Looking for something to do with those overripe bananas sitting on your counter? Baking is always a good option! Try making these chocolate chip banana protein muffins for a tasty snack recipe that the whole family will love. With less than 200 calories per muffin and 6 grams of protein each, they’re a great healthy way to satisfy the sweet tooth.
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How to make banana protein muffins
These are pretty simple to make! Don’t be fooled by the ingredient list – though it looks long, just about everything on here is something you’re likely to have on hand in your pantry or fridge. Here’s what you’ll need to gather up to make this:
- Bananas (overripe ones are best!)
- Oil of choice (canola, coconut, avocado, etc)
- Brown Sugar
- Vanilla Protein Powder
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Dark chocolate chips
The only thing that might not be a staple in your house is the protein powder. I used this vanilla whey protein powder (disclosure: client) but you can use any vanilla protein powder that you’d like.
Once you’ve got all your ingredients together, it’s as simple as mixing ‘em all up in a bowl, pouring them into a muffin tin, and baking the muffins! No special techniques or anything, easy peasy.
I like these banana protein muffins because they’re a step up nutritionally from your average muffin recipe. The bulk of the sweetener is the mashed bananas, along with a little brown sugar and a small amount of dark chocolate chips – but less of the later than you might find in a standard muffin recipe.
And of course, you’re adding protein powder to this recipe to boost the protein content. Now keep in mind, I wouldn’t call these “high protein” muffins. Each muffin contains 6 grams of protein. But to give comparison, most homemade muffins made with white flour and no protein powder are only going to clock in around 2-3 grams, so you’re at least doubling what would be in there.
These are also the perfect serving size for a snack or dessert when you’re craving a sweet treat. They clock in at 193 calories, and because they have that blend of carbs, fat, and protein – they’ll help you stay full longer while satisfying your sweet tooth.
Can you freeze banana muffins?
Yes! Just place them in a freezer safe bag and pop ‘em in the freezer. When you’re ready to eat one, defrost it for about 30 seconds in the microwave. While they’ll be good indefinitely from a food safety perspective in the freezer, for quality purposes I’d recommend keeping them in there for up to 2-3 months.
Can you make these vegan?
Yes. To do that, you’ll want to use a flax egg rather than a regular egg. You’ll also want to use a milk alternative (like almond milk or soy milk) rather than regular milk. Double check that the dark chocolate chips you choose are vegan (i.e. Enjoy Life). And lastly, choose a plant-based protein powder rather than a whey protein powder.
Can you make these gluten-free?
I haven’t tried it, but I would imagine you can use a gluten free flour blend (like King Arthur’s or Jovial) that measures 1:1 in place of the flour here.
Can you cut the calories?
You can, though they won’t taste quite as good. 😉 But here’s how I would make them for a lower calorie version: reduce the brown sugar by half, reduce the oil by half, and eliminate the chocolate chips. That will bring the calories down to 130 per muffin.
Alright, now that you’ve got all the key info, it’s time to get baking! I hope you enjoy these as much as my family did. Even my 5 year old loved these muffins! If you get a chance to make ‘em, please feel free to leave a recipe rating or comment letting me know your thoughts.
PS – Looking for more ways to use up your ripe bananas? Check out this roundup of 20 different overripe banana recipes!
These chocolate chip banana protein muffins are packed with delicious flavor that makes for the perfect healthy sweet treat!
- 3 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 cup oil of choice (avocado, canola, coconut, etc)
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/4 cup flour (ideally whole wheat, but all-purpose flour works too)
- 1/2 cup vanilla protein powder (I used whey)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 12-count muffin tin.
- In a large bowl, combine the bananas, cinnamon, vanilla, oil, egg, and brown sugar. Mix well.
- Add the flour, protein powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir the ingredients until just combined.
- Add the milk and mix until everything is combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Pour the batter evenly into each spot in the muffin tin, filling almost completely. Bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until muffins are golden brown on top and a knife pulls out clean. Let cool for a few minutes in the pan, then remove from the pan and allow to finish cooling. Enjoy.
Notes: For best results, spoon the flour into your measuring cup. If you scoop it in, sometimes it can be a bit denser – if that’s the case and your batter is too thick, just add a little more milk.
Nutrition analysis (approximate per muffin): 193 calories, 7 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 160 mg sodium, 27.5 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 13.5 g sugar, 6 g protein, Vitamin A: 1%, Vitamin C: 4%, Calcium: 7%, Iron: 6%