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. πŸ™‚

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

Practically fat free? Yes.Β 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. πŸ˜‰

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 Β – 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

  • 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 350Β°F (177Β°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. PourΒ 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–Β 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. Beautiful muffins! I am definitely in the mood for strawberries, strawberry season and SUMMER! At least having one of these for breakfast with my tea, I can close my eyes and pretend there is no snow outside!

  2. Chocolate chips are a definite must! I don’t think I would even be able to tell these are low-fat Sally! The chocolate and strawberry combo totally makes up for it. Hope your holidays were great! I won’t be absent so much now that they’re over!

    1. Same here! I took some time off during the holidays – glad to be back! I know, it’s crazy that these are low fat Reeni. Hope you had a wonderful holiday as well my friend!

  3. What a great recipe! I need some lower fat eats…especially snacks. This muffin recipe could be it!

  4. These look amazing. I guess since I ate so many of your chocolate peanut butter chip brownies that I made….a low fat option should be next? Chocolate and strawberry? I’m in. Happy New Year, love!

    1. hahaha!! Hey Katy! You are so sweet to comment! Those brownies are dangerous. I took them to a party a few weeks ago when I made them and sat down in front of them and had to move away after eating 2. And that was after I ate two earlier that day after I made them. Needless to say…. a healthier recipe like this is welcomed with open arms!! LEt me know if you make these and happy new year to you too Katy. we WILL catch each other someday for coffee soon!

  5. These look so fresh and springy, and I love the chocolate strawberry combo! Your photos turned out great, well worth the rearranging of the apartment!

    1. Thank you Anna! chocolate and strawberries are a match made in heaven – i like the two (almost) as much as PB & Chocolate! ALMOST!

  6. Oh my goodness – these are definitely my type of muffins! How could I resist? And at 140 calories, you know I’ll have like 3 of these instead of 1, right?

  7. THESE MUFFINS! My word. I want a dozen… though at that point they won’t be so skinny anymore and neither will I.

  8. Wow, only 140 calories for a muffin?? That’s impressive! I am actually going to try a lighter version of some cookies today. Have you used applesauce in place of butter for cookies before? What differences did you notice if you have tried it? Thanks and Happy Friday!

    1. I’ve replaced *some* butter with applesauce in cookie recipes before. Not all of it though. For example, use 1/4 cup softened butter with 1/4 cup applesauce for a cookie recipe requiring 1 stick of butter. I’ve also tried using 1/4 cup greek yogurt in this same scenario w/ 1/4 cup softened butter – loved both results with the applesauce and the greek yogurt.I haven’t used ALL applesauce in a cookie recipe before but would love to tackle that sometime soon. Let me know how they turn out Mercedes! I love talking about cookie baking. πŸ™‚

  9. I love muffins, one of my all time favorite recipes is for strawberry muffins. I love the addition of the chocolate chips. I also like that you used applesauce, it’s what I always use for my muffins as well.

    Next time I make muffins, I’m going to have to try your trick for puffy tops.

    1. The tall muffin top secrets – yes! I didn’t necessarily use those for these muffins, but for all of my other muffins, I did!

  10. I would never have guessed you had bad lighting…these are gorgeous girl! You do make the best puffy muffins…I love those muffin tops!!!

  11. I’m loving the tiny little melted chocolate chips on the top of those muffins, Sally! I’ll admit that I’m not really a low-fat type of person, but these look so tasty!

  12. Oooh, these are so pretty! You’re right, perfect for V-day. I can’t get enough of strawberries and chocolate in February… Or any time of year, haha. They are perfectly shaped too! Is it weird that I have dome envy? I have such a hard time with whole grain muffins doming up nicely like that, but I’m going to be trying some more tomorrow πŸ™‚ Oh, and I honestly cannot tell that you had any lighting issues πŸ˜‰

  13. These look amazing!! As a baking and cooking novice (the microwave used to be my best friend) I am constantly looking for new recipes on-line to try. I found these on Pinterest and can’t wait to try them!! One question though – can I use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose? I tried substituting in some Christmas cookies last year and while they were still good, the texture was very, very different. What do you think??

    1. Hi Kim! Yes, you may use whole wheat flour here. The muffins won’t be as soft, but they will still bake properly. Cookies are a bit more tricky to work with when you are substituting between flours because they are so delicate. So glad you made the confetti cookies!

    2. I made these with whole wheat flour the other day! I added 2 TB of (skim) milk. They are DELICIOUS! Can’t wait to make more. Thanks for a great recipe!

      1. I must try them as whole wheat next time Lindsay! Thank you so so much for reporting back about them. πŸ™‚

  14. I love that you made something cheery! Those particularly overcast and gray days… it’s what we have every day. So I’m also making cheery stuff. Or else I’ll go crazy.

    I love these! And the mini chocolate chips are so cute. And apple sauce?! Hooray for healthier muffins. πŸ™‚

    1. I know. I neeeeeeded a healthier muffin in my life because today I just shared a not-so-healthy-XXL muffin recipe! Thanks Erin, as always!

    1. fresh strawberries are preferred, but frozen should be fine. I say fresh are preferred because I have not tried this recipe with frozen strawberries. in past experience with strawberry muffins, however, frozen seems to work just fine. Just make sure they are small chunks. Thanks Ruth!

