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Healthy Low-Calorie Chocolate Muffin Recipe

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Bite it! Hungry Girl's Double Chocolate Muffins
HG's Double Chocolate Muffins

Chocolate Squared

Eating chocolate first thing in the morning is generally a bad idea, but not when we're talking about these low-calorie, high-fiber muffins! So tasty, so satisfying, and perfect any time of day...

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes

Ingredients: 
1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tsp. baking powder 

1/2 tsp. baking soda 

1/4 tsp. salt 

1 cup unsweetened applesauce 

1/2 cup egg whites or fat-free liquid egg substitute
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, light vanilla soymilk, or fat-free milk
1/4 cup Truvia spoonable calorie-free sweetener (or another no-calorie granulated sweetener; see HG FYI)
1/4 cup light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like Brummel & Brown) 

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract 

1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with baking liners, or spray it with nonstick spray. (If using paper liners, spray them with nonstick spray.)

In a large bowl, combine both types of flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In a medium-large bowl, combine all remaining ingredients except chocolate chips. Whisk until uniform. (Don't worry if the butter doesn't break up completely.)

Add mixture in the medium-large bowl to the large bowl. Stir until just mixed and smooth. (Batter will be thick.)

Fold in 1/4 cup chocolate chips. Evenly distribute batter among the cups of the muffin pan (cups will be very full), and smooth out the surfaces.

Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips.

Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, 22 - 24 minutes.

MAKES 12 SERVINGS

Serving Size: 1/12th of recipe (1 muffin)
Calories: 162
Fat: 5.5g
Sat Fat: 2.5g
Sodium: 235mg
Carbs: 30g
Fiber: 3.5g
Sugars: 7.5g
Protein: 5g

PointsPlus® value 5*
SmartPoints® value 6*

HG FYI: Truvia spoonable calorie-free sweetener is about twice as sweet as sugar. If using a no-calorie granulated sweetener that measures cup-for-cup like sugar instead of Truvia, double the amount called for in this recipe.

Fight it! Chocolate Muffin with Chocolate Chips, Average
Chocolate Muffin with Chocolate Chips, Average

Bake Fail

It's hard to strike a balance with muffins, isn't it? The massive monstrosities are obviously bad news, and even mini muffins are dangerous because there's a good chance you'll eat too many at once. Even if you find a reasonably sized muffin, it's likely to be loaded with calories and leave you feeling hungry. How do you solve this conundrum? You don't need to know the muffin man... just the Hungry Girl! Our new recipe is delicious, low in calories, and incredibly filling, thanks to the whole-wheat flour, applesauce, and egg whites. And don't chocolate chips make just about everything better? Make a batch of these muffins now, and you'll be smiling for days...

Serving Size: 1 muffin
Calories: 555
Fat: 26.5g
Sodium: 503mg
Carbs: 74g
Fiber: 2.5g
Sugars: 44.5g
Protein: 5g

PointsPlus® value 15*

 
 

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