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!

FollowΒ me on InstagramΒ and tag #sallysbakingaddiction so I can see all the SBA recipes you make!Β 


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


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


  • 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


  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.


  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!


  1. Looking forward to trying these…I mad triple choc muffins from another pinterest site. no flour, no sugar. Not bad except I would not put my muffin pan on a cookie sheet cuz the bottoms got a little underdone. Choc chips made the muffins though1

    1. Hi Jenna! You may plug in my ingredients into a calorie counter, as I did, to obtain the other nutrition stats. These are approx 140 calories each.

  2. I just made these and they turned out really yummy! I don’t think I cooked them long enough, though- I used several toothpicks to check them and they all came out clean- but the muffins were still mushy inside. Still, they were sooo good! Thanks for the recipe! πŸ™‚

    1. Sometimes I find that the strawberries make them extra moist inside. I’m glad you love them Allison! Thanks for reporting back. πŸ™‚

  3. I used half whole wheat and half all-purpose flour to make these, and they still turned out perfectly light and fluffy (not dense like most healthier baked goods). Also, I subbed in chocolate-covered raisins for the chocolate chips…in addition to the strawberries, this made these muffins exceptionally moist. Love the cinnamon undertone in these, too; an all-around delightful breakfast (…or snack, or lazy dinner…) Thanks so much for the fantastic recipe.

  4. Oh my gosh, I think these are the best muffins I have ever made or eaten! I thought there was going to be too much stuff in it, but it’s the perfect amount. And they’re perfectly moist. They’re what I would imagine strawberry chocolate chip pancakes would taste like.

    1. Hey Jaime! Yes! I think they taste like strawberry chocolate chip pancakes! I’m glad I’m not the only one. I love how moist they are as well. Thank you so much for letting me know how you liked them! I’m so glad.

  5. I made these this morning and we’re in love! I was out of baking soda so I had to use powder. I didn’t realize until I had already gotten everything else done. I used 1/4 and 1/8 tsp and I’m sure I should’ve used more but they’re tasty still. No weird chemical taste. They do have the consistency of a freshly made bagel, though. They’re chewy but not quite like they’re undercooked. Know what I mean? They’re amazing and I’ll be making them again when we get baking soda from the store. πŸ™‚

    1. Hey Jenn! I’m so glad you made these muffins. They are definitely one of my very favorites.Baking soda is much more powerful than baking powder, so you did not use enough leavener with 1/4 + 1/8 tsp of BP. If you try them again with the correct amount of BS, I promise they will be soft and fluffy. πŸ™‚

      Thank you Jenn!

      1. I picked up some baking soda and made these again this morning. I’m a little addicted. They still came out a little chewy, but definitely rose more than the last batch. I think the chewiness is what I like about them, though! Leaving out the chocolate chips and adding one or two more little strawberries brought the muffin to 99 calories. I have to convince myself that I have to stick to just one even though it would still be fewer calories than a regular muffin. Thanks again!

      2. 99 calories – perfect! Have you tried my strawberry banana muffins yet Jenn? Only 90 calories in those. πŸ˜‰

      3. Not yet, but I’m going to! This was the first recipe I’ve made from your site. You have a fan for life. I think I’ll try out the strawberry banana this weekend.

  6. Hi Sally! I love your website! I tried out this receipe today, but my muffin texture turned out to be really chewy. Do you know what went wrong with it? I really want to make them again! πŸ™‚ Thanks!

    1. Hey Geraldine! Thank you so much – I’m glad you love my website! The muffins are a little chewy. Not overly so, but more chewy and soft than any other muffin I’ve made before. Do you think you may have overmixed the muffin batter? That can lend tough and overly chewy muffins.

      1. Hi there, I tried your recipe as well, and the muffins came out a bit rubbery – if that make any sense ? (I’m translating a french expression here, not sure how to be clear). Like, the outside of the muffins weren’t crunchy like they were when I made your regular choc chips muffins. They went super dry as well once cooled off … Any idea of what went wrong ? I just made a mistake mixing the sugar with the dry ingredients, not with the wet ones …
        Except for that, really good taste, I just wish I could master the texture !
        Thanks !!

  7. Hi, Sally! I just made these this week using white chocolate chips and half whole wheat flour, half all-purpose flour. They baked up beautifully and taste great! I love your skinny recipes, so keep them coming!

  8. Just made these and the Strawberry Banana Muffins with my mom; they are both FABULOUS! I might make even them with blueberries next time (:
    I’m new to your blog, but I’ll definitely stick around after trying these!!

