Healthy Chocolate Berry Muffins Your BAE Will Love Too

Hello, stud muffin! 💕


In case ya didn't know, Brian is an AMAZING chef! He's always whipping together our dinners and cooking me absolutely de-lish meals. The "lean bowl" from the #TIU31 Meal Plan was actually 100% inspired by Brian and what he cooks almost every night! This year for Valentine's Day, I wanted to make something special for him. I put together a totally yum gluten-free muffin recipe that uses Tone It Up Protein and almond meal as the base. And it's an absolute dream. This sweet treat contains 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber to keep you satisfied all the way to lunch time. Whip up a batch of these and share with your boyfriend, dad, brother, grandpa, uncle, and any other studs you've got in your life! ;)



12 muffins (1 muffin per serving)


  • 1 1/2

    cups almond meal

  • 1/2

    cup vanilla Tone It Up Protein

  • 3/4

    cup unsweetened cocoa

  • 1

    tsp. baking powder

  • 1/4

    tsp. salt

  • 1/4

    cup pure maple syrup

  • 1

    cup unsweetened coconut milk (from a carton)

  • 2


  • 1

    tsp. vanilla extract

  • 2

    Tbsp. coconut oil, melted

  • 1

    cup chopped strawberries

  • coconut oil spray


STEP 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
STEP 2: Spray muffin tins with coconut oil spray.
STEP 3: In a bowl, combine all dry ingredients and whisk.
STEP 4: In a separate bowl, combine all wet ingredients (except for the strawberries) and whisk to combine.
STEP 5: Pour wet ingredients into dry and stir to combine.
STEP 6: Gently fold in the strawberries.
STEP 7: Pour batter into muffin tins. Bake for 25 minutes. Allow to cool before eating.



In honor of Valentines Day, whip together this chocolate-y goodness muffin for all the studs in your life. Brian loved 'em! ;)



  1. Looks so delicious! Can’t wait to try this one out. I love that once you stock your pantry the TIU way once, you always have the goods on hand to make these impromptu recipes!

    1. I agree, at first I thought it was expensive when I had to buy almost everything on the grocery list. Now, I’m not spending as much and it’s easier to make recepies like these muffins.

  2. Looking forward to making this tonight! Thoughts on swapping out the vanilla protein for chocolate and coconut milk for almond milk? Thanks!

    1. I have just put them in the oven with these same trades – the dough was pretty sticky so I added a bit extra almond milk. How did yours turn out?

  3. Mine are in the oven as we speak! I used the chocolate PF. And i agree with Julie about having a TIU stocked pantry! Whenever new recipes are posted, i always have what i need on hand :)

  4. I am SO making these for myself tomorrow! No BAE but hey that’s okay, thank you Kat! Two of my favorite things, strawberries and chocolate. I am going to treat myself! :)

    1. I’m right there with you Lori! Happy Galentine’s to you!

      No bae today but it’s all about self love instead! I’m making these babies then heading to two yoga classes tonight. ✨💕

    1. Hey hey, when I run out of Perfect Fit I sub in a high quality vegan protein powder that I can find locally until my next order comes in. Hope that helps!

    2. I don’t know about this recipe, but I have used Vega sport protein in other recipes and seems to work well. I measure out 23g of the vega as opposed to using a whole scoop.

  5. Has anyone used the chocolate protein powder instead of the vanilla? I don’t have Perfect Fit… I am using Garden of Life protein powder.

  6. I’m allergic to coconut…. should I used condensed milk or almond milk in place of the coconut milk?

  7. Did anyone try to use anything to substitute the protein powder? I’m out! Would coconut flour or almond flour work??

  8. Did anyone make them with the chocolate pf, i may do that – I like to save my vanilla one :) lol.

  9. Ok so am I the only one confused about cocoa vs cacao powder? I mean I know they are different, and I have both, but I was wondering if cacao powder would work in this recipe instead and also wondering a bit about the difference nutritionally when trying to eat healthy. It seems like a lot of the TIU recipes call for cacao rather than cocoa plus I always used cocoa in the past for my unhealthy baking… What makes one better than the other in certain recipes

    1. Cacao powder is pure and raw from the cacao bean, cocoa is more processed and heated so it’s not “raw”. For cooking I like using cocoa powder because you’re baking it anyways, and it’s usually less potent. Cacao tends to have a coffee like stimulating effect so I wouldn’t recommend eating these late at night if you decide to make it with it instead of cocoa. My rule is usually raw dessert= cacao powder and baked= cocoa powder. Hope this isn’t too confusing lol.

