You can easily add whey protein or other protein powders to muffin mix to give the muffins more protein. You can also add whey protein to other baked goods such as pancakes, waffles, cakes or donuts.
Heating or baking whey protein or other protein powders will cause the proteins to denature, but this does not destroy the protein powder and it is still safe to ingest, and has the same nutritional value once denatured.
A few easy ways to add more protein to baked goods include adding protein powder, using nut flours such as almond flour or cashew flour, baking with eggs, adding beans, adding nuts or seeds, adding greek yogurt, or using nutritional yeast.
I have not tried making these banana oat protein muffins with wheat flour and would not recommend it.
While these muffins are made with ripe, mash bananas, they do taste differently than banana bread because the protein powder adds a unique flavour that is different than the typical banana bread taste.
Other muffin recipes you will love:
- Orange Chocolate Muffins
- Zucchini Muffins with Chocolate
- Gluten Free Lemon Blueberry Muffins
- Gluten Free Banana Muffins with Chocolate
- Healthy Pumpkin Muffins with Chocolate
- Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins
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Banana Protein Muffins
- Preheat your oven to 350F. Then add all the ingredients, except the chocolate chips to the bowl of your standing mixer and blend well until smooth.
- Stir in the chocolate chips by hand.
- Line a muffin tray with parchment paper muffin cups and transfer the batter to the muffin cups.
- Bake the muffins for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted inside comes out clean. Let the muffins cool a little and then enjoy!
- These muffins freeze really well.
- Store these muffins in the fridge in an air tight container for up to a week.
- Substitute peanut butter with other nut or seed butter such as cashew butter, sunflower seed butter, hazelnut butter or macadamia nut butter.
- Nutritional values will vary depending on the exact ingredients that you use.