You Need to Try These "Almond Joy" Protein Muffins For Your Next Breakfast Meal Prep

POPSUGAR Photography | Ashley Ortiz
POPSUGAR Photography | Ashley Ortiz

If you're looking for an on-the-go breakfast option that is slightly sweet, nutritious, easy to make, and satisfies your chocolate cravings, look no further than these delicious, protein-packed muffins made with a simple pancake mix and inspired by Almond Joy chocolate bars.

The star of this recipe is Kodiak Cakes' Power Cakes Buttermilk Flapjack and Waffle Mix. Because this is a whole-grain mix and it provides 14 grams of protein per serving of pancakes, it serves as a nutritious and delicious base for these Almond Joy protein muffins.

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Before making the muffins, combine the filling ingredients in some cocoa powder to reduce the chance of them sinking to the bottom of the batter. Set the filling aside.

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Once you've done that, you can get to work combining the batter ingredients. Then you'll gently fold in the filling, and pour the mix into muffin cups, with some additional filling on top. After that, it's into the oven!

POPSUGAR Photography | Ashley Ortiz
POPSUGAR Photography | Ashley Ortiz
POPSUGAR Photography | Ashley Ortiz
POPSUGAR Photography | Ashley Ortiz
POPSUGAR Photography | Ashley Ortiz
POPSUGAR Photography | Ashley Ortiz
POPSUGAR Photography | Ashley Ortiz
POPSUGAR Photography | Ashley Ortiz

Once cooled, top the muffins with our two-ingredient vegan chocolate sauce or enjoy as is!

POPSUGAR Photography | Ashley Ortiz

Almond Joy Protein Muffins

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time17 minutes
Yield12 muffins

Original Recipe


    • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
    • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
    • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
    • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
    • 2 cups Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes Buttermilk Flapjack and Waffle Mix
    • 2 cups water
    • 1 egg
    • 1/2 tablespoon pure maple syrup
    • Pinch of sea salt


    1. Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a 12-muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.

    2. In a small bowl, combine the sliced almonds, shredded coconut, mini chocolate chips, and one tablespoon of cocoa powder until the ingredients are evenly covered in cocoa powder.

    3. In a medium-sized mixing bowl (or large measuring cup), combine the pancake mix, remaining cocoa powder, water, egg, maple syrup, and salt until a smooth batter forms.

    4. Add the cocoa-covered almonds, coconut, and chocolate chips to the batter and fold gently until almost fully incorporated.

    5. Scoop the batter into the muffin tin. Fill 3/4 of the way to the top.

    6. Sprinkle additional coconut, almonds, and chocolate chips on top.

    7. Bake for 17 minutes or until the muffins are fully cooked through.

    8. Remove from oven and let cool.

    9. Top with vegan chocolate sauce or enjoy as is!


    The filling ingredients are coated in cocoa powder before being added to the mixture to promote an even distribution of filling in the final product. You can skip this step and add the filling ingredients to the batter as is, but you may find that they sink to the bottom of the muffin when added this way. You can make this recipe vegan by using Kodiak Cakes Plant-Based Flapjack and Waffle Mix and substituting the chicken egg for a flax egg or another egg substitute.