  10. Thanks for the inspiration! I’ve got mine in the oven right now! I didn’t have any strawberries this week so I substituted with blueberries. Can’t wait to see how they turn out!

  11. They were ‘wet’ and the strawberries turned into brownish-gray dollops of slime, as I suspected they might. Still looking for good healthy ‘splurge’ like recipes. Where is the ‘desserts’ tab? I thought there used to be one. There needs to be one. And I second the question about cocoa vs cacao. On to google it now.

    1. I strongly recommend you try the mocha latte cookie recipe and the “donut miss this treat” donuts. These are the best in my opinion.

    2. I’m glad you mentioned that! Mine were really “wet” too…almost too greasy from the coconut oil and spray I had to use in order from them not to stick in the muffin pans. I feel like most of my TIU muffins come out “wet” all of the time…mine do NOT look as “dry” as they do in the pictures above! Anyone know if I should just omit the coconut oil next time? :( :(

    1. Almond flour is a finer grain with blanched almonds. Almond meal is a coarser grain with the whole almond (skin included). I found almond meal at the last minute at the grocery store and was going to use almond flour but I’m sure almond flour would be fine.

  12. I just bake this and i love them!!!!! I changed the almond meal for oat flour and they taste nice :) they are not too sweet but the strawberry gives the perfect sweetness :)

  13. Just made these with Chocolate PF and used a mini muffin pan, baked for 16min and yielded 24! They are really delicious! I probably would have had about 36 if it wasn’t for all the spoon licking goodness!

  14. I made these with chocolate protein powder instead of vanilla and used almond milk. They turned out good, very dense and very chocolatey.

    How long could I keep these if I store them in the fridge??

  15. Just made these. They are delish!!! I have been writing out my fav recipes and keeping them handy in the kitchen. Keeps me #tiuapproved. What would be the best way to store these?

  16. I used coconut flower and almond milk cause that’s what I had on hand, I also used egg whites instead of the whole egg and they turned out totally crumbly and didn’t stick together :( I was so sad, they were dry and kind of like sand…The batter was not like batter, it was thick and fluffy and I had to kneed it with my hands. The flavor was good but that was it… Did those subs make that much of a difference? Any suggestions? Thanks!

    1. coconut flour doesn’t act the same as almond flour and if you substitute it in these muffins then you’ll probably have to double the amount of liquid called for in the recipe. Since coconut flour absorbs so much more liquid than other flours that may be why yours turned out crumbly

  17. what can i use to substitute the almond meal?? I’m allergic to almonds, would maybe coconut flour work??

  18. These are SO delicious. I made them in a glass pan instead of as cupcakes and omitted the strawberries and they are divine!

  19. Hey girls! What meal are these muffins suitable for? I feel like they are perfect for dessert…but would swapping them for a M4 be alright? Or will they be similar to the (delicious) chocolate donuts that were for M1-M3? :)

  20. Mo says:

    Yum, yum, yum!! These were so good! A real dark chocolatey flavor. I used half vanilla protein powder and half chocolate. I did not have any issues with the baking. Stored them in the fridge and let them come to room temp before indulging, yum-o!

  21. What can you substitute for maple syrup? Both that and honey are too sugary for me. Would applesauce, etc. work? Thanks!

  22. Looking for a vegan-friendly way to make these muffins. Has anyone tried a flaxseed egg instead?

  23. These were amazing! I improvised and used an avocado in place of the berries. I made them into mini muffins and they were the best go to meal or snack this week! Thanks Tone it up!

  24. Just made these, but used chocolate chips instead of strawberries, and chocolate protein powder. They are just like brownies!

  25. Has anyone tried a substitution for almond meal in this recipe?? Maybe oat flour, until I can get to the store? LOL

    1. Hey Chelsea! We haven’t tried it with water but you can definitely sub in any other kind of nut milk you prefer. xxo

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