Skinny Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins

skinnychocpbmuffinDear People Who Wear White Pants,

I envy your fearlessness.  Your clean style.  Your ability to look at potential stain dangers in the face and say “SUCK IT!”

Because I, girl who fears germs, stains, and things that go completely out of my immediate control, cannot handle the concept of white pants.  To me, white pants are like the beacon of bravery.  People who do not fear the unknown can wear them with ease.  They’re like a valiant badge of confident bad-assery… something I will never obtain since white pants send shivers down my spine.

But logically speaking, don’t you guys ever worry about your white pants-wearingness?  I can’t help but have a minor panic attack when I see y’all flaunting your white jeans in public.  I mean, what if you spill coffee on yourself?  Or get a rogue smudge from ink?  Or — gasp — are near anything that is the color red, no matter what the substance is?!?  Pet a dog, your pants are hairy.  Eat some Cheetos and you don’t even have the option of wiping your fingers on that weird inner front pocket that is too small to hold anything of actual value, or else you’ll have cheese pocket and everyone will know your secret.


Or do you just throw on your white jeans, all IDGAF and leave the house with nary a care in the world about stains and smudges?  So what if a red pen explodes ink all over you?  Who cares if muddy paw prints end up on your shins?  White Pants Girl don’t care.  You just go about your white pants business.  The world still spins.  Angels still sing.  Potatoes still potate.  You good.

And then there’s me — girl who freaks over any imperfection whatsoever.  One time I was wearing a brand new pair of hot pink jeans to school and I accidentally got a black ink smudge — easily the side of a pin head — on the thigh.  I left school early because my mind could not handle the obvious spot that was killin’ my image.  Thanks, OCD.

Anyways, you girls could probably eat a handful of these chocolate peanut butter muffins without getting a single crumb on your person, nary a peanut butter smudge.  I’m jealous — I mean, go you for being so clean and fearless!  I can’t bring myself to do it, but I can bring myself to eat plenty of these scrumptious muffins!

DSC_0081AThese Skinny Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins are everything you want in a sinful food but made healthfully by using smarter swaps for ingredients.  Normally, muffins are hardly a healthy choice — your standard blueberry muffin at a bakery will set you back around 550-600 calories apiece!  But by making smart swaps — which are every bit as easy as making your traditional recipe — you can have plump, delicious muffins for a huge fraction of the calories and fat!  These chocolate muffins are made with Hershey’s Extra Special Dark Cocoa, giving them a richer, bolder chocolate flavor.  And they’re very simply topped with a drizzle of melted creamy peanut butter — no muss, no fuss.

You must make them, you valiant superperson!!


4.5 from 2 reviews
Skinny Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins
Recipe type: Breakfast
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 12
These petite chocolate muffins are made with smarter swaps, giving you that rich, bold chocolate taste with a dreamy, creamy peanut butter swirl -- without all the guilt! *adapted from Taste of Home Bakeshop Favorites cookbook, pg. 163
  • 2 Tbsp butter, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • ½ cup plus 2 Tbsp low-fat buttermilk
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 & ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate baking cocoa (can use regular baking cocoa if preferred)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ⅓ cup miniature chocolate chips
  • About ½ cup creamy peanut butter, softened to an almost melted consistency
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Liberally grease a standard muffin tin with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the butter and sugar until it resembles soft, wet crumbles. Add in the egg, then egg white, whisking after each addition (for this, I simply used a fork -- but you could use a handheld electric mixer if desired). Whisk the mixture quickly until it is light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the buttermilk, water, vinegar and vanilla until just combined. Lastly, add the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt until moistened. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Evenly portion the batter among the muffin cups, about ¾ths of the way full. Bake for approx. 13-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs; do NOT over bake!
  5. Cool for a few minutes in the pan before gently transferring them to a wire rack. Put parchment of a paper towel under the rack to help with the mess, then drizzle the tops of the muffins evenly with the peanut butter. Serve!

DSC_0085AAccording to the recipe for which I adapted, each of these muffins should have approx. 145 calories and under 3 grams of fat, yet they’re full of sweet, rich chocolatey flavor and that satisfyingly salty drizzle of peanut butter!  Feeling even more naughty?  Consider drizzling Nutella on top for an ultra-rich chocolate fix!  Or for something spicier, try Biscoff spread.  However you choose to eat it, it’s sure to be tasty!

