5 Vegan Protein Muffins to Fuel Your Muscles after Workouts

vegan protein muffins

Each one of these vegan protein muffins is made without any eggs, butter or dairy. Instead, applesauce and bananas takes the place of butter while flax eggs are substituted for real eggs. To make a flax egg, simply mix together one tablespoon of ground flaxseed with three tablespoons of water and allow to thicken for five minutes. Add to batter and proceed as you normally would!

Sweet Potato Protein Muffins

Sweet Potato Protein Muffins

Sweet Potato Protein Muffins

Makes 9

Not only are these muffins incredibly easy to make (just toss all the ingredients into a blender), but they are also frosted with a delicious high protein frosting!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • ½ tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup mashed sweet potato
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed + 3 tablespoons warm water, mixed
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 2 scoops vegan vanilla protein powder
  • shake cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • milk, to form batter

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tray with liners.
  2. Add all ingredients into a high speed blender. Blend on high until smooth.
  3. Fill each muffin tin ¾ way full with batter. Bake for 15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  4. While muffins are cooling, make frosting. Once muffins have cooled, frost and enjoy.

Note: Don’t frost muffins until ready to eat.

Pumpkin Tahini Muffins

Pumpkin Tahini Muffins

Pumpkin Tahini Muffins

Makes 10 muffins

These muffins get their protein from pumpkin seeds that have been ground into a powder, thus creating a protein powder. Not only are these muffins packed with plant-based protein from the pumpkin but they also contain all of the nutrients from pumpkin itself, such as amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc and many other vitamins and minerals.

Ingredients:

  • 2 scoops pumpkin seed protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ½ cup tahini
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • roasted sunflower seeds, for topping

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a muffin tray with liners.
  2. In a bowl, beat together all ingredients except the sunflower seeds until smooth.
  3. Fill each muffin tin ¾ way full with batter. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Banana Hemp Seed Protein Muffins

Banana Hemp Seed Protein Muffins

Banana Hemp Seed Protein Muffins

Makes 12

These muffins get their protein from not just one source, but two. With both plant-based protein powder as well as hemp seeds, these muffins are packed with banana flavor while also being rich in protein.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups oat flour
  • ¼ cup vegan vanilla protein powder of choice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 bananas, ripe
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • ¾ cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup hemp seeds

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with liners.
  2. In a bowl, mash the bananas. Mix in the almond butter, almond milk, vanilla extract and coconut sugar until smooth.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the oat flour, protein powder, baking soda, baking powder, sea salt and cinnamon. Add to the wet ingredients and mix until no lumps remain. Stir in the hemp seeds.
  4. Fill each muffin tin ¾ way full. Sprinkle with extra hemp seeds, if desired. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins

Makes 10 muffins

Not only are these muffins dairy-free and vegan, but they are also grain-free! Because they are comprised completely of protein powder, it is essential to use a vegan protein powder that bakes up well. Hemp protein powder was used in this recipe and it yielded a fluffy muffin with a slight nutty taste that paired well with the peanut butter and chocolate.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup vegan protein powder of choice, vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • ¾ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup dairy-free chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with liners.
  2. In a bowl, beat together the banana, peanut butter, maple syrup and vanilla until smooth.
  3. Add the protein powder and baking soda and mix until no lumps remain. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Fill each muffin liner ¾ way full with batter. Sprinkle with extra chocolate chips, if desired. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Zucchini Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins

Makes 12 muffins

With just a small amount of oil needed, these muffins are incredibly low in fat while being a good source of protein and complex carbohydrates.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup vegan protein powder of choice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup zucchini, shredded
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, softened
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips, dairy-free

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a muffin tin with liners.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, protein powder, cinnamon, sea salt and baking powder.
  3. In another bowl, mix together the applesauce, coconut oil, honey, vanilla extract and zucchini. Add dry ingredients and stir until smooth. Gently fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Fill each muffin tin ¾ way full with batter. Sprinkle with more chocolate chips, if desired. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Though there are no animal products used in these vegan protein muffins, they are still a terrific source of protein as well as other essential nutrients. Using substitutes such as flax eggs, vegan protein powder, applesauce and bananas might eliminate the typical baking ingredients you are used too, however they don’t affect the taste one bit!

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