Skinny Chocolate Cherry Muffins.

Moist, fudgy 110 calorie chocolate muffins filled with juicy cherries. You won’t miss all the calories and fat, trust me!

Moist, fudgy 110 calorie chocolate muffins filled with juicy cherries. You won't miss all the calories and fat, trust me! @sallybakeblog

Fact: I accidentally typed “Skinny Chocolate Cheery Muffins” as the title of this post. I think I’ve had… no, wait… I’ve definitely had too much chocolate recently.

You’re looking at batch #2 of chocolate cherry muffins here. Batch #1 was baked early in the morning the day this happened. I’m sure you can imagine the results. Tasty.

Moist, fudgy 110 calorie chocolate muffins filled with juicy cherries. You won't miss all the calories and fat, trust me! @sallybakeblog

The flood was actually a blessing in disguise. Though dealing with the renter’s insurance company has been a huge pain, the flood gave me a chance to clean some things out, decorate a new apartment, and bake an even better batch of these muffins.

You’re absolutely going to love them.

  • They don’t taste lightened-up.
  • They are full of chocolate.
  • Seriously, they don’t taste lightened-up.
  • They are only 110 calories.
  • They are only 110 calories.

So um, did you get that? 110 calories. That is not a typo. How can it be? Someone pinch me, I must be dreaming.

You’ll be very impressed that a low calorie muffin can taste this good.

Moist, fudgy 110 calorie chocolate muffins filled with juicy cherries. You won't miss all the calories and fat, trust me! @sallybakeblog

Today’s recipe is actually based off of my popular Skinny Double Chocolate Muffins. Those were voted in the top three favorite muffins of 2013. They’re moist, flavorful, fudgy, and surprisingly skinny. You love them and today’s muffins are no different.

So how can they be so low in calories, yet so rich in flavor? Easy.

You’re going to need a few all-star, magical ingredients. First, applesauce. Unsweetened applesauce takes the place of any oil or butter in this muffin recipe. It keeps the muffins moist for very little calories. You’ll also need Greek yogurt. Or what I like to call “the powerhouse ingredient.” For little calories, a ton of protein, and lots of moisture – Greek yogurt is a miraculous ingredient to use in lightened-up recipes.

All of their chocolate flavor? That comes from cocoa powder. Just enough to give the muffins a strong chocolate taste, but not too much to dry them out. There’s also whole wheat flour in the muffin recipe too. Yup, this recipe is a major WIN all around.

Moist, fudgy 110 calorie chocolate muffins filled with juicy cherries. You won't miss all the calories and fat, trust me!

Sweetening the muffins is some sugar and honey. I tried to reduce the refined sugar to the minimum amount possible, while still producing a muffin that actually tastes good. And does not taste like cardboard or mulch.

I reduced the sugar from 1/2 cup in the first batch to 1/3 cup in the second batch. Still perfectly sweet.

The juicy cherries also do a fine job sweetening each bite. I used fresh dark sweet cherries, though frozen would be just fine instead. Whatever’s easiest for you.

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Here’s the calorie breakdown if you’re curious:

  • applesauce: 75
  • sugar: 249
  • honey: 252
  • egg whites: 34
  • Greek yogurt: 100
  • flour (combined all-purpose and WW): 438
  • cocoa powder: 97
  • cherries: 92

All of that divided by 12 = 110.

The tops of the muffins are sprinkled with a couple chocolate chips each. Those are completely optional, but let’s face it, a little extra chocolate chip never hurt anyone… right? I ate 4 of these muffins over the course of the day yesterday.  In my defense, running and chocolate (and umm…baking and gossip magazines) are my stress relievers OK? Usually the chocolate comes in large quantities after the run. Life’s all about balance.

Moist, fudgy 110 calorie chocolate muffins filled with juicy cherries. You won't miss all the calories and fat, trust me! @sallybakeblog

I froze a couple of these muffins for breakfast in the coming weeks and I have a feeling a fresh batch will be in high demand often because Kevin loved them too.

One of the easiest chocolate muffins you’ll ever bake  - simple ingredients, no mixer, less than 40 minutes start to finish, no big mess, and a breath of fresh air from all the sweets I know you enjoyed over the holidays. Since they’re so low cal, you can have some Giant Cinnamon Roll Cake on the side…

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Skinny Chocolate Cherry Muffins

Moist, fudgy 110 calorie chocolate muffins stuffed with juicy cherries. You won't miss all the calories and fat, trust me!

