These Vanilla Protein Muffins are soft, moist and flavorful. They are made with pea protein and a few other simple paleo ingredients. In addition, these low carb protein muffins are made without banana and are gluten free and dairy free.
These low carb vanilla protein muffins may not look like much, but they taste amazing!
They have the perfect texture - fluffy, light and moist. Furthermore, these protein muffins have a delicious vanilla flavor.
Why You'll Love these Healthy Vanilla Protein Muffins
- moist & flavorful - not dry like many protein muffin recipes
- gluten free & grain free - made with almond flour and pea protein
- low carb - great muffins for a low carb diet
- low in sugar - made without banana and sweetened with just a bit of honey (which is optional)
- paleo friendly - this recipe uses minimally processed, low inflammatory ingredients
Basically, they're the perfect snack or meal addition and make a great meal prep treat. You can eat them plain or smother them in nut butter, jam or coconut cream. Any way you eat them, they're a healthy treat to enjoy!
Ingredients in Paleo Protein Muffins
These high protein muffins require a few simple ingredients. Here's what you need:
- Pea protein powder
- blanched almond flour
- tapioca flour (or arrowroot)
- baking soda
- yogurt (I used an unsweetened almond milk yogurt)
- honey (optional)
Pea Protein Powder
This recipe has only been tested using pea protein. My favorite pea protein is from Nuzest. If you haven't tried this protein powder yet, I strongly recommend it. I love every flavor, but the vanilla is my favorite. If you want to make a purchase, be sure to use my Nuzest coupon code "bakeitpaleo" for 15% off.
Paleo Baking Flours
These muffins require a mixture of almond flour and tapioca flour. Combined, these flours make a muffin that is moist, airy and delicious!
This recipe has not been tested with an egg substitute. Real eggs are probably your best bet for a successful protein muffin.
Honey, vanilla and salt are added for extra flavor. Any of these can be omitted, but they really add to the flavor of the muffins.
How to Make Vanilla Protein Muffins
These muffins are super easy to make!
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line a muffin pan with silicone or paper liners. Please note, paper liners will stick to these muffins until they have completely cooled (like over-night in the fridge).
Make the Batter
Next, combine all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. This includes the protein powder, almond flour, tapioca flour, baking soda and salt.
Add in the eggs, yogurt, water, honey and vanilla. Whisk the batter with a spatula until it's well combined.
Scoop the batter into the lined muffin pan, filling each slot about ½ to ¾ full. This will give you 11-12 muffins.
Bake the Muffins
Lastly, place the muffins in your oven and bake at 350 degrees F for 23-25 minutes.
After baking, cool them in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a wire cooling rack.
These gluten free protein muffins are best stored in an air-tight container in the fridge. They will last well up to one week. For longer storage, keep them in the freezer up to one month.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! Muffins can be part of a healthy diet, even great for weight loss. What matters is the list of ingredients and how many you're eating.
Most bakery muffins are loaded with sugars, high in fat and low in protein. But these healthy vanilla protein muffins are low in sugar, high in protein and satiating. They're great for enjoying as a snack or breakfast side.
I have not tested this protein muffin recipe with whey protein. However, if you try the substitution then let me know how the recipe turns out in the comments below.
Using too much protein powder will make protein muffins dry and possibly rubbery (if you're using a whey protein). Adding yogurt, banana, applesauce or pumpkin puree to a protein muffin recipe adds moisture and creates a desirable texture.
These gluten free vanilla protein muffins are made with dairy free yogurt to achieve a fluffy, moist texture.
More Low Carb Protein Muffins
Looking for more paleo friendly protein muffin recipes? Check these out:
Simple vanilla protein muffins that are gluten free, dairy free and paleo friendly. They are light, fluffy and moist.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with paper or silicone muffin liners**
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients. This includes the pea protein, almond flour, tapioca flour, baking soda and salt.
- Add in the eggs, yogurt, water, honey and vanilla. Whisk batter until smooth.
- Scoop the batter into the lined muffin pan, filling each slot about ¾ full.
- Place the muffins in the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 23-25 minutes.
- Remove muffins from oven, cool 5 minutes in pan, then transfer to a wire cooling rack.
*For best results, I recommend using a pea protein powder. My favorite is from Nuzest. You can use my discount code "bakeitpaleo" for 15% off any purchase on the Nuzest website.
**The muffins will stick to the paper liners unless they are cooled completely.
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