Mint Chocolate Hazelnut Muffins, Calorie Counting & Giveaway

Morning Friends!  Today I have another delicious low-calorie treat to share with you.  Speaking of calories, there are several new fad diets out now that claim counting calories does not equate to weight-loss.  I completely disagree with this.  In order to lose weight, you must consume fewer calories than your body requires to maintain daily function.  I am a proof of this because I lost 80 pounds four years ago and have successfully maintained my weight-loss.

This article was posted yesterday by Women’s Health Magazine and support my calorie counting theory.   I achieved my 80 pound weight-loss through calorie counting, adjusting meal portion sizes and exercising daily.  A lot of people regain weight after they lose it because they do quick fix diets.  Our bodies need to be re-trained during weight-loss to understand the right number of calories it really needs to consume and this is done through calorie counting, serving size adjustments and fitness activity.  If you are trying to lose weight, my best advice to you is STOP jumping on diet band wagons.  They are quick fixes that do not result in long-term weight-loss. 

Here’s my latest baking miracle….mint chocolate hazelnut muffins.  I brought them to work yesterday and everyone was raving about how good they were.  They couldn’t believe they were only 150 calories.  Check out the recipe below and giveaway!

mint choc hazelnut muffins

Mint Chocolate Hazelnut Muffins
Serves 16
Mint Chocolate Hazelnut Muffins
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
18 min
Total Time
28 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
18 min
Total Time
28 min
  1. 1/3 cup applesauce unsweetened
  2. 3/4 cup sugar
  3. 1 egg white
  4. 3 ripe bananas
  5. 1 tsp baking powder
  6. 1 tsp baking soda
  7. 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  8. 1/2 tsp vanilla
  9. 1/2 cup mint chocolate chips
  10. 1/4 cup toasted hazelnuts (optional)
  1. Preheat oven 375 degrees
  2. Toast hazelnuts on medium heat in a small pan on the stovetop ~5-7 minutes or when you just smell the nuts
  3. Remove nuts from heat, allow to cool then chop nuts into fine bits
  4. Meanwhile mash bananas, add sugar, egg, vanilla & applesauce in a large mixing bowl
  5. Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients
  6. Mix chocolate chips & hazelnuts
  7. Fill muffin liners ½ way
  8. Bake 18 minutes at 375 degrees
  1. 150 calories per muffin (includes optional hazelnuts)
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  1. says

    Great post!

    Here is my thought on those downplaying calorie counting – they are correct in saying ‘ a calorie is not a calorie’ … but pretty much wrong on everything else. In other words, HOW we fuel our body matter very much, so not only do we need to monitor and control the amount of intake on a caloric basis, but also need to make some choices about what we use to fill those calories.

    And having lost nearly 200 lbs a year out of college (1989) and 100lbs two years ago … I am right with you on opinions of fad diets!

    Love the look of these muffins … one of my frustrations with these variations is my wife is allergic to apples (and tree fruits in general), so we can’t substitute applesauce :(

  2. says

    I have a serious weakness for anything mint chocolate, so I’m going to go ahead and say that these muffins sound fabulous — especially since they’re made with such wholesome ingredients 😀 And while I think that calorie counting is definitely a part of losing weight, it’s not the be all, end all. The SOURCE of the calories matters a whole heck of a lot too. Like, you can eat a 100 calorie snack pack or a medium banana, but one is going to be a whole lot more satisfying and better for your body than the other. I definitely agree with you on the diets tho — lifestyle changes are what’s needed, not quick fixes.

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