Low Fat Chocolate Mini Muffins Recipe

LowFatChocolateMiniMuffins

I have a chocolate dessert recipe to share with you. If you are looking for something low fat but still tastes good, then this recipe is for you. Recently, I was a looking for a chocolate cookie recipe. I had two requirements – It needed to satisfy my sweet tooth and it also had to be low fat. Basically, something…anything that gave me my chocolate fix but didn’t pack on the pounds. Is there even such a thing?

You probably already know based on other cooking/baking related posts, that I do Weight Watchers. I have low fat recipes for banana mini muffins and an apple coffee cake.

I searched online for low fat chocolate cookie recipes. I found a few and they were all similar. I noticed the one semi-negative comment on these recipes were the cookies had a more cake-like texture and they were too soft. It got me thinking…and I came up with the idea to turn the cookies into muffins.

I made them as mini muffins and I am very happy with the way they turned out. I think they are yummy. My kiddos agree. My whole family loves these Chocolate Mini Muffins. Well…everyone except my husband. My husband thought they were okay. In the muffins defense, my husband was expecting them to taste like my homemade brownies which is NOT…low fat…at…all. Even they look like mini brownies, they do not have the same taste or texture. UPD (7/5): I made these again today and my husband says “they taste so much better than the first time you made them.” Hmm…I didn’t do anything different. I think his expectation of it NOT being a brownie is why he likes them now. ;) Me…I still LOVE them!

So a word of warning…these are not nor taste like brownies. It’s a muffin! If you are looking for something low fat and yummy to satisfy your chocolate fix, then you must try this recipe.

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Low-Fat Chocolate Mini Muffins Recipe (adapted from Taste of Home to make as muffins)

Ingredients:
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup canola oil
3 egg whites
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine the applesauce, oil and egg whites in a large bowl. Beat in sugars and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl and then gradually add the mix to the applesauce mixture. Mix well.    

Coat mini muffin pans with spray. I like to use Pam Baking Spray. Place batter into mini muffin pans. Tip: I use a small cookie scoop  (about 2 tsp in size). Bake at 350° 10 minutes. (Oven temperatures may vary, so total baking time may be different for you.) Makes around 54 muffins.

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* For those who do Weight Watchers – I entered this recipe into their Recipe Builder. 3 chocolate mini muffins equals 4 points. (So each muffin appears to be worth a little over 1 point.) The picture at the top of the post – 3 mini muffins plus strawberries – is just the right amount for me as a dessert. 3 chocolate mini muffins equals 4 points. Strawberries are 0 points.

You may recall I posted about trying a low chocolate recipe on Facebook. Reader Cindy gave this great advice “Mix a chocolate cake mix with a can of pure pumpkin – nothing else. It’s the small can. They are hard to mix. You can put them in a gallon size Ziploc and squeeze or use a stand mixer. They’re great! You can also use spice cake mix or carrot cake mix. Bake them as directed on the box for cupcakes.”  I replied I was hesitate to try it because I’m not a fan of pumpkin and Cindy replied back “You won’t taste it in the recipe I posted.” Also, reader (and my friend) Kerri told us about Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins. She emailed me that recipe. I haven’t tried to make their recipes yet but they’re both on my list.

So have you made any low fat chocolate desserts lately?!

(This is linked to Old Fashioned Recipe Exchange, Tasty Tuesday, Tutorials & Tips Tuesdays, Works for Me Wednesday, I’m Lovin’ It, Sunday Showcase Party, Made By You Monday, Tip Me Tuesday and The Frugal Girls.)

Comments

  1. kristin says:

    These look like delicious little pockets of heaven. I always bake with applesauce.
    Holy Cannoli Recipes

  2. I do Weight Watchers too – thanks for this recipe, they look great! One of my favorite easy snacks that satisfies my chocolate craving is to toast two nutrigrain waffles (2 points each) and then spread 1 teaspoon of Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread on each one (2 teaspoons – 1 point). Such a yummy treat for only 5 points, and so easy!

  3. Hi Kristin – I’ve been using applesauce a lot in my baking lately too. Thanks for visiting.

  4. Hi Jessi – Thanks for sharing the yummy tip. I like nutrigrain waffles but have never tried Nutella. I didn’t even know they had a chocolate hazelnut spread. I am definitely going to have to try this since it’s only 5 points total.

  5. Thanks for the low-fat mini muffin recipe. Thanks for tallying up the points for weight watcher dieters.

  6. Uh oh! Just tried these and they’re in the oven! Unfortunately I don’t think my batter was the right consistency – it was almost like cookie dough…and this recipe only made 34 for me! Maybe next time I’ll add an extra egg white!

    • Hi Joanne – I hope it turns out. I’ve always been able to make at least 50 muffins. I use a small scoop to fill my muffin tins. Maybe, I’m putting in less than you did. The batter is thick – it was orginally adapted from a low fat cookie recipe and as stated in this post “I searched online for low fat chocolate cookie recipes. I found a few and they were all similar. I noticed the one semi-negative comment on these recipes were the cookies had a more cake-like texture and they were too soft. It got me thinking…and I came up with the idea to turn the cookies into muffins.”
      Anyways, thanks for trying the recipe. I just made a big batch last Friday and we have some in the freezer. :)

      • They earned a thumbs up here! Kids and husband LOVE them. I tried to use my little cookie scoop – but it wasn’t up to the challenge of the thick batter – I’m going to invest in another one. Also, your egg whites were they large egg whites or extra large?

        I also made two bags of your slow cooker beef stew and they’re in my freezer for next week. Can’t wait to try it!

        • Yay! So happy they love them. A good small cookie scoop is key when I’m making mini muffins. As for the eggs – I use large eggs.

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