110 Calorie Chocolate Cherry Muffins

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

chocolate cherry muffins on a white plate

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.

stack of 2 chocolate cherry muffins

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.

chocolate cherry muffins on a white plate

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. 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.

cherries in a pink heart shaped bowl

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.

chocolate cherry muffins

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.

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chocolate cherry muffins

110 Calorie Chocolate Cherry Muffins

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins
  • Category: Muffins
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


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


  • 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 pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (63g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/2 cup (64g) whole wheat flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/2 cup (41g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup chopped dark sweet cherries (fresh or frozen)
  • optional: chocolate chips for sprinkling on top


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C). Spray 12-count muffin pan with nonstick spray. Do not use liners.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Divide the batter evenly between each muffin cup – fill them all the way to the top if you can. Bake for 5 minutes 425°F (218°C)* then, keeping the muffins in the oven, reduce heat to 350°F (177°C) and continue baking for another 15 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the center of one muffin. If it comes out clean, they are done. If not, bake for 2 more minutes.
  5. 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.


  1. Freezing Instructions: For longer storage, freeze muffins for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator and heat up in the microwave if desired.
  2. Sifting: 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.
  3. Tall Muffin Tops: Why the initial high temperature? See my sky-high muffin dome tricks for more detail.

Keywords: chocolate cherry muffins, skinny chocolate muffins


  1. 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 (:

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

  2. 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!

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

  3. Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    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!

  4. Betsy @JavaCupcake says:

    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!

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

    1. 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.

  6. Layla @ Brunch Time Baker says:

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

  7. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

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

  8. 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?

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

      1. Thanks, they turned out great!

  9. Annie @ Annie's Noms says:

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

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

  11. Kim Byers @ The Celebration Shoppe says:

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

    1. Yes! Chocolate and cherries absolutely are perfect for the upcoming holiday 🙂

  12. 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

    1. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. Erin @ Texanerin Baking says:

    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. 😀

    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. 🙂

    1. 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!

  15. 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.) 😉

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

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

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

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

    1. Yes, strawberries would be a great substitute!

  19. 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…..

    1. 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.

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

  21. 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!

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

  22. 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!

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

  23. 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!

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

    1. That would be just fine!

  25. 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 🙂

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

  26. 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.

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

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

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

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

  29. 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

  30. Hi Sally! I’m currently in the midst of a multi-day baking marathon – I’m headed to band camp next week and I’ll be in desperate need of homemade food. I made these yesterday and am planning to freeze them today so they stay fresh until I leave. How would you recommend packaging them? I’m not sure if I should wrap them individually in saran wrap, throw them all in a gallop ziploc bag, or do something entirely different. I want them to taste as chocolatey and delicious as they did fresh out of the oven yesterday! Thanks again for another awesome recipe, and please let me know if you get the chance! 🙂

    1. Hey Lauren. I would wrap them individually in saran wrap then put them all into a ziplock bag, yes. Hope you enjoy!

      1. Awesome, thank you! Oh, by the way – if you’re ever looking for a fun place related to food and drink in Philadelphia, Reading Terminal Market is fantastic!!

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