Chocolate Protein Muffins (LOW CALORIE)

Chocolate Protein Muffins

These Low Calorie Chocolate Protein Muffins are HUGE, and just 186 calories!

Make this chocolate protein muffin recipe for healthy snacks, or meal prep breakfasts. They travel well and are very filling.

Chocolate Protein Muffins

I love the big chocolate chunks in these healthy muffins, but you can use chocolate chips or mini chocolate chips in these double chocolate protein muffins… Any will work.

Recipes for protein muffins are a great way to curb your cravings, while eating something healthy. And if you typically have sweet cravings at or after breakfast, you can use these chocolate protein powder muffins to get ahead of the cravings and stop them before they happen.

These Low Calorie Chocolate Protein Muffins are HUGE, and just 186 calories!

Low Calorie Chocolate Protein Muffins

This article will supply you with everything you’ll need to make homemade low calorie protein powder chocolate muffins.

From a shopping list, to a printable recipe card. You’ll find a nutrition label, a great plant based protein powder, and more in the sections below.

Chocolate Protein Muffins

To make these muffins with protein easy, I supplied you with the following sections.

Read though them for helpful resources, or skip ahead to the recipe card.

Helpful Tip for Shopping: Take a screenshot of the shopping list to your phone. This way you have it at your fingertips the next time you go grocery shopping.

Recipe Card Uses: You can email yourself this recipe card so you can easily search for it (I have a folder in my email just for recipes!) Or print it so you have it handy, and can make notes. You can even pin this protein powder muffins recipe to Pinterest so it is safely stored for you.

What Makes These the Best Chocolate Protein Muffins

  1. These are Double Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins, chocolate, plus more chocolate, then some chocolate chunks for good measure…
  2. Sweet and perfect, you’ll never know these are low calorie protein muffins!
  3. We made these Extra Fluffy and Extra Big, no wimpy muffins that don’t rise above the rim. These are HUGE muffin tops!
  4. Just 186 calories and 7.2g of protein, plus metabolism boosting, heart healthy, mood boosting ingredients!
  5. Great for Meal Prep, these healthy muffins hold up great for meal prep breakfasts or snacks for kid’s lunch boxes.
  6. Perfect Breakfast on the Run or Snack, these yummy protein muffins are great anytime of the day (even for dessert!)

Up next, a shopping list for low calorie protein muffins mix…

Chocolate Protein Muffin Ingredients

This recipe for protein muffins is easy and fun to make! I used a zero calorie all-natural sugar to help cut calories and sugar from the muffin protein recipe, but you can use any sugar you prefer.

I love to use this all-natural plant based protein powder in muffins. You can use any protein powder you like, but each is a little different, so you may need to add more liquid. We’ll discuss that below.

chocolate chip protein muffins

Shopping List for Protein Powder Muffin Recipes:

  • Olive oil spray– My #1 tip for lowering calories and fat from any recipe. Olive oil spray allows you to use a fine mist of oil, instead of a drizzle of oil, or a thick layer of butter to coat the muffin tins in this recipe.
  • Flour – Of course you will need some flour, and I wanted to make this generic so that it’s appealing to all readers. You only need a little bit (we swapped out most of it for protein powder!) and you can use either all-purpose or gluten-free flour
  • Cocoa powder – Unsweetened cocoa powder is not just amazing in baking recipes, it’s also great for your body! It helps lower blood pressure, lowers the risk of heart attacks and strokes, and (get this!) it also reduces depression! Really- here’s the medical proof! (1)(2)(3)
  • Chocolate protein powder – As these are protein powder muffins, we need some protein. You can swap out the chocolate for vanilla, caramel (so yummy!) or any flavor you like. You can use plant based, or whey, but every protein powder is a little different, so see the notes below on adding more water as needed.
  • All-natural zero calorie sugar – My #2 tip for lowering calories in this protein muffin recipe, is this all natural zero calorie sweetener. It’s actually made form real sugar cane. It’s a great substitution for sugar, but you can use sugar if you prefer. You can also use honey, agave, or maple syrup, just be sure to mix them in with the wet ingredients instead of the dry ingredients as you would with dry sugar.
  • Chia seeds – Adding another boost of nutrition, chia seeds are packed with antioxidants. The are great for speeding up weight loss , and reduce blood pressure. (4)(5)(6)
  • Baking powder – This common baking staple is what gives the protein powder muffins their lift. Rising the dough as it bakes, so you get glorious muffin tops!
  • Baking soda – Also helping your muffins rise, baking soda is different from baking powder and will be needed as well. Again, we want big muffins, not deflated ones!
  • Salt – Whenever you add sweet, you want a little salt too. It balances the taste of the muffins. If you LOVE salt, add a tiny sprinkling of course salt over the tops of the muffins before baking for salted chocolate muffins!
  • Eggs – These little babies add even more protein to the muffin recipe! They are a binding agent, and help hold everything together. I used large eggs in this recipe, but you could use vegan substitute if you like.
  • Almond milk – My #3 low calorie tip for lowering calories is almond milk, it’s lower in calories and almond milk naturally boosts metabolism. I used unsweetened original almond milk, but unsweetened vanilla almond milk would be yummy too. You can really use any milk you like in this recipe, but if you went to cut the calories and boost metabolism, get almond milk.
  • 0% Unsweetened Greek yogurt – My #4 low calorie tip for these skinny muffins is Greek Yogurt. It allows us to lower the amount of fat (in this case coconut oil) we need in the recipe, and as a bonus, Greek Yogurt naturally boosts metabolism.
  • Coconut oil – To keep your muffins moist, you will need a little fat. Instead of melted butter, we used coconut oil. You can swap it out for melted butter, vegetable oil, or ghee. But I would not use other oils as they will change the flavor.
  • Vanilla extract – Adding more depth to any and all baking recipes, the glorious vanilla extract. I recommend getting pure vanilla extract.
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chunks – There’s something overly indulgent in using chocolate chunks. But to be honest, you can use semi-sweet chocolate chips, mini chocolate chips, even milk chocolate chips (though they will change the nutrition a bit).

