by Olena

Banana Oat Protein Muffins

by Olena

Banana Oat Protein Muffins recipe made with plant based protein powder, oatmeal, ripe bananas and applesauce. Taste like banana bread with a chewy oatmeal texture. |

If you are looking for healthy breakfast ideas, look no further. These banana oat protein muffins made with mashed banana, plant based protein powder and rolled oats offer a complete breakfast on the go. Also vegan and gluten free. Ever since I started using MyFitnessPal app to make sure I eat balanced, I was completely blown away how easy I over consumed carbs and didn’t get enough protein. Especially at breakfast time.

That’s how these clean eating banana protein muffins were created. With 3 g of healthy fats, 9 g of complex carbs and 4 g of protein, these individual baked oatmeal cups truly offer a complete breakfast. And note only 2 g of sugar, naturally occurring, versus commercial oatmeal packets and protein bars with processed sugars and chemicals like aspartame and sucralose (so popular Quest bars fall into this category).


Banana Oat Protein Muffins recipe made with plant based protein powder, oatmeal, ripe bananas and applesauce. Taste like banana bread with a chewy oatmeal texture. |

I try to get majority of my daily carbohydrates intake before late afternoon, to fuel me for the day and not for the bedtime.:) These banana oat protein muffins are perfect for your morning commute to work, kids’ school lunches or for a crazy mom like me, who is often eating breakfast while doing 10 things at a time. They taste divine with a cup of coffee. I usually have 2.

These banana oat protein muffins taste like my healthy banana bread with a chewy texture of an oatmeal. They are absolutely moist, simply delicious and couldn’t be easier to make. Double or triple the batch and freeze for later. I used Sunwarrior protein powder. Lately, I also have been enjoying Vega Sport. You can use whey protein. I wouldn’t recommend using any “weird” chalky tasting protein powders like hemp or pea.

Looking for more protein muffins? Try my banana protein muffins with peanut butter swirl, and chocolate protein oatmeal muffins.

Banana Oat Protein Muffins recipe made with plant based protein powder, oatmeal, ripe bananas and applesauce. Taste like banana bread with a chewy oatmeal texture. |


Banana Oat Protein Muffins

Banana Oat Protein Muffins recipe made with plant based protein powder, oatmeal, ripe bananas and applesauce. Taste like banana bread with a chewy oatmeal texture.

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  • Prep Time: 7 minutes
  • Cook Time: 17 minutes
  • Total Time: 24 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins


  • 3/4 cup mashed overripe banana (1 1/2 large bananas)
  • 1/2 cup any milk (I used unsweetened almond)
  • 1/4 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups rolled oats (use gluten free for GF version)
  • 1/2 cup vanilla plant-based protein powder (I used Sunwarrior)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder, aluminum free
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Extra banana slices, for decorating
  • Cooking spray (I use Misto)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and spray non-stick muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together mashed banana, milk, applesauce, coconut oil and vanilla extract. Add oats, protein powder, baking powder, baking soda and gently stir until combined. Fill each tin 2/3 full and top with banana slice (if desired). Bake for 15 minutes and then broil for another 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and muffins are ready to eat immediately. Serve warm or cold.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.


About Olena

Hi, I’m Olena and this is my healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I now live on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I’m here to help you with “What’s for dinner?”.

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  1. I made these muffins tonight with a couple of minor substitutions – I used banana flavoured whey isolate protein powder and used 1 cup of oats and 1/4 cup almond flour. I also added one cup of chopped pecans. They turned out delicious! I love the texture – kind of halfway between a muffin and baked oatmeal. Thanks!

  2. I just made these and they came out amazing!! Thank you for a great recipe. How many muffins per serving?

  3. Thank you for the recipe! I used vega one vanilla protein powder and made these into carrot cake-like muffins adding a few golden raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, and julianned/finely chopped carrot! They are so YUM!

      1. Thank you Olena. I have just discovered your blog today and spent whole afternoon looking around and reading your posts and recipes. Already made the chocolate protein balls and they are delish :). Your blog is really interesting. Thank you xx

        1. That is awesome! Awe, thank you! It must have been my unfiltered thoughts that drew you in LOL. Actually they are a bit filtered. Real life is way more raw.:)

  4. OK this is a big winner! I used GNC protein powder (pina colada flavor), and i added cinn, all spice and nutmeg. otherwise, followed exactly, and i couldn’t believe how good these came out. perfectly delicious, looked exactly like the picture, and make exactly a doz as indicated. this is now a staple in my recipie box. Thank you!

  5. This looks amazing!! I am loving your website!!!. I have a quick question…Do you spray the muffin pan with cooking spray before you add the mix? or the mix goes directly into the pan? thank you!!! 🙂 I will making this as soon as my bananas ripen a little more 🙂

  6. I have Jay Robb Egg White Protein Powder every day in a smoothie. Do you think this kind of protein powder will work too? Thanks! I love things like this that I can give my 5 yr. old for breakfast before hurrying off to Kindergarten.

    1. I have never bought egg protein powder. Is it “thirsty” or similar to whey in absorbency? These wouldn’t work with whey. Considering egg protein puffs up better than whey you could try, might need more or less of it.

