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I've been buying vitatops for a while now, but with having to trim down our budget, it's become an expensive habit. 

I would love to make a muffin at home that comes close to what they are and still tastes good.  LOL 

The stats (the ones I'm concerned with anyway) are 100 calories, 5 grams fiber, 5 grams protein.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Here is a copycat recipe for the deep chocolate flavor. which flavor do you like best??

 

 

Thanks!!  That looks like it's worth a try!  I have the chocolate ones for a treat, but what I really want is a muffin for breakfast.  I've been eating the banana nut ones mostly.

http://caloriecount.about.com/full-meal-muffi ns-vegan-lunch-recipe-r175441

these are similar, not the same though. Maybe try adding bran for extra fiber and anything else that you might like.

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I'm not familiar with vitatops, but when I try to improve on the nutrition in muffin  recipes, I usually swap out oil with yogurt (even fat-free works fine, but then I usually leave in 1 Tbs or so of oil, as I think it helps the texture). I've also used almond meal instead of some of the flour - it adds fat, but also some sweetness and some extra protein. I'll reduce the sugar by about 1/4 to 1/3 of the original (especially for muffins that have some pureed fruit in them, or have a sweet spice, like cinnamon or vanilla, that I can increase slightly). I don't use artificial sweeteners in baked goods - I don't like them. You can add wheat germ instead of some flour, too.

I've also played around with replacing some flour in a recipe with whey protein, but that was for a cobbler topping, so rising action wasn't necessary. One of these days I'll see how it works in muffins or cookies - my guess is that it'll be okay (but not great) as long as there's still 3/4 or so of the original flour content.

Also, if you're making banana anything, the riper the banana, the better. Black spots on the peel are great (just cut off any black spots on the fruit itself). It's honestly not worth it to make banana bread/muffins with slightly underripe to just ripe bananas, as they just won't lend much flavor to your baked good.

I've been making black bean brownies.  They're about the same, significantly healthier than a regular brownie, significantly cheaper than vita muffins.  Add some orange zest and blue berries and they're fantastic.

I make an pumpkin oatmeal "cookie" that tastes like the vitatops.  

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup splenda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup solid pack pumpkin puree
  • 2 1/4 cups oatmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries (you can also use craisins, but you won't need a full cup)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon nutmeg(this can be a bit much, so I usually do a mix of nutmeg & pumpkin pie spice)
DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla, egg and pumpkin. Add the oatmeal, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and cinnamon; stir into mixture until well blended. Cut the cranberries in half and stir into mixture.  Use an ice cream scoop to drop cookies on sheet.
  3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
This usually ends up being around 50 calories a cookie.  It's a soft cookie, so that's why I compare them to a vitatop.  I've played with this recipe a lot.  I currently have blueberry ones in the fridge.  I do recommend cutting back on the spices if you are adding a different fruit.   These really are wonderful and I always have some on hand for either a dessert or a quick snack to hold me over. 

Check out this recipe.  If you read all the comments at the bottom there are loads of alternative ideas/ingredient swaps.  It would be easy to make a banana nut version by using banana instead of pumpkin/apple sauce and adding in nuts. 

I usually make the chocolate version and it's amazing and HUGE for 155 calories!!!

Something I make and LOVE.

My favorite is a box of devils food cake mix and a 15oz can of pure pumpkin. Mix those 2 together, dont add anything else and dont add ingredients on the back of the box. It will be thick, put these in muffin tins-I make these all the time and noone knows they are low calorie/fat muffins. If you make 24 muffins its under 100 calories, if you make 12 muffins its like 180 calories per muffin.

Also, another one I love for b'fast or a snack is a box of spice cake mix and a can of 15oz pur pumpkin, then add chopped up apples or bananas to the mix.  You'd have to add calories for the fruit you added.

These recipes are from hungrygirl.com and I've tried them and they are both great and they freeze very well! Then I just grab one and microwave when I want it.   Wink

 

I made up this recipe this week. 3 grams protein, 3.5 of fiber-- you could make them a wee bit bigger than I did, but they're hearty and fruity and, I think, delicious. You could also substitute more bran buds for flour, that kind of thing. As it stands, though, they're less than 120 calories.

What the heck is a "vitatop"?!!?

 

Original Post by cyndim12:

Something I make and LOVE.

My favorite is a box of devils food cake mix and a 15oz can of pure pumpkin. Mix those 2 together, dont add anything else and dont add ingredients on the back of the box. It will be thick, put these in muffin tins-I make these all the time and noone knows they are low calorie/fat muffins. If you make 24 muffins its under 100 calories, if you make 12 muffins its like 180 calories per muffin.

Also, another one I love for b'fast or a snack is a box of spice cake mix and a can of 15oz pur pumpkin, then add chopped up apples or bananas to the mix.  You'd have to add calories for the fruit you added.

These recipes are from hungrygirl.com and I've tried them and they are both great and they freeze very well! Then I just grab one and microwave when I want it.  

 

 I follow this recipe as well and I LOVE how the muffins come out.  You can use any cake mix you like -- I have tried chocolate, devils food, spice cake, vanilla cake...they all come out delish.  If they taste too pumpkin-y for your liking, you can do half pumpkin, half appleauce (15oz in total) and that decreases the pumpkin flavor, though I really don't notice it much.  I have been on a mission to find extremely low calorie cake mix, but so far the lowest I've found is 120 calories. 

The pumpkin give the devils food cake mix the "heavy" feeling it needs to feel like a sinful muffin InnocentFoot in mouth  I too have tried all the flavors but find the devils food and the spice cake mix taste just like the original and I'd never know there was pumpkin in the mix if I hadnt put it in there.   You can also use these cake mixes and use a diet soda in them, just be sure if you use a light cake mix to use a light diet soda (clear) and a dark diet soda for a dark cake mix.  I LOVE yellow cake mix with a can of crushed pineapple and baked, SOOOO GOOD!    

And if you want a great muffin with no effort, buy the Krusteaz brand ff blueberry muffins or cranberry, its a mix in a box and its very, very low in calories/fat/etc.

The Eating Well website has tons of recipes for low-cal high-fibre muffins and loaves,  and muffins are so easy to make from scratch.  I personally find cake mix tastes fake....

Wow! That pumpkin, cranberry cookie recipe sounds great. I might try that and add in some nuts.

I have had to go vegan, so when I find a recipe I am curious about, I put it into my recipes on the Calorie Count site and it calculates the nutrition and serving calorie count. That way I can have anything I want, I just need to know how much a serving is. And generally speaking, making things homemade is definitely more cost effective for what you are getting nutritionally!

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