Recipe: Grain-Free Orange, Poppy Seed & Collagen Muffins

  • Written By:Carla Contreras

These muffins are like fluffy cornmeal muffins and are packed with protein. They are perfect to meal prep for the week ahead and freeze. Pull one out the night before to defrost, pop it in a 400 degree Fahrenheit oven for five minutes for a warm treat.

This recipe works well with add-ins like 1 cup of frozen berries like raspberries or blueberries mixed in and or 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Gently mix them into the batter before filling the cupcake liners.

Makes 10 muffins


  • 2 1/2 cups almond meal
  • 2 scoops EVOLUTION_18 Relaxing Orange Creamsicle
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. fine sea salt
  • 2 eggs*
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil**
  • 1/2 cup yogurt***
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds (optional)
  • 1 cup frozen berries, like raspberries (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. In a food processor, add the almond meal, baking powder, sea salt, Relaxing Orange, eggs, banana, avocado oil, and yogurt and mix for about one minute until the batter comes together. You can also do this by hand in a medium mixing bowl, but make sure to mash the banana well.

  3. Gently mix in the poppy seeds with a spoon. If adding fruit, gently mix in as well.

  4. Fill the cupcake liners 3/4 of the way full, using a two-ounce ice cream scoop or a 1/4 cup measurement.

  5. Bake for 20–25 minutes or until they are golden brown and cooked through in the center (insert a toothpick, make sure no crumbs are attached).

  6. Store in the freezer for up to 12 weeks.

Chef Carla’s Notes:

  • To make this egg-free, mix 2 Tbsp. chia seeds in 6 Tbsp. water for 15 minutes, whisking occasionally.

** This recipe works with olive oil, butter, and coconut oil. Each will impart a slightly different flavor.

*** Plant-based yogurt works as well.

Chef Carla Contreras is the founder of the online cooking school Cook+Chop. She competed on season 12 of Chopped! on Food Network. She is Nutritious Life Certified, a Certified Holistic Health Coach, a food stylist, and photographer with a stacked culinary resume.

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