Skinny chocolate & cranberry muffins

Skinny chocolate & cranberry muffins

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(26 ratings)

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
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  • 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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29th Aug, 2017
I very nearly didn't make these after reading all the comments but I made them today for my birthday as a treat, and they are to die for!! Made them exactly as the recipe states and used good quality chocolate (maybe this was the problem for others?!) I thought they were plenty chocolatey and not sickeningly sweet which is a good thing..chocolate and cranberry is such a fab pairing, and goes perfectly with a cup of coffee. A 5-star rating for me, they will be devoured and made time and time again!!
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18th Nov, 2015
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!
15th Jun, 2015
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...
18th May, 2013
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!
18th May, 2013
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.
4th Feb, 2013
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!
18th Dec, 2012
Lovely muffins! Next time I might add chocolate chips to the recipe.
11th Nov, 2012
Muffins prepared according to recipe but are dry and indistinctive taste . Very disappointing
8th Mar, 2012
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.
12th Oct, 2011
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.


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