Mar 21

Tropical Protein Banana Muffins

Spring Clean the Kitchen:ย Cook with at least 3 ingredients that are actually in your refrigerator or pantry right now. Try not to go to the store to buy anything new. Give tips on how to make a healthy dish out of whatever you have on-hand.

This is week 12 of my 14 straight weeks of 70-80 hour work weeks and portable breakfasts have definitely been making my life easier! Lately, I’ve been talking with pretty much all my patients about how to prevent constipation–as such, this recipe has extra fiber in it (I threw in ground flaxseed–1 serving (2 tbsp) = 4g dietary fiber + 3g protein)!

I also haven’t done a giveaway in many moons, so that’s changing today! Find out how you can win your own flax oil + Forti-Flax below!

tropical protein banana muffins


I used Barlean’s Forti-Flax, which includes omega-3’s, fiber, and lignans (antioxidant-rich phytonutrients)! It’s been delicious in my smoothies so I figured I’d try baking with it too. (Next up =ย salad/roasted veggie toppings!)

I’m all about kitchen cleanses and like to challenge myself in coming up with random concoctions using things I already have! It forces you to get creative and you also save some money + time in the process!

My best friend and first cooking buddy ever actually came up with this recipe, except with blueberries (these areย our past creations!)–I just made some alterations based on what I already had hanging out in my apartment, so they became Tropical Protein Banana Muffins instead!

Tropical Protein Banana Muffins

tropical protein banana muffins

Tropical Protein Banana Muffins

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A quick, easy-to-make and portable protein-packed snack!

You'll Need...

  • 4 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 5 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 cups frozen strawberries/mangoes/pineapples
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mash bananas first and add in protein powder. Mix thoroughly before adding any other ingredients to avoid clumping.
  3. Mix in all other ingredients.
  4. Distribute evenly into silicone baking cups or muffin tin.
  5. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until it passes the toothpick test.

Additional Notes

You can make this in loaf form too! Just bake for 40 minutes to 1 hour instead of for 20 minutes.
If the mixture seems very dry, you can add 1 cup milk of choice (e.g. unsweetened vanilla almond milk).

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  1. Susie @ Suzlyfe

    I’ve definitely been spring cleaning my cupboards of late! THis weekend was chocolate chip and walnut banana muffins!
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    1. Farrah

      They looked so good! I love the idea of spring cleaning the kitchen–yay for less food waste! :]
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  2. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    O I’m liking the tropicallyiness!
    I always have a bag of flax seeds in the pantry..and when I came home for winter break a few months ago…I found that my bag of flax seeds (along with many other things) and torn and ripped open…from one of the little mice we get in our house during the winter ๐Ÿ™ Sigh…
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    1. Farrah

      Noooo! That’s the worst! :[!! I’m hoping my cat will earn her keep (hahaha) and prevent any mice from attempting to come into my apartment!
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  3. Rosie

    The first thing that comes to mind are smoothies! Also no-bake energy bars! I’d add it to homemade “ice cream” treats made with banana, cashew butter, honey and other good ingredients like this!

    1. Farrah

      That sounds awesome! I need to make ice cream again!
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  4. ShootingStarsMag

    Thanks for sharing! I take fiber tablets every day, but it’s always nice to find actual FOOD that gives you a nice source of it.
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    1. Farrah

      Agreed! I’m really bad at remembering to take supplements, so I’ve been trying to get most of it from my food!
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  5. Monika Dabrowski

    These look yummy! A great way to use overripe bananas too:)

    1. Farrah

      Agreed! :]!

  6. Kristy from Southern In Law

    Strawberry, mango, banana and pineapple?? You’ve managed to combine almost all of my favourites in one! ?
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    1. Farrah

      Gotta love the tropical fruits! <3!!
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  7. Anne

    these look delicious, and a perfect grab and go breakfast!

    1. Farrah

      That’s definitely what I’ve been using em’ for! :D!
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  8. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    Those look delicious sign me up!
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Deborah!!

  9. Courtney

    Oh my goodness, how delicious do these look?? I need them in my life ASAP! ๐Ÿ™‚
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    1. Farrah

      They were super tasty! I’ve been eating em’ throughout the week and am probably gonna have another one now, haha. :D!
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  10. Laura

    I made banana oatmeal muffins the other day for quick breakfasts, but I have to admit these look better! I never thought about adding frozen pineapple (I did add cranberries to some!)

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    1. Farrah

      I’ve never tried adding frozen pineapples before, but I’m glad I decided to! ๐Ÿ˜€ They were super good! :]
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  11. Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    These muffins really look tasty! Love anything tropical! Hope you have a good weekend!
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Julie! I’m finally getting to catch up on some aspects of my life again, so that’s a definite plus!
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  12. Mary

    I like protein banana pancakes, but Iโ€™ve never had protein banana muffins. With your crazy schedule, you have to have breakfast to-go I bet most of your meals are eaten on-the-go. Great recipe Farrah ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Farrah

      They make my getting to sleep in a lot more possible, so I definitely love em’! :D! Pancakes sound amazing too! *-*
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  13. Dee Johnson

    I would use it in my breakfast muffins.

    1. Farrah

      Breakfast muffins make such a great grab n’ go breakfast! :]

  14. Julie Waldron

    I would add them to muffins or oatmeal.

    1. Farrah

      They’d make a delicious addition! ;]!

  15. Mary Beth Elderton

    I love to add flax to our morning smoothies. These muffins look so good!

    1. Farrah

      Thanks so much, Mary Beth! I love throwing flax into smoothies! :]!
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  16. Marty

    I make up “power oatmeal” by throwing a few handfuls of chopped walnuts, pistachios, dried fruit, etc. into the oatmeal box when I first open it; that way, all I need to do in the morning is add water and nuke for a few minutes. The ground flaxseed would make a good addition.

    1. Farrah

      Ooo, that sounds like an awesome idea for a quick + nutritious breakfast! :]!

  17. Fiona N

    I love banana cakes, and muffins, sometimes I made them too but I have to admit that Your banana muffins look so good. I can not imagine that as a family medicine intern, how you manage your time to cook and make new recipes on your blog ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Fiona! I haven’t had a banana cake in the longest time–that sounds so good right now! *-* Life has definitely been hectic, but I thankfully managed to schedule some posts into the future long long ago, so it’s made updating this blog a taddd easier! ๐Ÿ˜›
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  18. angie w

    They look great! I’d use it in smoothies first ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Farrah

      Thanks! :] That’s the first thing I ever used ground flaxseed for! :D!

  19. Sherri J

    I would use the flax in my protein shakes and also my protein pudding.

    1. Farrah

      Ooo, protein pudding! I can’t say I’ve ever tried making that, but I’m going to need to start experimenting!

  20. Laura

    I would probably use it in some smoothies. Yum!

    1. Farrah

      Yay for smoothies! :]!

  21. Angela Saver

    I used use the flaxseed and oil both in homemade muffin mixes!

    1. Farrah

      They’d make great additions to both! :D!
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