    1. Hey Breanne! That’s GREAT to hear!! I’ve made these with blueberries before and I just *love* them! So glad you found my blog. πŸ™‚

  9. Thanks so much for this recipe! I just made them and they’re amazing. I love chocolate and strawberry anything, so these were perfect. Super easy too πŸ™‚

  10. That’s GREAT Noreen! So glad to hear it. Guess what? I just posted a very similar recipe to this one tonight:

  11. Hi Sally, I was curious can you use fresh strawberries instead of dried I have a whole bunch of fresh ones that I would love to use soon lol

    1. Hey Julia! Banana instead of applesauce is exactly what I did for my Skinny Banana Blueberry Muffins – I’ll have to add chocolate chips to those next time. Thanks for reporting back!

  12. Sally, this is a 1st visit to your blog, thru a friend’s pin. I just made the strawberry chocolate chip muffins and they are really delicious! This is going to be breakfast tomorrow! Had to try one out and KNOW I will be eating it for breakfast tomorrow! Thanks for the “skinny” muffins πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to try some of your other healthy recipes!

    1. Hey Denise! That’s great to hear. Thank you for letting me know. I love these muffins as well. Let me know how the other recipes turn out!

  13. Hi there! I’m really want to try these muffins out, but I can’t buy any apple-sauce where I live. Any thoughts on what to substitute it with?

  14. Hey Sally! Thanks again for another great recipe! I loved these Skinny Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins πŸ˜€ I’m always looking for something fun and healthy to eat for breakfast. Cheerios get a little old sometimes haha πŸ˜› I plan to make your cinnamon bun donuts for my family for our Easter breakfast tomorrow; I’m sure I will love them just as much as your muffins and jellybean cookies. Happy Baking!

    1. So glad you enjoyed these, Teresa! How were the cinnamon bun donuts? Wonderful I hope! Hope you had a lovely Easter.

  15. All of your recipes I’ve tried so far are wonderful! I hope you had a lovely Easter too πŸ™‚ I’m going to try to recover from my holiday cookie and cake overload with some Just Dance 4 and your Chocolate covered cherry smoothie tomorrow! Hahaha πŸ˜›

  16. I made these muffins today, but i think i did something wrong. Normally muffin mix is a bit “liquid” but mine was very “solid” like half cookiedough. They still taste good but aren’t very similar to yours… Did i do something wrong or had it to be like this?
    Ps. I love all your recipes!!

    1. Hi Paula – that’s strange. While the batter is thick, I’ve never heard it being compared to the consistency of cookie dough before. Did you miss any ingredients? How did they taste?

      1. The taste was really good!! I think i’m gonna make them again. Maybe i used to much flour so we’ll see πŸ™‚
        My mom likes them to!

  17. Just made these, didn’t come out as pretty as yours but they are delicious. This was my first time baking with applesauce and will definitely use it again. They came out moist and delicious. I forgot a bag of groceries at the store so I had to make do with dark brown sugar and regular chocolate chips. Look forward to trying different combinations and maybe using whole wheat flour!

  18. Just made these AGAIN today! This recipe has definitely become a keeper for me! I had some sad looking strawberries and a bunch of mini chocolate chips so I thought these would be perfect to make! πŸ˜€

  19. I LOVE these muffins! I make them at least once every two weeks, I even have some in the oven right now. I personally like them as mini muffins and using white whole wheat flour to be even a little bit better for you. Thanks so much for this awesome recipe!! =)

    1. I’ve made them as mini muffins before too – I love them that way! Thanks Megan, I’m happy you love them!

      1. I just went to a local farm to pick strawberries this weekend. I’m excited to try these muffins. How long would you recommend baking if I made mini muffins instead?Β 

  20. I LOVE your blog! I am teaching my 10yo to cook and she loves your recipes! I love the sound of these muffins only thing is I am allergic to cinnamon :(. What could I sub and still have the great taste you talk about? Thanks!

  21. Hi Sally,
    Sad to say my muffins didn’t turn out very well–a sticky, flavorless muffin in result. Very sad about that but thanks anyway.

  22. Hi Sally!
    Love your blog!!
    One question, do you think I could substitute Greek yogurt for the apple sauce in this recipe?
    Thanks for your input!
    Have a nice day!

    1. Hi Katie! You sure can. Greek yogurt (or any yougurt) is a great substitution for applesauce. I hope you enjoy!

  23. Just made these muffins and they’re absolutely delicious!! Love how simple they were to make and the applesauce, so low in fat! LOVE this recipe.

  24. Oh these muffins look amazing! Chocolate and strawberries is such an awesome and delicious combo! I love that they’re made with applesauce instead of oil. Pinning these! πŸ™‚

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