Do It Yourself Deep Chocolate VitaTop Recipe

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Make Your Own VitaTop

The inspiration for today’s post came from a reader who is tired of buying VitaTops because they are expensive.

The VitaTop, in case you missed it, is a muffin top very different from the one featured yesterday on Snack Girl (Muffinlicious). This is a baked good that you can find in your freezer section that is only the top of the muffin.

Many dieters love them because they are only 100 calories each and they hit that chocolate craving for many fewer calories than a chocolate doughnut. I tried them a while ago and thought they were okay.

A few notes about my VitaTop:

  • They are not a muffin top because I do not own a “muffin top” pan. See Amazon below.
  • I did not add inulin to increase the amount of fiber. The fiber here is due to the white whole wheat flour.
  • Mine are 116 calories not 100 calories.

Now, they are like Vitatops in that they have 11 grams of sugar, about 4 grams of protein, and are low in fat. I used almond milk to keep the fat amount low in the muffins.

Are these going to win any “best muffin of 2012” awards? No. Will these work in a pinch? Yes. I would love to hear if any of you tried to make your own and what worked. I beat my egg whites and folded them in carefully in an attempt to make them light and fluffy.

I found that these tasted pretty good with my afternoon coffee.

Do you eat Vitatops? Please suggest ideas for making your own.

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DIY Vitatop Recipe

1 ½ cups white whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup sugar
¼ cup dark cocoa powder (Hershey’s Special Dark)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup almond milk
2 egg whites
1/4 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 400 F. Spray a 12 muffin cup muffin tin with nonstick spray or use foil muffin liners.

Mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and cocoa powder. Add the almond milk and vanilla and mix until blended.

Beat egg whites until they hold peaks. Fold in egg whites and mini chocolate chips into flour mixture. Spoon into 12 muffin cups and bake for 15 minutes or until tester comes out clean of crumbs.

Cool and enjoy!

116 calories, 2.1g fat, 0.0 g saturated fat, 23.2 g carbohydrates, 11.5 g sugar, 3.0 g protein, 2.4 g fiber, 122 mg sodium, 3 Points+

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Snackgirl, are you telling me you don't have a mini muffin tin? Get a mini muffin tin! Not only can you keep portions of superior, super yummy muffins small, they also make a heck of a baked donut hole! Plus, kids love tiny muffins. Trust me on this, they're amazing!

on November 20, 2012

I can not wait to try these. I too like Vita Muffins but find them expensive and have ingredients that I would rather stay away from. Can't remember what it was now that I read in the ingredients that I was surprise it had, but away, looking forward to making this recipe.

on November 20, 2012

I have been adding pumpkin to cakes and brownies, to replace all or most of the oil. Lately, I've been using winter squash instead of pumpkin because my CSA share from Terripin Farms had TONS of winter squash, delicious and full of nutrition, including protein (which I did not know).

on November 20, 2012

I have to laugh! When I first discovered Vita Muffins, I got obsessed them, then I bought a ton, and I mean like 50 or more of them, then I got sick of them. lol I like your recipe WAY better!!

on November 20, 2012

I wonder if I could substitute the whole wheat flour with flax meal?

on November 20, 2012

I love this recipe. I bake everything myself but did try vita muffins at my sisters house and I wasn't impressed. I love home made. My friend and I have a small healthy baking company. I am going to make me some of these this weekend but I will replace half of the sugar with chocolate protein powder and the egg whites with flax/water and soy milk/lemon juice combo since I am vegan. Thanks for the recipe, I love your posts!!!

on November 20, 2012

Kim - what is the ratio for flax/water? Is it the same as Chia seeds, 1T to 3T water?

on November 20, 2012

Thank you for this. These look so easy!!! I'm reluctant to buy those vitatops, too, due to the expense...

on November 20, 2012

Hi Kim...could you please share your egg replacement secret I'm curious, Thanks!

on November 20, 2012

Yes flax is 1 tbl of flax meal to 3 tbl water. You can also do 1/4 cup soy milk to 1 tbl lemon juice. I always let it sit for 5-10 min. If replacing one egg I usually go soy milk route. 2 -3 eggs I do combination since flax binds and the milk/lemon raises. I usually use vanilla soy milk too since I cut the sugar so drastically. I have never used chia seeds in this way but will try now. I usually add flax meal and chia seeds and protein powder to everything I bake which means I have to shift my flours a bit so not too heavy.

on November 20, 2012

Thanks Kim! I will give it a try.

on November 20, 2012

Sure! Let me know how it goes! Happy Thanksgiving!!

on November 20, 2012

I'm new to your blog. Stopping by to say hi. Of course the big giant chocolate cupcake would be the first thing I see :)

on November 21, 2012

Wt watchers had a recipie for Choc muffins using low fat browine mix Fiber One Cereal Choc chips H2O and baking powder. They are very good. Old points value was 1.

on November 21, 2012 you have that recipe for WW choc muffins...I cant find it, but like to use Fiber One Cereal....Thanks

on January 3, 2013

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