Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

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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. 🙂

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

Practically fat free? Yes. 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. 😉

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  – 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

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

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°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. Pour 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.
  5. Freezing tip: Muffins can be frozen up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and warm to your liking before serving.

Recipe Notes:

  1. Some substitutions for the applesauce: 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.

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

309 Comments

  1. Hey Sally!

    I LOVE your blog. I made your Sparkling Jumbo Blueberry Muffins a few weeks and they were unbelievably good. If I used the tricks that make them really tall (the baking powder and initial high temperature) to make these skinny ones, would I be able to get them just as big?

    Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Alice! No, you wouldn’t. This recipe is completely different using healthier alternatives. However, as you can see, the muffins rise to be pretty tall.

  2. Hi Sally! I made your skinny double chocolate chip muffins and they were to DIE for! Can I use the same tricks from that recipe in this one? Like add honey instead of sugar or greek yogurt? Thanks!

    1. Hi Anjali! You could try it, but the taste and texture may not be the same. If you try it, let me know how it goes!

  3. These sound delish, but I was wondering if I could use defrosted strawberries from a bag, because in the winter strawberries are super expensive and not ripe 🙁

  4. What size muffin tin did you use to make these? I have a jumbo size that holds 6 and a size one step down from jumbo that also holds 6.

    Thanks!

      1. Thank you! I’m eating one as I type this and they are AMAZING!! It doesn’t feel like I’m eating something with only 140 calories!! I did swap out the applesauce for yogurt and they are super moist!

        Can’t wait to go through all of your recipes and try some more!
        Keep up the good work 🙂

      2. Yogurt makes everything super moist. Let me know what you try next, Ellen! Glad you love these muffins.

  5. I made these today. We went Strawberry picking the other day, we are in Florida, so they are in season. however I didn’t have applesauce, but I went ahead and traded it with Coconut Oil. SO yummy!!! I’ll be making more of your stuff soon!

    1. Oh I must try these with coconut oil! What a wonderful idea, Katrina! And freshly picked FL strawberries. I’m dying for one of your muffins right now!

  6. I’ve made these several times now and love them! I have used raspberries instead of strawberries a few times depending on what i have. And fyi frozen works fine! Also i have started adding 1/3 cup instant oats (more filling and added health) and 1 tsp vanilla and a punch of salt for more flavor. Thanks for the great recipe! The family loves em!

    1. Hey Lisa! Thank you so much for reporting back. I’m going to try adding oats to my next batch of these. I make them all the time!

  7. Hi Sally!
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE these muffins! I have made 6 batches in about 2 weeks–we can’t get enough! (I probably would’ve made more but I ran out of applesauce and we avoided the grocery store during the cold snap!) I’m going to try them with raspberries this AM since I’m out of strawberries now. 🙂 Thanks so much for the great recipes–I’ve shared your Web site with lots of friends (I’m new to your Web site as of about a month ago).
    Take Care!
    Trista

    1. Hey Trita! I’m so glad you love these muffins. They are a favorite for us too. I have a bunch in the freezer for quick breakfasts during the week! They will be amazing with raspberries. Enjoy!

  8. Hi Sally! I made these muffins and they were delicious, bang on! When I tasted them straight off the oven I thought maybe they could use a little most sugar but after cooling down they were ABSOLUTELY perfect. I did make a few changes to your recipe. I used butter instead of applesauce, buttermilk instead of egg (I needed an egg less version) and vanilla essence in place of cinnamon.
    They tasted amazing but weren’t unfortunately as brown as yours (any thoughts) Thank you for the recipe! If you’d like to check them out, you can visit this link: http://sugarnspicebyradhika.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/strawberry-and-chocolate-chip-muffins-egg-less/
    P.S. You have been duly credited!
    P.p.s. Many congratulations on your book. I saw your instagram update, it looks FAB!

    1. Thanks so much for the congrats about my book, Radhika! Very much appreciated. I loved seeing the photos of your version of the muffins. I suspect the light color is because of the different ingredients you used. Buttermilk is lighter than a beaten egg and butter is lighter than applesauce. Likewise, the brown cinnamon adds to their color here. Regardless so happy you loved them!

  9. Hi Sally! I made this recipe tonight and they are delicious!! LOOOVE the strawberry burst in them! I’m wondering though, is there a way I can make these a little more filling? For example adding oatmeal? Or flax seeds?

    1. Hey Becky! I’ve never tried it, but I’m sure you could add some oats into the batter or even flax. It’s a very forgiving recipe. Let me know if you play around with it and how it goes!

      1. I have been googling for a recipe that has fruit, chocolate, apple sauce, and oats, and it is very hard to find!!! Glad to see this comment. I am making them tonight (with oats) and will let you know the results!

      2. Just for an update, the muffins came out RIDICULOUSLY GOOD. I’m not sure if that’s because it was already a slam-dunk recipe, or if it’s because the oatmeal added something extra. Either way, I thoroughly endorse adding oats to the recipe!

