Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins

I’m always looking for tasty, healthy, and filling breakfasts, but many things fall short. Granola bars or protein bars are always more Weight Watchers points than I want them to be, and they don’t keep me full. Eggs and nuts are great, but don’t satisfy my morning sweet tooth. That’s why when I made these Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins using Kodiak Cakes Buttermilk Pancake Mix, I was so pleasantly surprised with how delicious they were for only 4 Weight Watchers Freestyle Smartpoints!

Ingredients

2 cups Kodiak Cakes Protein Pancake Power Mix – Buttermilk

2 very ripe bananas

1 egg

1 cup plain almond milk

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp salt

(not pictured: salt)

Directions

  1. Measure 2 cups of the Kodiak Cakes Protein Pancake Power Mix – Buttermilk into a large mixing bowl. Add in the salt.
  2. In a separate mixing bowl, mash up two overripe bananas. Mix in the egg, almond milk, vanilla extract, and maple syrup. Mix well to combine. (Add a little extra maple syrup for more sweetness).
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and combine. Fold in chocolate chips, saving some to sprinkle on the top of each muffin.
  4. Grease a muffin tin with butter or nonstick spray. Pour batter in, filling each muffin area 3/4 of the way up. Sprinkle the tops with some chocolate chips.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 22-26 minutes. Use the toothpick test to make sure muffins are fully cooked through.
  6. Let cool for 5 minutes in muffin tin. Then, transfer to a wire cooling rack. Wrap individually to eat the next day!
Before
After!
Delicious and moist!

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 4 points for one muffin. Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app.

Print a copy of this recipe for your recipe binder!

Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Category: Breakfast

Yield: 12

1 muffin

Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Kodiak Cakes Protein Pancake Power Mix – Buttermilk
  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup plain almond milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Measure 2 cups of the Kodiak Cakes Protein Pancake Power Mix – Buttermilk into a large mixing bowl. Add in the salt.
  2. In a separate mixing bowl, mash up two overripe bananas. Mix in the egg, almond milk, vanilla extract, and maple syrup. Mix well to combine. (Add a little extra maple syrup for more sweetness).
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and combine. Fold in chocolate chips, saving some to sprinkle on the top of each muffin.
  4. Grease a muffin tin with butter or nonstick spray. Pour batter in, filling each muffin area 3/4 of the way up. Sprinkle the tops with some chocolate chips.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 22-26 minutes. Use the toothpick test to make sure muffins are fully cooked through.
  6. Let cool for 5 minutes in muffin tin. Then, transfer to a wire cooling rack. Wrap individually to eat the next day!
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Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator.
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2 Ingredient Bagels – Two Ways!

Since starting to track my food and points with the Weight Watchers app, I noticed what a difference eating bread made in my daily points intake. Now, there are two solutions to this problem. 1. Stop eating bread (which didn’t seem like a viable option to me) or 2. Find a great alternative.

Enter the 2 ingredient (and 3 WW points!) bagel. When looking for a recipe, I noticed a lot of variations with boiling / not boiling, baking/ air frying, etc. So, I decided to give them all a whirl! This was my first try at making this dough, and while I know next time I’ll tweak a few things, I definitely found an easy favorite!

Ingredients

1 cup self-rising flour

1 cup Greek yogurt OR plain nonfat regular yogurt (also 0 points) – I used Stonyfield – the less watery the better!

1 egg (for egg wash)

Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel seasoning

Amazing – this is literally all you will need to make this dough! Again, most recipes call for Greek yogurt, but since I had this on hand, I figured I would give it a try. And it worked!

