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Skinny Chocolate Muffins – Want a satisfying muffin with only 102 calories? These Skinny Chocolate Muffins pack 3.5 grams of protein and you can still have chocolate for breakfast!

Skinny Chocolate Muffins on white parchment sheets with blue and pink striped straws on wood cutting board with recipe title on bottom of photo

So I started working with a personal trainer. I’ve always resisted doing it, but I switched gyms and it came with a really great deal on 3 sessions, so I figured I’d try it out.

He started out by asking me what I typically ate in a day. I told him the “truth” – you know. The one you’d tell your doctor?

“Bran flakes for breakfast, coffee. More coffee, a muffin, An apple after my workout. A frozen WW pizza and five cookies Some hummus and turkey for lunch, and a healthy dinner. And a huge small dessert.”

Then he weighed me and calculated my body fat. I closed my eyes during both. One, I know I’m overweight – my pants are tight. Knowing the number will cause me to eat five pounds of cookies and hate myself after. As for the body fat calculation…I have no idea what it was and I don’t want to know. Plus, I don’t even really believe that holding a Xbox controller straight out in front of me for 30 seconds can tell anyone anything but that I am able to hold out my arms in front of me with my eyes closed for 30 seconds. Electrical current? Pffft.

Anyway, during our first session he ran me through some drills and gave me some pointers. Today he actually came over while I was running and told me what intervals to do. (7 mph for 1 minute, 5 mph for 1 minute, walk for 1 minute, repeat for 30 minutes. I had sweat where I didn’t know you could have sweat, so that’s a keeper.)

One thing my trainer told me that I didn’t realize is that I’m not eating enough for breakfast. I need more protein – and if I eat more in the morning I’ll be fuller all day. I do eat breakfast – bran cereal – every day, so I thought that was enough. Turns out, it’s not. So, I’m trying to add in more protein into my morning.

Of course, my first thought was to make muffins. That’s the logical thing to do, right? Have a training session, go make muffins.

BUT – these are healthy muffins. Skinny. Each of these Skinny Chocolate Muffins contain only 102 calories each and they have 3.5 grams of protein each!

They also have 3.7 grams of fiber, because they have a secret. I lied by omission.

Skinny Chocolate Muffins on white parchment sheets with blue and pink striped straws on wood cutting board

These are Skinny Chocolate BRAN Muffins. See why I lied? You wouldn’t have come to visit if you’d know that. I apologize for my pathological lying. I mean, I did it before, when I posted Pumpkin Streusel Muffins. But you liked those, right?

I really like bran muffins (homemade ones anyway). I’ve eaten them since I was a kid. My Nana always made them for me, from the recipe on the side of the All Bran box. Over the years I’ve edited them to make them more healthy. Now I’m adding chocolate, because chocolate makes everything better.

The secret to the chocolate is to use Chocolate Almond Milk. I used Almond Breeze, and it adds a nice but not overwhelming chocolate flavor. The milk has sugar in it, so I only added 1 tablespoon of sugar to the batter. These Skinny Chocolate Muffins are not overly sweet, but perfect for the morning. If you want them sweeter, you can add 1-2 additional tablespoons of sugar, but it will alter the calorie count.

These Skinny Chocolate Muffins have no oil or butter at all.

Instead of oil, I used Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt. I love subbing Greek yogurt for fat. Even though you wouldn’t think it, the yogurt actually keeps the muffins moist!

Then, for a little extra chocolate, I added a sprinkling of mini chocolate chips on the top. It doesn’t add much in the way of calories, but you get a little more chocolate! More chocolate = Better!

These Skinny Chocolate Muffins are the perfect breakfast. They aren’t too sweet, and they have substance. I also like them as a post-workout snack. They are best enjoyed within 2 days, but I always freeze them the day I make them. Then I have them handy, whenever I want one!

So, I’m telling you – chocolate for breakfast is okay. I think my trainer would be okay with these Skinny Chocolate Muffins.

Close up shot of Skinny Chocolate Muffins on wood cutting board

Er…maybe I should just not tell him. 😉

What do you eat for breakfast? High protein? I need ideas!

chocolate muffins with chocolate chips baked in

Chocolate Bran Muffins Recipe

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A skinny chocolate muffin with only 102 calories and 3.5 grams of protein!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 12 muffins
Serving Size 1 muffin


  • 2 cups (123g) All Bran Cereal
  • 1 ¼ cups milk nondairy, nonfat, or 2%
  • ½ cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (33g) unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ cup (40g) unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch process)
  • ¾ cup (93g) all-purpose flour


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners and spray them with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Place bran cereal and milk in a medium bowl. Make sure all the bran is underneath the milk; set aside to soak while mixing remaining ingredients.
  • Place sugar, applesauce, oil, egg, salt, and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. Stir or use a hand mixer to mix until smooth. Stir in coco powder.
  • Add bran cereal mixture to the sugar mixture along with the flour and stir or mix until combined.
  • Fill muffin cups ¾ full. Bake 18-24 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool at least 10 minutes before removing wrappers or they’ll pull off some of the muffin.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Recipe Notes

  • Any kind of milk is okay to use – any fat content, regular milk or nondairy.
  • You can substitute sugar-free sweetener for the sugar (I use equal amounts Swerve
  • Granulated amount used will differ for other brands)
  • For a fluffier muffin, omit applesauce and increase oil to ¼ cup.
  • For a lower-fat muffin, omit oil and increase applesauce to ¼ cup (will change the texture slightly.)
  • For lower cholesterol, use 2 egg whites in place of the 1 large egg (will slightly change the texture).

