These Healthy Banana Protein Muffins are the perfect nutritious breakfast! Gluten/dairy free and packed with protein, they’re delicious + easy to make!
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Oh healthy banana protein muffins, how I love you. This is one of the first healthy recipes I EVER came up with, and to this day – it’s one of my favorites.
Who wouldn’t want to eat a gluten free, protein packed version of healthy banana bread (in much cuter muffin form?!)
Sure, there are tons of ways to use up ripe bananas (like this Strawberry Banana Smoothie) but these protein muffins are easy to make, super delicious and only require a few ingredients!
I’m SUPER excited to be adding these protein muffins on my site along side some of my favorite other healthy muffin recipes like these regular Healthy Banana Muffins, Healthy Apple Muffins and Healthy Carrot Muffins.
Muffins are one of my favorite easy, portable breakfasts – so having a high protein option to enjoy makes me so happy!
These easy protein muffins are super simple to make and something I used to meal prep them ALL the time in college.
I was lucky enough to live at home while at school, so I was able to prep + bring my meals to school with me (no nasty dining hall food, thank you very much).
When I started eating less processed, and cutting sugar out of my diet I was on a quest to make all of my favorite things healthier, and after making a Healthy Banana Bread Recipe I wondered if I could turn it into muffins with some added protein?
Even though I’m not going back to school this year… with fall coming up it’s making me feel nostalgic and want these healthy banana bread protein muffins! I promise you’ll love them.
What makes these banana protein muffins healthy?
- Added protein – Muffins are typically loaded in sugar and carbs and have little to no protein in them. This recipe has protein powder in it making these muffins a more balanced meal! This is the protein powder I used.
- gluten free oat flour – I used gluten free oat flour in this recipe rather than bleached white flour. Oat flour is a great source of whole grains and so much better for you than regular white flour! This is the oat flour I like
- Low in sugar – This recipe is sweetened only by ripe bananas and a touch of honey (and some chocolate chips for good measure) Many banana muffin recipes are loaded with sugar, but this has only 7g of all natural sugar per muffin.
- Heart healthy fats – Instead of using butter or canola oil, this recipe uses coconut oil to keep it moist, and you can also add some walnuts in it for healthy fats if you like!
Ingredients for Healthy Protein Muffins:
For the rest of the ingredients we use:
- coconut oil
- oat flour
- protein powder
- baking powder & baking soda
- cinnamon, ground ginger
- dark chocolate chips.
How to make Banana Protein Muffins:
Making these protein muffins is seriously so simple. Anyone can do it!
Simply mash your bananas + wet ingredients. Stir in your dry ingredients + pour into lined muffin tins. So easy!
Substitutions for this Healthy Banana Protein Muffins Recipe:
WW Freestyle note: Use Lily’s chocolate to save 1 SP per serving
More protein – You can increase the recipe to have 1 cup of protein powder in it. The muffins will be more dense + have a stronger protein taste. If you increase the amount of protein used, add 1/3 cup milk so the batter isn’t too thick.
Protein Powders – I used this vanilla protein powder to make these protein muffins. It’s vegan, although I’m sure you could use whey protein and these would work perfectly fine! I would not use unflavored protein powder in this recipe.
Bananas – You can sub pumpkin, applesauce or sweet potatoes for the bananas
Lower fat- You can substitute applesauce for oil with a 1:1 ratio if you’re looking to make these muffins lower fat.
My bananas aren’t ripe.. can I still make these Healthy Banana Protein Muffins?
Yes you can. For best results, your bananas should be brown and spotty. As bananas ripen they get sweeter and softer, making them perfect for banana bread!
However, as long as your bananas aren’t green, you can make this recipe. Yellow bananas will work just fine. I recommend microwaving them for about 20-30 seconds so they are easier to mash!
What is the best protein powder for baking?
Any protein powder will work in these recipes. I used this protein powder to make these protein muffins. It’s vegan, and I find that it doesn’t give the muffins or baked goods a ‘protein-y’ taste.
How to store these protein muffins:
It’s best to store these muffins in an airtight container in your refrigerator. Keeping them in the refrigerator helps to maintain freshness. They will last for 3 days when stored on the counter and up to a week when stored in the refrigerator.
You can freeze these muffins. They freeze super well, so double the batch and freeze the extras! I like to store them in a ziploc freezer bag, or large container.
To defrost the muffins I will either take them out of the freezer and put them in the refrigerator the night before I want to eat them, or you can pop them in the microwave for about 30 seconds until they are warm.
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Healthy Banana Protein Muffins
- Preheat oven to 350 and prepare a lined or greased muffin tin.
- In a bowl, mash bananas until smooth. Stir in egg, honey, and coconut oil until combined.
- Add in all remaining dry ingredients until batter has formed.
- Pour batter into cups, filling 3/4 of the way. Bake muffins for 15 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center of the muffin