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Low-Calorie Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe

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Bite it! HG's Yippee Chippee Chocolate Chip Muffin
HG's Yippee Chippee Chocolate Chip Muffin

Muffy the Calorie Slayer

Of course we WANNA enjoy baked goods studded with chips of chocolate -- the high stats are what keep us away. We'll let you in on a little secret (read: not a secret at all)... Our recipe swap ROCKS.

Ingredients:
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1/4 cup Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated)
3 tbsp. brown sugar (not packed)
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup light vanilla soymilk
1/4 cup sugar-free pancake syrup
1/4 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
2 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like Brummel & Brown), room temperature
2 tbsp. no-sugar-added applesauce
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a standard 6-cup muffin pan (or 6 cups of a 12-cup muffin pan) with foil baking cups or spray with nonstick spray.

In a large bowl, whisk flour, Splenda, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt.

In another large bowl, whisk all other ingredients except chocolate chips. Add the flour mixture and stir until smooth. Fold in chocolate chips.

Evenly distribute batter among the 6 lined or sprayed cups of the muffin pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 22 minutes. Enjoy!

MAKES 6 SERVINGS

Serving Size: 1 muffin
Calories: 175
Fat: 5g
Sodium: 299mg
Carbs: 29g
Fiber: 3g
Sugars: 11g
Protein: 4.5g

PointsPlus® value 5*

HG Alternative: If made with an equal amount of granulated white sugar in place of Splenda, each muffin will have 203 calories, 36.5g carbs, and 19g sugars (PointsPlus® value 5*).

Fight it! Chocolate Chip Muffin, Average
Chocolate Chip Muffin, Average

Chip 'n Stale

We know the ugly truth about conventional baked goods: Many are too large, most are loaded with crazy amounts of calories and sugar, and few are worth their nutritional price tag. But instead of hanging around with our noses pressed against those glass bakery cases, we pass 'em by. Why? With lightened-up chocolate-dotted muffins like ours, there's no reason to inhale 350+ calories and 16g fat -- and those stats are for a modestly sized muffin! The jumbo versions served up at SO many places pack around 620 calories and 30g fat each (PointsPlus® value 17*). Over the years, we've conquered blueberry, zucchini nut, and pumpkin muffins; we knew that chocolate chip muffins HAD to be next. These guys are fluffy, sweet, and choco-licious. Bake up a batch now, and you'll be snacking safely for several days. So stay away from that bakery case -- the store employees will surely appreciate fewer smudges on the glass.

Serving Size: 1 medium-sized muffin
Calories: 366
Fat: 16g
Sodium: 335mg
Carbs: 51g
Fiber: 1.5g
Sugars: 32g
Protein: 5g

PointsPlus® value 10*

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