Low-Calorie Muffins That Won’t Make You Fat

Muffins are convenient treats to enjoy for a breakfast on the go or on slow Saturday mornings, but the baked good can be a calorie bomb if you’re not careful. The giant bakery muffins you find in convenience stores, Starbucks chains, and supermarkets can pack up to 500 calories a punch, and sometimes even more. Indulging in those too often can quickly cause the pounds to pile on.

But fortunately for muffin lovers, the baked good doesn’t have to come at a high calorie cost; it’s all about making them homemade. When you pull muffins out of your own oven, you not only control the portion size, but also the ingredients that go into your beloved breakfast. Check out these 6 recipes for homemade healthy muffins under 250 calories. These food formulas prove you can have your baked goods and eat healthy, too.

1. Low-Fat Blueberry Muffins

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First up are low-fat blueberry muffins from Chocolate-Covered Katie. Everyone loves this classic carb combination, but not everyone loves the 300-plus calories that come with it. Luckily, Katie provides us with a recipe that yields muffins at just 95 calories a pop. These blueberry muffins are made with milk, yogurt, baking staples, and apple cider vinegar. Two ingredients you’ll notice missing in this recipe? Oil and butter. Yogurt takes the place of those — taste test one of these and you won’t even notice the difference.

Ingredients:

  • ⅓ cup plus 1 tablespoon milk of choice
  • ¼ cup yogurt
  • 2½ teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon plus 1/16 teaspoon salt
  • Just over ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup sugar of choice or xylitol
  • Pinch stevia
  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

See recipe directions at Chocolate-Covered Katie

2. Skinny Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

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Up next is another classic muffin combo: banana chocolate chip. Don’t let those perfectly good bananas on your counter go from dying to dead. Save them with this low-calorie muffin recipe from Ambitious Kitchen. These muffins are only 170 calories each, and according to the recipe developer, it’s all thanks to honey, whole-wheat flour, and Greek yogurt.

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups whole-wheat pastry flour or white whole-wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 bananas
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup chocolate chips

See recipe directions at Ambitious Kitchen

3. Carrot Apple Muffins

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These carrot apple muffins from Minimalist Baker are low calorie, and they are also vegan and gluten-free. No one will be able to say no to these baked goods! The ingredients list is long but the batter can be made all in 1 bowl. A little time spent in the kitchen will reap great rewards for these muffins, which are only 203 calories a pop.

Ingredients:

  • 1½ flax eggs
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ⅓ cup mashed very ripe banana
  • ¼ cup agave nectar or maple syrup
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce or 1 sweet apple, finely grated
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup plain almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1 heaping cup grated carrot
  • ⅔ cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • ½ cup almond meal
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons gluten free flour blend
  • ¼ cup raw walnuts, for topping

See recipe directions at Minimalist Baker

4. Spiced Apple Cider Muffins

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Next up are spiced apple cider muffins featured on Eating Well, which are only 209 calories each. Greek yogurt plays another big role in this baked goods recipe, as does whole-wheat flour, maple syrup, and apple cider. Buckle up: You even get to make your own homemade streusel!

Ingredients:

Streusel

  • 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons whole-wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts

Muffins

  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅓ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup apple butter
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • ⅓ cup apple cider
  • ⅓ cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • ¼ cup canola oil

See recipe directions at Eating Well

5. Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

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These next muffins are packed with chocolate chips but also another secret ingredient: applesauce. Instead of making your favorite zucchini bread, try making these chocolate chip zucchini muffins from Skinny Taste. Each one contains 175 calories, and that’s all thanks to a scant 2 tablespoons of butter and a full cup of applesauce. Rather than going big on butter for breakfast, try this healthy alternative and save room for dessert later.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white whole-wheat flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1⅛ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 cup apple sauce
  • 1½ cups shredded zucchini

See recipe directions at Skinny Taste

6. Skinny Lemon Blueberry Poppyseed Muffins

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Lastly, a low-fat muffin recipe from Run Now Wine Later. These skinny lemon blueberry poppyseed muffins come at 112 calories each and are packed with fresh flavor. We promise these muffins will fill you up, put a spring in your step, and won’t weigh you down.

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups white whole-wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ tablespoon poppyseeds
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ¾ cup nonfat plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
  • Juice and zest of one lemon
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ to ⅓ cup milk
  • ¼ cup blueberries, fresh or frozen and thawed

See recipe directions at Run Now Wine Later

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