  7. These are amazing! I used all natural whey protein and can’t believe how wonderful they are. Like textured banana bread, not spongy at all like most things with protein powder get. These are my new pre workout snack. Thank you!

  8. My sister introduced me to these and they’ve been my go to, so easy. Bananas are a go to staple though ( in sugar-free baking) and I was starting to get banana’ed out. So I tried this recipe using baked sweet potato instead. It turned out well; I ate the first batch quickly and am working on the second. I used a touch more almond milk the first time and don’t think I needed it so this time I just used more apple sauce. I know almost nothing about baking so I’m glad it turned out.

  9. I must have something wrong….mine came out too moist and we’re just a blob….they were tasty though…I just ate them with a spoon. I even tried baking them longer.

  10. I made these last night for my mom to have for breakfast (she’s just had rotator cuff surgery on her dominant side). I had to sample a few to make sure they tasted good and they were delicious! I love that I was able to make her something healthy and tasty! Thanks so much for sharing!

  11. OMG. WOW. Thanks for sharing. These are going to make a great on-the-go breakfast. Didn’t grind up the oats, left them whole. Used only eggs whites. Had to cook these about 30-35 minutes to get them cooked all the way.

  12. Hi! Was just wondering if we can imitbor replace the protein powder.??? I’m not such a fan… Would love to try these tomorrow! Thanks

    1. No, you can’t omit protein powder. You might be able to replace it with extra oats or almond meal but then you have to compensate for the lost flavour from protein powder. I haven’t tried that but you can experiment.

    1. You could substitute protein powder for extra oats. I haven’t tried that though but I think you should be fine. You also might want to add a bit extra sweetener and vanilla extract to compensate for the flavours in protein powder.

        1. No. Quick rolled oats are a great alternative to your favourite oatmeal. They are not pre-cooked but rather the grains are cut into pieces and rolled thinner than regular rolled oats, allowing them to be cooked quickly when added to warm water, milk or other cooking liquid. You can use either in this recipe.

  13. Thank you so much for this recipe! I made it as a bread because I couldn’t find my muffin tin (just moved) and with chocolate protein powder as that’s all I had! It tasted absolutely amazing! I always hated baking because of my personal guilt association until I discovered your clean eating recipes. Thanks again!

    1. Yeah, whatever works and you obviously made it work. Good to know this batter works as a bread.:) Baking needs a bit of tweaking and can be enjoyed without the guilt.:)

  14. I added walnuts to my oatmeal cups. For some reason, they ended up being quite crumbly/soggy. I’m not sure why. They would just not hold together! The taste was pretty good, though I definitely have a sweet tooth so I will likely add cinnamon or let my bananas ripe a while longer next time I try to make these. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

  15. Love this recipe! I used powdered peanut butter instead of vanilla protein powder, how much do you think the nutritional information changes based on that?

  16. I’m nursing (kid is 7 mo and nurses about 5-6 a day) but am looking for ways to up my protein, especially in the morning. (And oatmeal is awesome for milk production!) Do you know if plant-based protein powders are safe for nursing moms? I read that I probably shouldn’t be using the whey powders.

  17. Just made these but couldn’t keep them long enough! They were devoured (I got only ONE) by my family. Next time, I’m going to make a double batch.
    Thanks Olena for all these delicious recipes!

    1. You are welcome, Afi. Believe it or not I had the same problem in my house with 3 men. I literally been baking all week. It’s all about muffins in my house this week.LOL

  18. I made these and put strawberry preserves and peaches in it since I found the recipe and had forgotten to buy bananas! They tasted wonderful! Great idea!

  19. Thanks for the quick reply 🙂 I made these tonight (with vanilla vega one nutritional shake powder) and they are really good! And I can’t believe I didn’t have to add any extra sugar! So awesome! Thanks so much for the recipe! Will make these again.

    1. Awesome! Yes, you don’t need extra sugar – banana is sweet plus protein powder is sweetened with stevia. I love Vega. I absolutely love my Vega Sports protein powder. I want to hug and sleep with it.:) I cook so much with it, I should share more I think.:) Anyways, enjoy the cups.

  20. Just made them, added some blueberries, they turned out amazing! Thanks for all the recipes, love your blog!

  21. These look delicious. You had me at banana bread with these. I can’t wait to make them. What do you put in your coffee? I used creamer ALL the time until I read the ingredients list…:( I’ve tried coconut milk and almond milk but it’s still too strong. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  22. Yum! I LOVE baked oatmeal and these look so portable and cute. I need to make these to pop in my lunch. Great recipe. I like the little banana slices in the middle -so adorable! I really need to start adding protein powder to some of my baking, I didn’t realize it could go in so many things!

    1. Thank you, my dear! I have been really enjoying baking with protein powder since I got Sunwarrior and Vega. Love it! Guilt free desserts and treats and just everything with protein powder helps me see my abs sooner.

  23. Love how packable these little oatmeal cups are. And you can freeze them?!? That’s great. Always on the go, we’re a family who’s looking for quick and easy sometimes!

    They look so darn cute in your muffin pan =)

    1. Thanks Laura! Who doesn’t like cute and pack able healthy food. I wish they sold it at stores!!! When I travel. Darn, so hard to travel. Oh well.