  15. These look delicious and amazing! We even have some strawberries right now…
    I just have a quick question. How do you think these would taste with regular, sweetened applesauce? I probably can’t get an unsweetened soon, but I would love to make these! Thanks for such an easy, yummy-looking recipe.

  16. These are great!! I love having something sweet that’s not awful for me : ) not sure how you calculate the calories, but I use myfitnesspal to track the foods I eat and I put in this recipe and got exactly 140 calories each just like you said!

    1. Hey Jamie! So glad to hear that you like these muffins! I used an online calorie counter, which is how I got 140 cals too. πŸ™‚

      1. They are amazingly skinny! My mom and I figured out they are 3 weight watchers points plus πŸ™‚ A great satisfying treat!

  17. I made these today. They came out ok, but needed to cook a lot longer than 20 minutes. I think the strawberries release too much moisture when baking so they don’t firm up without leaving them in longer. My muffins didn’t brown like yours and the strawberries bake to a pale pink They taste just ok to me. Your other treats look amazing though, I’ll be back to try some other recipes!

    1. Thanks for reporting back Jennifer! Do you have an oven thermometer? My oven temp is slightly higher than what the dial states, so if I don’t use my oven thermometer my items will burn easily. Just the same if your oven is cooler than the dial states. Regardless, I appreciate the feedback and let me know what else you make!

  18. I made these yesterday & they were great! The calorie count if people are interested from the bath I made (9 muffins) was only 120 !

    1. Very nice! I got 140 calories when I calculated. But 120 sounds even better. πŸ™‚ Thanks Emily and I’m so glad you loved them!

  19. So I just finished making these and they were delicious. I used a 1/4 cup of honey instead of the sugars and i also used whole wheat flour…they turned out perfert! I loved the texture! Thanks for the amazing muffin combo… Chocolate and strawberries!

    1. So glad Whittney! I love these muffins and yes – chocolate and strawberry together is a match made in heaven. Thank you for reporting back! πŸ™‚

  20. These came out awesome! I made some regular size and some minature – had to work with what muffin tins I had. They guys loved these just as much as I did. I am not at all what so ever a skinny eater at all and these are just as tasty a regular muffins if not better. I did have some extra chopped strawberries left over which I mixed with some mini chocolate chips and some sugar (let it sit and get syrupy). I have a sweet tooth so I figured this would be perfect to put on top… Turned out delicious and I ended up dipping the mini muffins in it!

    1. I know – guys seem to love these too. My coworkers are obsessed with them! I’m SO so so glad you loved them too Meg and that you took the time to report back about them. It’s wonderful to hear that others are loving my “skinny” recipes as well, even if they are not looking for diet food. Thank you so much!

    2. Hi – I’m interested in making these to have on hand in the freezer. I wondered how you wrap/store them and how to best defrost? Thanks for your help!

      1. Hi Kate – I just put them all into a large ziplock bag or plastic Tupperware and microwave one for about 30 seconds.

      2. Thanks! Excited to try these and even more excited that they are easy to make and also freeze for later!

  21. I just made these today and they are SO good! Granted, mine aren’t as skinny as yours; I only had dark brown sugar, regular applesauce, and regular sized chocolate chips. I did however sub Splenda for the sugar. And I made the mistake of using muffin cup liners in hopes of easy cleanup, but I lose so much muffin to those liners! πŸ™ Next time I’ll do them your way. Sooooo good!

  22. Is it possible to substitute greek yogurt (or something similar) for the applesauce? I don’t have any applesauce on hand but would love to make these soon.

  23. Hi! Thanks for this recipe! I just made these tonight! They are delicious but are the strawberries supposed to be a bit moist inside the muffin? They kind of made the surrounding area inside the muffin super moist almost mushy. I love your site and will be trying other recipes!!!

    1. Hey Christina! The strawberries do make the muffins moist, yes. Perhaps yours were not completely cooked if the batter was too gooey inside? Sometimes the muffins take longer, sometimes shorter, My oven likes to have spasms sometimes. πŸ™‚ Regardless I’m glad you loved them! Thanks Christina!

  24. A couple friends and I get together once a week for coffee & a snack. It was my turn to host , so I figured I’d try thse. They were fantastic! Everyone was raving about them! I made obe batch by following your recipe exactly, one with 2/3 cups of strawberries and 2/3 cup of very ripe banana instead of the chocolate chips, and a double batch with 1 1/3 strawberries, 1 1/3 cups of very ripe bananas and 2/3 cups of chocolate chips. All the variations were very tasty! They couldn’t believe that I had used NO butter or oil and only 2 cups of sugar total for 50 muffins! Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

    1. That’s SO great to hear Amanda! Sometimes I have to second guess myself when I’m eating one because I go “are these really that healthy?” because they don’t taste it at all! I love this recipe. πŸ™‚ Thank you for reporting back, that is so kind of you. I’ve made these muffins before with bananas too. You have to check them out. Here is the link: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2012/04/01/strawberry-banana-muffins/

  25. Thank you for the recipe. I think I will also try this with apple’s and cinnamon chips instead of strawberries and chocolate. I bet it would be great with bananas too.

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