Mar 07

Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins

Elvis had it right.


Except for the whole dying on the toilet thing…

The King was known for banana and peanut butter sandwiches.  And music, of course.  That classic combo has been one of my favorites for years.  My mom used to make those sandwiches for us… with mayonnaise.  #strangebutgood from an early age!

Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffin stack


I left the mayo out of these muffins, but added chocolate.  They also contain protein.  Probably not strange to many of you, but my co-worker called me a “nut bag.”

(She calls me this In an affectionate way – she’s my tater tot-eating work wife.  Sometimes I steal a tot, but she never steals my food.  I win!)

Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffin insides


Anyway, eat these.  The bananas, Greek yogurt, and nut butter give these a rich but not-too-sweet taste and a velvet-like texture.

Once you pop, you can’t stop.


Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins

Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins

Inspired by Ari’s muffins

  • 1 large ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 T Xylitol (or other sweetener)
  • 1/4 C plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 egg whites (6 T)
  • 3 T unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 C nut butter (I used Onnit Cashew Walnut Butter)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 T melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 flour (I used spelt)
  • 2 scoops (62g) vanilla protein powder (I used Growing Naturals Rice Protein)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 C chocolate (or carob) chips

In a large bowl, add banana, sugar, yogurt, egg whites, milk, nut butter, vanilla, and coconut oil in a bowl and whisk together until combined.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.

Add the dry to wet ingredients and stir together until just combined.

Fold in chocolate chips.

Pour batter into greased muffin tins.  Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick come out clean.

Makes 10 muffins.

Approximate Nutritionals (per muffin): 131 calories, 5.8g fat, 38.6g sodium, 12.2g carbohydrates, 2.2g fiber, 2.9g sugar, 8.6g protein

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Now I have “Love Me Tender” stuck in my head.

Are you a banana and peanut butter fan?

What’s your favorite Elvis song?



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  1. Ari@The Diva Dish

    Looks delish! I love the ingredients you added to them! xo

    1. Laura

      They were amazing! My co-worker liked them too. :)

  2. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta

    I love the peanut butter and banana combination. Not so much with mayo though.

    1. Laura

      Haha – I think that’s a southern thing.

  3. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    OKAY DO TELL ME – were you the type to eat wonder bread and mayo sandwiches when you were younger?!?! If so.. Then we are soul mates! lol!

    1. Laura

      Nooooo… we were super healthy and ate White-Wheat. ;)

  4. Arman @ thebigmansworld

    Did you ever watch Harriet the spy? Mayo and tomato sandwiches…pretty much my childhood.

    Banana and peanut butter….I could give or take it. Add some bacon and you have another thing coming!

    1. Laura

      Yes!!!! I forgot about her!

      How about banana, peanut butter, and bacon? #strangebutgood

  5. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    PB and banana are a close second to PB and chocolate. Good thing you added that in there!

  6. Christy@ My Dirt Road Anthem

    I have all these things, I am going to make these tomorrow, I pinned it for good measure, I think my kids will love them. I love banana and peanut butter and chocolate, all together sounds really grand in a muffin.

    1. Laura

      Please let me know how you liked it! I bet they’d be a hit with kids!

  7. Cat

    Flourless! Yes! This might be my new go-to muffin recipe. Only one way to find out… baking Sunday! Yeah banana & pb are up there in my top 10 combos. The mayo addition intrigues me… I know I’ve enjoyed the cheese + apple + pb combo many a time (to many a raised eyebrow…)

    1. Laura

      Woo hoo! Let me know what you think. I’m going to try it with plantains next!

  8. Parita @ myinnershakti

    Banana and PB is one of my favorite combos! Add in a little chocolate and you have perfection!

  9. Linz @ Itz Linz

    can’t go wrong with banana and peanut butter. EVER.

  10. Pamela Hernandez

    These look so yummy!

  11. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    Of course, I’m a big fan of the PB & banana combo, especially when you throw chocolate in there! Sounds pretty much perfect.

  12. Krista @ Tiny n Fit

    Chocolate? Protein? Yes please. YUM!

  13. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast

    Skipping the mayo and adding chocolate, sounds perfect to me!

  14. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    It has peanut butter and banana, how could this ever be bad?

  15. Emma @ Life's A Runner

    Why is it that peanut butter and banana just makes EVERYTHING that much more amazing? Thanks for leaving out the mayo though, and the bacon while you were at it. ;) These will definitely be happening in my kitchen STAT.

    1. Laura

      Hahaha – How did you know I was thinking I should have added bacon. ;)

  16. Kate

    These look so damn good… I can’t wait to make ‘em! You’ve already changed my life by introducing me to Peanut Flour… And now my list of things/recipes to try making is humongous too. Jeesh!

    1. Laura

      Thank you so much! Peanut flour is my jam. ;)

  17. misszippy

    I think it sounds awesome! Long live the king!

  18. Kim @ FITsique

    Anything with PB gets my seal of approval. And did Elvis really die on a toilet? Why did I never know this!>?

