Vitalicious products are expensive. There’s no way around that. At a local grocer, a box of 6 VitaMuffins or VitaTops are likely to set you back $6, maybe less if you were lucky enough to catch a sale. Either way, it’s expensive at right around $1 each muffin. The good thing is they are all natural, low in fat and calories and high in fiber. They are a tasty, chocolate-y treat.
So, why do we have to pay them to make them when we can make them ourselves at home, right? Ah, a recipe. That’s what’s missing.Oh wait… But I have one right here for you!
This recipe tastes surprisingly close to the VitaMuffin/VitaTop version. It does have that same slightly ‘healthy’ undertone to it, so if you’re looking for a really decadent chocolate muffin, this isn’t it. But don’t let that detour you from trying it out. If you’re wanting a sweet, healthier treat, this will definitely do the trick. Especially heated up with a little low-fat vanilla ice cream over the top. Yum!
It makes a fairly large batch, so I recommend freezing them and pulling them out one at a time. To freeze, I suggest you cool them down twice before moving them to the freezer. Cool them completely on the counter, then move them to fridge to chill. Finally, seal them up really well and freeze. When you’re ready to eat a frozen one, simply microwave it for 30-45 seconds (60 if you prefer it hot).
Now, go get in the kitchen, you chocolate-loving vitamuffin/vitatop people, and whip up your own batch!
(Sorry, no pictures of this one. I’ve been meaning to make another batch so I can snap a few, but I haven’t been able to and I didn’t want to hold out any longer, so I’ll just show you a picture of chocolate and hope that suffices for now until I can come back and add a photo.)
Chocolate Chip Muffins (or tops)
Makes approx 36 mini muffins.
- 1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 3 egg whites
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup fat-free half & half
- 1 1/2 Tbsp vinegar
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp table salt
- 1 1/2 cup hot water
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp + 2 tsp unflavored fiber supplement (such as Metamucil Clear & Natural)
- Preheat your oven to 365 F (Note: you will drop the temperature down before actually baking the muffins. Don’t forget!)
- Using a mini muffin tin or a muffin top pan, lightly spray the pan with a non-stick spray.
- Sift all dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine all wet ingredients except the water.
- Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Add the water and stir until completely incorporated. Do not over-stir.
- Divide batter between muffin tins and sprinkle chocolate chips over the top of each.
- Put your muffins in the oven and CHANGE the temperature to 350 F. Bake 8-10 mins, or until toothpick comes out clean. Do not over-bake or they will get very dry. Let cool for 15 mins on a wire rack.
Nutrition (approx): 70 calories. 1g fat. 14g carb. 1g fiber. 1g protein.