45 Calorie Mini Chocolate Chip Muffins

These 45 calorie mini chocolate chip muffins left me incredibly surprised. A low calorie mini muffin that is also tender, soft, and full of flavor. Plus… lots of chocolate.

45 Calorie Mini Chocolate Chip Muffins on sallysbakingaddiction.com-- these do not taste lightened-up at all!

Confession. I made these mini chocolate chip muffins back in December without the intention of posting them on my blog. I made them to bring to my friend I was visiting one afternoon (that’s not weird, right?). She didn’t get the chance to taste them until after I left. Once I got home, I received a text RAVING about how good they were.

The kicker? She had no idea they were lightened-up as she praised their tender texture and addictive taste. That’s when you know a lower calorie food is a success.

45 Calorie Mini Chocolate Chip Muffins on sallysbakingaddiction.com-- these do not taste lightened-up at all!

I made them again this past weekend so I could shoot and share the recipe on my blog this week. Also because I’m welcoming any sort of healthier recipe right now as I cook and taste my way through a cookbook full of… candy. Just candy. All candy. All over my house. Every day. Life is hard.

Here we go! A mini chocolate chip muffin so low in calories you can eat 6 of them, pair with some yogurt and have a jolly breakfast under 400 calories. I do not count calories for the food I eat and cook, nor do I typically post nutritional info because my blog’s focus is on having fun in the kitchen – not math. But I was extra curious about these muffins and I thought you would be as well, so here is the breakdown for you:

  • Flour = 560
  • Lightly packed brown sugar = 115
  • Pure maple syrup = 200
  • Greek yogurt = 130
  • Melted butter or coconut oil = 200 (or 230)
  • Egg white = 17
  • Mini chocolate chips = 550
  • Cinnamon = 2.5
  • Vanilla = 10

Divided by 36 mini muffins = 47 calories (using butter). Ok so these are really “45-ish” calorie muffins. Unless you’re the calorie police, the 2 extra calories are no biggie. Heck, I’m sure you burned them scrolling down this far or moving your eyeballs today.

45 Calorie Mini Chocolate Chip Muffins on sallysbakingaddiction.com-- these do not taste lightened-up at all!

These muffins would be nothing without a few of the listed ingredients.

First, don’t leave out that fat. The small amount of butter (or coconut oil) is what makes them taste like their higher calorie counterpart. The fat makes them tender and soft; I tried making these with applesauce instead of butter and they tasted dull and rubbery. I don’t recommend it. Greek yogurt is a fabulous protein-packed, low calorie “moist maker” in the batter. The baked muffins are anything but dry! I like to use plain nonfat. The egg white gives the muffins structure. You could use 1 full egg instead, keeping in mind that the calorie count would be a tad higher.

Cinnamon, maple syrup, brown sugar, and vanilla flavor the batter. These are all imperative ingredients to the taste of your muffins, so I don’t suggest switching things up. You could certainly use honey instead of maple syrup, but you will lose the stronger flavor of maple syrup. And when it comes to lower calorie foods, flavor is everything.

The chocolate chips! These muffins are a little “blah” without them. The chips are the highest calorie ingredient in this recipe besides the flour (obviously necessary as well). But they, along with the fat, are what make these muffins actually taste good. And when the mini muffins are warm from the oven, the chocolate chips are all melty and scrumptious. You may use regular chocolate chips instead but there won’t be very many chips in each muffin that way. Mini chocolate chips = more bang for your buck!

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45 Calorie Mini Chocolate Chip Muffins

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 14 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 36 mini muffins
  • Category: Muffins
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These 45 calorie mini chocolate chip muffins left me incredibly surprised. A low calorie mini muffin that is also tender, soft, and full of flavor. Plus… lots of chocolate.


Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/4 cups (157g) all-purpose flour* (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) pure maple syrup*
  • 1/4 cup (36g) lightly packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (125g) plain nonfat Greek yogurt*
  • 2 Tablespoons (29g) melted butter or melted coconut oil, slightly cooled*
  • 1 egg white, beaten*
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (90g) mini chocolate chips*

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Spray two mini muffin pans with nonstick cooking spray. This recipe makes around 36 muffins, so you will only use half of the 2nd pan. I do not recommend mini liners for these. Set pan aside.
  2. In a large bowl, gently toss the flour, baking soda, and cinnamon together. Set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk the maple syrup, brown sugar, yogurt, butter, beaten egg white, and vanilla together until no brown sugar lumps remain and everything is combined. 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 mini chocolate chips.
  3. Fill muffin cups only about halfway– these muffins rise! A couple teaspoons of batter per cup is plenty. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. If your oven has hot spots, be sure to rotate the pans during bake time. My muffins took 12 minutes. Remove pans from the oven. Allow muffins to slightly cool before enjoying.