Yield: 12 muffins

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup (133g) unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup (67g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (85g) honey
  • 2 large egg whites (or 1 large egg)
  • 3/4 cup (183g) plain Greek yogurt (or regular yogurt, plain or vanilla)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (62g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (64g) whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup (64g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup chopped dark sweet cherries (fresh or frozen)
  • chocolate chips for sprinkling on top, optional

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425F degrees. Spray 12-count muffin pan with nonstick spray. Do not use liners.

In a large bowl, combine applesauce, sugar, honey, egg whites, greek yogurt, and vanilla extract. Whisk them all together until smooth, with no yogurt lumps remaining.

Sift* the flours, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, and baking powder together. Slowly stir in the wet ingredients, being careful not to overmix. Get any dry pockets of flour out. Fold in the cherries. The batter will be a little chunky. This is ok.

Divide the batter evenly between each muffin cup - fill them all the way to the top if you can. Bake for 5 minutes at 425F. Keeping the muffins in the oven, reduce the temperature down to 375F and continue to bake for 13 more minutes. Insert a toothpick into the center of one muffin. If it comes out clean, they are done. If not, bake for only 2 more minutes.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 3 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes 12 muffins. Muffins stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. Muffins freeze well up to 3 months. Heat up for 45 seconds to thaw.

*If your cocoa powder has lumps, I urge you to sift it with the dry ingredients to avoid any dry cocoa powder lumps in the muffins.

*Why the initial high temperature? See my sky-high muffin dome tricks for more detail.

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I won’t blame you if you eat the whole batch. 

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103 Responses to “Skinny Chocolate Cherry Muffins.”

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    Averie @ Averie Cooksposted January 14, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Sally they’re so you! Just the way they look, like your cookies, your muffins all have a tell-tale look. I’d spot them anywhere! It’s impressive that you got them to 110 cals, too! And that you used cocoa powder in them and kept them moist – it’s so prone to turning things dry!

    Today I posted choc chip & strawberry muffins and over Xmas made chocolate cherry brownies, so my next combo should be these muffins :) pinned

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    Madisonposted January 14, 2014 at 7:55 am

    I’m not a big cherry fan–only tootsie roll pop cherry–BUT I trust in Sally, so I will try these out!

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    Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?!posted January 14, 2014 at 8:19 am

    These look amazing, Sally! Any recipe that tastes decadent yet is low in calories is okay in my book :)

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    Mary Francesposted January 14, 2014 at 8:33 am

    You always have the best muffin recipes! Healthy and delicious, low fat and higher protein? Yes! And I love how moist and fudgy they are (mmm, fudgy!) And your photos are so lovely, as always!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 14th, 2014 at 9:20 am

      Thanks Mary Frances! This was one of the first photo shoots in my new apartment. Still getting used to the light. I appreciate it!

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    Jennyposted January 14, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Yum! They sound and look delicious! As soon as my “No-sugar-January” is over, I’ll be trying these!! :)

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wiferinposted January 14, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Laughed when I read your comment “running and chocolate.” I came home from the gym yesterday and ate half a bag of chocolate covered pretzels to “recover.” lol. Thanks for the lighted up recipe! Makes me feel like I can have it all :)

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    • Sallyreplied on January 14th, 2014 at 9:20 am

      chocolate covered pretzels – I like your style Erin.

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    Helen @ Scrummy Laneposted January 14, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Mmmmmm … pinning this!
    I love chocolate and fruit together …just goes so well.
    These do NOT look skinny and I trust you that they don’t taste skinny either. You’re right about the Greek yoghurt being the miracle ingredient!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 14th, 2014 at 9:19 am

      I have been baking with Greek yogurt left and right lately. It’s amazing what it can do in baked goods! Thanks for pinning Helen.

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    Erinposted January 14, 2014 at 9:07 am

    All I can say is “major win.” These are being pinned and made ASAP (I might play around with using cherry Chobani!). Also the picture of the cherries = gorgeous. Perfect muffins!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 14th, 2014 at 9:17 am

      Black cherry chobani is my favorite flavor! Erin, you’re going to love these.