      1. Kim @ FITsique


  19. Lee

    I think this is the least strange but good thing you’ve posted! I’ve seen cake recipes that do have mayo in them. Sounds gross but kind of makes sense since it’s eggs and oil.

    1. Laura

      Damn… I feel like I failed. ;)

  20. RavieNomNoms

    Sounds amazing! I will have to put this on my list of things to try!

  21. Lucie@FitSwissChick

    Oh yeah, thank you for the Love Me Tender in my head now :-)
    Chocolate and Banana is such an amazing combo – I would sub PB with AB, but whatever – these just sound amazing. AND they are made with my fave Protein Powder thanks to you! I can buy it around the corner of my office in Basel. I realized after ordering it twice from vitacost, ugh. #blonde #lol

    1. Laura

      Any butter would work! I used walnut-cashew. AND I love that you’re a GN fan now. Those guys rock. :)

  22. Elle

    Okay, I need to get me some chocolate chips!

    1. Laura

      You know what else would be good? Peanut butter chips!

  23. cherie

    These are my favorite type of muffins to bake with my daughter! Yummy ingredients she can sneak bites of and a healthy snack for the week. Thanks for sharing another great recipe!

    1. Laura

      Thank you! Sounds like your daughter is a lucky girl. :)

  24. Kate

    Answered Prayers! I have been hoping to find a recipe for protein banana choco-PNB muffins. Seriously, I’ve tried a few times on my own and have utterly failed. So I will be making these soon.

    1. Laura

      Oh, good!!! Please do let me know what you think!

  25. Jordan @ The Blonde Vegan

    Ahhh, I’ve gotta try these!! Going to try to figure out how to make a vegan version of course, and then I’m all in. Maybe I will sub greek yogurt for coconut yogurt and egg whites for flax eggs… we’ll see if they’re nearly as delicious. Thanks for sharing! Anything peanut butter, banana and chocolate and I’m all in!

    Xo, Jordan

    1. Laura

      That’s exactly what I’d recommend. You might do just 1.5 flax eggs though – those and the coconut yogurt are going to add more liquid than the egg and greek yogurt. Let me know how it works out!

  26. lindsay

    i’m digging cashew butter right now too. maybe it’s a bit saltier? i should buy the onnit.. BRILLIANT

    1. Laura

      You can get some at Blend!!!

  27. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

    I’m actually working on a granola recipe this weekend that I have dubbed The Elvis. Also in the works is The Greek, which is quiche recipe I’ve been playing with. So much recipe testing goodness this weekend, I think I’ll make that my Week In Review post.
    I love your muffins. I still want the cornbread ones. I wouldn’t say no to these either.

    1. Laura

      You should probably send me some for quality control purposes.

  28. Debra

    I mention Elvis whenever I do a banana -peanut butter combo. And, I always think how I could throw bacon into the mix!!!

    1. Laura

      Totally should add that to these… next time!!!

  29. Nicole @ FruitnFitness

    Peanut butter, chocolate and banana? Yes, please! My coworkers always make fun if my green banana bread. They also think it’s odd that I snack all day long and eat raw peppers.

    1. Laura

      Wait. How are raw peppers weird?

  30. Brittany @ Delights and Delectables

    I love that Onnit butter!! I am all about PB and bananas!

    1. Laura

      After I made this, I dropped the rest of the jar and shattered it. Almost cried.

  31. Cassie

    Ahhh I’ve been craving muffins. I don’t know why I didn’t think about subbing protein powder for flour…

    1. Laura

      It doesn’t always work in a 1:1 ratio, so I usually try to leave a bit of the flour. I made plantain and zucchini muffins with protein powder too. They’re also good breakfasts!

  32. Heather @ Better With Veggies

    I’ve been loving the PB & Banana combo. My morning snack has been a strange combo that I like that has both banana and almond butter. Mmmm..

    1. Laura

      You really can’t go wrong with that combo. It used to be my breakfast before running too.

  33. Tina Muir

    Mmmmm they look great! I love recipes with greek yogurt, and if you cant stop eating them….there is one thing that shows :P They must be damn good!

  34. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    Bahaha! I totally read that as once you “poop”…must be the lentils! ;) I’ve seriously been dreaming of these muffins since I got back home…and recovered! Ha! I have GOT to try this with my rice protein powder! Maybe just MAYBE it will be the one good thing that comes out of shelling out $15 bucks for that tiny jug of tastes-like-ass powder. Orrrrrrrrr, wait…maybe I could just use peanut flour? Even MORE peanutty than the original! Oh and I’ll be sure to add some bacon sprinkles!

    1. Laura

      Muhahahaha! How are those working for you?

      Please try this with the peanut flour! If you don’t, I am. :)

  35. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    Umm, well…lesson learned: Red lentils are more tummy friendly than green ones! Good thing I work alone! Lol

    And I’m totally doing this with the peanut flour! Just have to get my ass in gear and put my iherb order through!

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