Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins (nut free)

I literally got stuck in my sports bra yesterday. STUCK. I had a certain hair-do going on yesterday and didn’t want to mess it up. Meaning a messy bun that I was about to run in. But, you know how it goes. Don’t ever mess up the perfect bun. Whatever. So I put it over my head first, then tried to get my arms through it. One went through, the other one had a much tougher time. It took me at least 4 minutes to get my other arm through. I started to have a panic attack, sweat emerged, and had to talk myself through it. I got through it. The sports bra made weird sounds. Lululemon has some snug stuff.

So the other day, before I headed off to South Dakota, I grabbed my comforter that had been stuffed into the trunk of multiple cars because of camping, to take with me to keep me snuggly warm while traveling. Well, once I picked it up, stuffing fell out of it. I should explain that this comforter has been with me since my freshmen year of college and it was a bit cheap. BUT, stuffing was never falling out of it. So I tried to figure out why the hell it was dying on me. And I came to find out some sort of greenish stain that was eating away at the comforter. How creepy is that? What do you think it was? I had to throw her away so I wouldn’t get die of a flesh eating virus. Sad day in comforter land.

Why does the Bachelorette suck so much more than the Bachelor? Well, they both kind of suck. But the Bachelorette is extremely boring to watch. But I still seem to have a girls night every Monday to watch it. Even when it’s the men tell all episode. Which is the worst episode of all since the bros really have nothing to tell. Would you be on that show? My best friend tried out. I want her to get on it so I like the show more. But I’m selfish. And it seems like it may be completely awful to be there. How can someone take 6 weeks off of work to be on a fake dating show? It’s just so confusing.

Wow. I obviously don’t have much to talk about today. I do have some muffins to talk about though. Even though I thought my muffins were delicious, I thought some muffins I tried yesterday topped mine. They’re called Nourishe and they have chocolate ginger macadamia muffins and and cinnamon raisin pecan muffins. Both are awesome. Check them out here. And try mine in the meantime. DUH!


Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins (nut free)

  • Yield: 10 1x




  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add sunflower seed butter, eggs and vanilla extract to a large bowl and mix well.
  3. Then add protein powder, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt and mix well.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips and coconut.
  5. Pour batter into 10 baking cups in amuffin tin. I used silicone baking cups to keep them from sticking.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Let cool slightly before eating. Ummmm YUM!

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105 thoughts on “Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins (nut free)”

      1. I subbed the sunflower seed butter with almond, used coconut flour instead of protein powder, and they came out like biscuits, very dry and grainy. not muffin like at all. other then that i followed the recipe as described, any suggestions? i just didn’t want to go out and buy sunflower seed butter and protein powder when i had the other ingredients already.

        1. You can’t sub protein powder 1 for 1 with coconut flour. You can swap different protein powders, but coconut flour can make things brutally dry if you don’t know how to substitute it…sorry you got a 1-star batch out of the whole deal. Brutal.

        2. I substituted almond butter for sunflower butter, and coconut flour for the protein powder. The batter was very doughy, and after reading these comments, I decided to add 1/4 cup of coconut milk. This added the perfect amount of moisture in order to make the batter a little less doughy and yield muffins instead of dry biscuits. They were delicious! Great recipe 🙂

    1. ok I tried this again bc i was determined to get it right! it worked while using the recommended substitutes. i just omitted the shredded coconut, but added 1/3 cup coconut milk (not canned), added more cinnamon and some nutmeg. Came out great and fluffy!

  1. I bet I could sub 1/2 almond butter + 1/2 sun butter like I do for your cookies (nut eaters here) for even better flavor. I bet I could even get my kids to eat these since they have chocolate in them. Love me some Enjoy Life chocolate chips!

  2. I just made similar muffins with 1 cup of sunflower seed butter and they turned green, and weren’t great…any tips on making them better or not having them turn green???

    1. Leslie, its my understanding that the reaction between sunbutter & baking powder causes the green hue. Shouldn’t change the taste, though. So that part was maybe the recipe? If the green bugs you can you sub almond butter? Or just try Juli’s recipe (cuz she’s amazing & it’ll be delish), & love your greenish muffins!

    2. I love it when sun-butter turns green! I make Paleo Parents’ frozen waffles with it and my daughter gets a kick out of it. Unfortunately, I does affect the taste…it’s not a sharp difference, but it is noticeable.

  3. I can’t wait to try this I was trying to look for a plain chocolate chip muffin paleo recipe and couldn’t find one that wasn’t mixed with pumpkin or some other vegetable purée. 😀

  4. Do you have a particular sunflower seed brand you could recommend? I’m personally more on the nut butter obsession at the moment and will probably also use almond butter (OmG so yummy!) but I really would like to test sunflower seed butter! Your recipe looks scrumptious, with or without the original butter and I can’t wait to try it 🙂

  5. YUM! Every time I try to add protein powder in something, it sucks, so I am excited to try this recipe. Also, I’ve gotten stuck in my triathlon tops more than once. At least you didn’t have to seek assistance like I did.

  6. Juli-
    I find that with a lot of nut-butter recipes, my store-bought organic nut-butters don’t work as well as others home-made for these recipes. do you think organic raw sunflower seed butter would work better than (for example) trader joe’s sunflower seed butter?
    the difference i’ve noticed is that the store-bought organic almond butter is much more oily than the home-made almond butter others make. i don’t have the food processor to handle making my own.
    Suggestions/comments, please? Thx.

  7. I just got stuck in a bra this morning! But you know what…I hurt myself pretty much every time I try to get out and I am not trying to save a hair style. I just need to sit down with a bunch of girls and have them give me life lessons. First up- how do I put on (and take off) a sports bra without hurting myself? Second up- how do I wear compression pants (or shorts or capris whatever) without panty lines? I just don’t get it. And for the record I hate that they are called compression. stupid.

  8. Hi Juli! My hubs and I started following your blog because we’ve been paleo for the past couple months. Um we love you, not in the weird swinger way, like in the way your zucchini bread is amazing along with your other recipes we’ve made. I swapped the zukes for bananas for amazing chocolate banana bread, even my non-paleo bossman liked it, brownies points for me! anywho, about the scary bra incident, this happens to me too. I can’t get in mine all the way, it’s so tight to keep the girls in place, sometimes it gets twisted and stuck on top of them and I have to wake the hubs up at 5am and say help me stuff myself in here. Good thing because I don’t think I could do it alone. so yeah. we love you, and bras are evil creatures that totally fight back.

  9. My batter was more like a dough. It wouldn’t pour at all. ??? Wondering what I did wrong. I don’t have the Formulx protein powder so I used a grass fed all whey protein powder but that was the only change I made.

  10. The Bachelor is so much better because the women are soooo much more competitive. And cliquish. And catty. And I love the looks they shoot the other women during the rose ceremony. Also, half the women decide they’re madly in love after a week. Now that’s entertainment!

  11. Try a sports bra that hooks! You’ll never have to deal with squeezing into one or messing up your hair! The Shock Absorber brand is pretty good.

  12. Hey! I’m going to be traveling for work and wanted to make a batch of these to bring for breakfasts. Do they have to be refridgerated? You think they’ll be ok in an airtight container for a few days? Thanks!

  13. I tried these tonight! The batter was really thick! These came out more like a cookie (kind of oily on the bottom) than a muffin, but they sure are tasty! I used half Sunbutter & half Trader Joe’s almond butter since I ran out of the Sunbutter. Next time I’ll try the MaraNatha Sunbutter to see if I get different results.

  14. Are these supposed to be sweet? The thought of a not-sweet muffin kinda weirded me out, so I added honey. Is there a sweetener in the protein powder you use? Because I just used coconut flour.

  15. Would coconut milk have worked? I had the same doughy like texture. I added some coconut oil and they were really oily and I had to shape them into balls to put them in the muffin tin. :-(. They are in the oven now…I’m sad. For once I had everything on hand to make them!!

  16. For those of you fighting with your sportsbras…I finally got to a point where I threw out all of my pull-over bras and replaced them with the ones that are still hook-and-eye. Athleta has some EXCELLENT brands. I found that I’m able to get much more snug bras than I could get in the pull-over style. Just tryin’ to help some girls out…

  17. Hey Juli,
    Did you fold in the cup of unsweetened, shredded coconut at the same time as the chocolate chips?

    I see the coconut shreds on the ingredients list, but not in the instructions. So I just wanted to be sure it was to go in the mix, rather than sprinkled ontop, etc.!

    These look delicious, can’t wait to make them!

  18. I have no problem getting in the sports bra. I always get stuck trying to get them off – once they’re all wet and sweaty. It’s a pain and frustrating . . . . lol

  19. I don’t like the texture of shredded coconut, will the muffins still hold form without shredded coconut?

  20. I just bought some sunflower seed butter at Trader Joe’s and I’m debating returning it on account of the fact it has added sugar in it (booo). Then I saw your recipe, which I totally want to try! Debating between trying the muffins with the Sunflower butter, or try it with almond butter…..

    1. you could try it with almond butter as well!! I use maranatha sunflower seed butter because it’s the only one i can find without sugar in it

  21. I can’t have chocolate right now. Do you think subbing raisins or blueberries could work? Or just not worth it?

  22. I went through the whole “dough-y” thing too. Threw an egg in, maybe 1/3 cup of coconut milk I had in the fridge, 1 tbsp of grapeseed oil, and voila! Slid right out of the pan, no prob. Although I feel like replacing some of that with banana would be FANTASTIC. My protein powder didn’t add much sweetness, so I cut up some banana slices and alternated bites. 😉 Thanks for posting a nut free baking product! I feel like I get enough almonds everywhere else!

  23. I made these last night, but had to finish my cup of almond butter wit Jif mocha hazelnut spread. They turned out! I will be looking for the sunflower seed butter, or will try to keep more almond butter on hand! Yum!

  24. So can I sub protein powdr for any recipe calling for coconut flour if I want to make it a “protein” treat? Or wil it only work in the recipes using nut/seed butters?

  25. These came out pretty dry for me. Used almond butter and added a bit of honey for some extra sweetness. They were ok – my boyfriend kept eating them, but thats not saying much because he’s like a goat, he would eat a bicycle if I left it on the kitchen counter, haha.

  26. I love your recipes! Thank you for your blog! I was wondering if you have ever used hemp protein powder? If so, do you think I could substitute hemp for the whey protein powder?

  27. I tried these today and LOVED them. I used almond butter instead because that is what I had. 🙂

  28. Could I use vanilla protein powder and just add cocoa powder? How much would you add for this recipie?

  29. I understand your sports bra struggle, good hair-dos are like gold. Don’t mess with it, you’ll never get it the same again! I have been looking for a new protein powder, perhaps I’ll give this one at try. These muffins look bangin’.

  30. I followed the directions to the T (except I used Jay Robb vanilla protein) and mine also came out dry and biscuit-y. I will try other subs as suggested and am determined to get fluffy consistency!!

    1. I added a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Could use coconut oil too. They turned out great even with my forgotten almond butter lol not dry at all!

  31. Ok. So I just made these. I used a tbs of coconut flour and 1 tbs of extra virgin olive oil and 1 tbs of coco. when they were almost done cooking I realized I FORGOT the almond butter…I thought they would be ruined. NOPE! They so rock!!

  32. These are amazing!!! I have made them 3 times so far. The first time I made them with peanut butter and they were great! Then, the last two times I’ve made them just as the recipe is written and they are awesome!!! Thank you for this great recipe. I have one recommendation though, you forgot to put the coconut into the instructions and I forgot to add it the second time I made it. It was a bummer.

  33. omg! my muffins were TERRIBLE! I subbed peanut butter (not paleo at our house) and it was a big fat mistake. I may try them again after I get over my baking disaster. 😉

  34. Our family eats Paleo and these are the best morning/coffee treat…. quick, easy AND good for us!

    I have used vanilla AND chocolate protein, added mashed banana and walnuts to make them into banana-nut, added walnuts and dark chocolate to make them like brownies and…. in all cases, we make them as cookies instead of muffins; saves on the “work” and we cook them on parchment…. LOVE LOVE LOVE I always make a triple batch and add extras for options; the freeze and travel well too!

    Enjoy….. AND thanks for the recipe!

  35. Juli

    I am an athletic trainer at a high school, and my athletes are ALWAYS asking me about protein supplements. May I have your permission to post some of your recipes in my athletic training room for them to try out? Thanks a lot! Love your blog 🙂

  36. I made these muffins for my Boyfriend and Housemates and they love them! The only problem is in Brisbane (where I’m living and from) Almond Butter is difficult to get and other organic nut spreads are really expensive ($10-$11 AUD for a jar that holds about 1 cup). For the small yield you get from this recipe, compared to the cost making it, I don’t know how often I’ll be making them… Which is actually really unfortunate because they taste so good 🙁

  37. I was looking for a muffin recipe and surprised to find one on a paleo site…… But nothing about a muffin is PALEO in principle… Just sayin

  38. Hi Juli
    These were amazing I used 3/4 cup peanut butter and 1/4 cup coconut manna . I couldn’t find my muffin tin so Made this in a 9×9 dish and cooked for an extra 8 mins until golden brown top this will be my go to breakfast dish. Thanks for making awesome paleo dishes.

  39. Made these last night just as the recipe calls but they are dry and just bland. I did use SFH protein and the bulk almond butter from Earth Fare (Not sure if that matters). Both tasted good before I put them into this recipe. I probably won’t make these again.

  40. Made this with Almond butter and some Lean 1 protein I had laying around the first time … those went fast. Then did another batch with my husbands Isopure protein. Even better if only I could hide them…..

  41. I use paleo powder… will that work?
    When you say a scoop, is that a tablespoon… my scoops are huge. Thanks. Love you 🙂

  42. Juli I love all your recipes and your peanut butter and jelly muffins are a staple in our house, but these were an epic fail. It could be me, but I followed the recipe except for omitting coconut and adding about 1/3 cup of coconut milk like some others suggested. These came out looking beautiful but texture was so dry and hard, they couldn’t even be salvaged slathered in almond butter. =(
    Can’t win em all! Thanks for all he other fabulous recipes!

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