Cranberry and Dark Chocolate Protein Muffins

I’ll be honest. I’m not much of a muffin girl. I know, right? I must be weird. Muffins never did it for me though, until recently. Not until I realized I might have about 3 nanoseconds to scarf some food in my belly before blasting out of the house. Pair that will all the holiday traveling coming up and I am now a portable snack girl.

I try and stick with foods containing huge amounts of protein. Personally, it just keeps me fuller for longer.  Especially right around now with holiday shopping. I feel like I’m participating in an endurance event or at times an MMA competition. Ok, I exaggerate but I think my point is that protein will definitely help you find great sales.

Did I mention the travel pro to these suckers? I’m finally getting to fly back to Pennsylvania to visit my family and meet my cutie nephew for the first time and will be flying out this week. I think every time I travel I play a game of “what can I get thru security”. I travel a lot and you would think by now I would have this nailed down but no.

Just to give you an idea here is how my trips thru the airport usually go:

Security: “Bag Check! M’am Step to the side please, we are going to have to go through your luggage.”

Me: “ok, rummage away”

*Pulls out large container from my bag with an orange mushy substance inside. Pulls out the second container with brown substance*

Security: “M’am what do you have?”

Me: “oh just some steamed squash and almond butter. Some people like peanut butter and jelly. Me? No I’m a squash and butter kind of girl. Steamed squash and almond butter, delish. I don’t know why more people don’t try it. Did I mention it’s delicious? Do you think there is cinnamon I can grab somewhere?”

Security: “MMhhhMMM….theres the trash can or I can take it, you choose”

Me: *hangs head* “Ok I’ll throw it out..”

That’s the nice version. I had one TSA worker absolutely slam dunk my food into the trash. It probably made them feel good but it kind of hurt my feelings.

So yes, sometimes I have a hard time explaining what some of my foods are but a muffin? Just try and take that security. Its..a..muffin..

The only con to these puppies while traveling is the smash factor. I have in fact sat on a few snacks by accident in my day. Some with more disastrous results than others. I think if my cheeks came down on one of these though it wouldn’t survive. (Although between you and me, depending on how starving I was and the lack of options at the airport I might still give it a go)

Either way, I loved the light vanilla flavor of the muffin and the cranberries added a nice tartness to it. Overall I think these will be finding their way into my usual snack rotation for a while.

Cranberry and dark chocolate Protein Muffins
High Protein Cranberry Muffins made using real ingredients. Deliciously moist and a healthy snack or even as breakfast.
Serves: 12
  • ¾ c. Coconut Flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ c. dried cranberries
  • ¼ c. dark chocolate chips
  • 6 eggs
  • ⅓ c. coconut oil
  • ¼ + 1 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ c. plain yogurt
  • ½ tsp salt


  1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. Next, take a large muffin tin and spray generously with cooking spray. (you don’t want these suckers to stick)
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix all of your dry ingredients together.
  4. Using a separate bowl, mix all of your wet ingredients (Note: when adding the coconut oil mix fast otherwise if your eggs are super cold the oil with hardening)
  5. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients
  6. Pour into muffin tin and bake roughly 20 minutes
  7. Remove from oven and let cool about 10 minutes. Then pop the muffins out of the pan and let cool about 10 more minutes.
  8. Enjoy!

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