We love muffins, protein snacks, and healthy chocolate recipes - they’re the best! Personally, I’m always looking for ways to turn my favorite not-so-healthy pleasures (I hate the word guilty) into superpowered nutritious meals I actually enjoy eating.
That’s how I came up with this chocolate protein muffins recipe; it’s a classic with a double twist.
Banana muffins are some of my family’s weekend staples; my mom used to make them almost every weekend. They are perfect for breakfast, snacks, after-workout pick-me-up, part of your school lunch, and even dessert.
But I, a chocolate lover, always felt they could be better. Who wouldn’t want to add chocolate to them?
Mmm, chocolate chip banana muffins.
Mouth watering over here. The problem with my mom’s old recipe is that it was way too sweet, and adding chocolate was overkill. But, what if you could make them without going into sugar overdrive? I’ve been doing just that, turning her ideas into healthy chocolate recipes.
Now I’m talking, right?
Chocolate banana muffins are the bomb-diggity times a hundred.
But what about your health and weight? No worries, unlike traditional store-bought muffins - and my mom’s- this protein muffin recipe is made with only healthy and nutritious ingredients that you can indulge in even if you are super health-conscious.
Yay for healthy chocolate recipes!
(Sorry mom, I love you!)
These high protein muffins are gluten-free, and if you swap the egg for a flax egg or a half of an extra banana, they can be vegan too. Hell to the yes.
Prepare to enjoy the healthiest chocolate-protein muffins recipe you ever found on the web.
That’s a mouthful, and so are these satisfying beauties. Let’s dive into one of my best, if I may so, healthy chocolate recipes (there are a few bonus ones at the bottom!)
Healthy Chocolate Recipes to Take the Guilty Out of Pleasure
I said I hate that word, didn’t I?
In addition to these killer choco-banana protein muffins, I’m including other healthy chocolate recipes that you can have with them (say for a kids party or a grown-up get together that won’t stretch your waist) or at any other time you feel like having a pick me up and the Mars Bar is looking at you with dark intentions.
Chocolate Banana Protein Muffins
OK, let’s start these healthy chocolate recipes with the main course. To make these chocolate protein muffins, you’ll need a few special ingredients, so you might have to hit the store before you throw on that funny apron you reserve for special occasions.
But even before we get to that, we need to talk about baking with protein powders.
The best and the healthiest part of this recipe is our superfood complete vegan protein powder. Organifi Complete Protein in both chocolate and vanilla flavors is delicious, healthy, certified organic, plant-based, vegan, nut-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free.
The chocolate version - my personal favorite and new kitchen sidekick- is made with the highest quality of cacao powder and mixed with some of the most potent plant-based protein sources.
It’s designed to have all the amino acids a complete protein does, so that you can use as a supplement in your meat-free diet, resting assured that you won’t miss a thing.
Organifi Complete Protein Chocolate is made with a mix of pea protein, quinoa, and pumpkin seeds. Plus, some super handy enzymes that help with digestion and absorption, ideal for healthy chocolate recipes as they tend to be heavy.
However, like with all protein powders, there are some things to consider when baking:
Baking With Protein Powder:
Protein powders can easily replace flour in most baked goods, but you have to adjust the proportions. Otherwise, you can end up with either a smoothie mix that won’t get doughy enough or a tooth-breaking rock cake you’ll end up trashing.
This is how you avoid that:
Less is more. When using protein powder to support or replace flour (like in this protein muffin recipe), start with using only 1/3 cup of protein powder for every 1 cup of flour.
If you’re completely replacing flour - moisturize. Protein powders tend to be dense, so they need a hydrating or moisturizing ingredient to weigh them down a bit and help with consistency. Bananas, applesauce, greek yogurt, and pumpkin puree are good moisturizers.
I go for the first two in my healthy chocolate recipes because I feel they complement chocolate better. If you’re making a fall version, go for pumpkin puree (and learn how to make a healthy pumpkin spice while at it ;) )
Add some fat if you want crunchy. I didn’t add any fat to these chocolate-protein muffins recipe because I like the soft feeling of a warm muffin bite. However, whenever I make cookies I add fat to get that “real deal” texture.
For fluff, use a mixing tool. I find that pancake recipe and other really fluffy baked goods taste better - and feel better- when I use a blender or electric hand mixer.
Try to use the same type of protein powder in the recipe. I learned this the hard way; not all vegan protein powders are created equal. And they’re not usually interchangeable.
Now that we’ve cleared that up let’s get to the kitchen and make these bad boys today.
Chocolate Banana Protein Muffins
You’re going to love them. So are your kids ;)
- 3 large, very ripe bananas
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/3 cup (79g) unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup (65g) almond flour/brown rice flour
- 1/2 cup (63g) gluten-free flour
- 2 scoops Organifi Complete Protein Powder Chocolate
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp of baking soda
- 1 tsp of baking powder
- 1 cup (180g) dark chocolate chips. Use 70% cocoa or higher to get the positive effects of chocolate on the brain. Leave some extra aside for topping.
Because it serves twelve, it’s still an acceptably low-sugar treat and part of my “healthy chocolate recipes” - but you can cut the sugar in half.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Line a muffin tin with baking cups. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Mash them very well - no big lumps. You should have about 1 1/2 cups.
- Stir in the sugar, egg or egg substitute, and applesauce.
- Sift the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, and baking powder into the wet ingredients.
- Mix lightly to combine.
- Fold in chocolate chips.
- The batter will be slightly chunky. Do not overmix.
- Divide the batter between the 12 muffin cups - fill them all the way to the top.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes at 375 or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
- Allow muffins to cool for 3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Enjoy! And have a tasty warm drink with it. If you’re not as hard-core into chocolate as I am, you can easily substitute the powder for the vanilla protein flavor and you’ll still have the same chocolate-protein muffins recipe above, because of the chips.
As you can see, protein powder can be the perfect mate or substitution ingredient for baked goods, as well as raw goodies, desserts, chocolate milk (yum), smoothies, chocolate dips (I added it to Hummus!) and other choco goodies. Trust me, it works.
Bonus Healthy Chocolate Recipes
Because I adore healthy chocolate recipes, I’m including this super easy bonus one you can make as a drink to have with the muffins (especially if you sub for vanilla protein powder) or on its own as a sweet treat.
Try Gold, Chocolate, a cacao infused super-drink with healing and relaxing superfoods, including turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, Reishi, turkey tail, and more!
It is full of antioxidants, adaptogens, super low in sugar, diabetic-friendly, can help stop sugar cravings, improve your metabolism, aid your immune system, lower your stress levels, boost your energy and improve your digestion.
Mixed with hot water or your choice of dairy-free milk, it makes the perfect cup of healthy hot chocolate.
Not enough? Even more healthy chocolate recipes!
- Vegan chocolate protein brownies
- Chocolate chia pudding
- Peanut Butter and chocolate-chip cookies
- Chocolate coconut popsicles
- Chocolate Nicecream! A protein ice cream recipe!
- No-bake chocolate, almond butter, and coconut energy balls
Eat Them Up!
Out of my healthy chocolate recipes, these chocolate-protein muffins are in my top five. They stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days and freeze well up to 3 months, just thaw in the refrigerator and warm up to your liking.
Great for busy people!
You can enjoy these muffins for breakfast, snack, dessert or for any occasion you want to. They even work for holidays on your dessert tray. Slice them in half and top them with a thin layer of almond butter and some banana slices. It’s heaven on Earth!
How will you enjoy yours? If you make them, please share a picture of it and tag us on social media! We would love to see your blissed-out happy faces. Any healthy chocolate recipes of your own that I should try? Drop them below!
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Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.