Protein First: Cinnamon Crunch Banana Bread

No Guilt, All the Goodness

No added sugar, no wheat/gluten if you’re avoiding that, and a punch of extra protein? Yeah, this stuff is hard to beat.

Call it what you like: protein-centric, protein-based, or protein-forward eating. We call it protein first. The idea is simple: get enough protein and the rest of your diet autoregulates: it’s easier to control calories, build muscle, or lose fat. Scientists call it the protein leverage effect.

You can add a protein shake to your diet or whip up some protein-focused recipes like this one.

Cinnamon Crunch Banana Bread

Bread Ingredients

  • 1 cup oat flour (buy it pre-ground or grind some oats in a food processor)
  • 1 cup vanilla MD protein (on Amazon)
  • 3 mashed bananas
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened Greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons baking Splenda (on Amazon) (optional)

Crumb Topping Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/4 cup baking Splenda


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. For the bread batter, mix up all the ingredients and add half of it to a loaf pan. Glass or foil will work.
  3. Separately, mix up the crumble ingredients. Add half to the batter in the loaf pan. This will give you a little of that crumbly goodness in the center of the loaf.
  4. Add the rest of the batter, then the rest of the crumble to the top.
  5. Bake in the center rack for 45-50 minutes. If the top starts to get a little too brown, cover it with foil during the last 10 minutes of baking.


Add a handful of chopped walnuts to the loaf batter. This recipe works with chocolate MD protein (on Amazon), too.

Calories & Macros

  • Servings 6
  • Calories 280
  • Protein 18g
  • Carbs 30g
  • Fat 8g

More protein recipes here: Protein Delights.


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