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Moist skinny banana protein muffins (nut free)

October 2, 2015
skinny banana protein muffins

These deliciously moist 80 calorie banana protein muffins are the perfect additions to any lunchbox and are perfect to have as both a mid-day or post-workout snack!

I don’t know about you but I LOVE banana bread.

And while I do have the occasional treat every so often, I’ve been needing more and more “pick me up” snacks lately because school has been so busy and my brain has been working overtime.

So, I decided to look for a way to fuel my banana bread addiction in a healthier way.

skinny banana protein muffins

This should of been “quick” recipe look up eventually ended up being a good 3 hours of procrastination courtesy of Pintrest andΒ Yummly….

But, let’s move on from my poor study habits and direct our attention to how there were too many nut-butter based protein muffin recipes for me count!

As someone who is a non-nut butter lover (sorry), I realized that I didn’t have many options to choose from so I decided to take the matter into my own hands and come up with something on my own!

skinny banana muffins

The protein comes from protein powder instead of a nut butter so it’s nut-free.

The protein powder I used was whey + casein based so I’m sure how it would turn out with other varieties but from what I’ve read up on using protein blends in baking is the whey to go (yay puns!).

Quest multipurpose mix and Quest bars

To be honest, I didn’t really know what to expect when I popped the tray of muffin batter into the oven because I’ve never baked with non-vegan protein powder before, but I just hoped for the best.

I was relieved a good 5 minutes though when the glorious scent of banana made it’s way through my house πŸ™‚

If baking already makes your house smell so good, why do we even need to buy scented candles anymore? Plus, baking means you have a treat waiting for you πŸ˜‰

skinny banana protein muffins

Even though it smelled absolutely amazing, I didn’t get my hopes up too much because sometimes my bakes would still end up failing despite how divine it smelled.

But all my suspicions and doubts were relieved when I took a tray of deliciously, moist, aromatic banana muffins out of my oven.

I immediately knew I was done for. And went through half the batch in one go.


skinny banana muffins

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Moist skinny banana protein muffins (nut free)
: Muffin
Yield: 12
  • 3-4 ripe bananas mashed (about 400g mashed)
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (or sub vegetable oil)
  • 4 eggs (sub 6 egg whites + 2 whole eggs)
  • ½ cup greek yogurt
  • ½ cup buckwheat flour (can sub whole wheat/all purpose)
  • 3 scoops Quest Nutrition multipurpose protein powder (84g)*
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  1. These deliciously moist 80 calorie banana protein muffins are the perfect additions to any lunchbox and are perfect to have as both a mid-day or post-workout snack!
  2. Preheat oven to 350F.
  3. Combine the mashed banana, vanilla, greek yogurt, coconut oil and eggs in a large bowl. Whisk until smooth. You can complete this step in a food processor or blender if you like.
  4. Mix in the buckwheat flour, protein powder, baking powder, and salt. Stir until a batter forms.
  5. Divide batter evenly into 12 lined or greased muffin tins. Bake at 350F for 15 - 20 minutes or golden and until tooth pick comes out clean when inserted into the middle.
  6. Let muffins cool for 10 minutes before removing. Munch warm and store extras in an air-tight container for up to a week.

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    1. No I haven’t but it sounds amazing! I tried their banana nut bars but didn’t think it was banana-y enough for me so I just make these instead to satisfy my cravings πŸ˜‰

  1. Oh yum, I can only imagine how good your kitchen smelled when these were baking. I like the idea that you used protein powder in these! We do eat those Quest bars, but I haven’t tried their protein powder. I know how that pinterest and yummly suck the day away! Guilty!!!
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    1. Quest bars are so yummy! Helps me meet my daily protein intake…and an excuse to have more than one treat for dessert because having a cookie dough flavored protein bar is not the same as having the chocolate chip cookie πŸ˜‰

  2. These look delicious, love the extra protein boost. They would definitely keep you awake for studying. It’s wonderful that you are experimenting in the kitchen.

    Pinterest can be particularly addicting…I don’t intend to check it but then I get all those reminder emails.

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