Banana Bread Protein Muffins

I’ve played around with protein muffins in the past but I hadn’t had much success (until recently). Most of the ones I tried were too chewy, gummy, or eggy for my tastes. Now granted, these still aren’t a buttery bakery muffin but these muffins are only 60 calories. Yes, 60. (Here areΒ all the nutritional facts.) To put that into context, most muffins at a bakery are close to 500. (Starbucks, I’m looking at you.) Homemade muffins can still run you over 200 calories. So you can seriously enjoy these muffins whenever a craving strikes!

banana bread protein muffins

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High Protein Banana Muffins
 
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At just 60 calories each, these muffins are a perfect low calorie snack!
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Muffin
Serves: 15 muffins
Ingredients
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • ¾ cup of egg whites
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder (I use whey protein)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Optional: walnuts, chocolate chips, etc.
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Add all the ingredient to a food processor and blend until smooth.
  3. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray.
  4. Scoop about ⅓ cup of batter into each muffin tin.
  5. I made 15 muffins which is an awkward amount of muffins to make so if you prefer, you can make them a bit larger and just make a dozen. That'll only add about 10 calories to each muffin, so no big deal.
  6. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Mine took 12 minutes exactly.

muffins in a food processor

If you want a softer, less dense and chewy texture, then you can sub out some of the whole wheat flour for white flour. The whole wheat flour definitely gives you a dense muffin but I wanted to make these as healthy as possible! I’m still following the Tone It Up plan and although they advocate mostly gluten free recipes, I didn’t want to mess with fancy (i.e. expensive) flours in this recipe. If you wanted this to be gluten free, give it a try with gluten free oat flour. It should work pretty well!

banana muffins low calorie

I’ve been enjoying these with a smear of peanut butter as a morning snack. It’s a great thing to hold me over until lunchtime! I’ve found that the key to healthy eating is always having healthy snacks on hand! When you come home from work starving it’s nice to have something you can grab quickly and easily! If you don’t have those options, that bag of chips becomes a lot more tempting. (Tortilla chips… you are my weakness.)

Craving another protein packed healthy recipe? These little protein donuts are only 50 calories each! Don’t have a donut pan? No problem! You can make them in a mini muffin pan!

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Mini protein donuts

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Comments

  1. I’m usually weary of recipes with protein powder in them (fear of chalky tastes) but this looks yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I need to be better about having snacks on hand. May need to spend some time this weekend making a few healthy goodies!

  3. I never make protein muffins this way because I have still not succumbed to trying protein powder! I just use eggs and greek yogurt to up the protein in my oat muffins. But these look delicious…I think I may need to give it a try soon!

  4. 60 calorie muffins?! I’m in, considering I almost always eat two of them in one sitting when I make homemade ones πŸ˜‰

  5. Marty is out of town this evening so I think I’ll make these πŸ™‚ I have all of the ingredients on hand (always a plus) and I haven’t eaten dessert in almost four weeks so I feel like this will be a nice little substitution!

  6. Ah I just made some banana bread and now I’m wishing I held off so I could have made it as these muffins instead! Next time.

  7. Muffins are awesome. I even love the flax ones from Mom’s Organic Market. I’m dairy free, so do you think substituting the greek yogurt with coconut milk yogurt would be OK?

  8. I love muffins, I’ll have to give these a try!

  9. Yum! I LOVE having mini protein muffins on hand. I am always crazy hungry when I get in the door, so having snacks readily available are a must for me. Now I want to stalk all your old muffin recipes. πŸ™‚

  10. i have tried some protein based baked goods in the past but it always tastes off and have a pretty dense texture. what protein powder do you use?

    • These are definitely dense (and not as fluffy as a reguar muffin) but with a little peanut butter, they hit the spot! I use a vanilla whey protein powder that I got from My Mix Nutrition (a website that lets you customize your protein powder.)

  11. oOo thanks for sharing Liz! I LOVE Banana anything and in particular banana bread πŸ™‚ I’m trying to find things I can eat in the morning without being fat ass. This is a good start. πŸ™‚ I don’t keep a lot of junk food here at home the problem is I have a thing for baking with my son and it tends to be junkie stuff since he loves brownies and cookies and cake – can you blame him? So it’s hard finding a balance. Have a great weekend! -Iva

  12. Love banana muffins! So cool that you used greek yogurt, which adds extra protein. This looks like a yummy breakfast!