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    Sarah@WholeAndHeavenlyOvenposted January 14, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Um yeah, I would so be that person to eat the entire batch over the course of only a day. GORGEOUS muffins, Sally! Love the choc n cherry combo! :)

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    Ruthy @ Omelettaposted January 14, 2014 at 9:36 am

    I love love chocolate and cherry anything, and nave been on a serious muffin binge lately- it’s like you read my mind :) Pinned and I can’t wait to try!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 14th, 2014 at 10:18 am

      Perfect. Thanks for pinning Ruthy!

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    marcieposted January 14, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I’m sorry to hear about your apartment, Sally, but at least you turned rain into a rainbow! These muffins look divine, and I like that you added fresh cherries — dried can be so tart. Chocolate and cherries are just one of the best combinations ever!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 14th, 2014 at 10:18 am

      Marcie, I love the way you put it. “Turning rain into a rainbow” – thank you for that!

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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keepsposted January 14, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Saw these on Instagram earlier and fell in love! These look so good Sally! Glad to hear the apartment disaster is turning out for the better! It’s kind of fun to start all over isn’t it?

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    • Sallyreplied on January 14th, 2014 at 10:17 am

      It’s been nice to have a “fresh start” in this new year, so I’m looking at the flood as a blessing in disguise! Thanks Nicole.

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    Cate @ Chez CateyLouposted January 14, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I love your skinny double chocolate muffins, so I KNOW I’m going to love these! They look so great!! I love baking with Greek yogurt! Will definitely be adding a few mini chocolate chips to the tops like you did – I’m ok with a few extra calories :)

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    Audreyposted January 14, 2014 at 10:29 am

    These look fabulous!! I really want to make them, but I was wondering if you could suggest a possible substitute for the cherries…my husband and I don’t love cherries in baked goods! What else could work? Thanks!!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 14th, 2014 at 10:54 am

      Any fruit, really. Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries. Or even chocolate chips, walnuts, really anything you enjoy with chocolate!

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    Krisposted January 14, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Hi Sally, these muffins look awesome!

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    • Krisreplied on January 14th, 2014 at 11:37 am

      Can I substitute applesauce with something else?

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      • Sallyreplied on January 14th, 2014 at 11:42 am

        A few options: 1 large mashed banana, 1/2 cup oil or melted coconut oil, 1/2 cup melted butter

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    Krisposted January 14, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Awesome! Tnx Sally for the speedy reply :)

    P/s. things always happen for a reason :) hugs xoxo

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    Shainaposted January 14, 2014 at 11:51 am

    I love all your “skinny” recipes. Chocolate and cherry go so perfectly together…these muffins are getting pinned!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 14th, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      Thanks for pinning, Shaina!

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    Ines Bakerinposted January 14, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    OMG Sally thank you so much for this wonderful low cal muffin recipe and I looove when you write the amount of calories for you recipes !!!!

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    Laura @ Lauras Baking Talentposted January 14, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    These look delicious! Glad that you are getting settled in the new apartment :)

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    Norma | Allspice and Nutmegposted January 14, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Mmmmm, chocolate and cherry…in winter. Love it. These are gorgeous. Pinning.

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    Jessica Floryposted January 14, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Hi, Sally! These muffins look fantastic, and we LOVE chocolate-cherry treats. Do you think it would work if I omitted the applesauce and added extra yogurt? I don’t have any on hand. By the way, I made your skinny peanut butter banana chocolate chip muffins the other day. To die for!!! I ate 3 for breakfast. I’m pregnant so I can justify it :)

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    • Sallyreplied on January 14th, 2014 at 12:31 pm

      Hey Jessica! I wouldn’t add 3/4 more yogurt. That would completely ruin the taste and texture. How about subbing the 3/4 applesauce for 1/2 cup oil, melted butter, melted coconut oil, or 1 large mashed ripe banana (about 1/2 cup).

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      • Jessica Floryreplied on January 14th, 2014 at 1:11 pm

        Thanks so much! I’ll try that.

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    Marciposted January 14, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    These look amazing! I love your Skinny Double chocolate muffins and make them all the time for my boys (and myself!). Is this pretty much the same recipe? I’m just wondering which ones re “skinnier”?
    Thanks!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 14th, 2014 at 1:47 pm

      Hey Marci! The recipes are quite similar, practically identical. I reduced the sugar in this batch and swapped chocolate chips in the batter to cherries. Because of the changes, I’m sure these are lower in calories than the skinny double chocolate muffins.

