Chocolate Cinnamon Protein Loaf

Starbucks always has such delicious looking treats behind that glass dome and I have never had one. I’m celiac and they really don’t have anything gluten free aside from those rice cripsy treats- they just don’t do it for me. Plus to be honest I rarely eat sugar and if I do it’s usually going to be dark chocolate or gelato. Anyway I was eyeing up their chocolate cinnamon loaf the other day and decided to try to clean it up. I can’t actually tell you if it’s similar because I can’t taste the original so someone let me know! In the meantime it did the trick for me 🙂


  • 1/4 cup chia gel (you could sub 1/2 cup applesauce but lose the fabulousness of the chia)
  • 1/2 applesauce
  • 1/2 cup egg whites from a carton ( or 4 egg whites)
  • 1 whole egg
  • 3/4 cup xylitol or erythritol  (1 cut the sweetness a bit by only using 1/2 cup and it turned out great)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate protein powder ( I used Genuine Health Proteins+)
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (I used vanilla powder)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp xantham gum
  • 1/2 cup non fat greek yogurt
  • 1/8 cup water


Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a  loaf pans with parchment paper.

Mix chia gel, applesauce and xylitol until well blended. Then add the eggs mixing well.

In another bowl and sift together flour, protein powder, cocoa, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt, baking powder and baking soda.

In a 3rd separate bowl, whisk together the yogurt, water and vanilla.

Add the contents of the other two bowls to the egg mixture, alternating between the two until your mixture is fully blended. Be careful not to over mix.

The Starbucks recipe calls for a topping made with cocoa, sugar, ginger and clove but because the xylitol doesn’t really caramelize I skipped it and added the ginger and cloves to the loaf itself. If you wanted the topping you could use coconut sugar in place of the regular,

Bake for 45-50 minutes until toothpick comes out clean


4 thoughts on “Chocolate Cinnamon Protein Loaf

  1. I love reading your blog, you are very creative!
    I do a lot of gluten free baking as well, but I haven’t tried xylitol before. Can the xylitol be replaced by organic honey or pure maple syrup?
    I noticed that you don’t use xanthan gum either. Do your loaves crumble easily without it?

    1. Hi Amanada
      Thanks so much!
      I use xantham gum in some things like pizza dough. Xylitol is actually sugar from the birch tree and been around a long time. Ive had a lot of questions about it so I will write a post about it soon. Regarding the sub in this recipe I would think that the added liquid will change the consistency too much. You could probably use coconut sugar or sucanat easily though. Let me know how it works out!

  2. LOVE this! Just finished making this recipe and am having to retrain myself from eating half the loaf in one sitting. I particularly enjoy that I am eating a Starbucks “treat” but this version is far healthier than anything they serve and likely tastes much better as well!

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