Espresso Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins

an espresso chocolate chip protein muffin cut in half

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Breakfast tends to be the meal lacking in protein for most Americans but these muffins will help you increase your intake! Plus they have espresso chocolate chips, which are ah-mazing. And who doesn't need as much espresso in the morning as they can get??


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  • 1/2 cup (74g) white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup (54g) whey protein isolate powder*
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons espresso powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup (332g) unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup (88g) pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup (52g) olive oil
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (92g) chocolate chips (milk, dark, white, or espresso)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F/176 degrees C and line muffin tin with muffin liners. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a small 3-quart bowl, whisk all dry ingredients (except chocolate chips). Set aside.
  3. In a large 5-quart bowl, whisk all wet ingredients.
  4. Slowly pour dry ingredients into large bowl with wet ingredients.
  5. Whisk until just combined (some small lumps are okay!).
  6. Using a 1/3 measuring cup, scoop batter into prepared tin until batter comes to just below the top of the liners.
  7. Sprinkle 1-2 Tablespoons of chocolate chips into each muffin cup and gently swirl with a toothpick.
  8. Bake 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Let cool 10-15 minutes.
  10. Serve with your favorite breakfast protein (Greek yogurt, scrambled eggs, etc.) or have by themselves for a snack and enjoy!


  • These muffins will last in an air-tight container at room temperature for 5 days, in the refrigerator for 7 days, and the freezer for 3 months.
  • Any add-ins can be used instead of espresso chocolate chips!
  • I like to alternate every other muffin cup to allow the muffins to rise better!
  • *Be sure to use whey isolate! Other types of protein may affect the texture.


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