Double Chocolate Mini Protein Muffins

July 25, 2013
If you haven’t noticed already I’ve been on a serious protein powder kick lately. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely eat meat, legumes and soy (and other protein-filled foods) but sometimes I find it hard to meet my 35 grams a day. On days when I work out it’s even harder because I aim for more. So finding ways to sneak more protein into my diet has become a priority.
double chocolate mini protein muffins
 There are days when I’ve toyed with the idea of testing out the paleo diet or trying out Whole30 since protein and mainly meat-eating plays a central role, but ultimately I think I would fail. I just don’t think I am capable of giving up my morning oats for a piece of chicken. But never say never! Certainly listening to the Balanced Bites Podcast gets me more keen on the idea.
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Maybe the fact that these Double Chocolate Mini Protein Muffins are entirely grain-free will give me some applause from the paleo community? Doubtful, but for now they work for me. With 70 calories, 2 grams of fat and 6 grams of protein these muffins pack some serious bang for their buck. It’s a good thing since I can never stop at just one!

Double Chocolate Protein Mini Muffins

by Davida Kugelmass

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 25 mins

Keywords: bake dessert snack dairy-free gluten-free low-carb sugar-free chocolate banana muffin

Ingredients (Yields: 12 muffins)

  • 3 scoops chocolate protein powder, about 1 cup (I used designer whey)
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 ripe bananas- mashed
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 drops liquid stevia
  • 2 T dairy-free chocolate chips (I used enjoy life mini chips)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Grease a muffin tin with non-stick spray (I used coconut oil)

3. Combine dry ingredients (except chocolate chips).

4. In a separate bowl combine all wet ingredients.

5. Add wet to dry and stir well to combine all ingredients.

6. Stir in chocolate chips.

7. Fill each muffin tin 2/3 full.

8. Bake for 25 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

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  • Reply
    July 25, 2013 at 10:35 am

    You had me at chocolate + protein! 🙂 and it has bananas in it, my favorite!
    Karen @runloverepeat

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    July 25, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Love the protein kick! I also try to sneak protein into my diet in other yummy ways (ie: baking or pancakes) these sound/look great!

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    Kim Lee
    July 25, 2013 at 11:25 am

    These look delish! I’m a big fan of muffins! I’ve tried following the Paleo diet before, but I missed yogurt and beans way too much.

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    July 25, 2013 at 11:50 am

    These sound incredible. Just so happens my vitacost order containing cacao nibs came in today. They will be perfect in the muffins :)I’d say it’s my lucky day! Ha Ha

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    Reba Cox
    July 25, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try out adding protein powder into baked goods. This looks so good 🙂

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    July 25, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Lately I’ve been seeing Protein Poptarts, Protein Pancakes, Protein Muffins and Protein Bread appear more and more on my instagram feed. I’m not a huge fan of the taste of protein powder, so I always just blend it in shakes. Do you find the flavour is prominent in these muffins? I think these would make a great pre-post workout snack. Yum! I agree, I don’t know if I could ever do either of those diets as the restrictiveness would have me craving sweets and carbohydrates even more!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      July 26, 2013 at 1:40 am

      Totally agree! My cravings would get out of control. I promise you can’t taste the protein flavour at all. Well you do taste the chocolate but that’s since it’s chocolate-flavoured protein 😉 Definitely awesome for a pre or post workout snack 🙂

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    July 25, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Haha this is probably beside the point of this entire post BUT those are the cutest little muffins I’ve ever seen! I get my protein okay for lunch and dinner when I usually eat meat, but I need to add more protein for breakfast. It would probably keep me feeling fuller longer.

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      July 26, 2013 at 1:41 am

      Hehe aren’t they adorable? I have such issues getting my protein in at breakfast. I have such a sweet tooth so I never really crave eggs (or meat!) in the morn. That leaves greek yogurt and protein powder which I do my best to incorporate in one way or another.

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    July 25, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    I love listening to the Balanced Bites podcast! I guess I am almost paleo – I’m allergic to beans and legumes and not eating dairy or gluten! Haha Although I still do have some grains (buckwheat and quinoa). Not sure if I could go all the way – that is a whole lot of meat!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      July 26, 2013 at 1:43 am

      One of my favourite podcasts! I occasionally listen to Robb Wolf’s too. In some ways I do too but I still eat gluten-free grains and greek yogurt. Not a huge fan of beans so sounds like we have a similar diet 🙂

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    July 25, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I love muffins! They’re such an easy grab and go breakfast or snack. These sound super delicious!

    I love protein powder as well! I always use it in my smoothies are put it in my oatmeal. Currently, I’m using the PlantFusion brand, which is easier on my stomach because it contains no dairy products.

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      July 26, 2013 at 1:44 am

      So easy! How do you like PlantFusion? I’ve been wanting to try it. I’m lactose-intolerant but there is virtually no lactose in the protein powder I use (despite being made from whey) so I seem to be able to tolerate it. I’ve been interested in trying PlantFusion though.

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    July 25, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Where do you buy your liquid stevia? Just at the grocery store? Also, dairy free chocolate chips sound like something I need to buy…ASAP!!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      July 26, 2013 at 1:45 am

      I got mine in the states at Trader Joe’s! I’m sure you could find it in a health food store, the bulk barn or whole foods. LOVE enjoy life dairy-free chocolate chips! You can get them at the bulk barn!

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    July 27, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    These look so yummy! I am always looking for good protein snacks to make 🙂 I happen to have all these ingredients…can’t wait to try them out!! I might add in some cocoa powder for an extra chocolatey taste 😉

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    Nikki @ The Road to Less Cake
    August 1, 2013 at 11:31 am

    You had me at chocolate. They look so light and moist. Yummy.

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      August 1, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      They are precisely that! I think I’m going to have to whip up another batch of these!

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    Run like a G!
    August 1, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    I’m going to have to share this recipe with my husband! He loves protein!!! 🙂

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    April 25, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Could I Substitute the liquid Stevia for agave nectar?

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      Davida Kugelmass
      April 27, 2015 at 8:17 am

      you’re going to want to use more agave than liquid stevia as stevia is far more potent!

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    July 21, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Do you know the Carb and Fiber count for these??

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    July 17, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    The batter seems very watery should I add more flour? Or is that normal? This is my first time baking these.

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    June 8, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    How many does this recipe make?

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    June 12, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    I really wanted these to work, but even after extra baking, the inside was still wet/spongey! Is that the way it is supposed to be with coconut flour and protein powder? What is the texture of the muffin supposed to be like?

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    katie craig
    October 11, 2017 at 7:53 am

    I would like to make these but need the macros. I saw calories, protein and fat. What about carbs?


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