Double chocolate 2-minute protein muffin

I can’t believe that Winter Shape Up is over!! <3

Thank you again to all of you for your awesome check-ins, feedback, energy and motivation. Our Facebook group was an extra-amazing place to be this past month. I was blown away by the photos, insight and support that these fabulous ladies shared with one another. Another incredible thing? Not ONE incident of negativity. I wasn’t really expecting any, but you never know… In this case, everyone has been truly awesome and I’m so stoked that you all enjoyed the Shape Up.

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Thank you again to my lovely friend Anne for providing the recipes and meal plans. She truly helped to take this challenge to the next level, in addition to our generous sponsors, who hooked you up with awesome prizes along the way πŸ™‚


White Plum, Reebok, Sabra, Cabot, Stonyfield, Sizzlefish and Fitfluential

More thanks to my friends Meredith and Megan for their mad workout skillz and energy, Grant for filming and editing the videos (I’m thrilled you guys enjoyed them because a lot of work went into creating them!) and to Black Belt 4 Life for the ability to rent their beautiful space.

Congratulations to the Reebok ZQuick winners:

 Katie H.


and Rachel

All winners have been emailed. You will love your new sneaks!

I’m sad to say goodbye to this year’s challenge, but am confident that we can continue to make them better and better thanks to your helpful feedback. I’m already scheming for Summer Shape Up, which will be here before we know it. πŸ™‚

So today I thought I’d share a snack I’ve been enjoying quite a bit lately: a take on the protein muffin in a mug.

I can’t post this recipe without giving props to Deb, who first gave me the idea for protein mug muffins a few years ago. I’ve played around with her recipe in the past, but lately have been using my own combo. It transformed from “let’s throw random things in a mug and microwave it” into a legit actual recipe. It’s always nice when that happens πŸ˜‰ It’s not the most visually appealing snack idea, but since I love it so much, I figured we could put some lipstick, err peanut butter on this pig and take some pics πŸ˜‰

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Best parts about this snack:

It takes 4 minutes from prep to plate.

It’s extremely filling, since it’s a great combo of healthy fats, fiber and protein.

It’s HUGE. 

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Kind of hard to tell from the pics, but this baby has some height. Too big to make in a mug, so it’s actually better-suited to be microwaved in a glass bowl.

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It doesn’t look very promising at first, but with the melted chocolate chips + a drizzle of nut butter and/or maple syrup, it’s like a healthy protein-packed dessert.

Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give it a whirl!


Double chocolate 2-minute protein muffin
Serves 1
A decadent protein-packed treat, which is perfect for a post-workout snack, quick breakfast option or afternoon pick-me-up. Enjoy with your favorite nut butter plus a little maple syrup to take it over the top.
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
4 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
4 min
  1. 2 tablespoons vanilla or chocolate protein powder (rice or whey protein works best)
  2. 2 tablespoons almond meal (can sub shredded coconut, whole wheat flour or oat flour)
  3. 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  4. 2 tablespoons applesauce
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1 tablespoon chocolate chips (don't skip these!)
  7. 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  8. sprinkle of cinnamon, small bit of vanilla, Stevia (optional)
  1. Spray a glass microwave-safe bowl with nonstick spray.
  2. Add all ingredients to the bowl and stir well.
  3. Microwave for 2 minutes until set and fluffy.
  4. Enjoy!
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Hope you enjoy πŸ™‚

What are you up to this lovely Monday? Have you tried a mug cake or easy protein muffin before? This is another one of my faves.

Have a great day! 



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  1. This looks very tasty πŸ™‚ I have made mug cakes before but never a healthy one like this- definitely time to try it.

  2. Ooooh…I’m excited to try this out! This looks like a perfect easy and healthy breakfast option. Pinned!

  3. Microwave baking sounds like something even I could do! I would definitely try it with shredded coconut!

  4. Yum! I love mug cakes (or protein muffins πŸ˜‰ ) because they’re so fast and easy to make- not to mention delicious. Gotta love chocolate!

  5. Definitely trying this out for breakfast tomorrow. πŸ™‚

  6. Baking on the microwave sounds like my kind of thing! I never tried it before bit definitely will now & this recipe looks like one to try for sure!

  7. I love the addition of apple sauce, I would never think to use that!

  8. I actually have all the ingredients for this!!!! I will defintely be trying this for my afternoon snack today! πŸ˜€

  9. These are great. I just saw them on FB and went to the pantry and VOILA! 4 minutes later i was eating this very delicious breakfast/brunch/lunch. Love the whey protein , and i used whole wheat flour (didnt add the cocoa tho~ didnt have any!) Thanks and keep them coming!!

  10. I have to try the muffin ASAP!!!

  11. even though I was bad about checking in, I loved the Winter Shape Up, especially workout 4 πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for putting that together for us! How could anyone be negative about a fabulous, free workout and meal plan? πŸ™‚ It just kinda stinks when these things are over. I had to think about what workout I was going to do this morning X( Brain effort.

  12. Absolutely loved WSU! Thank you Gina and Anne! It really got me out of work out slump. You both were great motivators. I am going to continue on and make it 8 weeks. Work out 1 done today and a plank burner.
    This protein muffin looks delicious! I will have to try it!

  13. The muffin looks great. I make mug cakes a lot. It’s great when someone here wants a treat. I love the individual servings cause then you don’t feel obligated to eat more than you want. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks to your recipes I have been doing a lot more experimenting with baking with protein powder in baking.
    Going to miss WSU but will use the plans, videos and recipes from now on and am looking forward to the summer shape up. Bummed I didn’t win the shoes!