Notes

So many notes! They’re mostly about substitutions because I know you’ll have some questions. Substitutions for these muffins have a huge impact on their taste, texture, and calorie count. There are substitutions that I suggest, so please review these notes if looking to change anything.

  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: Muffins stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for 5-7 days. Muffins can be frozen up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and warm to your liking before serving.
  2. Regular Size Muffins: These can be baked as regular size muffins in a 12-count muffin pan. The bake time will be around 18 minutes at 350°F (177°C), more or less. Please use a toothpick to check doneness. Feel free to calculate the calorie count for regular size muffins.
  3. Flour: Whole wheat flour may be used, but the muffins may taste a little dense. How about using white whole wheat flour or half all-purpose and half whole wheat.
  4. Sweetener: Maple syrup may be replaced with honey or agave, but I much prefer the taste of maple syrup in these muffins.
  5. Yogurt: Nonfat plain Greek yogurt may be substituted for low fat Greek or regular yogurt, vanilla or honey flavored Greek yogurt, or regular nonfat yogurt. I do not recommend sour cream.
  6. Oil & Butter: I do not recommend leaving out the butter or coconut oil. This is what makes these muffins tender and similar to the texture of higher calorie chocolate chip muffins. Do not use applesauce in its place.
  7. Eggs: Without any other changes to the recipe, 1 egg may be substituted for the egg white if you do not want to leave out an egg yolk. Or you can make chewy chocolate chip cookies.
  8. Chocolate Chips: Mini chocolate chips are best. You get many more in each muffin which makes them taste so good. Feel free to increase mini chocolate chips to 2/3 cup (I’ve done that– so good!). I do not recommend regular size.

Keywords: mini chocolate chip muffins, low calorie chocolate chip muffins

Try my Skinny Chocolate Cherry Muffins next!

Skinny Chocolate Cherry Muffins by @sallybakeblog

145 Comments

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks says:

    Great minds think alike. I have a skinny muffin recipe going live in 3 hours 🙂 I love that you put chocolate chips in your AND that this was sort of a ‘happy accident’ recipe that you never intended to originally share. But they made there way onto the blog now. Love those kinds of stories!

  2. Awesome find for me! I’m currently on a quest for the perfect chocolate chip muffin. I’m obsessed with easy eats like muffins for busy mornings. Thx in advance!

  3. I have to try this recipe like asap!

    Meg |
    🙂

  4. Would one be able to make these in a regular sized muffin tin? I would really like to try these as soon as possible but don’t want to buy a mini tin for only one recipe…

    1. Yes– see notes.

  5. Kerry @ Kerry Cooks says:

    These look soo good Sally – i can’t believe they’re only 45 calories!

  6. Mini muffins with mini chocolate chips are adorable! I wish I could find mini other chips…wouldn’t butterscotch be wonderful with the maple syrup?! I also thought that mixing in some coconut could be fabulous 🙂

    1. mmm butterscotch muffins. there’s something I have to try soon!

  7. I love making muffins lighter, because you can never tell and they get even fluffier! These look amazing, Sally! And the chocolate doesn’t hurt. 🙂

  8. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness says:

    I am SUPER HAPPY that you decided to post these! Mini food is my favorite, because I can eat two without worrying about it 😉 And, anything with chocolate chips is worth blogging. Fact.
    Pinned!

  9. This looks so good. I love your recipes 🙂

  10. Melanie @ Carmel Moments says:

    Only 45 calories? I’m so in on these things! Gotta try.

    Happy Wednesday Sally!

  11. Quick question….I am the rare person who does not like cinnamon with anything chocolate. So if I leave the cinnamon out should I increase the flour a bit to accomodate the dry ingredient difference?

