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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. I started adding more protein to my breakfasts about a year ago when I joined WeightWatchers and I have loved the result! I always aim for at least 10g of protein in my breakfast – which isn’t always easy. I love eggs in various ways: an egg and toast, an omelet (cut up everything the night before), egg and meat on light english muffin, etc. I also like to use turkey sausage crumbles or canadian bacon to boost the protein in a lean way. Greek yogurt also has excellent levels of protein – add fruit and a little granola and you’re good to go. Rounding out with some veggies or fruit is a good way to get fiber in, too. Hope that helps!! Thanks for the recipe!!

  2. I eat 0% Chobani greek yogurt with strawberries and granola. I’m still in school, and don’t get the chance to eat until around 1, so it keeps me full until then! Plus, it tastes AH-MA-ZING!!!! 🙂

    1. I need to get used to eating greek yogurt. It’s an acquired taste for me! Thanks for the suggestion!

  3. Well pinch me, ’cause I must be dreaming. A 100-calorie muffin? (Okay, so I know you said it’s 102 calories but I figure 2 calories are burnt while chewing, if my science serves me correctly). This is what dreams are made of, my friend. Also, I want to meet your personal trainer but he kind of sounds scary. Can we bribe him with muffins first??

  4. Does this recipe call for sweetened chocolate almond milk or unsweetened? I believe it comes in both varieties and want to get the right one. I would love to also see a gluten-free option for this recipe, tho’ I might experiment with different types of flour…. 🙂

    1. It was regular chocolate almond milk – with sugar. I’ve never really done much gluten free baking – let me know how it turns out!

  5. You had me at “skinny chocolate.” 🙂 I love that these have a good dose of protein. And it’s true: making muffins is ALWAYS the logical thing to do.

  6. I always struggle with eating a big enough breakfast! On the one hand, it makes sense that a good, large breakfast will satisfy you longer, but on the other hand… I end up still eating the same amount in the afternoon and evenings that I do when I have a smaller breakfast! Ugh… weight loss (and health stuff in general) drives me nuts.

  7. This muffins sound very intriguing. I love that they’re only 102 calories. They would be a great addition to my breakfast. Can’t wait to give them a try!

  8. Pssst, did you know the hubby and I are both expired personal trainers? Clearly I’m all for it. Good for you! 😉

  9. Good for you for working with a trainer! I admit, I’d be way too scared. And yeah, I don’t want to know my real weight ( I think my home scale is rigged to make me feel skinny) nor do I want to know my body fat. Lets just say I KNOW I have body fat and leave it at that. Now I usually forget to eat breakfast. I should be making these muffins and eating them daily! They sound perfect for me!