  14. I love making mug cakes! This looks like a good one! Thanks for posting even if it isn’t so purty πŸ˜‰

  15. mhmmmmm, that sounds good. I find that the applesauce usually perfects the healthy mug cake, makes it nice and moist.

  16. Going to miss WSU but decided to just start it over, workout 1 on the agenda tonight!

    Recipe above looks great, I have been into mug cakes lately (a great chocolate one on Running with Spoons!) Question – Does 1 ‘scoop’ of protein equal about 2 tablespoons?

  17. Awesome! Great pre-workout snack πŸ™‚

  18. Perfect snack Gina! Thank you!! I will be having this pre-workout today πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista says:

      let me know what you think!!

      • Reporting back to you πŸ™‚ It was delicious! Topped mine with a little almond butter, drizzle of raw honey, and had it with a little glass of almond milk! will definitely make this again. thanks for the recipe!

  19. These sound great, Gina! Thank you for sharing! I’m always looking for a quick, healthy dessert for one or two. I don’t want the leftovers in the house!

  20. This sounds great! I’m definitely trying it! Mug cakes are one of my favorite things and what could be better than a protein muffin in a mug? Have a great week!

  21. This looks delicious! I may try this out tonight when I feel the sweet craving coming on πŸ™‚

  22. This looks very tasty! Will have to go back to the recipe and try it.

  23. I’m a huge fan of the chocolate mug cake and one-minute paleo pumpkin pie. I’m sure cavemen had some spot in the cave that resembled a microwave for treats like that =)

  24. I’m obsessed with protein muffins. Yum!!!!

  25. is almond meal the same as almond flour? If not, where do you get your almond meal? Thanks.

    • Fitnessista says:

      it’s a little different. almond meal is made by grinding up whole almonds. you can make your own in a high speed blender or food processor, or pick some up at any health food store. mine is from trader joes πŸ™‚

      • my trader joes used to carry it, but they stopped. πŸ™ Thanks I don’t have money for a food processor or high speed blender…oh well.

        • Fitnessista says:

          do you have whole wheat flour, oat flour or shredded coconut? you can use any of those instead of the almond meal

  26. I made this after work using fava and garbanzo bean flour (I’m highly allergic to almonds and don’t have coconut on hand) and a whole bunch of chocolate chips (it was a bad day) and this was so good! Thank you for the recipe!

  27. Gina, I made your protein muffin today, excellent! I’m going to make one again tomorrow for breakfast after my workout. Seriously, your recipes are soooo great! My son, a 24 year old Marine bachelor, has made your Buffalo Hummus twice already πŸ™‚

    Keep ’em coming!

  28. That protein muffin looks good! Bookmarking this for future use πŸ™‚

  29. The workouts were awesome! I definitely enjoyed the challenge πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  30. This is a serious snack Gina, you just created a monster! πŸ™‚

  31. When does summer shape up start? I need something to look forward to! Ha! Also, have you ever done a juice cleanse or have any thoughts about them?

    • Fitnessista says:

      i have, but i only lasted a day and a half haha so i can’t really speak from experience πŸ˜‰
      summer shape up will probably start end of june? not sure yet! xo

  32. Shaina Anderson says:

    aaah why don’t I have any applesauce in my house right now?!

    • queenoffitness says:

      Do you have pumpkin purΓ©e? I didn’t have any applesauce & used pumpkin instead. They pretty much work interchangeably. So good Gina! This is similar to one you posted before, no? I topped mine with raspberries & some melted crunchy biscoff spread.

    • Fitnessista says:

      try with pumpkin! πŸ™‚

  33. Hi!
    Love your blog/website. I just made this…Used a flax egg because I had no eggs and OOPS..forgot to add the stevia. It still turned out AMAZING. So yummy….Thanks!


    PS. I live in AZ…bummer that you are moving…but San Diego is fabulous too!!

  34. Yvonne Jones says:

    I still use this recipe from when you talked about it awhile ago! But i use sweet potatoe puree instead of applesauce. FYI the site you link the recipe to? It works but it won’t go to the original site because her .com is blank? Just thought I would pass that along πŸ™‚

  35. chocolate + pb = the best!!!!!!

  36. Looks yummy!

  37. Made this for breakfast this morning and topped with a little peanut butter. Delicious with a warm cup of coffee, fire and some snow!

  38. Jessica says:

    Yum! I didn’t have any applesauce on hand so I used 2 tbsp of a ripe banana – delicious! Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  39. I just wanted to say that I just tried this protein muffin and LOVED it! I topped mine with some Nutella and it was crazy good…. Thank you so much for the recipe πŸ™‚

  40. This looks so delicious!!

  41. Just made this today, Gina–thank you! Was looking for a relatively added sweetener-free, nut-free mug cake (I’m using shredded coconut and I think they don’t usually count as nuts?) and this is great!

  42. Do you know the nutritional count? I make one similar but it does not use applesauce. It is 1 TBSP of Coconut Flour, 1 TBSP Almond Flour, 1 EGG, 2 TBSP maple Syrup, 1TBSP vanilla ans 2TBSP Choc. chips. Microwave in mug. So good. I have such a sweet tooth so I wanted to see how many calories yours had in it. Whenever I plug it in on, it does not seem correct.

    Thanks in advance.

  43. Jennifer says:

    Been snacking on this muffin the past few nights! Yum!

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