Start your day off right with these easy protein muffins. Packed with fiber, healthy fats, and 12g of protein per serving. And plenty of chocolatey goodness too!
If you follow me regularly, you know I have a deep and abiding love for keto muffins. I love creating the recipes and I love eating the results!
And these chocolate protein muffins are easily among my new favorites. They are fluffy and moist, with a rich chocolate flavor. And the added protein gives me the boost I need to tackle a tough workout or a long run.
It’s a healthy keto breakfast or snack that tastes like a cupcake. How can you say no to that?
Why you need to try them
These muffins are perfect for people looking to get more protein into their keto diet. The keto diet has evolved over the past few years and it’s no longer ALL about the fat. And it’s not a one-size-fits-all approach.
Many people, especially women, find they do better with a little less fat and a little more protein. As we age, our bodies process protein less efficiently, so we need more of it to maintain muscle mass.
But sometimes a high protein meal like meat feels like too much work or just too heavy. So protein snacks that are easy to grab can fill that void. You can make a big batch of these keto protein muffins and sock them in the fridge or freezer.
They have 12g of protein per muffin, only 1.6g net carbs, and no added sugar. Oh and did I mention that they’re fudgy and delicious? That certainly doesn’t hurt either!
Ingredients you need:
- Nut butter: I used pecan butter for this recipe but you can really use any nut or seed butter you like best.
- Sweetener: I like Swerve Brown for these protein muffins, as it deepens the flavor. But they don’t rely on a specific sweetener for consistency so you should be able to use your favorite. Do keep in mind that allulose may make them extra soft.
- Chocolate collagen protein: You can’t have protein muffins without protein! I found that collagen protein worked best for consistency and also provides a better protein content. Whey protein works as well but they tend to be more dry. See the expert tips section for more information.
- Cocoa powder: Dutched cocoa powder gives these muffins a rich, deep chocolate flavor.
- Sugar free chocolate chips: I used the dark chocolate chips from ChocZero.
- Kitchen staples: Vanilla, eggs, baking powder, salt
Step by Step Directions
1. Combine the wet ingredients: Place the nut butter in a large bowl and stir well to mix in the oils. Whisk in the sweetener and vanilla extract until well combined, then whisk in the eggs until smooth.
2. Add the dry ingredients: Add the collagen, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt and stir until well combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
3. Bake the muffins: Divide the mixture evenly among parchment or silicone-lined muffin cups. Bake in a 350ºF oven for 18 to 25 minutes, or until the muffins have risen and are just firm to the touch on top.
I used pecan butter for this recipe only because I had some to use up. But really any nut or seed butter will work in these protein muffins. Consider almond butter, sunflower seed butter, or even peanut butter (yum!). The carb count may change somewhat depending on what you use.
I highly recommend collagen protein powder (aka collagen peptides) for these muffins. It combines really well with the nut butter and makes them both moist and fluffy.
I’ve tried whey protein but it’s not quite the same and they dry out more easily. If you do decide to go with another kind of protein, you may need to add a little liquid to thin out the batter and make it scoopable. 2 to 4 tablespoons of water or coffee should suffice. Make sure to remove them from the oven the moment they seem firm to the touch so that you don’t over bake them!
Frequently Asked Questions
Protein powder is actually very useful in keto baking, as it helps the consistency of many cakes and muffin recipes. It mimics the protein in gluten, so the baked goods rise better and become more fluffy. Check out my Keto Cake Recipes to see how it works.
Conventional chocolate muffins can have upwards of 30g of carbs per serving. Yikes, that’s a blood sugar spike waiting to happen. However, these Chocolate Protein Muffins have 5.2g of carbs and 3.6g of fiber, so they have only 1.6g net carbs per serving.
Animal protein such as fish, meat, poultry, and eggs is the most bio-available source of protein for the keto diet. So that should be the focus of much of your meals. However, easy snacks that contain added protein can help too. These protein muffins make a fabulous grab-and-go breakfast or snack.
Protein Muffin Recipe
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a muffin pan with 12 silicone or parchment paper liners.
- Place the nut butter in a large bowl and stir well to mix in the oils. If it is very stiff, you can microwave it or heat it gently in a pan until it is more liquid.
- Whisk in the sweetener and vanilla extract until well combined, then whisk in the eggs until smooth.
- Add the collagen, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt and stir until well combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Divide the mixture evenly among the prepared muffin cups and bake 18 to 25 minutes, or until the muffins have risen and are just firm to the touch on top.
- Remove and let cool in the pan.