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Healthy Vegan Banana Bread Protein Snack Recipe for Athletes

A friend of mine recently posted a link to this awesome recipe for banana break cupcakes PACKED with protein. I made a couple of minor modifications, reflected in the recipe below. Mine didn’t turn out nearly so pretty as the picture from the original site (I’ll explain why below), but they were certainly tasty. And if you make them in a mini-cupcake pan, they’re perfect to pack in a baggie and take along as a mid-ride snack!

Banana Bread Protein Cupcakes
Serves 16
A great little mid-ride snack, packed with protein and other good things.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
66 calories
10 g
1 g
1 g
5 g
0 g
43 g
112 g
3 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 66
Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 1mg
Sodium 112mg
Total Carbohydrates 10g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 3g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 3/4 C Ripe Banana (about one large banana)
  2. 3/4 C Egg White
  3. 1/2 C Plain low-fat greek yogurt
  4. 3/4 cup Oats (use gluten free if sensitive to gluten)
  5. 2 scoops Vanilla protein powder (use any brand you like. I had Aria from Trader Joe's on hand)
  6. 1/4 cup liquid Agave Nectar OR 1/2 cup sweetener of choice that measures like sugar
  7. 1 tsp Baking powder
  8. 1 tsp Baking soda
  9. 1/2-1 tsp Cinnamon (flavor to taste)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray, or line with silicone or foil liners, (spray liners if using).
  2. Place all of the ingredients in a blender, (or food processor), and blend until mixture is smooth.
  3. Divide mixture evenly between 12 muffin tins.
  4. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
  1. Be sure to use either silicone or foil liners with the paper insert removed because they will stick, as does any muffin made with oats rather than flour!
  2. I was able to nearly fill my mini-cupcake tin twice (24 each time), and I figure 2-3 small muffins per person is about right. Everyone is different though.
  3. My cupcakes turned out decidedly concave at the top (kinda goofy-looking, actually). But it didn't affect the taste at all, and the small size was perfect to fit a few in a snack-size baggie and stick in my jersey pocket. A couple of the riders I was with even had some mid-ride, and enjoyed them.
Adapted from Katie Farrell
Adapted from Katie Farrell
Girls Go Cycling

About Laura Sage

Laura Sage
Laura is a single mom to two great kids, and works from home doing website & graphic design. She is also a professional classical singer & violinist, and has formed her own opera company specializing in performing lesser-known operatic works - the Lyric Opera of Los Angeles. She is also attending UMASS Amherst (University Without Walls) pursuing a degree in Arts Marketing with an emphasis in Social Media Marketing. Laura took up cycling about 5 years ago when a good friend of hers told her that she needed something new to focus on during a divorce and custody fight. He was right. Having not ridden a bike since middle school, Laura jumped right in and started training for AIDS LifeCycle - a 545-mile charity bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles - and is about to embark on the journey for a third time.

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