Directions

  1. Mix together the self-rising flour and the yogurt. Stir it with a spoon for about 4-5 minutes until well combined and not so sticky. If it feels sticky, just add a little more flour to handle it!
  2. Form it into a ball and cut it into 4 equal parts.
  3. Roll each ball into a small log and form into bagel circles (should make 4).
  4. Create an egg wash (take one egg, whisk it and mix it with a small amount of water –this will create a nicely browned bagel).
  5. For oven:
    • Preheat to 375 degrees F.
    • Brush egg wash on bagels.
    • Pour Everything But the Bagel Seasoning on (or leave plain)
    • Baked for 20-22 minutes or until nicely browned and cooked through. Turn baking sheet halfway so bagels cook evenly.
    • Broiling a little at the end adds an even nicer crispy top!
  6. For air fryer:
    1. Set temperature to 360 degrees F.
    2. Brush egg wash on bagels.
    3. Pour Everything But the Bagel Seasoning on (or leave plain)
    4. Air fry for 10-12 minutes, or until cooked through and crispy!

NOTE: I tried boiling the bagels before baking / air frying, and it required a lot more cooking time and not as good of a texture / flavor, so in my opinion, not worth it!

The two that were not boiled turned out the best in the shortest amount of time. The ones that required boiling needed a little more time and effort. Didn’t find it to be worth it in the end!
This is the baked final product. So tasty! See below for the dough cut in half.
Inside of the baked bagel.
Air fried bagel — our favorite variation!! (not boiled before)
A bit fluffier on the inside than the baked counterpart. If you have an air fryer, these are the way to go! If not, the baked are almost as good.

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 3 points for one serving (about 4 servings total). Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app.

Two Ingredient Bagels

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup Greek or plain nonfat yogurt (not a watery brand, like Stonyfield)
1 egg (for egg wash)
Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel Seasoning

Directions:

1. Mix together the self-rising flour and the yogurt. Stir it with a spoon for about 4-5 minutes until well combined and not so sticky. If it feels sticky, just add a little more flour to handle it!

2. Form it into a ball and cut it into 4 equal parts.
Roll each ball into a small log and form into bagel circles (should make 4).

3. Create an egg wash (take one egg, whisk it and mix it with a small amount of water –this will create a nicely browned bagel).

For oven:
-Preheat to 375 degrees F.
-Brush egg wash on bagels.
-Pour Everything But the Bagel Seasoning on (or leave plain)
-Baked for 20-22 minutes or until nicely browned and cooked through. -Turn baking sheet halfway so bagels cook evenly.
-Broiling a little at the end adds an even nicer crispy top!

For air fryer:
-Set temperature to 360 degrees F.
-Brush egg wash on bagels.
-Pour Everything But the Bagel Seasoning on (or leave plain)
-Air fry for 10-12 minutes, or until cooked through and crispy!

Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator.

Easy Chocolate Chip Muffins

I was getting tired of my usual bowl of Cheerio’s before work, and decided it was time to mix up my breakfast for tomorrow.  I looked through a few recipes, and came across this one for Sinfully Rich Chocolate Chip Muffins.  Let’s just say for once, I can’t wait to get up tomorrow morning!

Ingredients (yields 12 muffins):

2 cups flour 
1/3 cup sugar 
1/3 cup brown sugar 
2 teaspoons baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
2/3 cup milk 
1/2 cup butter, melted 
2 eggs, beaten 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper cups, or grease the pan. 
2.  In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients. 
3.  In another bowl, mix melted butter, beaten eggs, milk, and vanilla. 
4.  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until just combined. 
5.  Stir in chocolate chips. 

6.  Divide into 12 muffin cups. 
7.  Sprinkle a little granulated sugar and extra chocolate chips on top of each muffin for a little sparkle and crunch (optional).

8.  Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into middle of muffin comes out clean.

Enjoy!

Easy Chocolate Chip Muffins

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper cups, or grease the pan.
2. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
3. In another bowl, mix melted butter, beaten eggs, milk, and vanilla.
4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until just combined.
5. Stir in chocolate chips.
6. Divide into 12 muffin cups.
7. Sprinkle a little granulated sugar and extra chocolate chips on top of each muffin for a little sparkle and crunch (optional).
8. Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into middle of muffin comes out clean.

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 13 points for one muffin. Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the Weight Watcher’s app.

Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator.