Kodiak Cakes Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins (No Banana)

Posted: October 6, 2022

If you are a muffin lover and you're looking for a high protein easy muffin recipe, then you’re going to love this kodiak cakes muffin recipe! Make a batch of these high protein chocolate chip Kodiak Cakes muffins perfect for those busy mornings. These muffins are a delicious whole grain muffin recipe made without banana and are so easy to make! Perfect for a healthy snack or a quick breakfast.

A few high protein kodiak cake muffins in a basket

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If you follow me on social media, you know how much I use and love these easy Kodiak Cakes muffins. I use the Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes- the Protein Pancake Mix & Waffle Mix because they are delicious and easy to bake with. You can add whatever flavor you want by simply substituting the chocolate chips with fruits or nuts or both! They are made with 100% whole grains which means you are getting fiber and protein without needing to add protein powder in this Kodiak pancake mix.

You can find the Kodiak pancake and waffle mix at your local Costco or any local grocery stores. This recipe can also be used for regular muffins or mini muffins. It is a great recipe to use for an easy breakfast idea for your busy morning.

Benefits of a high protein breakfast

I will first answer the common question of how protein at breakfast can help you lose weight. Studies show that protein is one of the most important nutrients to eat when it comes to weight loss. This is because it helps keep you full for longer. Protein takes more time to digest and if you are trying to lose weight, protein helps maintain muscle mass. 

Additionally, eating a high protein breakfast can help you eat less throughout the day and minimize late night sugar cravings. 

These late night sugar cravings typically happen for two reasons. First, you may not be eating enough calories. Or you are not eating enough protein and fiber at your meals and snacks. One of the easiest ways to eat more protein is to use an easy protein breakfast recipe. Choose a recipe that you can make ahead of time and eat throughout the week.

And there is no easier breakfast recipe than kodiak muffins!

What is Kodiak Cakes mix made of?

What I love most about kodiak cakes is that they use simple ingredients. In this flapjack and waffle mix (buttermilk) the ingredients are: 100% whole grain wheat flour, 100% whole grain oat flour, wheat protein isolate, brown sugar, whey protein concentrate, milk protein concentrate, buttermilk powder, leavening, sea salt.

Why you'll love this Kodiak Cakes chocolate chip muffin recipe

Made with 100% whole grain. The first ingredient in the pancake mix is whole grain. This means that this is the main ingredient in the Kodiak Cakes buttermilk mix.

High protein muffins without protein powder. I personally don’t love using protein powder in many of my recipes so this high protein pancake mix is perfect!

Good source of fiber. These muffins have about 3 grams of fiber per serving which is great as it helps keep you full and satisfied for longer. Eating more fiber in your meals and snacks is important whether your goal is weight loss or improved health in general. 

Quick and easy to make. These delicious muffins are light and fluffy and are a perfect addition to keep on hand when you want quick snack ideas or a delicious breakfast. 

Less sugar than traditional muffin recipes. This muffin recipe is made without bananas, maple syrup or brown sugar and only has about 3 grams of added sugars. However, these healthy protein breakfast muffins can easily be changed up if you prefer blueberry protein muffins or add a tablespoon of peanut butter if you feel like having that flavor, for example. Also these muffins are sweet even though they're made without sugar (the mix already has a little sugar added to it so you don’t necessarily need to add in any extra sugar. These high protein breakfast muffins give you a steady boost of energy all morning long without any sugar crashes due to the protein and fiber already included in them.

High protein muffins on parchment paper

Ingredients to make chocolate chip muffin recipe with yogurt

Dry ingredients: The dry ingredients for this recipe are pretty basic; the main ingredient is the Kodiak mix, baking soda, and cinnamon are all you need!

Milk: You can use whatever kind of milk you like. Since I am lactose-intolerant, I prefer to use almond milk. I have made these muffins with water which did not taste as rich and fluffy as using milk. 

Chocolate chips: I like to use dark chocolate chips for this recipe, but you can use whatever kind you have on hand. You can also half the amount if you want a little less sugar or substitute with berries in this recipe as well.

Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt adds extra protein and makes these muffins extra moist! The Greek yogurt is a good substitute for melted butter and contains less fat. The reason I like to lower the fat content in these muffins is because I like to add some nut butter, like peanut butter, on top after they are baked. 

Eggs: Eggs help bind the ingredients together and also adds some protein to this easy muffin recipe. 

Vanilla extract: This is a baking staple and adds flavor to the muffins.

Muffin batter in a metal muffin tin

How to make these kodiak protein muffins, step-by-step

Step 1: Preparing the recipe

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Prepare all of the ingredients you want to use.

Next, place muffin paper into muffin or use silicone muffin tins in the slots of your muffin tray.

Step 2: Making the muffin batter

Add Kodiak Cakes mix to a large bowl and combine with the baking powder and cinnamon.

Combine milk, egg, vanilla extract and Greek yogurt.

Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Gently fold in the chocolate chips. Stir the muffin batter until just combined. Be careful not to over-mix your muffin batter. It should be slightly lumpy but you should not see any lumps of dry pancake mix.

Step 3: Baking the muffins

Use a large spoon to transfer the batter to the muffin pan or muffin liners and fill 12-14 muffin cups evenly, about ¾ full.

Bake for 16-18 minutes or until golden brown and inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool muffins for 5 minutes in the muffin tin and then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Baked kodiak cakes muffins in a muffin tin

Tips for making this easy muffin recipe

I recommend using silicone muffin liners instead of cupcake liners as they may stick to the paper.

You can add mashed bananas in this recipe if you prefer your muffins sweeter. Bananas may be a great alternative to maple syrup or other sweeteners as banana adds more sustenance, fiber and other nutrients.

Feel free to add a spoon or two of peanut butter or any other nut butter of your choice which adds a dose of healthy fats to this yummy muffins recipe.

Popular substitutions & additions

This protein muffins recipe is very easy to customize and I like to use this recipe as a base muffin recipe and I use it to make a variety of different muffins from it. For example, on Sundays I like to make my high protein muffin recipe but I always switch it up. Instead of using chocolate chips to make a chocolate protein muffin, you can add blueberries to make kodiak blueberry muffins, or you can even add banana to make kodiak banana muffins or you can add both and make banana chocolate chip muffins! You can also turn this into peanut butter protein muffins by adding peanut butter.

The variations are endless!

There are also different Kodiak Cakes Flavors. I typically choose the original buttermilk but there are many more options including gluten free, chocolate chip, dark chocolate, peanut butter banana, cinnamon oat and much more. 

How to store chocolate chip kodiak cakes muffins with Greek yogurt

I always like to make a large batch of this protein muffin recipe and freeze the rest. Once baked, let the muffins cool completely. Then you can store in the fridge in an air-tight container or you can wrap them up individually and freeze them. Wrap in foil or freezer wrap and use within 3 months.

How long will kodiak cakes chocolate chip muffins last in the fridge? 

These chocolate chip muffins last about 4 days in the fridge. 

Can I freeze Kodiak Cakes chocolate chip muffins?

Yes! You can freeze the muffins for up to 3 months. I recommend wrapping them individually so you can enjoy them anytime you want. Microwave a frozen muffin for 30 seconds in the microwave or you can thaw them at room temperature.

Kodiak Cakes muffin mix nutrition

For every ½ cup of kodiak cake mix used, there is 14 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber and 30 grams of carbohydrates. These kodiak power muffins are great and I highly recommend them to clients who are working hard on eating healthier while having busy schedules. 

Here is the nutrition breakdown per muffin (for the Kodiak Cakes chocolate chip recipe):

Calories: 110 calories

Carbohydrates: 7 grams of carbs

Protein: 5 grams of protein

Fat: 2 grams of total fat

Fiber: 3 grams of fiber

Sugar: 3 grams of sugar

Frequently Asked Questions

Are kodiak cake muffins healthy?

Yes! Kodiak Cake Muffins can be a part of a healthy lifestyle, no matter what your health goals are. Kodiak Cake muffins are one of many healthy breakfast options and they are also one of my favorite convenient breakfast options. These muffins are made with whole wheat flour and are packed with protein so you end up with a very filling and satisfying breakfast or snack.

Are Kodiak Cake muffins good for weight watchers?

Yes. These muffins are about 2 points depending on which program you follow. However, it is very important to pay attention to portion sizes when you are following a nutrition plan whether that is for weight loss or not.

Can I replace flour with kodiak pancake mix? 

No, because the Kodiak Cakes pancake mixes have baking powder and added sugar that regular flour doesn't have which could ruin the final kodiak cakes muffin result.

Are kodiak cake products healthy?

As a Registered Dietitian, I believe that all foods fit and everything can be eaten in moderation while staying on track of your health and weight loss goals. Kodiak Cakes make amazing products that are suited for most people and I appreciate that they are made with 100% whole grain while being high in protein. They are also quick, easy and delicious which should be taken into consideration especially when you are a busy mom trying to eat healthier.

Can toddlers eat kodiak cakes?

Yes, Kodiak cakes is safe for toddlers and children. It is my daughter's favorite after school snack. It provides her with protein and fiber to fill her up until dinner and keep the sugar crashes at bay! Add a handful of berries or a banana on the side for extra nutrients.

Do kodiak cake muffins need to be refrigerated? 

It is recommended to refrigerate the flapjack and waffle box mixes once they are opened. This helps to preserve freshness and longevity of the product. 

You may also like these other easy breakfast ideas:

Kodiak Cakes Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins (No Banana)

These healthy Kodiak Cakes chocolate chip protein muffins are easy, quick and are low in sugar. They are the best high protein breakfast muffins and are made without protein powder or banana and are a great healthy snack or quick breakfast!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 110 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Add Kodiak Cakes mix to a large bowl and combine with the baking powder and cinnamon.
  • Combine milk, egg, vanilla extract and Greek yogurt.
  • Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir the muffin batter until just combined.
  • Gently fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Use a large spoon to transfer the batter to the muffin pan or muffin liners and fill 12-14 muffin cups evenly, about ¾ full.
  • Bake for 16-18 minutes or until golden brown and inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool muffins for 5 minutes in the muffin tin and then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Notes

  1. Do not over mix the Kodiak Cakes muffin batter as it can change the texture of the muffins.
  2. Only fill the muffin tin or the silicone muffin trays ¾ of the way otherwise they may spill over.
  3. Serving size: 1 muffin
  4. The kodiak cakes flapjack and waffle mix makes a delicious basic muffin recipe that is high in protein. Feel free to add more flavoring options like blueberries, strawberries, mashed banana, peanut butter, nuts and so much more!

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffinCalories: 110kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 5gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 66mgPotassium: 9mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 17IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 53mgIron: 1mg
Keyword breakfast, high protein
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