Chocolate Banana Bread Protein Recovery Muffins

Today’s Run – Tempo Run

Total Mileage: 12.05 miles

Total TIme: 1:42:22

Average Pace: 8:37 min/mile (for Tempo Workout)

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Today’s treadmill tempo workout was broken down as follows:

Progressive 10 Mile Tempo

Overall it took me 1:44:22 including the warm up and cool down.

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 I think this picture will accurately describe how I felt.

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It was a tough tough workout, but I completed it! Never underestimate what you can do! It was a confidence booster that is for sure which was part of my goal with the workout.

I have a great recipe to share with you all today! I have been messing with it for a while, so I wanted to wait until I had it perfected and a healthy version before I shared it.

Chocolate Banana Bread Protein Recovery Muffins

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1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup whole wheat flour (or flour of choice)
1/2 cup oats
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1/3 cup stevia
2 tablespoons honey 
1 teaspoon baking soda 
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten (or 1/2 cup egg whites)
3 mashed bananas
1 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips


1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Lightly spray a muffin pan (this recipe will make about 12-15 large muffins.)

3. Mix together flour. oats, protein powder, stevia, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.

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4. Mix together bananas, eggs, honey, and applesauce in small bowl.

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5. Combine wet ingredients with the dry and mix thoroughly. Stir in chocolate chips being careful not to over mix.

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6. Fill muffin pans about 3/4 way full.

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7. Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

8. Let cool and serve. 

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The recipe was adapted from Rachel Ray’s Chocolate Banana Bread recipe. Also, it was husband approved which is a HUGE vote of confidence for the recipe! :)

What is your favorite recipe that you have “healified”? (don’t you love my made up words?)

About Sara

Welcome to my blog! My name is Sara and this blog documents my journey as a wife and a runner. I train hard and put my heart and soul into my running. My life is a crazy journey full of ups and downs, and I am here to share it all with you!


  1. Great recipe – I made something very similar but with Quinoa to offset some of the flour, and they were decent but I overcooked the quinoa a little so that didn’t help.

    Laughed when I saw your ‘after’ pic, we all ‘know that feel’ as my kids say. But, you did it and should be proud!

    • haha yes that “after” pic was not one to be proud of – except that I finished the workout! Looking forward to an easy run tomorrow that is for sure. Quinoa sounds interesting! I tried to keep it to ingredients I had in the house so I didn’t have to go and buy anything, but maybe in the future I will keep that in mind!

  2. Those muffins look so crazy good!!! I wish I had some chocolate chips in the house…I suppose I could skip them, but that’s no fun. Hmmm maybe I’ll use raisins instead. I love making healthy, but delicious recipes! I make these no bake cookies that you store in the freezer and then are healthy and so tasty. Great workout by the way! I’m so impressed with your running. I’m still healing my IT band :(

    • I hope your IT band feels better soon! Rest it, ice it, and be careful not to overstretch! I didn’t think that was possible but with my hip I am 100% sure now that is what I was doing. Now that I just make sure to properly warm up and cool down and not overstretch it – it has finally stopped hurting! Those cookies sound good – do you have the recipe somewhere?

  3. I love “healthified” recipes, I love banana bread, and I love chocolate – win-win-win! Congrats on a killer workout.

  4. Those muffins look amazing! I found a recipe the other day for peanut butter banana bread…I can’t wait to try it! Maybe I’ll make these muffins at the same time. :)

  5. Thank you – I hope so too and thanks for the tip! Here’s the recipe:
    They are so tasty!!! I just keep them in the freezer and just let thaw for a few minutes before eating :)

  6. Great job on your workout! That sounds super tough. I’ll have to give those muffins a try. One of my favorite healthy baked goods recipes is these chocolate chip cookies off of peas and thank you:, they turn out kinda like a biscuit and they’re delicious warm from the oven!! :)

  7. I can’t believe you do all these long runs on a treadmill! But I love your little motivational workout sheet to yourself!

  8. Love banana bread. Muffin form AND with protein – what could be better? :)

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