Have a fantastical day!

xo, Hayley


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  1. LOVE these!

  2. HAHA. I do not wear white pants, ever. Never. I am literally the worst when it comes to unanticipated stains!! Those muffins look great, Hayley!

  3. Just another example of how we were separated at birth. Anytime I spill anything on me, my eye drifts to that spot ALL. DAY. LONG. Which is kind of a problem because I’m a total slob and I have a two year old who thinks the words “mom” and “napkin/kleenex” are interchangeable. These muffins look awesome! Pinning!

  4. These sound delicious! I always wear the darkest of dark jeans, so no one can see when I smear chocolate on them 😀

  5. I can’t wear white anything!! I’d rather eat a dozen of these and get chocolate and peanut butter all over me.

  6. I swear since my first pregnancy I became the messiest eater ever. These muffins would be everywhere. And I wouldn’t care if I had on white pants – put a plate of them I from of me and I’d go right at ’em! My 3 year old would go nuts for these too!

  7. I don’t wear white pants, but I often feel like IDGAF when I wear some legging, a hoodie and messy hair to my local Target. Anything goes there.

  8. I can’t wear white pants anytime of the year…bad things always happen. Including dropping a muffin on them in fact 🙂

  9. I have a pair of white pants that I’ve never worn, simply for the fact I was afraid they’d stand out too much. Now I have another fear – that I’d completely soil them, but I don’t think I’d care if it was from the crumbs of these nice looking muffins 🙂

  10. I’ve never had a pair of white pants. And, I don’t intend to get one 🙂 However, I do intend to make these fabulous muffins!

  11. mmmmmm yessss!!! I looove how delicious these muffins look AND that they don’t require me to go up a dress size ;P

    and white pants…I can’t…I just…can’t do it. Those girls are mightily brave

  12. Love that peanut butter drizzle. Just shared on facebook ’cause the world needs to know about these!

  13. What a FANTASTIC healthy recipe, I am so super stoked you are doing some light recipes! YAY! Pinning!

  14. I just want to lick that peanut butter drizzle. And thank goodness for skinny sweets, otherwise I’d never get into my summer pants (of course they aren’t white).

  15. I was dying reading this.

    I am SO a white pants wearer. The thoughts do cross my mind, but then I think about how pens don’t explode on me and muddy paws don’t get on me any other day so why would they find me on a white pants wearing day? Haha.. But..BUT. Now that I have a baby I have to totally rethink all those logical justifications. Every day I get stuff on me now. And just yesterday I fell in love with a pair of white jeans at Ross then promptly put them back. I just can’t do it anymore.

    (My husband was looking over my shoulder as I was reading this and said “Skinny? As in good for you?” Haha Yes dear, chocolate that’s good for you.

  16. I can’t even wear a white shirt without worrying I look…rolly…and freaking out I’ll spill. I can’t imagine white pants!!!

  17. I don’t wear white pants for other reasons…chubby legs in white pants just look so much more chubby! I avoid white pants like the plague 🙂 LOL! And because kids and a dog just means I will end up with stuff all over them too. I think I need a few of these awesome muffins…they are so insanely delicious looking!

  18. These look so good. And yeah, those white pants. I’m with you. It stresses me out to see other people wearing them. I don’t think I own any white clothing, I ain’t got time for that kind of stress in my life. Hello, black, denim, even tie-dye, I need fabric that hides all the crap I spill and smudge on it. By 9am.

  19. These look like the perfect skinny treat to curb those chocolate cravings!

  20. These look SO Delicious!!I never do white pants unless I feel good enough in my own skin to wear them…with a tan or white thong of course. lol.

  21. I can’t wait to eat one of these. In. My. White. Jeans. Sorry, I will! I gained a lot of confidence when I lost over 100 and had never even considered the white jean a possibility before now. I have a great set of legs and flat belly and tiny hips and thighs. Size is well, just down right tiny. And. I never leave home in white jeans without a replica in the car. Yep, that’s how we do it. Well, not that I really know what others do, but for me, yeah, I Cary a tide pen and a spare pair.

    Your skinny muffin looks so tasty and I love a yummy, super indulgent treat now and then. No, I don’t actually relax in white, I just go out prepared and look relaxed. Thanks for your honesty, we all have our little glitches. Yes we do!

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Kit ha! You’re totally okay. Rock those white jeans with your confidence – you’re awesome!!


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