Chocolate Chip Muffins: Before & After

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Muffins
The “skinnier” version

Yesterday, I posted about my very high calorie, chocolate chip muffin recipe.  I also posted some strategies for making any recipe healthier.  And promised a before and after comparison of my chocolate chip muffins.  (The photo above is the new, “skinnier” recipe)

My original chocolate chip muffin Ingredients:

2 cups flour (800 calories)
1/3 cup brown sugar (240 calories)
1/3 cup sugar (255 calories)
2 tsp baking powder (no calories)
½ tsp salt (no calories)
¾  cup 2% milk (98 calories)
½ cup butter,melted (814 calories)
2 eggs (140 calories)
1 tsp vanilla (no calories)
1 package (2 cups) semi-sweet chocolate chips (1,610 calories)

Yield: 15 muffins;
Nutritional info per muffin: 264 calories; 33 g carbs; 13 g fat


The “skinnier” recipe:

2 cups white whole wheat flour (880 calories)
1/4 cup brown sugar (180 calories)
¼ cup sugar (194 calories)
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ cup 1% milk (55 calories)
¼ cup water
1/4 cup butter, melted (407 calories)
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (35 calories)
2 eggs, lightly beaten (140 calories)
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup chocolate chips (645 calories)

What to do:

1. Combine dry ingredients (flour, sugars, baking powder, salt).  Stir until combined.
2. In a small bowl, combine wet ingredients (milk, water, melted butter, unsweetened applesauce, 2 eggs, vanilla).
3. Make a hole in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet.  Stir, only until wet.  Do not over mix.
4. Fold in chocolate chips (or blueberries, apple pieces, strawberries, etc.) and fill buttered muffin cups 2/3 full with batter.
5. Bake at 400 degrees for 16-18 minutes.

Yield: 18 muffins;

Nutritional info per FULL-SIZED muffin: 141 calories; 21 g carbs; 7 g

Just by making these simple changes, you reduce the calories by nearly 50%. 


  1. bigguysmama says

    Wow, that’s quite the difference! I’d much prefer the healthier one, especially if it still tastes as good/moist as the full calorie one! =)

    • Crystal says

      Yay :) These are a fave at my house…except hubby and my oldest prefer blueberries in theirs while myself and our youngest prefer the chocolate chips :)

    • Crystal says

      Debbie, thanks for pointing that out. I toyed with the idea of using all brown sugar, but then changed my mind, so I must have forgotten to change that measurement. It should be 1/4 cup brown sugar.

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