Special Tip: You can find all the measurements in the recipe card below. There you can choose how many servings of this low calorie chocolate muffins protein based recipe you want to make. It will do all the measurement math for you! All of the ingredients for this muffin protein recipe can be doubled or tripled with the click of a button.

Up next, how to make a protein muffin recipe…

How to Make Protein Muffins

Each protein powder is a little different, some are thicker than others. And with that said, you may need to add more liquid to the muffins.

I recommend adding just 2 tablespoons at a time, and you can use the almond milk, or just water to thin out the batter.

How to Make Muffins with Protein Powder:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and spray muffin cups with olive oil.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, protein powder, sugar, chia seeds, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the eggs and egg whites, whisk together then add in the milk, Greek yogurt, coconut oil, and vanilla extract.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and mix until just combined (be careful not to over mix).
  5. Gently fold in the chocolate chunks (if you like, hold a few back to add to the tops of the muffins).
  6. Pour the batter into 12 muffin cups and bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted to the center comes out clean.

Special Tip: You can find these directions, along with measurements, nutrition and more in the sharable recipe card in the next section!

Chocolate Protein Muffins

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use Muffin Cups when making Protein Muffins?

Yes, muffin cups are a great way to minimize clean up! Just be sure to spray the insides of them with olive oil to stop them from sticking.

Can I use any Protein Powder in Protein Muffins?

You can use any protein powder you like, but as all are different, you may need to add more liquid to the batter.

Can you Freeze Protein Muffins?

Yes, you can absolutely freeze these muffins, it’s a great way to meal prep protein muffins… Or just stop yourself from eating all of them in one sitting (wink)

Can I use coconut or almond flour in Protein Muffins?

Unfortunately you will need real flour, however a 1 to 1 gluten free flour works well. And not to worry, we removed lots of flour and replaced it with protein powder instead.

Tips for the Best Low Calorie Protein Muffins

  1. Use the 4 calorie cutting ingredients, and not replacements. They are the olive oil spray, all natural sweetener, almond milk and Greek Yogurt.
  2. Expect a thick batter, almost like mousse. If you can mix it, it’s too thick. Add more water or almond milk 1 tablespoon at a time.
  3. Add chocolate chunks to the top, I recommend holding a handful of chocolate chunks to the top. Maybe even a pinch of course sea salt too.
  4. Don’t overman the batter, I know you read this all the time in baking recipes. But it is so important! Over-mixing the batter will yield tough muffins, so just as soon as it’s all combined, stop!

Up next, a sharable recipe card for the best protein powder muffins…

Low Calorie Chocolate Protein Muffins

These low calorie protein muffins are BIG… I wanted big muffin tops, and so I cut the recipe down from 20 muffins, to just 12.

So you can easily cut the calories down to just 111 calories by dividing the batter between 20 muffin cups.

More Low Calorie Protein Powder Recipes:

Tools You’ll Need:

  1. Muffin Tins – Of course you will need some muffin tins to make these. We will be making 10 muffins, so if your tin makes 12 muffins, add a 1/8 cup of water to the ones you won’t be using.
  2. 2 Bowls – One for the wet ingredients, and one for the dry.
  3. Spatula – You can use a spoon instead, but I like to use a rubber spatula when making protein muffins.
  4. Measuring Cups and Spoons – Baking is an exact art, unlike cooking. You need to be exact with your ingredients… except maybe with the chocolate chunks.
Chocolate Protein Muffins

Chocolate Protein Muffins (LOW CALORIE)

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These double chocolate protein muffins are HUGE! Plus they are just 186 calories and 7.2g of protein.
We cut the calories and sugar with zero calorie all-natural sugar (made form sugar cane!) but you could use any sugar you like.
Special Tip: These protein muffins are BIG, and make a great meal. You can make smaller muffins by dividing the batter between 20 muffin tins.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 186 kcal

Equipment

  • Muffin tin

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees and spray muffin cups with olive oil.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, protein powder, sugar, chia seeds, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, combine the eggs and egg whites, whisk together then add in the milk, Greek yogurt, coconut oil, and vanilla extract.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and mix until just combined (be careful not to over mix).
  • Gently fold in the chocolate chunks (if you like, hold a few back to add to the tops of the muffins).
  • Pour the batter into 12 muffin cups and bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted to the center comes out clean.

Notes

protein
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffinCalories: 186kcalCarbohydrates: 26.1gProtein: 7.2gFat: 7.2gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 683mgPotassium: 171mgFiber: 2.8gSugar: 9.4gCalcium: 55mgIron: 2mg
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Nutrition and Calories Protein Muffins Recipe

The nutrition below is based off 1 serving (1 muffin) from the protein muffin recipe above.

Each protein powder is a little different, so the nutrition might change a bit if you use a different protein powder. But you can click on the photo above for the plant based protein powder to compare your preferred powder with the one we used.

Important Note: As a reminder, at Lose Weight By Eating it is our goal to make you healthier, all-natural versions of your favorite recipes… not all will be “diet worthy” depending on the diet you are on. But they will be healthier versions to help curb your cravings.

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