Anna Wootton

Double Chocolate Protein Muffins

Happy Good Friday! I hope you all have fun plans for Easter. And if you need a recipe to bring along to a brunch or event – I have one for you. No matter that they’re healthy; no one will know, I PROMISE!

Having finally mastered what I consider the best protein muffin EVER (wow, apparently I lost my modesty this morning…sorry about that…!) with my lemon poppyseed protein muffins, a brilliant reader asked about other flavours.

Well, gosh darn, that just got me on a whole new train of thought…hmm…what flavours could we play around with?

The first one I had to tackle was, of course, chocolate. 

So the challenge?

  • Keep the stats around the same – approx. 100 cals per muffin, with 8g of protein each and no more than 10-12g carbs
  • Have it taste AMAZING

So just two challenges, but both tall orders!

Well, don’t fret, because the chocolate protein muffin is here. And it clocks in at 113 cals, 12.2g carbs and 8.1g of protein. You’re welcome!

PS If you’re watching calories and REALLY want these to be under 100 cals, just omit the chocolate chips. 

So…what flavour should we do next? I’m thinking apple maple walnut…or banana nut?

Tell me! I’m all ears :).

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Double Chocolate Protein Muffins (based on these)

INGREDIENTS (makes 8):

1/3 cup coconut flour
1/3 cup flour
1 scoop protein powder **NOTE:- I use a protein powder that provides about 24g protein per scoop
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
4 packets stevia (I use NuNaturals) – or to taste (approx. 1-2 tsp)
3 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp chocolate chips
1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1/2 cup lowfat cottage cheese
6 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
1 egg


1. Preheat oven to 325 F.

2. Combine dry ingredients in one bowl. Stir well.

3. In another bowl, mix wet ingredients together till well blended.

4. Add wet ingredients to dry, mixing until JUST combined (overmixing will lead to tough muffins).

*NOTE: You can put 1 tbsp chocolate chips into the batter and save the last to sprinkle on top of the wet batter just before the muffins go in the oven. That makes them extra yummy when they’re done, I promise ;).

5. Bake 25 mins or until lightly golden and springy to the touch. You can double this recipe for jumbo size muffins.

6. Enjoy!

Nutrition information per muffin (if recipe makes 8):

Nutritional information courtesy of


  • April 6, 2012

    These look awesome and I love using coconut flour! I am out of it, but need to get more once I move and settle!

    I say apple ones next!

    Happy Friday! <3

  • April 6, 2012

    These look super! I am excited to try em next time I make muffins! I have made some delicious muffins with coconut flour but I honestly find that I cannot tolerate too much gets my tummy out of sorts…do you find this ever? Also, what type of protein powder do you like to use? I recently purchased Garden of Life Vanilla Raw Brown Rice Protein that I like pretty well. Have a fabulous day!!

  • April 6, 2012

    love chocolate muffins. yuuuuum!

  • April 6, 2012

    YUM! I love the use of protein powder. And I’ve never used cottage cheese in baking, what a brilliant idea!!! They look delicious!

  • April 6, 2012

    GAH! These look amazing!!! I can’t wait to try them out!!!!!!! And SO easy to make GF! Awesome 🙂
    And for the next flavour I totally vote Maple Walnut! 😀

  • April 6, 2012

    Looking gorgeous Anna – anything with chocolate gets a huge thumbs up in this house – this one is officially pinned! Happy Good Friday!

  • April 6, 2012

    Yay! I asked about other flavours and my prayer is answered!

    Next flavour maybe raspberry white chocolate? That used to be my favourite ‘naughty’ treat from Starbucks. 🙂

  • April 6, 2012

    Yum, these look delicious! 🙂 I’ve been on the lookout for some chocolate protein muffins so this is perfect. I love that they have 8 g of protein and are pretty low in calories. Thanks for sharing the recipe! 🙂

    Have an awesome weekend and God bless!

  • April 7, 2012

    You’re going to laugh at me, but I read this recipe last night on my Google Reader, went to sleep, then woke up THINKING OF THEM!! Does that scream hungry to you or what?! Hahahaha

    Regardless, I think we can assume that I think these look delicioso! Do you think I could sub the regular flour with a GF all purpose?

    By the way– I’m pinning these 😀

  • April 7, 2012

    these look delish and like a perfect use for all the coconut flour I have on hand!

  • April 11, 2012


    Hey perfection! Low calorie is exactly what I need! Thanks!

  • April 15, 2012

    Brette S

    This sounds delcious! 🙂 I can’t wait to try! Are there any substitutions that I can make for the cottage cheese/yogurt? (Lactose intolerant) 🙂

  • April 16, 2012


    I can’t wait to try these. Pumpkin protein muffins would be great.

  • April 16, 2012

    Oh yum, I can’t wait to try these! My only question is, how much is one scoop of protein powder? My brand doesn’t have a scooper, so I don’t know how much to use. Is it a tablespoon, half a cup etc… thanks again for a great recipe 🙂

  • April 28, 2012

    Rachel A.

    In these recipes, are you using plain or vanilla flavored protein powder?

  • May 23, 2012

    Any suggestions on how to make these high carb& high calorie? I am desperately in need of a good recipe for my two kids! I’d appreciate any ideas, especially how much and what kind of sugar to substitute for the Stevia.

  • January 22, 2013


    Can you recommend a substitute for coconut flour? Thanks!