Trader Joe’s Review: Dark Chocolate Protein Muffin

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Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Protein Muffin promises a sweet treat for one made easily in the microwave. Read on to find out if you should buy yourself a cup!

I was super excited when I saw that Trader Joe’s had come out with a microwavable, single-serving muffin mix that was also gluten-free. I’m not much of a sweet breakfast person, but I envisioned this being a nice afternoon treat here and there.

There are two flavors of these protein muffins – maple and dark chocolate. I went with chocolate because…well…chocolate.

The cooking instructions for the muffin.

The directions seem to be confusing quite a few people. You add water to the fill line without stirring. Once you have added all the water then you stir. Some folks have missed that “stir well” at the end of that paragraph and microwaved the whole thing as-is. Not surprisingly, their muffins did not turn out at all.

I followed the directions exactly, and after cooking for 60 seconds, my muffin was still raw in the middle. I don’t think it’s my microwave because I’ve seen many complaints about this same issue. It took another 60 seconds (so 2 minutes total) to fully cook the middle of the muffin.

A closeup of a bite of muffin on a fork.

Once cooked, the texture of this muffin was not good at all. It looked like it was going to be fudgy but was actually more gummy than anything. It also had a fake sugar aftertaste that I found unpleasant.

The Nutrition Facts and Ingredients List

Nutrition Facts for Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Protein Muffin

Each cup contains one serving at 270 calories. There is quite a bit of sodium and added sugar. There is also monk fruit extract in the ingredients list which is where the fake sugar taste is coming from.

This item is labelled gluten-free, but does contain milk, egg, and coconut, so avoid it if those are concerns for you.

Like all Trader Joe’s products, this mix does not contain artificial flavors, preservatives, or colorings.

Verdict: 2/10

I like the idea of making myself a muffin as a treat now and then, but this misses the mark. The texture is awful and it didn’t taste nearly good enough to make up for that. I won’t be buying this again.

Have you tried Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Protein Muffin? Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

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2 thoughts on “Trader Joe’s Review: Dark Chocolate Protein Muffin”

  1. I followed directions — and then added time — but never got anything more than partially cooked, and the bits that cooked got overcooked while I was trying to get to a point where I was not eating batter. Taste was…meh.


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