    1. for only 1/2 teaspoon, it is not necessary

  12. A moist maker. I approve of any recipe with a moist maker, duh! I see Averie has a skinny muffin recipe this week too… I guess it’s just that kind of week! My coworkers are loving my lightened up muffins today… No one knows they’re healthy yet, teehee!

  13. Michelle @ Modern Acupuncture says:

    Delish! Can’t wait to try these. My coworkers are focusing on healthy foods but I NEED to bake something to share. They’ll appreciate the 45 tiny calories 🙂 It’s been too long and I must bake a treat. These win!

  14. Erin | Well Plated says:

    I <3 healthy muffins. I save my indulgence for cupcakes, so it's great to have a wholesome morning treat. With chocolate, naturally.

  15. Love healthy muffins! Always looking for new ones – I have such a sweet tooth in the morning but need lightened up options! Could you use whole wheat pastry flour? I bought some for a recipe last week and could definitely use it with this, but I’m not sure how it would change them. Thanks Sally!

    – Amy

    1. Yes, whole wheat pastry flour is fine.

      1. Just made them and they’re AWESOME!!! Thank you Sally!

  16. Natalie @ Never Serious Blog says:

    HOLY-GUACA-FREAKING-MOLE. I was literally just having a staring contest with a batch of GIANT chocolate chip muffins are the grocery store this weekend. It was brutal, and left me crying, because I couldn’t justify buying a 500 calorie muffin. But this I can deal with! 🙂

  17. So this: “45-ish” calorie muffins. Unless you’re the calorie police, the 2 extra calories are no biggie. Heck, I’m sure you burned them scrolling down this far or moving your eyeballs today. – truly made me laugh out loud! But, you know you’ll get some comments about those 2 calories! My oldest son’s favorite FAVORITE food is choc chip muffins, I’ll have to try your version for his review! Thanks for being entertaining AND sharing great recipes!

    1. Hahaha I’m glad I made you laugh. Let me know how your son enjoys them. I feel a little pressure since he’s a huge choc chip muffin fan! =)

  18. Jen @ One More Cookie Blog says:

    Love healthy (and tasty!) muffin recipes! It’s like eating dessert for breakfast -with no guilt! I just finished off my last batch of healthy muffins this morning so I will likely be trying these out soon!

  19. ashley - baker by nature says:

    I just made my first batch of mini muffins last week and I am SOLD. These look so moist and I love that they’re chock full of chocolate chips!

  20. Kimberly | Chic & Sugar says:

    What a great idea! I think we can all spring for a 45-calorie chocolate muffin. I LOVE these.

  21. Liz @ Tip Top Shape says:

    Them being only 45 calories means I can justify eating more of them, right? 😉 These look delicious!! I love muffins stuffed with lots of chocolate!

  22. Will be trying these for sure. I don’t know if I have a mini muffin pan, but I think this is a great excuse to go buy one 🙂

  23. Yes to the healthy muffins! They are so cute. I love all things mini, especially with chocolate! 🙂

  24. Hi, I noticed that you don’t recommend sour cream in place of the yogurt. Does the sour cream affect the taste or texture? I ask because I have everything to make these except yogurt. Thank you, Shannon.

    1. Sour cream is “fine” but I much prefer the taste of these muffins with Greek yogurt. Let me know your thoughts if you try it. Thanks Shannon.

      1. I made these last night with sour cream and they are wonderful!! Per the suggestion of another commenter I added a small handful of butterscotch chips. They added nice little nuggets of sweetness. I also threw in about two tablespoons of chopped pecans. I got 12 beautiful muffins that I will definitely make again. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

      2. Your version sounds so good Shannon! Thank you very much for reporting back.

  25. I don’t have mini chocolate chips and don’t want to venture into the frozen tundra for them. I see that regular sized chips are not recommended. Can I chop regular sized chips a bit? Will that work? (Mini chips all gone from holiday baking!)

    1. Yep, chopped regular chips work! Just so you have more chocolate in every muffin so they taste good.

  26. I can’t believe that these babies have only 45 calories in them! Great recipe!

    Rae

  27. Love healthy muffin recipes. They are such an easy on the go food.

  28. Kate @ Diethood says:

    I NEED! Delicious, healthy, and beautiful!

  29. Love baking with coconut oil! Can’t wait to try these muffins 🙂

  30. These look scrumptious!

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