Gluten-Free Chocolate Banana Protein Mini Muffins

Snacking on wholesome treats assists in adherence to healthy eating patterns. It prevents bingeing and provides a great pick-me-up, especially when it is timed between meals or after a workout. I am always trying new recipes that have indulging flavors yet contain vital micronutrients and macronutrients.

For this tasty muffin recipe, I opted to use gluten-free flour because it provides better flavor and contains less calories than regular flour. Using bananas and maple syrup for sweetness is a great nutritious sugar replacement, as both have a lower glycemic index than pure white cane sugar. This treat can be enjoyed with a cup of matcha green tea, coffee or with some almond butter.




  • 3 bananas, pureed
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup gluten-free flour
  • 2 scoops of plant-based protein powder (I used a pea and rice protein powder blend)
  • ½ cup Greek or almond yogurt
  • 1 tsp aluminum-free baking soda
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet)
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Mix dry ingredients together, add in pureed bananas, mix, add the other wet ingredients gradually while mixing, and lastly fold-in the chocolate chips.

Grease a mini-muffin tin with baking spray and scoop the batter into each muffin tray.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean when inserted.

Allow the muffins to cool for 5-10 minutes.


About the Author:

Hiba Jameel has a master’s degree in Nutrition Science and Policy from Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the University of California, San Diego. She is also on the board of directors for A/NT Gallery, a curator and an artist herself. "I love the evidence-based approach to nutrition and love holistic nutrition as I see both worlds working together in harmony towards great health. I am a health influencer and a healthy lifestyle advocate. I do not believe that there is a single ingredient that can cure all; rather, leading a healthy lifestyle is the key to enjoying a long, healthy lifespan. My thesis proposal was about the possible prevention or delay of chronic illnesses through nutrition as an aid to a healthy lifestyle, after studying the dietary habits of centenarians living in the blue zones, specifically the Mediterranean regions. I aspire to be a part of a big chronic illnesses prevention movement that can help people enjoy a fruitful life. When I am not studying, spending time with family or conducting research, I enjoy working out, painting, drawing, and landscape photography."

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