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      • Marcireplied on January 14th, 2014 at 2:05 pm

        Thanks! I made your skinny Chocolate muffins last week and by accident I forgot to add the honey. Everyone still loved them! It is nice to have something sweet, chocolaty and yummy w/o the calories. The greek yogurt is an added bonus! Thank you so much I love your recipes!

        • Sallyreplied on January 14th, 2014 at 5:22 pm

          I’m happy you gave the other ones a try, Marci. You must try them with cherries. So good!

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    Jess @ On Sugar Mountainposted January 14, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    teehee I bet these muffins do make people “cheery” when they eat them though! I know I would be much happier enjoying one of these right now than my lame lunch that is sadly muffin-less. ;)

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    • Sallyreplied on January 14th, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      My lunch is muffin-less too. Though I do have a couple of these leftover in the freezer. I should go warm one up for my lunch “dessert.” You need to try these out Jess!

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    Becca @ Crumbsposted January 14, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Ooh these look so good and only 110 calories – thats less than a diet snack bar! I’m going to make a batch of homemade applesauce (not easy or cheap to come by in the UK) and then give these a whirl. I’m not a huge cherry fan, do you think they would work okay with raspberries Sally please?

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    • Becca @ Crumbsreplied on January 14th, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      Whoops was thinking of apple butter. I could easily buy applesauce!

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      • Sallyreplied on January 14th, 2014 at 5:21 pm

        Yep, applesauce. And raspberries would be delicious. I love chocolate and raspberry together. Hope you give them a try Becca!

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    Alexe @ Keys to the Cucinaposted January 14, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    My mind is blown by the 110 calories in these bad boys, can’t wait to try them out!

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    Veeposted January 14, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    These look amazing! I love that they are low in calorie and will be easy for me to eat with braces. A lot of healthier muffin options involve wonderful nuts that are off limits for me right now. Thanks!

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    Julianne @ Beyond Frostingposted January 14, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    I love a good chocolate muffin! Especially a skinny version!

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    Kellyposted January 14, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Life is ALL about balance. Could not agree more. I rarely cook with cherries and this recipe certainly makes me want to! Makes me think of chocolate covered cherries…yum!! Thanks for sharing, Sally!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 14th, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      Yes! Chocolate covered cherries are exactly what I had in mind when I made these Kelly. Hope you try them!

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    Anneposted January 14, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Hi Sally, I made these today for an afterschool snack and they were a hit! My husband said they were the best muffin he’s ever had. Then I told him they are only 110 calories. He then helped himself to two more lol (my kids also loved them )! Thanks for another scrumptious recipe.

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    • Sallyreplied on January 14th, 2014 at 6:27 pm

      Anne, I’m so glad you already tried this recipe out! And even happier that your family loved them too. I appreciate you reporting back!

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    Caley Buxtonposted January 14, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Yum! These sound sooooo good…I love chocolate and cherries (real cherries, not that maraschino nonsense ;) ), and I also have cherry chips (like chocolate chips!) to use up. Your pictures are great! It’s so nice to see fresh fruit in the dead of winter…it reminds me that summer will come back! :D

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    Askaposted January 14, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    I have been wanting to bake something healthy for a while, so this came at a *perfect* timing! I baked them just now (without the cherries because I didn’t have any) and they’re perfect! Thank you for continuing to post amazing recipes, despite your rough week. I love your blog and I hope your adjustment to your new apartment is going well and smoothly!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 14th, 2014 at 6:28 pm

      Hi Aska, I’m so glad you tried these muffins out already and that you loved them (even without the cherries). We are getting settled into the new place quite well. Thank you so much!

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    Monicaposted January 14, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    love your skinny muffin recipes! but chocolate and cherry in a skinny recipe.. it’s hard to imagine! can’t wait to try this out (:

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    • Sallyreplied on January 15th, 2014 at 9:14 am

      Thanks Monica! I’m happy you like my skinny recipes. Let me know if you try these muffins!

