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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You are going to absolutely love these healthy banana protein muffins!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!
Muffins are one of my favorite easy, portable breakfasts – so having a high protein option to enjoy makes me so happy!
I’m SUPER excited to be adding these protein muffins on my site alongside some of my favorite other healthy muffin recipes like these regular Banana Muffins, Apple Muffins, Blueberry Muffins, and Healthy Carrot Muffins.
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.
Now these are a staple in our house!
What makes these 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 is so much better for you than regular white flour! This is the oat flour I like or I like making my own Homemade Oat Flour.
- 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!
If you’re looking for something else that is protein packed, try these Protein Cookies or Homemade Peanut Butter Protein Bars!
Ingredients for Healthy Protein Muffins:
To make these protein muffins you’ll need a muffin tin + silicone muffin liners – these are a must for your muffins not sticking!
For the rest of the ingredients we use:
- coconut oil
- oat flour
- protein powder
- baking powder & baking soda
- cinnamon, ground ginger
- dark chocolate chips
You can find substitutions for all of these ingredients below in the green shaded substitutions box.
How to make Easy Protein Muffins:
Making these protein muffins is seriously so simple. Anyone can do it!
- In a bowl, mash bananas. Stir in egg, honey, and coconut oil until combined.
- Add in oat flour, protein powder, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Stir until combined.
- Pour batter into cups, filling 3/4 of the way. Do not overfill!
- Bake muffins for 15 minutes or until the tops are golden brown
Substitutions for this Healthy Protein Muffins Recipe:
To make vegan- replace 1 egg white with 1 flax egg. Sub honey with maple syrup, use vegan protein powder.
Sweetener – You can sub maple syrup with honey. I have not tried making this recipe without a sweetener and would not recommend it.
Oil: You can use extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil or melted butter in place of coconut oil.
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. We also have Healthy Pumpkin Muffins and Sweet Potato Muffins recipes!
Chocolate Chips – These muffins are great with or without chocolate chips. Feel free to substitute based on your preference.
Oat Flour – You can substitute oat flour with whole wheat flour. Coconut flour and almond flour can’t be substituted for oat flour.
Lower fat- You can substitute applesauce for oil with a 1:1 ratio if you’re looking to make these muffins lower fat.
Blueberries: If you love bananas and blueberries, try our Banana Blueberry Muffins.
My bananas aren’t ripe… can I still make these 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.
You can also use whey protein in chocolate or vanilla in these muffins and either will taste great!
Make it Into Protein Banana Bread
I have not tried making this into a loaf of bread but I think it might work. If you try it, let me know!
If you want other banana bread recipes try these: Healthy Banana Bread, Zucchini Banana Bread Recipe.
How to store these protein muffins:
Storing: 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 you can take them out of the freezer and put them in the refrigerator the night before you want to eat them, or you can pop them in the microwave for about 30 seconds until they are warm directly from the freezer.
Protein Muffin Recipe FAQ
Yes, you can add protein powder to a muffin mix, but it might not turn out well. Protein powder can make baked goods very dense or dry, so don’t add more than 1/4 cup of protein powder to your muffin mix.
Room temperature ingredients help make muffins light and fluffy.
No, you can’t use protein powder instead of flour. Flour and protein powder are very different and will give you a very different result. If you are replacing flour with protein powder, you may need to add extra fat/moisture to whatever you are making. They can’t be substituted 1:1.
Every protein muffin carb will vary, but these protein muffins have 15g of carbs in them.
Healthy Banana Protein Muffins
- 1 cup mashed banana approx 2 large bananas
- 1 egg
- 4 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil melted+ cooled
- 3/4 cup oat flour gluten free if necessary
- 1/2 cup vanilla protein powder whey works best
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips optional
- 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 oat flour, protein powder, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and ginger. Stir until combined. Fold in chocolate chips if using.
- Pour batter into cups, filling 3/4 of the way. Do not overfill!
- Bake muffins for 15 minutes or until the tops are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center of the muffin.
- To make vegan: replace 1 egg white with 1 flax egg. Sub honey with maple syrup, use vegan protein powder.
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