Skinny chocolate & cranberry muffins

Skinny chocolate & cranberry muffins

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins


Makes 12
These gorgeous low-fat muffins make a great coffee morning treat, best served warm from the oven

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal206
  • fat6g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs37g
  • sugars17g
  • fibre1g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.42g
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  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
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  • 1 tsp cinnamon



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  • 85g light muscovado sugar
  • 85g dried cranberries


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  • 25g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 125g tub low-fat yogurt



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  • 125ml skimmed milk
  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil
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  • 1 egg, lightly beaten



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  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases. Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder and cinnamon into a bowl. Stir in the sugar and cranberries. Microwave the chocolate on Medium for 1-1½ mins, stir, then set aside.

  2. Mix the yogurt and milk with the oil and egg. Make a well in centre of the dry mix and gently stir in the liquid. Drizzle half the chocolate over the mix, gently fold in until swirled, then repeat with the remaining chocolate. Take care not to over-mix. Spoon the mix into the muffin cases and bake for 15-20 mins until risen and firm to the touch.

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Comments (21)

xfoodbunnyx's picture

I made these using ginger instead of chocolate and they turned out well! I used 1 and a half tbsp of ground ginger and instead of skimmed milk I used unsweetened almond milk. I also used about 120g of yoghurt and 100ml of almond milk.

Would definitely recommend!

annieupdates's picture

Followed the recipe exactly and these were horrible. They turned out stodgy with no flavour of chocolate at all and they didn't even form any shape, just stayed the way they were set into the moulds. There seems to be a reason why baking usually involves butter and white sugar...

isadoradumpling's picture

This means chocolate cake could be back on the agenda!
Good quality chocolate powder is a wonderful investment too.
Thank you and VERY much appreciated!

digitalscotsman's picture

Disappointingly bland. Would need to ramp up the chocolate content to make them enjoyable, but this would no doubt remove the 'skinny' bit from the title. Shame.

helenprout's picture

I used choc chips but otherwise made as per the recipe. The muffins were OK but no more than that - they stuck to the cases and were rather heavy. I pointed these as 5 pro-points each for anyone doing weight watchers!

louveen's picture

Lovely muffins! Next time I might add chocolate chips to the recipe.

judithglover's picture

Muffins prepared according to recipe but are dry and indistinctive taste . Very disappointing

loujackson8's picture

Made these for the first time this evening and thought they were delicious! I will use dark choc chips next time and add some orange zest perhaps but I thought they were lovely and light and will definitely remake them.

staciej's picture

I used 70% cocoa powder and creme fraiche instead of yoghurt, and found they were actually quite tasty. Saying that however, they were a bit heavy but quite filling for the amount of calories they contain.

saturdaygirl's picture

Absolutely gorgeous, except i didn't have any chocolate or low fat yoghurt, so i skipped the chocolate and added raspberry fromage frais instead of the yoghurt.

shelby1's picture

disappointing .....
served them up to the family n son took one bite n said they were tasteless husband said they were bland :(
on the plus side the dog liked them :)

mrsvkay's picture

these were too dense and rubbery, and I can usually make nice fluffy muffins. I think that the yogurt drags them down, my usual recipe just uses all milk (skimmed works fine) and the same amount of sugar, oil and eggs so no I won't be making these again.

beth-29's picture

How much milk do you use in your recipe when you leave out the yogurt?

hbullen's picture

hmmm. I wonder what they'd be like with dried raspberries instead of dried cranberries. I'm not a fan of cranberries.

stephanieritchie77's picture

I made them this week, I doubled the recipe and thought they were lovely. All my guests enjoyed them and found them to be sweet enough, not low fat tasting at all!

carlyrob's picture

I found these muffins quite dry and they could've done with more sugar and/or chocolate as they were not quite sweet enough! Next time I will increase these ingredients as the recipe was actually quite nice. I included orange zest and a bit of juice too but it didn't really come through so will add more next time!

jrennells's picture

I have made these a few times now and think they are great; having tried to shed the extra stone I am carrying recipes like these have certainly helped feel as though I am still getting a treat without all the calories and fat.
The next time I make them I am going to add the cranberries just before the chocolate as they tend to get a bit coated in flour, etc making me mix the whole thing rather more than muffins really like.
PS - I only have 4 more pounds to hit the 1 stone loss....

poliachi's picture

I make these fairly and they go down a treat, to make things easier i use chocholate chips, they dont need the full 25 minutes, just until lightly golden.

choocom51's picture

A good tasty treat. You can't tell that they are low fat. I may increase the cocoa next time.

sharmaguire's picture

taste nice could do with a bit more sugar!
Good that they are low fat but a bit rubbery


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