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    Shannonposted January 14, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    I can’t wait to try these! I’m totally make up a batch and freezing some for a quick on-the-go breakfast treat!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 15th, 2014 at 9:14 am

      I have some in the freezer right now for breakfast next week. Let me know if you try them Shannon!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted January 15, 2014 at 1:01 am

    I love anything chocolate and cherry so I know I’d love these muffins! And at only 110 calories, I’m all about chocolate for breakfast!

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    Betsy @JavaCupcakeposted January 15, 2014 at 2:01 am

    I love that this recipe calls for fresh cherries and not dried. I LOVE using fresh in baking! These look amazing! Thanks for another great recipe, Sally!

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    Gloriaposted January 15, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Could I replace all of the sugar with honey? Also, could I replace the all purpose flour with oat flour or whole wheat?

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    • Sallyreplied on January 15th, 2014 at 9:08 am

      I’m unsure. I’ve only baked these muffins as written and suggest readers do the same. You may replace all of the flour with WW flour, but the muffins may have a tough texture.

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    Layla @ Brunch Time Bakerposted January 15, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Cherry and chocolate are one of my family combos, the fact that it’s a skinny recipes is tempting me to try it!

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)posted January 15, 2014 at 9:19 am

    These chocolate muffins are amazing! And cherries? Great addition!

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    Shaunnaposted January 15, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Thanks for all your great recipes. Just wondering when you say no liners if you are just talking about paper ones. Would it be ok to use silicone ones?

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    • Sallyreplied on January 15th, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      Silicone liners should be OK. Paper liners stick. Sorry to be confusing!

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      • Shaunnareplied on January 15th, 2014 at 5:18 pm

        Thanks, they turned out great!

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    Annie @ Annie's Nomsposted January 15, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Wow, 110 calories!!! This means I can eat chocolate for breakfast!! :D

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    Deborahposted January 16, 2014 at 9:56 am

    These sound amazing!! I love muffins, and I love that these are only 110 calories!

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    Kim Byers @ The Celebration Shoppeposted January 16, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    A must share – these look sinful! Perfect for Valentine’s Day

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    • Sallyreplied on January 16th, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      Yes! Chocolate and cherries absolutely are perfect for the upcoming holiday :)

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    faloncolbeyposted January 16, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Hi Sally,

    If using frozen fruit – do you thaw the fruit first and drain?
    Any clarification (for this recipe and your others with fruit) would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks. Falon

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    • Sallyreplied on January 17th, 2014 at 6:56 am

      Do not thaw the cherries before/after you chop them in these muffins. For the other recipes, it would depend on which ones you are referring to. Typically for muffins, you do not want to thaw your fruit.

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    Amyposted January 16, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    OHMYGOSH SALLY!! These are SO up my alley!! (Although you probably already knew that…) Chocolaty, skinny, chocolaty, fruity, chocolaty. Best combination ever. And I love what you said: “Usually the chocolate comes in large quantities after the run.” That’s exactly why I run first thing in the morning — it means more chocolate all day long!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Bakingposted January 18, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    How in the world did you find cherries?! Lucky!

    And these are so pretty! Love the sprinkled chocolate chips on top.

    But hey, where’s the inside shot?! I wanna see the insides. :D

    PS – I forgot to say in my last comment that I’m super excited that the healthy choices section is the largest! Can’t wait to see it. :)

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    • Sallyreplied on January 18th, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      Thanks Erin! Cherries were slightly expensive but I found them. Not as huge as they are in the summer though. Frozen would be fine instead!

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    Biancaposted January 21, 2014 at 8:57 am

    I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, so I reduced the sugar and honey slightly. Other than that, I followed the recipe exactly, and the results were awesome! Since the muffins are skinny, fruity, and chocolate-ty, I hereby declare these fit for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! (As well as all the snacks in between.) ;)

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    • Sallyreplied on January 21st, 2014 at 8:59 am

      I 100% agree with that last statement Bianca! Happy you tried them.

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    Raquelposted January 22, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Chocolate covered cherries are one of my favorite guilty pleasures & these muffins make them not so guilty! Thanks Sally!

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    dinaposted January 22, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    i’m definitely in the mood for something chocolatey and these would be guilt-free!

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    malkaposted January 23, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Since in my country this time of year there are no cherries frozen or fresh would this work with strawberries?

