The Best Pumpkin Protein Muffins

Written by Jack Schrupp & endorsed by Baylee Reller, RDN

Quickly throw together the best pumpkin protein muffins with drink wholesome. Our vegan vanilla protein powder has only 160 calories per serving, and is made with simple ingredients. It is ideal for people looking to boost their protein intake without the extra calories, processing, and junk. Bonus, it works well in baked goods like protein pumpkin muffins! Order samples to see if protein powders are right for you. 

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Pumpkin Protein Muffins Recipe

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Baking pumpkin protein muffins is a great addition to your fall baking roster, though we’d argue that these are tasty all year round. Unlike the pumpkin muffins you’ll find at your local coffee shop, these don’t have tons of fat or sugar. Also, thanks to drink wholesome’s vegan vanilla protein powder, you can pack in a lot of protein powder per muffin to keep you satiated.

These pumpkin protein muffins are a delicious, anytime snack, from breakfast to road trips, lunchboxes and everything in between. Our commitment to bringing you nutrient-rich foods has inspired us to craft this wonderful recipe for pumpkin protein muffins, and we believe you’ll also find them delightful. A trick for making the week fly by is to prepare a batch of these muffins at the beginning of the week and freeze them for those moments when you require a little boost. This strategy offers a hassle-free and speedy snack alternative when you’re pressed for time.

What are some tips for making high protein pumpkin muffins?

Our high-protein pumpkin pancake recipe should be made with pure canned pumpkin puree rather than pumpkin pie filling, which contains added sugars and spices. Since some purees have different amounts of liquid, be mindful of the ratio between wet and dry ingredients. Too much pumpkin puree can make the muffins dense, so balance it with dry ingredients like protein powder and flour. Below, we present our preferred homemade protein pumpkin pancake recipe, crafted from scratch and boasting a healthy amount of complete protein.

Why drink wholesome?

This recipe for pumpkin protein muffins was made with drink wholesome vegan vanilla protein powder which helps give the muffins extra vanilla flavor and of course, protein. It serves as a valuable addition to various recipes that typical protein powders cannot enhance, as these powders often consist of protein concentrates and isolates, which are essentially food stripped of everything except protein.

In contrast to natural foods, protein concentrates and isolates lack the essential nutrients that contribute to the delicious taste of dishes. To put it differently, they can transform delectable recipes into unappetizing, dense masses.

We take pride in crafting the finest low-calorie protein shake, and one of the key factors behind its quality is our avoidance of ingredients such as gums, lecithin, artificial flavors, and artificial sweeteners. Even in small amounts, these additives can potentially lead to discomforting side effects in the gut, particularly for individuals with digestive problems.

Food additives are not real foods, making them hard to digest. They therefore spend extra time in your gut, feeding your hungry gut bacteria, which release gas as they eat. Extra time to eat means extra gas, which can cause bloating, flatulence, and stomach pain. Gas can also slow colonic transit – the time it takes for food to move through the colon – resulting in constipation. In some cases, partially digested food additives can make your colon absorb in extra water, which can give you diarrhea.

Here is a list of the most common food additives in protein powder:

acacia gum, artificial flavors, carrageenan, cellulose gum, dextrin, dextrose, gellan gum, guar gum, gum arabic, inulin, locust bean gum, “natural” flavors, maltodextrin, rice syrup solids, soy lecithin, silica, sunflower lecithin, xanthan gum

Over time, eating lots of food additives can disturb regulatory pathways in your intestines, leading to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and other systemic inflammatory disorders. Certain additives, namely artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols, can also disrupt your gut microbiome – the collection of microorganisms living in your gut. An unhealthy gut microbiome is a common driver of inflammation in the body, and has been shown to cause several chronic diseases.

Without further ado, here is the best pumpkin protein muffins recipe. 


– 1 medium ripe banana 

– 1/4 cup almond milk

– 1 large egg

– 1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)

– 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup 

– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

– ½ cup drink wholesome vegan vanilla protein powder

– 1 cup all-purpose flour

– 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice (cloves, nutmeg + cinnamon)

– 1 teaspoon baking powder

– 1 teaspoon baking soda

– 1 cup pumpkin puree (no sugar added) 


Preheat the oven to 375º F. Combine banana, almond milk, egg, coconut oil, honey or maple syrup, and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl. Add the dry ingredients, and stir to incorporate everything evenly. Gently fold in the pumpkin puree. Place the muffin batter into a lined muffin pan. Makes 12 regular sized muffins. Bake in the middle of the oven for about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the muffins comes out clean. Leave the muffins to rest in the muffin pan for a few minutes to cool down, then serve your delicious high protein pumpkin muffins!


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