Anti-Aging Dark Chocolate Protein Muffins

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Does a day exist without chocolate? Probably not. I take pride in regularly fitting in my Vitamin C while staying on top of my fitness goals. I love sharing my healthy sweet treat secrets with you and today I’ve got a good one up my sleeve.

These Dark Chocolate Protein Muffins have a twist. They gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, and stacked with 20 g of protein per muffin. They also have a secret beauty and health ingredient to help your hair grow longer, nails and bones grow stronger, and skin glow brighter and look firmer. I snuck my new favorite Further Food Collagen Peptides into the recipe! (Pst… Use code: LIFEINSPANDEX for a discount on your order).

Anti-Aging Dark Chocolate Muffins featured

I’ve been using Further Food Collagen Peptides for the past few months and I’m loving the results. My hair has never been longer or healthier, my nails are unbreakable, my skin feels firm and smooth, and it’s been helping with my joints (very important as I battle chondromalacia patella). It also helps me recover quicker from my workouts. You can read more about its benefits here. I usually put it in my coffee along with a spoonful of maca powder. But I heard you can also bake with it (and still reap the benefits). You don’t have to tell me twice!

Anti-Aging Dark Chocolate Protein Muffins

As if these muffins weren’t already packed with superfoods, I also used cacao powderinstead of cocoa powder. Cacao is packed with anti-aging antioxidants like polyphenol, energy boosting magnesium, flavonols for heart health, the “bliss molecule” anandamide, and it helps lower blood pressure and  balance your hormones (goodbye monthly mood swings. Well maybe not entirely, but it’ll help!).

Ready to dig in? Me too!

Meal prep tip: Make a batch on Sunday and pack them for quick, on-the-go breakfast or snacks!

Anti-Aging Dark Chocolate Protein Muffins

Anti-Aging Dark Chocolate Protein Muffins


Makes 6 muffins

3 scoops vegan vanilla protein powder

1/4 cup almond flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/3 cup cacao powder

5 scoops Further Food Collagen Peptides

1/3 cup granulated Stevia

1/2 mashed banana

3/4 cup egg whites (or 3 flaxmeal eggs for a vegan version)

3 tbsp unsweetened almond or coconut milk

2 tbsp melted coconut oil


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a muffin tin with coconut oil cooking spray.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients (protein powder, almond flour, baking powder, cacao powder, collagen peptides, and Stevia) in a large bowl.
  3. Stir the wet ingredients (mashed banana, egg whites (or flax eggs), milk, and coconut oil) in a small bowl until full combined.
  4. Gradually mix the wet ingredients into the dry until smooth and fully combined.
  5. Scoop evenly into muffin tin.
  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center.
  7. Eat and enjoy!


Anti-Aging Dark Chocolate Protein Muffins

LIS Servings per muffin: 1/2 fat, 1/2 carb, 1/2 protein

What’s your favorite way to get in your daily dose of chocolate?! Tell me in the comments below. 🙂

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Hi and welcome to Life in Spandex! I'm Emily, a personal trainer who believes there should be no secrets standing in your way to getting fit. I am sharing my knowledge here on this blog in order to help you reach your goals. Fitness should be fun, eating healthy should taste good, and feeling your absolute best is the ultimate goal. Let's get fit together!
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  2. These look delicious! Thanks for linking up to #HomeMattersParty

    1. Thanks for having me Emily!! Hope you try them soon… soo good

  3. Whaaat, are you saying these are healthy and skin/hair improving? Well then it’s a must on my list!


    1. You betcha they are Lau!! Eat up ??

  4. Chocolate? Count me in! They look yum, and antioxidants are a big yes, for me.

    1. Yyaasss you’re in lady!! Best of both worlds ??

  5. If it has to do with chocolate, I’m there! What a delicious idea!

    1. Haha I like the way you think ?. Can’t wait for you to try them!

  6. Dark chocolate is my favorite. And it’s a bonus that it’s good for me too.

    1. Mine too!! I don’t even bother with milk chocolate!

  7. Anything chocolate and anything in muffin form, I’m in! These look so amazing!

    1. Thanks Em!! Let me know when you whip up a batch!

  8. Healthy chocolate muffins with benefits sign me up! What a great way to start the day or enjoy after an early morning workout.

    1. Nothing like starting your day with Chocolate right?! Best reward after a workout too 😉

  9. You had me at chocolate girl! 😉 I am a fan of chocolate in any form, whether it’s muffins like this or some dark chocolate covered almonds.

    1. You’re speaking my language, Chrissy!! Lol

  10. mmm you had me at dark chocolate! Looks like the perfect snack 🙂

    1. Haha yyeess the best way to a girl’s heart ?

  11. These look really moist and dense. I could definitely eat one right now!

    1. They are both of that! Sooo yummy

  12. Mmmm dark chocolate and protein packed?! Get in my belly!

    1. My thoughts exactly! Packed one for an afternoon snack ?

  13. Well I just knew chocolate was good for me! Anti again yes please

    1. Hehe it really is!! Gotta get it in regularly 😉

  14. I love dark chocolate anything. These look delicious!

    1. Me too!! Can’t wait for you to try them

  15. I have a big bag of almond flour in my pantry and a deep love of dark chocolate. Can’t wait to make this!

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