  10. Hey Sally

    After making these today I have to say thank you so much! Tasty and sweet and super healthy! Although I’m not sure how but I’ll go with it!

    Can I tag you on instagram with a pic of my creation?

    Wez
    x

  11. I’m doing the 80/20 – nutrition/fitness thing. So to be able to have something like this for an afternoon snack is amazing! I’ll tag you when I have my 6 pack sorted, I feel you will play a big part in it 😉

    Pancake day is on the way, do you have a skinny pancake recipe??

    Wez
    x

  12. hey! i made these last night, and when i woke up this morning, they were all gone! my roommates still don’t believe that these are almost fat free, thanks for the recipe!!

  13. Hi Sally! Thank you so much for this reciepe, it’s what I’ve been looking for! Would you have any tips of ensuring that the strawberries don’t sink to the bottom? Also is it a 1:1 replacement for applesauce: no fat greek yoghurt? Thank you again xx

  14. Hi! My friend just gifted me some fresh strawberries because she knew how much I love baking, and I immediately knew who to turn to for recipes! However, would it be possible to add weight measurements for the ingredients, though? Thanks! 🙂

  15. yummy! I love strawberries. Is nutritional info available for your recipes. I have a family member who is a type 1 diabetic and must cover carbs with insulin.

  16. Just made these and they were delicious! I love strawberries but never thought to add them to my muffins! Thank you 🙂

  17. I just finished making these for my favorite teacher. She’s allergic to dairy so it was hard to find something safe yet yummy, and this is the perfect recipe! I haven’t tried them yet but the batter tasted great and they look pretty and summery 🙂 Thank you for the recipe- I love your blog!

  18. I don’t leave very many comments, I should but life gets ahead of me and I just mentally praise the kitchen genius and move on. This recipe is one that I couldn’t just mentally praise. On a daily basis I have a struggle getting my son to eat anything moderately healthy. He is a chips, meat and cheese guy. No exaggerations, that is all he will eat! I whipped these muffins up for myself and my son asked for one. I skeptically gave obliged and not only did he eat the whole thing, he asked for seconds and thirds and fourths. I’m not joking, I cried big ole tears. My husband thought I lost my marbles. The best part is I didn’t even put chocolate chips in them! I ran out and was too lazy to run to the store. This recipe will be a staple in our household. It got the pickiest eater in the world to not only eat something new but inhale two fruits while doing so. Wanting to give someone a hug that I’ve never met is not a feeling i get often but this is an exception. I can’t thank you enough!

    1. I am SO glad Kelly! What great news. So happy these healthier muffins are a hit. 🙂 Thanks so much for reporting back!

  19. I absolutely loved this recipe! I stumbled across your website over a year ago and I always promised myself that I would try some of your recipes since they all looked so delicious, plus anyone who has the same name as I do has to be awesome!

    Well I was right, these muffins turned out so good! I couldn’t stop eating them. I also love how they aren’t just delicious but they’re wonderful to look at. I’ve also made the Skinny Double Chocolate Chip Muffins as well and loved them just as much. I’ve never been able to get my muffins to taste AND look great. It’s either or. But now everything I’ve made from your website has turned out exactly the way it’s supposed to.

    Thanks!
    Sally

  20. Hello Sally! I am a huge fan of your blog for a looooooong time, but I think I never commented anything here. But I just tried this recipe and OH. MY. GOD. Best muffins I’ve ever had in my entire life! Even better than all the unhealthy bakery muffins I have tried before. Thank you so much for this recipe – it will be my go-to skinny muffin recipe.
    A sweet hug from your fan,
    Lara

  21. Hi Sally. Made your muffins today. They are very tasty and turned out well. I doubled the recipe and for me this made 12 large muffins. I was nervous because the “batter” resembled more of a cookie dough. I would make these again. Great way to use some of the fresh strawberries I picked with my family.

  22. Hi Sally! I made these this morning with blueberries instead of strawberries & chocolate. I’m curious how long you beat the egg white? Is it meant to be frothy? Mine came out a little chewy (but still delicious) and I wondered if perhaps I didn’t beat my egg white enough. Thanks!

    1. Hi Sarah, yes try to beat until a little frothy next time. Sorry that wasn’t more clear! I’m glad you thought they were delicious. They’re a favorite.

  23. I’ve made these before and they are delicious! I would like to make them for a family member who is allergic to eggs – any suggestion on what to substitute for the egg white? She cannot have dairy, either. Thank you!

  24. Hello there! These look delicious! I was wondering if there was something I could substitute for the egg white as I do not eat eggs…is there a vegan substitute? Or would it be terrible to leave it out?

    1. Do not leave out the egg. I would try a vegan “flax” egg substitute. 1 Tablespoon ground flax mixed with 2.5 Tablespoons of warm water. Let sit until thickened. Then use in the recipe. This replaces 1 egg. It would be fine to replace the 1 egg white in this recipe.

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