These Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins are the perfect quick and easy high protein muffin recipe. They're made with simple whole foods plant based ingredients, and they're naturally sweetened. Their perfect for breakfast meal prep, or a high protein dessert recipe!
One of my all time favorite foods is chocolate chip banana bread. However whenever I make a loaf of bread, I end up eating half the loaf in one sitting. Therefore I typically like to stick to muffins, because it helps me with portion control.
After seeing how much of a hit my Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins were, I knew I had to make a high protein version.
- What Makes These Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins Healthy?
- Ingredients For Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins:
- How To Make These Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins:
- Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffin Substitutions:
- Fun Muffin Variations:
- What You Will Need To Make These Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins:
- How To Store These Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins:
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- Frequently Asked Questions:
- Related Healthy Vegan Muffin Recipes:
- Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins
- Food Safety
- More High Protein Vegan Breakfast Recipes:
What Makes These Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins Healthy?
These muffins are one of my go-to recipes. Not only are they perfectly moist and fluffy with just the right amount of banana and chocolate flavors, but they're super healthy as well! These muffins are:
- Oil-Free - This means that the muffins contain less fat and more fiber. There are so many great oil-free substations, that I rarely find a need for it. I prefer to use ingredients that don't have the fiber, protein, and other essential nutrients removed.
- Refined Sugar-Free - These muffins do not contain any refined sugars. Just like oil, refined sugars are stripped of essential nutrients. Therefore I like to use natural sweeteners that still contain these nutrients.
- Vegan - Of course this recipe is vegan. That means these vegan banana chocolate chip muffins are made dairy-free and egg-free! This means less saturated fat and more fiber!
- Gluten-Free - Eating gluten-free is not necessarily healthier. However if using the right flours gluten-free can be a great healthy option!
Ingredients For Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins:
These Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins are the perfect high protein treat. They use simple and clean ingredients, are super filling, and of course, they are absolutely delicious!
- PlantFusion Complete Lean Vanilla Bean - If you're looking for a protein that does it all, the complete lean, or the complete meal is the line for you. I went with the complete lean for this recipe, because it bakes evenly into these muffins, and keeps them nice and fluffy. This vegan protein powder contains 21 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber, probiotics, digestive enzymes, veggies, berries, and superfoods. Not only is it packed full of nutrients, but it tastes absolutely incredible too! This is what makes it the perfect plant based protein.
- Gluten-Free Flour - There are so many gluten-free flour blends out there, and they are definitely not all created equally. I always look for a flour blend that is higher in fiber and protein, and that is not primarily starches. I have linked my go-to flour.
- Oat Flour - Oat flour is a great addition to any gluten-free muffin recipe. It's perfectly fluffy, and it's high in both fiber and protein. Don't bother buying pre-made oat flour. All you have to do to make homemade oat flour is add the oats to a blender and blend on high until a flour has formed.
- Baking Powder - This helps to make the muffins nice and fluffy.
- Baking Soda - Since vegan baked goods like these banana chocolate chip protein muffins do not contain any eggs, they require extra leavening agents. A mixture of both baking powder and baking soda usually does the trick for me.
- Ground Flaxseed - This will be turned into flax eggs simply by mixing it with water and setting aside for about 10 minutes.
- Date Sugar - Date sugar is one of my favorite natural sweeteners, because it's made from ground dates! Therefore it has a low glycemic index, because it is higher in fiber and lower in sugar than other sweeteners.
- Plant Based Chocolate Chips - Any plant based chocolate chips will work perfectly for this recipe. I always look for a refined sugar-free, and oil-free chocolate chip. There are plenty of great options out there!
- Ripe Bananas - Make sure that your bananas are brown and spotty. If the bananas aren't ripe enough, this recipe will not turn out correctly. My rule of thumb is it's very hard to have an overripe banana (you'll know if it's too ripe), so let them ripen as long as possible for them to ripen before making these banana chocolate chip protein muffins.
- Vanilla Extract - Although these muffins contain vanilla protein powder, I love adding vanilla extract to the batter. The vanilla enhances the banana flavor and brings it all together. I always recommend using Mexican vanilla. It has a much deeper flavor, and is 100% worth investing in.
- Water - This will be used to make the flax egg. Flax eggs work just like regular eggs in baking, and are full of fiber and omegas!
- Plant Based Milk Of Choice - any plant based milk will work perfectly. I tend to use soy milk or oat milk. They contain a slightly higher fat content than other plant based milks. This will result in moister baked goods.
- Apple Cider Vinegar - This works with the baking soda to help the muffins fluff up.
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How To Make These Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins:
These Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins are one of my favorite muffin recipes to bake, because I usually have all the ingredients on hand, and it doesn't take long to bake.
Begin by mashing the banana in a large bowl. You want it to be smooth but still with a few chunks. Try not to over mash it (do not blend it), as this can affect how the muffins rise. Make the flax egg if you have not already done so, and let it sit for 10 minutes.
Add all the wet ingredients to the bowl and mix until smooth. Preheat oven to 350.
Sift the dry ingredients into the bowl and mix until smooth.
