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6 Guilt-Free Muffins to Power Up Your Day

We love muffins, but some of these popular pastries can be super heavy. Nobody needs a muffin top from eating muffins, right? That's why we took a deep dive into the thousands of muffin recipes on our site and found the most beloved versions that are under 250 calories each. Here are 6 great, guilt-free muffins that'll power you through until lunch.

1. Whole Grain Banana Muffins

This 4-star fave gets its rich texture from a combination of fat-free sour cream and applesauce, plus a generous helping of mashed 'naners. Kids love 'em. Calories per serving: 177.

Whole Grain Banana Muffins

Whole Grain Banana Muffins | Photo by CCLoves2Bake

2. Easy Monkey Bread Muffins

A fun twist on the cinnamon-y loaf that inspires tons of yums up, this playful portion is built on the same shortcut premise, using refrigerated biscuit dough as the foundation. Calories per serving: 180.

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Photo by CountryGirlGourmet

3. Whole Wheat Pumpkin-Applesauce Muffins

Almost cake-like in its luscious consistency, these beauties are packed with good-for-you fiber-rrific fruit and veggies. Calories per serving: 227.

Whole Wheat Pumpkin-Applesdauce Muffins

Photo by CCloves2bake

4. Health Nut Blueberry Muffins

Obvs, blueberries are nutritional powerhouses, but the addition of oat bran and bananas bumps up this muffin's power to satisfy. Calories per serving: 196.

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Photo by Dianne

5. Classic Bran Muffins

A stunning 1,200 5-star reviews make this old-fashioned muffin a mega-hit. Brown sugar is the not-so-secret ingredient that adds extra personality. Calories per serving:  167 calories.

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Photo by Meredith

6. Morning Glory Muffins

So much good stuff in this one-bowl wonder: carrots, raisins, walnuts and apples. You could smear it with butter, but there's so much flavor going on that your not going to miss it if you skip it. Calories per serving: 194.

Morning Glory Muffins

Morning Glory Muffins | Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

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About Leslie Kelly

Always hungry to learn, never had my fill of oysters, Memphis dry rub ribs, wild salmon, chocolate chip cookies or a well-rolled lumpia. Washington state wine lover, bourbon fan. Totally obsessed with brunch!