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
- Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C). 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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