Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Meal Prep, One Pot Dish, Snack, Vegetarian

Chocolate Chip Cookies + Fig Newtons = These Muffins


These may not be my best looking muffins, but they’re like a chocolate chip cookie and fig newton wrapped into one. They’re dense, the figs are complimented by cardamom and the dark chocolate adds a bittersweet taste. I stumbled upon dried whole figs at a TJ Maxx/Homegoods when home in Maine, but I’m sure you can find them anywhere. As you know, I like making muffins with protein powder so they’re a bit heartier, nutrient-dense and keep me full longer. I reallyyyyy enjoyed these Chocolate Fig Protein Muffins, and they were both friend and boyfriend approved (which are both necessary measures of approval).

Ingredients (makes 12 muffins; serving 1-3 muffins).

  • 1/2 c oats
  • 1/4 c almond meal flour
  • 3/4 c plant-based vanilla protein powder of choice
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t cardamom
  • Pinch of salt (about 1/16 t)
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 T maple syrup
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 3 dried figs, diced (make sure the stems are removed!)
  • 1/4 c dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease a muffin pan with cooking spray or line pan with liners.
  2. In a small blender or food processor, grind oats into a flour. Transfer to a large bowl.
  3. Add remaining dry ingredients — almond flour through salt — and mix well.
  4. Add wet ingredients — banana through vanilla — to the dry ingredients and blend well until a smooth batter forms.
  5. Fold in chopped figs and chocolate chips.
  6. Spoon batter into greased or lined tins so the tin is 3/4 full.
  7. Bake for 18-22 min. Muffins should be firm, just beginning to brown and a toothpick will come out clean when done.
  8. Cool on a wire rack.
  9. Have 1-3 muffins depending if for breakfast or as a snack.
  10. Enjoy!

Adapted from my Snickerdoodle Protein Muffins (original inspiration from Tone It Up). Check out my other protein muffins here.

Please note: I am NOT endorsed by TIU nor have I received compensation for this post. I just really enjoy following their free weekly schedules and daily moves. If that’s something you’re interested in, I’d highly recommend checking out TIU for their workouts!

Nutrition for 1 muffin.
103 calories  •  4.1. g fat (33%)  •  11.2 g carbs (40%)  •  7.5 g protein (27%)  •  1.7 g fiber  •  6 g sugar
* These are estimates based off specific products I used and how I entered ingredients in a fitness tracker. This is completely subjective and used to give a rough nutritional estimate.

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