The Perfect Protein Muffins

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A sweet treat that is good for you, too!

Freshly baked protein muffins

What could be better than a muffin for breakfast? Maybe a protein-packed, fiber-rich muffin full of delicious flavors and healthy ingredients? If you’re looking for a new, simply sweet breakfast recipe to try, these Perfect Protein Muffins are a great way to get your day started off right! They’ll give you an awesome boost of energy and keep you full all day.

A Boost in Protein

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Our Perfect Protein Muffins are a great way to pack in protein and fiber in the morning. Coming in at 10 grams of protein per muffin, this recipe is an excellent source of the important macronutrient. How do we get so much protein in a little muffin? Nearly every ingredient contains protein! Let’s take a closer look.

Whole wheat flour contains more protein than all-purpose flour, which is most commonly used in baking. It’s an easy swap that we highly recommend!

Of course, the protein powder itself adds the most protein to these tasty muffins. You can use your favorite powder– it really doesn’t matter which one. But we’ll get into that more in just a moment. 

Ingredients like egg whites and almond milk contribute to the protein content, as well. And then there is Greek yogurt. We love baking with Greek yogurt for two main reasons. Not only is it loaded with protein, but it adds a moist, creaminess to any recipe too!

Pre-workout Fuel, Post-Workout Recovery

The balance of protein and carbs in these perfect protein muffins makes them an excellent option for pre and post-workout nutrition. Carbohydrates provide quick energy, and protein helps to repair and rebuild your muscles. They will give your body the energy to get through your workout and are fantastic for refueling when your tank gets low! It’s just an added benefit that they taste so good

That said, they’re not only good before or after a workout. You can eat them as a healthy mid-morning or afternoon snack during the work day, or even as a dessert when your sweet tooth strikes. Send one to school with your kiddo in the morning for a healthy breakfast, or pack it in their lunch as a nutritious mid-day treat. It’s never the wrong time to indulge in a healthy, protein-packed muffin!

Mix It Up

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While the recipe below is mighty tasty as is, we want you to feel free to switch it up to fit your preferences! You can make these muffins in a few different versions.

Mix up the flavor of your protein powder for a new taste. Unsure of which protein powder to go for? Check out some of 7 Clean Protein Powders for Your Favorite Recipes. These muffins would be yummy using vanilla protein powder, chocolate protein powder, or even strawberry or banana-flavored protein! Don’t be afraid to experiment! Banana-flavored protein powder would mimic the taste of banana bread and result in some super yummy banana protein muffins!

We recommend choosing whey protein powder, but you can use any other type you have on hand. Plant-based protein powder would work, but if you’re trying to make these muffins vegan-friendly, you’d also have to swap several other major ingredients. If you’re looking for a plant-based muffin recipe, check out our oil-free chocolate muffins instead!

You can also try this muffin batter with different add-ins, like blueberries, cocoa powder, mini chocolate chips, almonds, pecans, walnuts, peanut butter, or any other nut butter, and more! Keep your muffins simple or get creative—the add-ins are up to you. If you do try a new mix in, let us know what you came up with in the comments! We love to hear about your customized recipes! Just keep in mind that adding additional ingredients to this protein muffin recipe will change the nutritional profile below. 

Power Up With These Protein Muffins

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The instructions for making these perfect protein muffins are very simple! Begin by preheating the oven to 350° F. Combine all of the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Then, mix together the Greek yogurt, egg whites, almond milk, vanilla extract, and honey in a separate bowl. Slowly stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients a little bit at a time. Once combined, pour the muffin batter into muffin tins that have been sprayed with nonstick spray (or lined with muffin liners). Bake them for 12 to 15 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean when stuck into the middle of a muffin. Remove the muffin pan from the oven, let them cool, and enjoy!

How to Serve These Protein Muffins

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We’ve already discussed how these are a wonderful, grab-and-go snack option but you can serve them as part of a meal, too.

For breakfast, you can increase your protein and healthy fat intake by enjoying one of these muffins as a side to a healthy omelet. We’ve got so many wonderful egg breakfast recipes to choose from! Enjoy a muffin with our Baked Vegetable Omelet or Philly Cheesesteak Omelet!

At lunchtime, enjoy it with a side of Fresh Lime and Basil Fruit Salad or a bowl of vanilla Greek yogurt.

Use them as an after-dinner sweet treat in place of other high-sugar, unhealthy dessert options. They’re super yummy served with a scoop of our Banana Pudding Ice Cream, too!

Protein Muffin Commonly Asked Questions

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How long will protein muffins last at room temperature? You can keep these muffins at room temperature for up to 4 days if they’re stored in an airtight container.

How long will these high-protein muffins last in the fridge? Muffins will stay fresh for up to one week in the refrigerator. Wrap them tightly in foil and store them in a freezer bag. 

Can you freeze these high-protein muffins? You can store these muffins in the freezer for up to 3 months. Wrap them tightly in foil and store them in a freezer bag. When it’s time to thaw, leave them out at room temperature for a few hours or zap them in the microwave!

Is there a way to make these healthy protein muffins dairy-free? Yes, try swapping the Greek yogurt with the same amount of avocado. It may change the taste of the muffins slightly, but the texture should be very similar! Also, be sure to not use a whey protein powder as that is dairy-based. And finally, keep in mind that eggs are not dairy. This is a common misunderstanding. Egg whites are fine to use in dairy-free recipes!

If you enjoy dairy-free recipes, be sure to check out these Morning Glory Muffins!

I don’t have whole wheat flour. Can I use all-purpose flour instead? Absolutely. All-purpose flour is a good substitute for wheat flour. 

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The Perfect Protein Muffins

These muffins are a great protein-packed, energy-boosting way to get your day started off right!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 6 people
Serving Size 1 muffin
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Universal


  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup protein powder any flavor
  • 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 3 eggs whites yolks removed
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  • Preheat the oven to 350°.
  • Combine the whole wheat flour, rolled oats, and protein powder in a bowl.
  • In a separate large bowl, mix together yogurt, egg whites, almond milk, vanilla, and honey. Then, slowly add and mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  • Once combined, pour muffin batter into muffin tins sprayed with nonstick spray (or paper muffin cups).
  • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean in the middle. Remove from the oven, let cool, and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 138mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 13IU | Vitamin C: 0.03mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 5
Keywords High Protein, Quick and Easy

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Kelsey Butler, MS, RDN

Kelsey Butler is a Registered Dietitian and recipe developer. From a young age, Kelsey found a love for creating delicious recipes. Now, with a Master's in Nutritional Sciences, Kelsey uses her culinary skills to create healthy and unique recipes for many different diets. She is passionate about creating a healthy relationship with all foods and recipes that everyone can enjoy. Kelsey has a passion for cooking, but she also enjoys the outdoors, staying active, and traveling. She is currently living with her partner in New Zealand.

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