Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

Incredible lightened-up chocolate chip muffins with fresh strawberries. Nearly fat-free and only 140 calories each!

Incredible "lightened-up" chocolate chip muffins with fresh strawberries. Nearly fat-free and only 140 calories each! @sallybakeblog

A particularly gray, overcast day over the weekend had me craving something bright and cheery. Preferably a snack on the lighter side to coincide with all of the New Years resolutions floating around. I know health food is on the brain these days!

I am not one to sacrifice taste for health food, so if you’re looking for a treat to keep your tastebuds AND your skinny jeans happy… you’ve come to the right place.

Incredible "lightened-up" chocolate chip muffins with fresh strawberries. Nearly fat-free and only 140 calories each! @sallybakeblog

The gray, lifeless weather conditions also made this photo shoot a little tough! Let’s just say I had to rearrange the apartment to snap any acceptable shots. I felt like a mad woman! Sometimes a tripod can’t save even your darkest of lighting conditions.

Back to the real reason you’re here today. Something I whipped up for the chocolate lovers, the New Years resoltions, and the health nuts. And for my love of strawberries and chocolate together.

Quick, easy, practically fat free muffins you are going to LOVE. And only 140 calories each – even less if you take out the chocolate chips! But I feel they are necessary. 🙂

Incredible "lightened-up" chocolate chip muffins with fresh strawberries. Nearly fat-free and only 140 calories each! @sallybakeblog

Practically fat free? Yes. Some of my favorite muffin recipes could easily be considered dessert. Nothing wrong with that, but if I’m not looking to indulge one morning, I’d like a healthier option. I used unsweetened applesauce in my muffins in lieu of butter or oil. I love using applesauce to replace fat in baked recipes.  It keeps your baked good soft and moist, while keeping it low in fat.

Of course a muffin made with all applesauce won’t taste as rich and sinful as a muffin made with a stick of butter, but it’s the right option if you’re looking to cut back and reduce fat.

Incredible "lightened-up" chocolate chip muffins with fresh strawberries. Nearly fat-free and only 140 calories each! @sallybakeblog

The recipe is SO easy and the muffins only take less than 20 minutes to bake.  Everything can be mixed by hand – no mixer required!  There are also no strange or questionable ingredients called for in the recipe – just a few orindary things making an extraordinary muffin.  It’s also a small batch recipe. I don’t know about you, but with the amount of food I bake each week – a small batch recipe is always something I aim for.  You’ll get 10 standard size muffins with this recipe – they can be frozen for a quick grab n’ go kind of breakfast or gobbled up in the first few days you make them.

The muffins are soft, moist, and packed with flavor.  And they are SO versatile.  You may use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour.  And feel free to switch up the add-ins.  These would be wonderful guilt-free blueberry muffins. Or throw in some white chocolate chips and raspberries. Maybe peanut butter chips and sliced bananas?   My mind is swirling with skinny spin-offs!

The combination of strawberries and chocolate also make these a festive option for Valentine’s Day. Clearly I’m in a holiday state of mind. 😉

Incredible "lightened-up" chocolate chip muffins with fresh strawberries. Nearly fat-free and only 140 calories each! @sallybakeblog

Perhaps the easiest muffin you’ll ever bake  – only 8 simple ingredients, taking less than 30 minutes start to finish, no mixer required, no big mess, and a breath of fresh air from all the sweets I know you made over the holidays.  A detox muffin, perhaps?  Yes indeed.

I can hardly wait to share my first skinny recipe of 2013!  If this kind of recipe is your cup of tea, be sure to check out all my healthier choices.  Happy Healthy New Year!

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Skinny Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

Incredible "lightened-up" chocolate chip muffins with fresh strawberries. Nearly fat-free and only 140 calories each!

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • 2/3 cup diced strawberries
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Spray a muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking soda, and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and applesauce together until no brown sugar lumps remain. Whisk in the beaten egg white until fully incorporated. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula or large wooden spoon until *just* combined - do not overmix. Fold in the strawberries and chocolate chips.
  3. Divide the batter evenly between 10 muffin cups. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Muffins will be lightly golden in color and a toothpick inserted in the middle should come out clean. Mine take about 17 minutes. Remove from the oven and place pan on a wire rack. Allow muffins to cool and enjoy!
  4. Muffins remain fresh and moist stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 days or in the refrigerator for 1 week.
  5. Freezing tip: Muffins can be frozen up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and warm to your liking before serving.

Recipe Notes:

  1. Some substitutions for the applesauce: 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons mashed banana, 1/2 cup melted coconut oil, 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons yogurt-- I suggest strawberry or vanilla flavored yogurt.

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Incredible "lightened-up" chocolate chip muffins with fresh strawberries. Nearly fat-free and only 140 calories each!

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Comments

  1. Emily on March 18, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Made the recipe today,*doubled of course,and they were delicious!! Not over folding really made the difference,so moist and yummy!!:)

  2. Julie on April 9, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Can you use frozen strawberries?

    • Sally on April 9, 2017 at 5:51 pm

      Yes, you can use frozen strawberries. Make sure they are chopped up and keep them frozen (do not thaw).

  3. Amy on June 27, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    Can I use blueberries instead of strawberries?

    • Sally on June 28, 2017 at 8:08 am

      Absolutely!

  4. Amy on June 28, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    I made these tonight…delicious but I felt like it tasted more like cake than a muffin. Maybe I over-folded?  

    I also did dark chocolate chips and blueberries instead. 

  5. Amanda on September 11, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Hi Sally, my super picky kids are asking for strawberry choc chip muffins. I am not worried about their fat intake (they need more!) How can I make these with some whole wheat flour and butter instead? Thanks!

  6. Amy on September 17, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    I made these today and i kept them in the oven for over 20 min and the applesauce just wouldn’t bake through. Is this normal? 
    Like I could still taste applesauce and there were spots of pure applesauce. 

    • Shantelle on October 5, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      I think that your batter was’nt stirred enough… Try again and make sure that you stir well. 🙂

  7. Sharon on May 2, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    Made them. Not bad, except I will use nuts and maybe cranberries next time. My strawberries not that tasty but prefer fruit and nuts, so maybe strawberries and walnuts next time!

  8. Laura on May 8, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    Can I leave out the chocolate chips?

    • Sally on May 9, 2018 at 9:42 pm

      You can leave out the chocolate chips, yes.

  9. Sophie on July 22, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    I just made these and they came out wonderfully! Next time I’d do a little less than 2/3 cups of strawberries but other than that this is a really great recipe; super easy and great result!

    • Sally on July 23, 2018 at 12:26 pm

      I’m glad they came out well, Sophie!

  10. Tracy Moorman on July 27, 2018 at 12:06 am

    I made these tonight, I love them, my son wasn’t a fan of the taste of the strawberries, he said the strawberries were too mushy, any suggestions

    • Sally on July 27, 2018 at 5:45 am

      Hi Tracy! You can blot the strawberries dry before folding in the batter or use another berry instead. They’re going to be a little moist in the muffins regardless. 🙂

Reviews

  1. Sophie on July 22, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    I just made these and they came out wonderfully! Next time I’d do a little less than 2/3 cups of strawberries but other than that this is a really great recipe; super easy and great result!

    • Sally on July 23, 2018 at 12:26 pm

      I’m glad they came out well, Sophie!

Questions

  1. Laura on May 8, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    Can I leave out the chocolate chips?

    • Sally on May 9, 2018 at 9:42 pm

      You can leave out the chocolate chips, yes.

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