  13. GIRLLL I would love to come to your kitchen and makes these with you! Because mannnn that kitchen would smell AMAZINGGGGG! And um, I know we’d have fun, duhh!

  14. Mmm this is my kind of snack!

  15. These actually have my name on them!

  16. these muffins looks delicious! i make strawberry oatmeal muffins probably once a week, but i think i could start switching it up πŸ™‚

  17. kevin roopchand says:

    hi there, am on a diet and wanted something as snack as i love muffins and chocolate is always my favorite, so i read through the amazing receipe and made these delicious whey protein muffins within 20 mins. I had all ingredients available in my kitchen. thank you for sharing such wonderful recipes…its really yummy.

  18. These look so good! I have seen so many people baking with protein powder, but I have never tried it myself. This might be the recipe to get me to do that. πŸ™‚

  19. Liz, this is amazing!! I can’t believe you got muffins down to 60 calories!!! That is insane. I have a ton of frozen bananas in the freezer that need using, so I am going to whip this up tonight!

  20. I haven’t been reading nearly as many blogs lately, but I do keep coming back to this one for recipes like this πŸ™‚

  21. I love that you experimented over and over and nailed it for the rest of us–love high protein muffins!

  22. A perfect morning muffin while on the go! xo, Catherine

  23. Kristen says:

    Do you know how much protein is in these?

  24. Love this recipe! Could I use regular flour? Don’t have any whole wheat at home.

  25. I just made these and they turned out delicious ! I modified it slightly by using 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce instead of the Greek yogurt and then mixing the dry and wet ingredients separately and mixing until just combined . A key method to light/moist muffins is not over mixing so putting the ingredients in the blender to me would lead to a A firm/dense muffin.

  26. Do you think coconut flour would work?

  27. Laura Murphy says:

    Can you add any other fruits into this mixture? I was thinking of banana and raspberry or strawberry.

    • I think you could add some raspberries or chopped strawberries! As long as you didn’t add more than a handful, I don’t think it would change the texture too much.

  28. I have been looking for the perfect slice of banana bread for a while too, I found your recipe at Rattlebridge Farm’s Foodie Fridays & everything else party. I’ll be pinning this for later Liz.
    Would love to see you for my banana bread bakeoff if you’re interested πŸ™‚
    https://missfoodfairy.com/2016/07/06/banana-bread-on-a-mission-to-find-the-perfect-slice-of-banana-bread/

  29. I love banana muffins! These look delicious. I’d love for you to link up your post with us Friday Favorites.

  30. Those look wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing this at Dishing It & Digging It. I hope it brings you new friends. Have a great week!

  31. YUM…these sound amazing!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipe, crafts, and tips: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  32. Ooh, my boys would gobble these right up! Thanks for the great recipe at Merry Monday!

  33. These look great! I love that they are low calorie and healthy! Thanks for sharing at #SmallVictories linkup!

  34. can i use chocolate protein powder instead of vanilla?

  35. how many regular egg whites do i use if i don’t have liquid egg whites?

  36. Thanks for the printable recipe! Looks really good! I’ll have to change it up a bit because I have to eat gluten-free, but that shouldn’t be too hard. Maybe some almond flour with brown rice and sorghum flours.
    And you’re right about needing to have the snacks on hand. I’m hoping I can freeze these. That way I can just pull one or two out when I need it and zap it for a few seconds in the microwave if I want it warm.

  37. What’s the protein intake on this πŸ€“πŸ€“

  38. These look awesome! I have the same problem you mentioned making protein baked goods, usually turning out not-awful but not-quite-right, and it’s so rare to find “healthy” or “protein” recipes that aim for being nutritious rather than cleaving to some particular diet. I’ll definitely try this one soon.

  39. Veronica Lukacs says:

    Made these today didn’t have any vanilla whey powder used chocolate And I used gluten free flour they very moist and light wonder next time if I could add 2 bananas ???

  40. there is no bone broth protein in the recipe.

  41. I’ve been looking for something like this. I love the healthy ingredients and the muffins look delicious. Thanks!!

  42. Jacquelyn says:

    Awesome recipe thanks!
    Great macros too – made with 0% plain greek yogurt and dymatize iso 100 whey protein-
    2 muffins = 129cals, 19g carbs, 14g protein, 0g fat, 4g fibre ! Excellent pre or post workout meal, although I’d probably have 3 or 4 muffins to get my cals/macros in but the breakdown is fantastic!
    Cheers.

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