Banana Protein Muffins

Banana Protein Muffins are just the thing that has been missing from your mornings! With only a few staples and about 30 minutes, you will have an easy and healthy breakfast! 

eight protein banana muffins on a white plate next to a gold knife

Our mornings are constantly getting busier as I’m sure yours are too.

So sometimes breakfast may be a low to do by the time you actually get everything else done.

But you know what they say? Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! 

By adding a little protein powder and Greek yogurt, you can transform the average banana muffin into one that will keep you fuller for longer.

Plus the kids won’t even know that they are healthy! 


a banana protein muffin broken in half on a muffin liner

Why I Love Protein Banana Muffins

  • More filling than the average muffin
  • Can be made and stored in batches for later
  • Easy and healthy breakfast idea
  • Great to use up overly-ripened bananas 
  • A grab-and-go snack or breakfast
  • Uses simple and whole ingredients 

Ingredients for Banana Muffins with Protein

oat flour – when measuring, be sure the oat flour is packed so you get the right consistency.

You can make your own oat flour by adding oats to a blender and blending until a super fine consistency, but I prefer to buy mine when I can. Homemade oat flour can turn out grainy.

This brand is really great for baking!

overripe bananas – mash using an electric mixer, it’s way faster.

I love using ripe bananas because they are a great natural sweetener. The riper they are, the sweeter!

Look for spotty bananas and never use green bananas for baking.

greek yogurt – use a plain variety so the flavor isn’t overpowering. Greek yogurt also adds more protein.

There are 15g-20g of protein in one serving of Greek Yogurt!

If you don’t have greek yogurt on hand, try swapping it for blended cottage cheese! Cottage cheese is also high in protein.

Honey – I needed just a little more sweetener, so that’s why I use honey.

You can also swap this for maple syrup. Be sure to use pure maple syrup and not maple flavored syrup.

Eggs – aid in texture and moistness

Vanilla extract – vanilla is just a must when baking! Be sure to use high quality for the best taste.

Vanilla protein powder – use your favorite brand, Orgain is a great one to try if you haven’t already. You can find it on Amazon or at Costco!

Cinnamon – spicy, but comforting and pairs well with the flavor of the banana

Baking powder and soda – help with rising and texture. There’s nothing better than a super fluffy muffin!

dark chocolate chips – add a little more protein, and seriously I can’t bake without chocolate 🙂

two banana protein muffins stacked on top of each other on a white plate

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How to Make Banana Protein Muffins 

Spray your muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray, or place liners in each muffin cup.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

Mash the bananas in a mixing bowl, or use the mixer for a faster way. 

Add the Greek yogurt, honey, eggs, and vanilla into the bowl with the mashed bananas.

Mix together. 

all of the banana muffins with protein cooling on a cutting board after baking

Then add the protein powder, cinnamon, baking soda and powder, and oat flour.

Stir until all the ingredients are smooth. 

Fold in the chocolate chips.

Save a few to add on top.

Pour the batter evenly into each muffin cup, then sprinkle the rest of the chocolate chips on each one. 

Bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. 

Prior to serving, allow them to cool.

top shot of baked banana muffins with added protein on a cutting board

Can You Make These Banana Muffins with Chocolate Protein?

Yes! Just swap the vanilla protein powder for chocolate protein powder and keep the same amount.

Or make these Chocolate Protein Muffins instead 🙂

Storing and Freezing Muffins 

Once they have cooled completely, add the protein muffins to an airtight container or plastic bag.

Store on the counter for a couple of days or in the fridge for up to 5. 

If freezing, they will stay fresh for about 3 months.

Thaw overnight in the fridge or microwave them for a few seconds for an easy grab-and-go breakfast idea.

several protein muffins cooling next to a dish towel

Variations You May Like: 

Bread Instead: If you want to add the batter to a loaf pan, that’s okay! Skip the muffin tin and increase the baking time.

It should take around 45 minutes, so keep a check on them. 

Nuts: Add some crunch by sprinkling nuts on the top before baking, or mixing them into the batter.

If you’re a fan of nuts, you HAVE to try my Pistachio Muffins

Chocolate Chips: I am using dark chocolate, but you could also use milk, semi-sweet, or white chocolate.

I like this brand on Amazon because they have no sugar added.

Coconut flakes: I love banana and coconut together! Try toasting them beforehand.

If you love coconut, go ahead and make my Coconut Banana Bread. It’s one of my all-time favorite banana bread recipes!

banana protein muffins topped with dark chocolate chips in the paper liners on a cutting board

More Banana Recipes You Have to Try:

What kind of protein powder should I use?

When looking for a protein powder try to avoid the following ingredients:

  • Dextrin/Glucose/Maltodextrin
  • Milk powders/milk solids – These are cheap bulking agents found in low-quality powders and can cause bloating and other GI issues.
  • Vegetable oils – high in omega-6 fatty acids which cause inflammation. Vegetable oils can also contain trans-fats.
  • Carrageenan – A major cause of gastrointestinal distress and bloating.
  • Look for “rBGH-free”

As a general rule, the fewer ingredients the better for protein powder.

What makes these protein muffins healthy?

Oil free – These banana muffins have no butter and no oil

High fiber – thanks to the oat flour!

High in protein – thanks to the protein powder, greek yogurt, and eggs

Refined sugar free – this recipe only uses 1/3 cup honey and the rest is sweetened by banana

Can I put protein powder in muffin mix?

Yes, but be careful! Protein powder can make baked goods very dense or dry.

Don’t add more than 1/4 cup of protein powder to your muffin mix.

What makes a muffin light and fluffy?

Room temperature ingredients, the proper amount of baking powder, and not overmixing your batter help make muffins light and fluffy.

Can you use protein powder instead of flour?

No. The key to the best muffins is to not use too much protein powder in relation to the other ingredients.

You never want your batter to be over half protein. This would make your muffins rubbery and dry.

eight protein banana muffins on a white plate next to a gold knife

Banana Protein Muffins

Banana Protein Muffins are just the thing that have been missing from your mornings! With only a few staples and about 30 minutes, you will have an easy and healthy breakfast!
5 from 15 votes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 18 Muffins

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and place liners in your muffin pan. Spray with cooking spray.
  • Mash your bananas in a large mixing bowl.
  • To the mashed bananas, add your greek yogurt, maple syrup, eggs, and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth.
  • To your bowl, add remaining ingredients except chocolate chips.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips, saving some to sprinkle on top.
  • Evenly distribute batter in your muffin pan.
  • Bake for ~20 minutes.
  • Allow to cool and enjoy!
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3 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    The best healthy banana bread recipe I have ever tried!! So good. So easy. Love that the ingredients are proteins rich!!

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve made these twice now, and they are truly addicting! I’ve decided to keep oat flour in my pantry at all times just in case I randomly decide to whip up a batch of these muffins. They are so easy! I’m always looking to add more protein to my diet, and this little slice of heaven does just that. The perfect mid-morning snack to boost your day. I used honey, as written in the ingredient list, and Orgain Organic Vanilla protein powder and they’re perfect! Thank you, Elizabeth! Keep ‘em coming!

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