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    • Sallyreplied on January 23rd, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      Yes, strawberries would be a great substitute!

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    Courtneyposted January 26, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Sally,
    Moist I get but mine never seem fully done no matter how long I put them back in. You instruct an additional 2 min max. I think I did 4 and still seem partially not done. Is it just the frozen cherries that make them that moist and they are done? My oven works great and temps are fine so it’s not an oven issue. Just curious…..

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    • Sallyreplied on January 26th, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      Hey Courtney! I’m concerned your muffins aren’t cooking through thoroughly. I use fresh cherries when I make these muffins, but I’ve made muffins just like it with frozen. I wouldn’t worry if you need to bake for slightly longer. Just bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Try also using an oven thermometer to make sure your oven temps are accurate. My oven runs warm, so the thermometer helps control it.

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    Claire Abposted February 4, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Absolutely Amazing! And only 110 calories? I made these quick and easy on a SCHOOL NIGHT. Wow, so quick, easy, yummy, and healthy! LOVE!

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    • Sallyreplied on February 5th, 2014 at 7:22 am

      Perfect!

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    Feliciaposted February 7, 2014 at 3:45 am

    Hi Sally! These muffins look amazing and I’d love to try them, but I don’t have any whole wheat flour. Are there any substitutes I could use? Thanks!

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    • Sallyreplied on February 7th, 2014 at 9:20 am

      Just use all-purpose instead of the WW. Enjoy!

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    Saraposted February 13, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Oh my goodness, these were ridiculously good! My 3 kids ( 3 year old and twin 18 mo olds) love muffins and I’ve been trying to make them relatively healthy. They LOVED these — perfect for a snow day treat! They remind me of the Black Forest cake my grandmother made when I was little.

    This was my first time on your site and I think I’ve now pinned most of your recipes :) thanks!

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    • Sallyreplied on February 13th, 2014 at 7:02 pm

      Thanks so much for reporting back, Sara! Let me know what you try next.

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    Kellyposted February 18, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    I made these for Valentine’s Day. My dad loves chocolate and cherries together. So I gave him some and my husbands office the rest. Made 2 batches. They were a BIG hit. I knew they would be. I love your skinny chocolate muffins…so I knew these had to be great as well!

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    Jenniferposted February 18, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Would I be able to use dried cherries by any chance..or would that just defeat the purpose of this recipe lol
    Jenny

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    • Sallyreplied on February 18th, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      That would be just fine!

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    Laura Kposted March 1, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Omg these are SO good! I was debating between baking these or the sky-high apple pie muffins (both of which I’ve been wanting to try since you posted them) and decided on these and they taste amazing! So soft and chocolate-y and the bursts of cherry are wonderful (I used frozen)- it’s also my first time using the sky-high muffin technique and it works so well! The muffins came out big and puffy and delicious! Thanks for such an incredible “skinny” recipe! I ate two within 15 minutes of taking them out of the oven :)

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    • Sallyreplied on March 1st, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      I’m so glad you love them Laura! I find it hard to only eat one as well…

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    Shannonposted March 20, 2014 at 11:32 am

    I just made these and they are so super good. I love this blog! I just found it, unbelievably. I try to stick to healthier baking but really just love it all. With swim suit season coming up, I’ll be TRYING to stick to some healthier treats. I just have to have them!

    The muffins are really moist and yummy. I placed some Trader Joe’s chocolate chunks on top to make them extra special.

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    • Sallyreplied on March 20th, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      Thanks for reporting back, Shannon – happy you enjoyed these muffins!

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    cayceeposted May 13, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Can I substitute the yogurt for anything? I have none on hand and just went to the store for the week. Thanks!

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    Aurelposted June 21, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Do you use hersheys special dark for this sally? Or dutch processed cocoa powder?

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    • Sallyreplied on June 21st, 2014 at 8:22 am

      Neither – I used Hershey’s unsweetened (not the special dark).

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    Lauraposted June 29, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    great muffins. I changed it up a bit and still good and not sweet. I switched the sweetener to only coconut sugar and used half all purpose flour and half coconut flour. I also had no apple sauce so used a bit more cherries and yogurt. I think it would have be good to have blended some of the cherries up before adding them and then chopping them a bit smaller. I think the calories were pretty much similar. Very tasty! thanks

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