Skinny Chocolate Muffins

Changing a few ingredients to this muffin recipe made eating chocolate for breakfast a great idea.  Bring on the Skinny Chocolate Muffins any day of the week!

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 I love to bake breakfast.  So far I have been doing pretty good on my goal of having more homemade breakfast choices for my kids in the morning.  Oh, I’m still not getting up early to make them.  That goal has NOT been met yet.  Good thing I still have all year to work on that one.

Lately we have been really trying to eat a little bit healthier.  That does not mean cutting out chocolate from our diets.  It’s a part of who we are.  Fact.  When the day starts with a chocolate muffin, it just makes the day go better.   Fine, maybe not a completely honest fact, but it makes me feel better.  

Skinny Chocolate Muffins - healthier choices for a skinny chocolate breakfast

I took one of my old chocolate muffin recipes and changed a few ingredients to make it a little bit more healthy.  Coconut oil, yogurt, and applesauce were my choice of ingredients to change out.  I also used fat free milk because that is all we ever have in our house.

Now grant it, these do still have about 200 calories each, so they aren’t exactly diet food.  But I am not trying to make diet food for my kids, I just want to give them healthier options over sugar laden cereal and pop tarts.

Skinny Chocolate Muffins - using healthier ingredients makes chocolate a great choice for breakfast

These turned out so light and fluffy.  You honestly cannot even tell that I used the healthier ingredients.  I just love using yogurt in my baked goods because it keeps the food moist and delicious!

And of course I added extra chocolate to these.  Sorry!  #notreallysorry  You could leave out the chocolate chips, and these would still taste amazing.  Bonus to that is that it drops the calorie count on these also.

I’m still sticking with the extra chocolate in muffins right now.  Baby steps on this healthy eating stuff :-)

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Skinny Chocolate Muffins

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 16 muffins

Skinny Chocolate Muffins

A few healthy modifications make these chocolate muffins a skinnier choice when making breakfast. Chocolate for breakfast is always a welcome idea!


1/2 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup applesauce
2/3 cup plain greek yogurt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2/3 cup fat free milk
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
1 cup mini chocolate chips, divided


  1. Warm the coconut oil in the microwave slightly to soften it if needed. Beat the coconut oil and sugars until creamed. Add the applesauce, yogurt, and extract and beat again. Sift together the baking powder, baking soda, salt, flour, and cocoa powder. Slowly add the dry ingredients alternately with the milk until it has been blended. Do not over mix. Stir in 3/4 cup mini chips by hand.
  2. Spray muffin tins with non stick baking spray. Divide the muffin batter into 16 muffin tins. Sprinkle the tops of the batter with the remaining mini chocolate chips. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-16 minutes. Cool in pan 1 minute. Remove to wire rack to cool completely. Store in a sealed container. Makes 16 muffins.


If you want to cut more calories out of these muffins, feel free to leave out the chocolate chips.

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  1. says

    Everyone has got skinny chocolate muffins on the mind! These really are domed and fluffy and don’t look lower fat at all. I have to have chocolate at some point and these muffins would satisfy that craving in a healthy way! Yum!
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  2. Annie C says

    I have yet to jump on the coconut oil bandwagon. But these make me reconsider – honestly, will my food take like coconut if I use it to cook and bake with?

  3. says

    I understand. Chocolate is also a part of me! Every time I get a pimple, Mom immediately attributes it to chocolate (urban myth). I don’t pay attention. LOL! I could never ever ever give up chocolate. These look really delicious! I’m also trying to make healthier choices in my eating, so I might have to give these a try. Pinned! :)
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    • says

      I’m sorry you feel that way! But something must not have been right because our muffins were not bland and most definitely did not have a “healthy” taste to them, and I have made them a few different times. But then again, everyone does have different tastes, so that might be it too. Again sorry you didn’t like them!

  4. says

    I made these this morning and they are wonderful! I used almond milk rather than fat free milk cause that’s all I had. Moist and yummy. Thanks for the recipe.


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