Once smooth add in the chocolate chips. Scoop the muffin batter into lined muffin tins and bake for 20 minutes. Once slightly golden on top, remove from the heat and allow to cool 10 minutes before enjoying!
Hint: You can bake these muffins in either a 6 muffin tin or a 12 muffin tin. I went with the 12 and baking for 20 minutes was perfect. If you plan to bake in a 6 I would recommend baking the muffins for about 30 minutes.
Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffin Substitutions:
If you don't have a specific ingredient on hand, or you are looking to cater this muffin recipe to a specific diet, you totally can. Try some of these simple substitutions to make this Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins better suited to you.
- Chocolate-Free - I know a couple people who have chocolate allergies. If you don't want to use chocolate due to an allergy, or for whatever reason, you can use carob chips, and they will work perfectly.
- Grain-Free - Making grain-free muffins can be tricky, however it can be done. To make these banana muffins grain-free sub the oat flour with almond flour and the gluten-free flour with a grain-free flour blend.
- Stevia-Free - Most protein powders contain stevia. However PlantFusion offers a stevia-free protein powder that will work perfectly in this recipe. Use my code "NATURALVEGAN" at checkout for 25% off!
Fun Muffin Variations:
As delicious as these Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins are as-is, there are plenty of fun variations you can try to mix it up.
- Double Chocolate - Add 2 tablespoons of cacao powder and 1 additional tablespoon of plant based milk to the batter to create double chocolate banana protein muffins. You can also use PlantFusion Chocolate Brownie Complete Lean Protein Powder instead of vanilla and achieve the same flavor.
- Chunky Monkey - add chopped walnuts to the batter to give these healthy vegan muffins and fun twist.
What You Will Need To Make These Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins:
Equipment can have a big impact on how a recipe turns out. Luckily this healthy vegan muffin recipe does not require any crazy ingredients. You will only need a few simple things that you probably already own.
- Large Mixing Bowl - You will need one large mixing bowl and a fork to mash the bananas and make the batter with.
- Muffin Tin - You can either use a 6 muffin tin or a 12 muffin tin. Either will work perfectly. I used a 12 and baked for 20 minutes, so if using a 6 I recommend baking for about 30 minutes.
How To Store These Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins:
These Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins are some of my favorite healthy vegan muffins to bake, because they keep so well. I will meal prep these muffins for the whole week, andd they'll taste just as good on the last day as they did on the first day.
If you are planning to store these muffins in the fridge I recommend storing them in an air tight Tupperware container. You can store them in a Ziplock bag. However Tupperware locks in the moisture better in my opinion.
These muffins can also be frozen and reheated/defrosted. It's super important to store them in an air tight container if you plan to freeze them to avoid freezer burn. If stored properly, these muffins will keep for about a month in the freezer.
If you always run into the issue of your muffin liner sticking to your baked goods, I am here to help. I spritz the smallest amount of oil into the liners before adding the batter. Once baked the muffins will separate perfectly from the liners. If you want this recipe to be 100% oil-free, simple omit the liners and bake directly in the pan.
Frequently Asked Questions:
You may be wanting to make these muffins extra high in protein. You can add more protein powder to the mix, however I wouldn't recommend adding more than two scoops. This will cause the muffins to be too dense.
These Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins are the perfect high protein breakfast, or dessert. Each muffin contains roughly 5 grams of protein if you make 12 mini muffins, or 9 grams of protein if you make 6 full size muffins.
Related Healthy Vegan Muffin Recipes:
Looking for other healthy vegan muffin recipes like this? Try these:
Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins
- 1 muffin pan
- 1 cup gluten-free flour
- 2 cups oat flour
- 2 scoops PlantFusion Vanilla Complete Lean Protein Powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- ⅓ cup date sugar
- ⅔ cup plant based chocolate chips or to taste
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup plant based milk
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- Begin by mashing the banana in a large bowl. You want it to be smooth but still with a few chunks. Try not to over mash it (do not blend it), as this can affect how the muffins rise. Make the flax egg if you have not already done so, and let it sit for 10 minutes.
- Add all the wet ingredients to the bowl and mix until smooth. Preheat oven to 350.
- Sift the dry ingredients into the bowl and mix until smooth.
- Once smooth add in the chocolate chips. Scoop the muffin batter into lined muffin tins and bake for 20 minutes. Once slightly golden on top, remove from the heat and allow to cool 10 minutes before enjoying!
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- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
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The flavor and texture of these muffins are so good! This was my first time using date sugar so thank you for introducing me to a new ingredient.
These muffins look amazing! I really love that they have extra protein in them too. Great as a post-workout snack too!
Yum! Hust made some for my post workouts this week !
it was great waking up in the morning to a fluffy Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffin ! super filling and tasty
This banana chocolate chip protein muffin recipe is so good! These were fun to make and smelled amazing!
love a muffin with a boost of protein for breakfast or a snack
These muffins are amazing! Loved having them for breakfast!
So simple and easy to make. I love that they have extra protein, too!
These banana chocolate chip protein muffins look so yummy and I love that they are oil free too. I’ll be adding chopped walnuts like you suggested. 😊Thank you!