Low calorie/low fat banana chocolate chip muffins

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Happy New Year everyone! I think like a lot of people who may have indulged over the holiday are getting back on track – and I am certainly one of those people.

I didn’t do horrible eating wise over the Holidays, I avoided to treat table at work with all the food gifts of cookies, candy, donuts, towers of treats, cheese and cracker baskets – so that was a HUGE accomplishment. But I am ready to make this my year to get to my goal weight – who’s with me?

To get motivated I’ve been watching You Tube videos of people who have lost weight or who generally eat healthy all the time. I came across this girl Kristina who eats an 80/10/10 diet. 80% fruits and veggies, 10% fat and 10% protein. While I don’t think I could do that 100% – it has inspired me to eat more fruits and veggies this week. In fact for breakfast, lunch and dinner – I had at least 2-3 servings of fruits and veggies and you know what – that’s a lot of food you get to eat and I was never hungry! I think she also inspires me because she looks so healthy.


Check out her website HERE for recipes and great health tips

Then later in the week, I started watching a show on Hulu (for free) called Eat Yourself Thin. It basically is a show hosted by 3 women, who help someone revamp their favorite fatty meals and the goal is to lose a dress size in 6 weeks. It actually has a bunch of good recipe ideas. Here is the website to Eat Yourself Thin.

One of the recipes was for banana chocolate chip muffins. I’ve made several versions on my site, but their recipe sounded good, so I decided to try it – although I did make some adjustments when I made the batter it was super thin, so I added more whole wheat flour. And I ended up chopping up 1 pecan on half of them for a little crunch factor. And the original recipe said it made 12 muffins and I made 18!! So score on lower calories!

Low calorie/low fat banana chocolate chip muffins

Rating: 41

Cook Time: 13 minutes

Yield: 18

Serving Size: 1

Calories per serving: 146

Fat per serving: 2.8

A great idea for a quick weekday breakfast!


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup reduced fat buttermilk (I used skim milk with 1 tsp. vinegar)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips


  1. In a mixer add the flours, oats, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt and mashed banana and mix on low speed for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the brown sugar, canola oil, eggs and buttermilk (or skim milk) and blend for another 2 minutes.
  3. Add the vanilla and mix for another minute.
  4. Place into a muffin tin lined with cupcake liners, or spray with Pam Cooking spray so it doesn't stick.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees for 13-15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

What are your goals for 2013??


  1. These sound delicious. Can’t wait to try them!

  2. Shelley B says:

    That 80/10/10 is pretty hardcore, but still, inspiring, as you said, to add more fruits/veggies into the diet. I’m trying to do that, too. It takes a lot of work to buckle down and hit your goal weight, but I know you can do it, Jenn – I’d love to see you reach your goal this year! 🙂

  3. Jennifer says:

    Thanks Shelley!

  4. The Christmas leftovers are still hanging on. I’ll do pretty well with being right back on track, but then some unopened box of something that we were supposed to eat two weeks ago gets in the way and it’s all over.

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