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 92mg | Potassium: 314mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 242IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 3mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American

(Calorie count and nutritional information was calculated through SparkPeople.)

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Last Updated on May 19, 2020

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  1. What do you think about using oatmeal instead of Bran Flakes in the chocolate skinny muffins?? Do you think it would work? I just do not like the texture of bran flakes, unless you grind them….maybe I should have read the directions first!!

    1. Once they’re soaked, the flakes get soft, so they break up into the muffin. But oatmeal might be a good sub – I’d use regular oatmeal, not quick cooking. Let me know if they work!

  2. Quick question. I’m on a no “processed” food program so I can’t have the bran cereal. Do you think I could do a flaxseed or maybe even bran flour instead? Or does it have to be the bran cereal?

    1. I think the cereal gives it the body. You can try a flour or flaxseed, but I’m not sure how they will turn out. You’d probably need less milk (since the milk is to soften the cereal). If you try it, let me know how it works out!

  3. By the way, for those trying to watch what you eat, download a free food tracking app. I use My FitnEss Pal. If youre eating anything with a bar code, you can just scan it. If youre making your own recipe, you can add the nutrition profile for each ingredient. It works great and will really help you as it not only monitors calories but protein, fat , carbs, fiber etc. You put in your current weight and your goal and it will also give you a rough target to reach every day. What I did is just eat normally for a couple weeks but log everything. I thought I was eating ‘healthy’ with protein cereal…but unbeknownst to me I was eating many servings and starting out the day with 800 or more calories. YIKES. yes, things like Kashi may say they have protein, but they also have sugar and carbs and almost no one eats one serving. Youll be surprised what you put in your mouth every day when you start logging – and become accountable. You can see where youre falling off the wagon. Try eating healthier , measuring your portions when you can, having healthy snacks and youll be surprised. I saw results immediately and have lost 20 pounds already without ANY exercise. Just modifying what Im eating and Im not sacrificing anything and Im not hungry

  4. Cant say Ive tried t his yet and probably wont because I have a feeling theyre going to taste like All Bran fiber…plus I dont want to buy an entire box just to use a little bit. But if youre trying to eat more protein in the morning, 3g of a carb muffin isnt going to do the trick. Try a protein shake – either homemade or EAS Carb Control makes good ones with only 100 calories and 17 g of protein with no like 1g or less of sugar – comes in chocolate, strawberry, vanilla. Quest Protein Bars are another great choice…They come in a variety of flavors from breakfast friendly banana nut muffin to sweets like chocolate chip cookie dought, white chocolate berry and apple pie…and lunch like peanut butter and jelly. These are probably the healthiest bars out there…They are all 200 calories or less, have about 20g of protein with 17 grams of fiber. How many of these muffins would you need to eat? Otherwise, egg white omelettes are the way to go – if you must buy something like Egg Beaters…They have a SW flavor that adds onions and peppers or you can add fresh veggies like mushrooms or spinach…Or make a fritatta and then youll have a few portions for the next few days…Very simple too. If you must bake some treats, try almond meal/flour to avoid the carbs. Do you need treats? Sure. Do you have fun baking and coming up recipes? It sounds like you do. But lets be real…If youre trying to make serious changes to your diiet and youre really trying to boost your workouts with nutrition and eat more protein, a 3g muffin with chocolate chips isnt going to cut it. The full nutritional profile for the recipe isnt listed, but the options above are going to be quick and give you a much bigger boost – and fill you up more in the AM. You can easily eat 200 or fewer calories with the items above and get a lot more protein so youre not starving by lunchtime. Even if you want to eat one of the higher protein oatmeals in the morning, mix in a little whey protein power for a boost – you can use chocolate there too

  5. So I’m trying to lose weight for our cruise this summer. Breakfast is the worst meal for me. I either eat cereal and I’m hungry like 30 minutes later or I eat 3 (homemade, but small) biscuits which does keep me full longer but not very nutritious. I am not a big protein fan, and I hate eggs! Ugh! If I don’t stay fully eat junk! So I’m going to try these…

  6. I made the muffins, but I used regular almond milk (30 calorie per serving kind) and I didn’t have the bran, so I used vanilla lean protien powder…still only 102 calories and amazing! Thanks for this recipe…I was trying to use things I had in the house, so I had to alter, but I bet yours are better…I much prefer chocolate almond milk!!! 🙂

  7. hahaha, I’m laughing so hard at your… “ammendments… to your typical daily meals. So would’ve done that!

  8. Oh thank you for this! I laughed right out loud at the bit about checking your body fat. I went Paleo last week and was semi-furious about gaining a tiny bit after all was said an done. Of course there was that huge slap of Costco chocolate cake that I had last night… and the donuts on Saturday morning… Paleo smaleo! Anyways, these muffins look great – I’ll have to buy bran cereal when I’m at the grocery store next.