Noms: “Skinny” Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

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I’ve had my eye on Sally’s recipe for Skinny Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins for a while, but the combination of words in their name had me a bit wary. Strawberry + Chocolate Chip? All day, every day. But Skinny + Chocolate Chip? Nope. I’m all for healthy foods, and you know I’m all for sweet foods, and I’ve just always been generally opposed to mixing the two. I guess I was worried the low-calorie label would lead to a low-flavor recipe.

Of course, I should have known better than to doubt Sally! I made these last week for an Easter brunch, when I wanted something that would be sweet but not a full-out dessert, and of course they were flawless. Moist and soft and full of flavor, from the strawberries to the chocolate to the touch of cinnamon. And they were easy, too! I’m already planning to mix up another batch this weekend to eat throughout the week ahead. Yum.

Because I baked in a hurry, I didn’t get ingredient or process shots — just the final product. But trust me, they’re easy!

What you do need:

  • Flour
  • Baking soda
  • Cinnamon
  • Both white & brown sugar
  • Applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • Diced strawberries (I used fresh — yum!)
  • Chocolate chips

What you don’t need: Butter or oil. That’s what makes these good for you! The applesauce holds ’em together. Yum yum yum.

Like I said, they’re easy, too — no mixer required, and just two bowls. It took me a while to get the strawberries cut up, but after that it’s a breeze.

Sally’s recipe says that it yields 10 cupcakes; I filled my muffin cups a bit less and got 12. Either way, I love that it’s a small batch — you don’t end up with so many that you have to worry about them going bad before you eat them!

Sally also suggests freezing them to eat later, so I stashed a few of mine away after I made them Sunday. Today, Friday, I let them thaw a bit then ate them for breakfast, and they were just as tasty as they were brand-new. Definitely something I’ll do again.

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Aren’t they cute with the floral cups and the little chicks on top? My mom found those. Too precious.

Anyway, I’ve been converted — I’ll never turn away from a “skinny” recipe again. Officially adding this recipe to my list of favorites.

For the full recipe, visit Sally’s Baking Addiction.

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