Skinny Baking Recipes

Last week, we chatted about swimsuit trends in anticipation of the upcoming spring and summer seasons (are you here yet?) So it is kind of against better judgement to crave sweet treats right before , right? Here are a few lightened up recipes that will not get your swimsuit body plans too far off track!

Skinny Banana Muffins (adapted from Tastes Better From Scratch)

A healthy Banana Muffin on a marble board with more muffins and banana in the background.
  • 4 bananas , about 1 1/3 cups, mashed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (white or whole wheat)
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter , melted
  1. Grease a standard muffin pan (or line with paper muffin liners). Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mash bananas in a mixing bowl. Add egg, vanilla, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and cinnamon and stir well to combine.
  3. In a separate small bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to banana mixture and stir, just to combine.
  4. Gently stir in melted butter. Don’t over-mix the batter.
  5. Spoon the batter into prepared muffin pan and bake for 18-25 minutes. Makes 12 muffins – 100 calories each!

Skinny Brownies (adapted from Yummy Healthy Easy)

Skinny Chocolate Brownies
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt (or low-fat sour cream)
  • 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 ounces semi-sweet or milk chocolate, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Spray a 8×8 square pan with cooking spray then line with a strip of parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides. Spray paper with cooking spray, too.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda.
  3. In another medium bowl, stir together brown sugar, applesauce, greek yogurt, melted chocolate, eggs and oil. Add the flour mixture and stir until just moistened.
  4. Spread batter in prepare pan. Sprinkle the top with the chopped chocolate pieces.

Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookies (recipe adapted from Weight Watchers)

  • 2 Tbsp salted butter, softened
  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil
  • ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ⅛ tsp. table salt
  • 1 large egg white
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • 3 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips, about ½ cup


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together butter, oil and sugar. Add vanilla, salt and egg white; mix thoroughly to combine. In a small bowl, mix together flour and baking soda and stir into batter. Add chocolate chips to batter and stir evenly to distribute throughout.
  3. Drop 48 half-teaspoons of dough onto one or two large nonstick baking sheets, leaving a small amount of space between each cookie. Bake cookies until golden around edges, about 4 to 6 minutes and cool on a wire rack. Enjoy!

images via eatyourselfskinny

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