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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Practically fat free? Yes.ย 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ย – 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!

Followย me on Instagramย and tag #sallysbakingaddiction so I can see all the SBA recipes you make!ย 

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Skinny Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 10 muffins
  • Category: Muffins
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

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 packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons unsweetened applesauce*
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • 2/3 cup diced strawberries
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ยฐF (177ยฐC). 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. Pourย 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.

Notes

  1. Freezing Instructions: Muffins can be frozen up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and warm to your liking before serving.
  2. Applesauce: In place of applesauce try–ย 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.

Keywords: strawberry chocolate muffins

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

305 Comments

  1. Hi Sally! Just wanted to say how much I love your blog (all the way from Australia)! This recipe looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it ๐Ÿ™‚
    Looking forward to all the posts that are still to come in 2013.

  2. You’re a muffin making queen. You make the best looking muffins – always domed and puffed to perfection! I love that you used applesauce in these and kept them lightened up. We both bake so much that having something around that’s not dripping in butter, buttercream, frosting, etc but still has a bit of decadence (love those adorable mini choc chips!) is welcome. Plus, strawberries + chocolate is always a win!

    1. Thanks Averie! I had trouble with this photoshoot – shot on the same day as those pesky cupcakes I mentioned to you. But yes, I felt like a little something lighter to balance off those cupcakes. And I have some GIANT muffins coming soon! (not so skinny ones lol!)

  3. I don’t know what you mean about the lighting these are gorgeous! And skinny too? I think I will eat all 10!

    1. I think I did eat all 10… haha! I had to maneuver all sorts of new angles to shoot these in the gray dull lighting! Thanks for saying they are gorgeous.

  4. Bright strawberries are perfectly gorgeous on a gray day! All your variation suggestions made me think of one I’m dying to try…pineapple and white chocolate chips!

    1. pineapple white chocolate chip muffins? i think i love ya Caley. you are always filled with the best suggestions and comments!!

  5. These muffins looks great, the photos too. I understand perfectly what you say about moving like a mad woman in the house searching for the best light:) Apple sauce sounds like the perfect ingredient to create skinny muffins. For me that’s a must now !

  6. As always, I love your skinny sweets ๐Ÿ™‚ I”m a sucker for chocolate covered strawberries, so that combination sounds perfect for skinny muffins. And the gray blah days we’ve been having lately aren’t good for much of anything, especially natural lighting for photography!!

    1. i agree Elaine, I’ve been having SUCH a hard time shooting the past week or two. Trying all sorts of new camera angles and spots in my apartment to make up for the lost lighting. Food blogger problems!!

  7. These sound great!! I just bought a big container of strawberries so this is a perfect recipe to use them up before they go bad. I love healthy muffins, they’re the perfect breakfast…and my co-workers always love when I bring breakfast to the office ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. perfect! Shaina, you’ll love these – and your coworkers will enjoy a healthier muffin I am sure. I know my coworkers like it when I bring in treats – healthy or not!

  8. Wonderful recipe! I love strawberry muffins and I love that you made them healthy and threw in some yummy chocolate chips!! Looks delish!!!

  9. I have a confession. I’ve always hated strawberries. Everyone thinks it’s so weird, and I don’t really get it myself, buuuutttt these muffins look so delicious that I am second guessing my tastes and wanting to whip up a batch right now! And the pictures really did turn out awesome. I hate those days where it feels like no matter how you arrange things, nothing works, but you figured it out and they look great!

    1. oh my goodness Ari. Well, you love running and chocolate covered pretzels so I won’t hold the not liking strawberries thing against you. ๐Ÿ™‚ Ugh the photoshoot took me hours. It was SO annoying trying to add life to the photos when the weather was so “blah”!

  10. OMG. I love chocolate covered strawberries and you’re telling me that I can have a similar version for breakfast, for UNDER 150 calories??! You just made my 2013 ๐Ÿ˜‰ I can’t wait to try this recipe!

    1. oh yes. that is true Becky. A new way to eat your chocolate covered strawberries! In a soft fluffy little muffin. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you and Happy New Year!!

    1. SO grumpy!! And this gray weather makes is so difficult for food photos too Anna! Ahh. But these muffins are bright and cheery and made it feel like summertime in January. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Wow, are these gorgeous, Sally! And I love that you truly made them skinny. Strawberries and chocolate are so wonderful together!!

  12. Those look fabulous, and would be perfect for a fun Valentine’s Day treat! Adding to Favorites…now!

  13. These look way too good to be 140 calories each! And your pictures look great..I know how annoying it is on those cloudy and gloomy days to get good pics ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks Ashley – I’m glad you like the photos. Wish I got more creative shots, but I’m glad I got at least some good ones in there pending the super dull lighting. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. HOW do you make low fat creations that look so good?? I just adore the puffy dome on these. I’m all for detox muffins! Can you make a detox layer cake next? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Happy Healthy New Year indeed!

    1. That’s WONDERFUL to hear, Tania! Thanks for letting me know about the apple muffins – and I can’t wait to hear if you try these!

  15. I love any kind of muffin, and am always lighting them up. Gotta weigh out all the cookies, right?! These looks perfect with the strawberries!

    1. Thanks Erin!! Happy New Year to you – I agree, I need a small break from the cookies and these were a wonderful “sweet” option.

  16. strawberry & chocolate..perfect combo..and in a muffin…love that. even with drab lighting your pictures look beautiful!!!

    1. I must try them with apple sometime! I have a low fat apple muffin too, but not as guilt free as these. Thanks Jessica!

  17. Perfect muffins as usual, Sally. I LOVE that these are skinny! While I don’t usually “diet,” I do like to at least attempt to eat healthy–and it’s so nice to have yummy options like these to make when I’m craving something sweet but don’t want to blow my calories for the day. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks Ashley – I don’t diet either, just eat lots of veggies and cut back where I can since I obviously have a huge sweet tooth! hope you’re having a fab new year so far!

  18. I have everything on hand except the applesauce. I don’t care about them being fat free – is there something I could substitute for the apple sauce?

    1. Hi Jolene! Use 1/2 cup canola oil to replace the 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp applesauce. 1/2 oil will be plenty! Let me know how they turn out.

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