Protein Oatmeal & Chocolate Chip Muffins

To stay focused on maintaining lean muscle, my diet can sometimes be kind of boring.  I typically eat the same thing for breakfast for weeks at a time before changing it up.  My typical breakfast would be oatmeal, protein pancakes, or maybe toast and peanut butter and ALWAYS with coffee.

I changed up my bowl of oatmeal (with cinnamon, raisins, and sliced almonds) in favor of an oatmeal muffin.  This is especially good for grabbing on the go on busy mornings.  I found a recipe on Sugar Free Mom that is really good.  You may have seen this image of hers floating around on Pinterest
After following her recipe, I tweaked it the second time, halving it (which still yielded 12 muffins) and adding protein powder and MILA (chia seeds- which I’ll tell you more about this week).  I also made mine with dark chocolate chips and walnuts this time.
The chocolate bits are my favorite.
And I definitely recommend adding the walnuts- they add a great crunch.

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Ingredients (Yields 12 muffins)
*Adapted from Sugar Free Mom 

  • 1 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1 1/2 cups, Old Fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 MILA (chia seeds) *optional
  • 1/4 cup chocolate protein powder 
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cups milk (I used skim)
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
I combined the banana and wet ingredients into a large mixing bowl and the dry ingredients in a separate bowl, stirring both well.  Then I combined the two and using an ice cream scoop, scooped the mix into the muffin pan.  Spray your muffin pan with cooking spray first!
Bake at 350 degrees for about 30-35 minutes.  I eat two in the morning for breakfast. 



  1. May 1, 2013 / 5:31 am

    I'm always on the lookout for recipes like this! How much chia seed did you add? It says 1/3 MILA but I'm not sure what MILA means. Also, did you add the chia plain/dry or make it into a gel first?

  2. May 1, 2013 / 12:33 pm

    These looks great! I'm always in the market for a new muffin recipe. I put chia seeds in our smoothies almost every day, they are such a great way to sneak in a little extra protein and omega 3s!

  3. May 1, 2013 / 4:06 pm

    These look delicious!! Do you happen to know the calorie count for a muffin? I'm tracking my calories to lose weight. So far, I've lost 8 lbs. for the month of April! yay!! Thanks for the recipe!!

  4. May 3, 2013 / 1:44 pm

    These look delicious and great for my husband to take to work to eat during the day!

  5. May 4, 2013 / 7:51 am

    What brand protein powder do you buy? And where do you buy it? 🙂

  6. May 14, 2013 / 4:56 pm

    These look so yummy, going to give them a try. Thanks for the recipe.

  7. August 16, 2013 / 1:45 am

    These look so yummy! I think I will try them and see if my little one will eat them too. I am always looking for quick healthy snacks that I can grab during a busy day. I think I will use my plant based protein and coconut milk. I have a sensitivity to whey.
    Thanks for sharing!

  8. August 25, 2013 / 6:53 pm

    I made them today and they are delicious! Indeed the walnut in them us gooood! Thank you so much for sharing, I just hope I can keep at least two for breakfast tomorrow 😀

  9. December 16, 2013 / 9:54 pm

    Tasty! Just not a texture I expected: it was lovely and crunchy on the top, but inside it was much more porridge-like (albeit a little more solid than actual porridge) thank oatmeal muffins I've made in the past. Is that the way it's supposed to be?

    • December 17, 2013 / 2:56 am

      No, it should be more solid. I haven't made them in awhile- need to try again and see what might have happened.

  10. March 14, 2014 / 1:27 am

    The batter was way too runny so I added about 3/4 cup spelt flour and 1 tsp baking soda. I used banana-choco protein powder and tasted batter first. Wanted MORE choco taste (who doesn't really!) so added 1/4 cup cacao (sounds like kapow!) powder. Waiting for them to bake right now….

    • April 22, 2014 / 1:32 am

      They turned out delicious! I even froze a couple and they tasted just as good after thawing out!

  11. April 16, 2014 / 12:56 am

    Hi can I add 4oz.cottage cheese in the batter?

  12. December 2, 2014 / 7:37 am

    How many calories do you think are in these approximately? 🙂

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